Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Lobo Park Slope
188 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.677079 -73.980013
Mon - Fri, 5pm - 11pm, Sat - Sun, 11am - 12am
Neighborhoods: Park Slope
A Loud Disappointment – I went in there yesterday with a friend for late lunch/early dinner. I should have ordered what she had, which was the burger with salad. Instead, I ordered the 1/2 barbeque chicken, which I normally love, with two sides.
One of the sides was garlic spinach, which was delicious, but the other, "cowboy caviar" or some such name, was a marinated salad including black-eyed peas. Yeah, I normally love that, too. But just a little too much cilantro in that salad setting fire to my mouth. So I asked the server if she'd please get me another side - the stewed okra this time. You can't go wrong with okra, right? WRONG! Again, 'cilantro-overkill'! Instead of refreshing my palate, it heated it up further. Even the damned barbeque chicken sauce was laced with cilantro, so I couldn't enjoy that either; had to remove the skin from the chicken in order to eat some of it. Someone in that kitchen is just a little TOO heavy-handed with that spice, and cilantro and I just DON'T agree! Never liked it, and never will. Having lived in California years ago, and always eaten good Mexican food when I had a chance to, I never had this mouth-singeing experience before. So, my friends, there was a $15 meal that was a waste of money. When I told the server of my plight, she was sympathetic, but didn't offer anything in the way of a replacement, or lower the cost of my dinner. My friend said that they probably wouldn't, after I attempted to eat some of it, but I've seen meals substituted for those less palatable in other places when the diner complained. I guess it's up to the discretion of the server.
Oh yes, did I also mention that the music is so loud you can't even hear yourself talk across a small table? Plenty of better restaurants in the Slope to spend your time and money on, like Coco Roco (Peruvian). Go there instead.
Blowbo. – Two terrible experiences here, that's enough for me. First time the waiter forgot about us for ten minutes as he went to smoke a doob in the back I suspect. Quesadilla came out with shredded cheese sprinkled on the top unmelted - looked like they didn't even try to heat it! We ordered patron silver - yes, I know crazy idea, ordering tequila in a mexican place - and they said they were out. He went to check, brought the dregs of the bottle and poured a half a shot...and then charged us full price for the drink! Huh? A few months later I was ready to give them a second chance with a smaller group of friends, maybe it had just been an off-day...but the food was just as miserable as I remembered and the service just as absent. Tons of other great places around, no need to go here. Annoys me every time I see people contributing their money to this place.
High Expectations – Everyone knows that finding good Tex-Mex in New York is about as difficult as trying to find where Jimmy Hoffa is buried. I have to admit, my expectations we're pretty high going into Lobo since I had heard a rumor that the owners were from Austin. Having had the Tex-Mex down there, I was anxious to try theirs. I wasn't blown away. The queso dip was just okay, their salsa was alright. I had the "pulled" chicken quesadilla and there was a giant bone in it. I know, it happens, but it really set the tone for the entire meal. I was happy that they had Lone Star beer from Texas, but even that Texas beer staple is starting to pop up more frequently around the 'burg. I hear the margeritas are good, in other words, they use real juice instead of sour mix, but I never got to try them since I was there an hour before closing and felt rushed. The decor was a little less inspired than I had imagined. I was hoping for the full Austin inspired Tex-Mex experience but felt like what I got was a watered down version. I wish them the best of luck and hope they make some improvements, but I probably won't be rushing back there any time soon. The search for good Tex-Mex in New York continues...*sigh*
Maybe it depends on the day? – Last Saturday me and a group of friends went to Lobo for my birthday. I was hoping for a laidback night of dinner and drinks with some friends and Lobo was just the right place for that.
I grew up in Austin so I was skeptical about the food but it proved to be authentic Tex-Mex goodness. I recommend The Wolf if your in the mood for a good sloppy meal. The waiter was extremely accommodating throughout the night and also recommended a drink that is now one of my favorites; spicy chili margarita.
We ended up staying a lot longer then expected because there was no reason to go anywhere else. Overall I had a great birthday and look forward to my next visit to Lobo.
Bad food. – The food was awful. It's like they aren't even trying. I ordered the chicken tacos, and it was just chicken and taco, no cheese, barely any lettuce or tomato. The bean dip was cheese and water, with maybe one or two beans. The atmosphere was nice, but the food is a rip-off. Not very fresh and not very good.
Worst service ever!!! – The staff turn the music up to obnoxious volumes with a tinny earsplitting volume that is not enjoyable on any level and not conducive to having a conversation with someone two feet away. The raucous and off key singing of songs nobody needs to hear outside of there bathroom is only outdone by the immature and infantile staff members who sing them. Do us all a favor and take your carnival act home. The waitstaff seems to be in perfect collusion with these buffoons as they will not deliver any service in a timely manner, effectively forcing everyone to stay and witness the tragedy. Tortilla chips are served that were clearly cooked last week and left outside, drinks are brought to the table only after a minimum wait period of 20 minutes, the food is cooked to the blandest and most nauseating taste, and the check will arrive when they are good and ready. We should all remember, it is their establishment, we all merely trespass and pay a toll. Do yourselves a favor and skip this disaster site when attempting to have any of the following: good food, fun, romance, conversation, and simply a good time. This place is horrible!
Good food and fun decoration – They will give you good chips and salsa to start with, then good food.
Waiters are always nice, too. I like the outdoor space for nice days.
People who understand Queso! – We recently moved into the neighborhood and were pleased to see a "tex-mex" place in the area. We went for brunch on a Saturday. The service was AWESOME. Our server, who had to deal with the cranky pants people next to us, managed to get us mashed potatoes from the kitchen a few hours before they normally serve them. New York, in general, has a difficult time understanding the need for chips, salsa and good queso and Lobo does it right!
I'm full – We recently tried this place and it was soooooo good!! The drinks, the food...and great service. Our server Wiley was great and really fun. They have a great little sidewalk patio too!! I cannot say anything negative about this place and will be going back many many more times!!
ALWAYS A GREAT TIME – WE ALWAYS ENJOY OUR TIME AT LOBO. THE FOOD AND DRINKS ARE GREAT!!!!!!! THE STAFF ARE VERY FRIENDLY AND ACCOMMODATING. THE OWNER AND MANAGER (THE SEANS) ALWAYS COME OVER TO SAY HELLO, AND ARE ALWAYS WILLING TO FULFILL ANY SPECIAL REQUEST. I RECENTLY HAD A SMALL PARTY THERE AND THE STAFF REALLY WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND TO MAKE US FEEL AT HOME, AND TO MAKE SURE WE HAD A GREAT TIME , WHICH WE SURE DID ( GREAT MAGARITAS)
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