An instant hit, it opens a same-named spin-off in Tudor City in 1986, set in the restaurant space in No. 45 that previously housed The Terrace.
Then New York Times critic Bryan Miller weighs in. Unlike Gael Greene, he likes the "serape-like" color scheme and the mood, "convivial yet restrained, befitting this genteel residential enclave." As for the food, the "peppy guacamole" and "invigoratingly authentic sauces" make up for "some preparations that need more fine tuning." Ultimately, he awards this "ambitious and serious spot" one star, adding that "it doesn't win every battle, but in the long run it should prevail."
Sadly, it doesn't prevail for long and closes in 1991, after a five-year run.