318 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: All major
Hours: 12pm-11pm Daily
Booze: Full Bar
Subway: G, L at Metropolitan Ave.-Lorimer St., J,M,Z to Marcy Ave.
Menu: Click Here
This destination for Mexican food has a buoyant, artisanally crafted scheme of blond wood, turquoise walls and a red undulating border that immediately refreshes the eye. While the seating is vast, it’s pleasingly lofty and group-ready. The restaurant, whose name loosely translates to “pimp taco,” is drawing a mostly neighborhood crowd. Opened by a Texan and Californian who missed the food they grew up on, the restaurant uses organic, authentic ingredients. The lime-garnished tacos burst with such fresh fillings as slow-braised pork, snappy shrimp with marinated cabbage, and cool, marinated baby cactus. Along with a vibrant, chopped pico de gallo and lively guacamole, the queso fundido–melted cheese that’s piqued with bacon, smoked chiles and onions–is a sumptuous alternative to nachos. And all are accompanied by crisp homemade tortilla chips. The pozole verde soup is only for hominy fans, but the salads are rich enough for meaty appetites, too. The cocktail ingredients are fresh and high-quality. Try a house margarita or an iced beer with lime, chile, a salted rim and splash of tomato–a stimulating take on the bloody mary.
Time Out New York says:
TAGS: Bedford, Brunch (Weekends), Delivery, Fairly Cheap, Hipster Spottings, Lorimer, Mexican, Recommended, Restaurants, ★★★★ Great
Apparently it’s the summer of tacos. On the heels of two devils—Diablo Royale and Diablo Cantina—comes Taco Chulo, a taquería that shares an address with the Lodge in Williamsburg. The restaurant’s name roughly translates to handsome taco, and the bright pink, blue and green interior is indeed good-lookin’. You can sip on homemade horchata (rice milk scented with cinnamon and almond) while former Angelica Kitchen staffers Dija Amer and Greta Dana prepare traditional queso fundido (Mexican cheeses melted to order and served with homemade tortilla chips) and nopalito soft-shell tacos with baby cactus, guacamole and cotija cheese. The two will also take turns surveying the front of the house, making sure diners get their fill of candied lime and coconut and Chihuahua cocktails.