After announcing its expansion in the fall of last year, Babalu NY is finally ready to reopen and show the community its new and exciting changes.
HuntingtonNow reported back in October that the Cuban and Mediterranean Bistro located at 286 New York Ave. would take over the vacant unit next door. And although they hoped to be open shortly after their temporary closing, the construction and renovations took a little longer than anticipated.
“The restaurant is now twice the size,” manager Erica Gotay said. “We now have a huge bar with a full liquor license and we did a massive project in the kitchen.”
The original Babalu NY was around 900 square feet and held just seven small tables. Now at about 1,900 square feet, they can hold 12 tables, 14 people at the bar and host small private parties, comfortably.
“I think people are really going to love the vibe,” Gotay said. “People kept coming back even though we were small, and now that experience is going to be elevated.”
While the inside might look a little different, Gotay said that customer favorites are still on the menu – plus more. With extra entrée options, they will be offering new steak and chicken dishes along with a larger tapas menu.
“If customers though it was fun before, it’s going to be even more fun now,” she added.
Some other features they are excited to share are live music, dancing and eventually a brunch menu down the line. “We want people to be comfortable and feel welcomed,” she said.
Although construction has been done for over a month, the finishing touches are now in place. Babalu is set to open on Feb. 27.
“It’s incredible that we were able to do what we did,” Gotay said.
Babalu NY plans on adding a late-night menu, as well as the full bar menu. Along with the 12 new tables, a communal table facing the kitchen will also be available for people who want a quick bite. Drink specials are planned, as well as taco Tuesdays and ladies nights.
Photos by Babalu NY