454 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Our Rating: ★ ★
Cards: All major
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-10pm; Closed Weekends
Booze: Beer and wine
Subway: L to Lorimer St. or Graham Ave.
Menu: Click Here
A smattering of paintings by local artists and red walls constitute the bulk of the decor at this Mexican-American cafe. Comfy, worn-out armchairs provided sip spots for cappuccinos and lattes during the day, while servers sling burritos, tacos and burgers to the table seats in the evening. Locals swear by the fish tacos and complain about the sometimes pokey service. The long bar doubles as a pastry counter and mini library stocked with pamphlets from the neighborhood.
New York Mag says:
TAGS: Cheap, Delivery, Graham, Lorimer, Mexican, Restaurants, ★★ Meh
Opened in 2003 by Steven Camarillo and Lori Erlitz, this inexpensive restaurant by the BQE has a hip yet all-embracing feel. Its prefab decor of fake brick and stone-face walls-remnants of its former incarnations as a coffee shop, five-and-dime and, according to local legend, funeral parlor-is embellished with tin ornaments, Loteria cards and a glowing tank of exotic fish. Hearty entrees on the Mexican/Southwestern menu include fish tacos, which hold a flavorful, battered filet of sole with ripe fixings, beans and yellow rice plus tartar sauce by request; and Yoli’s enchiladas, topped with a mild green sauce, and best enjoyed with tender chicken rather than too-tough steak. Brunch draws an amiable crowd for crunchy French toast and delicious “Cele”citos-crispy corncakes with eggs, jack cheese and skin-on home fries. Service is reliably lackadaisical, but always friendly.