寿司 Calienté

April 23rd, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »








How many times have you asked yourself “Mexican or Japanese tonight?” How about both? Hearing Japanese tacos and Mexican sushi,you might instantly think Disaster! Before you jump to conclusions, take a trip to Soho and stop by Taka Taka restaurant on the corner of West Broadway and Grand Street. This place will have your taste buds going crazy with their Japanese-Mexican fusion. Your first time here will be quite the experience, as their innovative ideas do not stop at the menu. Sushi is served by conveyor belt on a plate corresponding to its price; while the restaurant itself, papered on one wall with comic book pages, has a modern and relaxing family-style feel to it. They even have their own mobile application that permits you to scan your receipt for rewards on certain menu items!  I recently stumbled upon Taka Taka while exploring Soho and I must say, the shrimp tempura tacos are a must-try. Bloggers at Grub Street, Zagat and Eater have all raved about Taka Taka, but I challenge you to experience it for yourself.












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Samantha Johnson

Another FREE Dinner from Babalu

April 11th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »



Another week has passed, which means another FREE Babalu dinner has been redeemed. Pictured here is Suheli and Robert Serano who dined on Tuesday April 10th and had a great experience. Their dinner included paellas of two variations, Marisco and Carne complimented by “true Miami-style strawberry mojito” according to Suheli with a flan to finish.  “[The experience] was great! Our server, Mario was awesome!” Owner Ralph Mercado III stopped by to check in on their experience and there were nothing but compliments. Remember that when you fill out a comment card at Babalu, you’re also entering for a chance for your own complimentary dinner. Enjoy!


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Katie Campo


Lucky Guest Gets free Dinner

April 4th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »















At Babalu, when information is shared on comment cards, you automatically have a chance of being contacted for a FREE dinner at Babalu just for filling it out! The first of many free Babalu dinners has been awarded and redeemed. Melissa Perez and Santos De Leon dined at Babalu this past Monday, enjoying a full dinner of chicharrones de pollo, churasco steak, tostones and pollo imperal all enjoyed with a pitcher of raspberry mojito. “[the] portions were great, the dressings they use on the steak, tostones and chicharrones de pollo are like nothing I’ve ever tasted!” raves Perez. She went on to commend the waiter’s service being top notch and well-versed in the menu and how friendly the staff was. “It genuinely seemed like coming home to a family dinner.” Get to Babalu to fill out a comment card for your chance to enjoy a complimentary dinner .

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Katie Campo

MilkBurger; A Fresh Approach

March 14th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »


Being a foodie in New York, your chances can’t get much better. From pizza a-dollar-a-slice to gourmet cupcakes, organic coffee and everything bagels, New York has some of the hottest food trends from Halal trucks to burger joints on any given day. Today, we head uptown to explore Milk Burger, a fast-growing and deliciously successful burger shop in East Harlem. Serving up a variety of Angus burgers, fries dipped in truffle oil, fresh salads, hand-spun shakes and fresh-squeezed lemonade, Milk Burger has received phenomenal raving reviews about the quality of the food served with a smile. With a tagline like “The Best Burger You Can Get or Your Money Back…” I had to know more, so I seized the chance to speak to the creative genius behind it all, Erik Mayor.

I’m always curious about where inspiration for an establishment like this comes from, and it was a strong entrepreneurial decision based on a trend of places like Shake Shack and Five Guys. So I had to know; with so many places serving up traditional burgers and fries, what makes Milk Burger so successful? Straight-from-the-source, they use only extremely fresh Angus beef purchased from a small vendor in Brooklyn. “Every day, sometimes twice a day” says Mayor. “We don’t store any of it, so it’s only fresh. Never frozen.”
Now there’s a fresh idea. In the convenience-based consumer world we live in, it’s hard to find true quality. Yet, quality means a little more when it’s backed by conscious sustainability. Not only does Milk Burger recycle all cans and bottles, but they use LED lights throughout and recycle their used oil to create biofuel. One step toward a cleaner environment, Kudos!

When asked about future plans for Milk Burger, Erik seemed excited to announce the plans for ten locations by the end of 2013. I can say I’m pretty excited myself. I think I speak collectively for strictly Midtown travelers when I say “Thank You!”

Some reviews from MilkFans:

“The burgers are the best in New York! There’s nothing like them.”
-John “Gungie” Rivera

“I am a regular at MilkBurger. Go there all the time and am never disappointed.”
-Rafael D.

“Well I was just about to go back to being a vegetarian but then I tried Milk Burger. Sorry Cows.”
-Miss A.

Visit to find out for yourself!

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Katie Campo

Celebrity Chef Alex Garcia Launches New Line of Authentic Nuevo Latino Cookwear

March 7th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Celebrity Chef Alex Garcia, who currently serves as the executive chef at popular New York restaurants including Babalu in the Bronx and the Copacabana Supper Club in Manhattan, has launched a range of authentic Spanish cookware products called Culinary Habana, which will be on display later this month at Chicago’s International Home + Housewares Show. Foodies, amateur chefs and everyone in between can now bring the authentic taste, experience and style of Nuevo Latino cooking into their home with such products as porcelain-on-steel paella pans, tapas pans designed to go from the oven to the table, and more. Each product in the line sports unique Spanish styling and a glossy, lifetime finish that has become Culinary Habana’s signature. For more information, visit

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Michelle Loeb

Chef Garcia Prepares Chicken Roja Vieja

March 3rd, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Taste Chef Alex Garcia’s Unparalleled Cuisine at Babalu This Thursday, January 19

January 2nd, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Celebrity Chef Alex Garcia’s unmatched cuisine is coming to the Bronx on Thursday, January 19, with the grand opening of Babalu, the latest restaurant from Barrio Foods and Chef Alex Garcia. Featuring fresh, local ingredients, the food at Babalu represents all Latin American countries, putting the spotlight on their favorite ways to prepare traditional dishes like paella, ceviche, empanadas and more. Babalu also features a list of top Latin wines, cocktails and beers. Babalu is open Monday-Friday 5pm-11pm and Saturday-Sunday 11am-11pm. After 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Babalu turns into a lounge with parties like Freestyle Fridays and Latin Saturdays, plus bottle specials and a late-night bar menu designed by Chef Garcia. Babalu offers free valet parking for the restaurant and the lounge. For more information, and to make your reservation for Babalu, visit

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Michelle Loeb

Babalu is the Talk of the Bronx

December 15th, 2011   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

The buzz is growing in the Bronx about a new restaurant that’s about to bring Latin flavor and ambiance to the Throgsneck section of the Bronx. Babalu officially opens Thursday January 19 under the ownership of Ralph Mercado III, Jeff Lavino, William Padilla and Celebrity Chef Alex Garcia. Mercado chose the name Babalu as a tribute to his father, legendary concert impresario Ralph Mercado, who also ran a restaurant and lounge called Babalu in Midtown Manhattan in the early 2000s. Today’s Babalu will embody some of the same spirit of its namesake, with entertainment events, delicious food from Garcia—the executive chef at Babalu then, as well as now—and a family-style quality that will invite not only Latinos but everyone into the Babalu family. Keep an eye out for more information on the big grand opening, coming Thursday January 19.

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Michelle Loeb