Local Latin Eats: 10th Annual 'Dine In Brooklyn' Kicks Off

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Very few things are better than cheap, delicious, local food. I fully support all of the above and lucky for us Brooklynites, the 10th Annual Dine In Brooklyn just kicked off on Monday, March 11th and will run through March 21st. In case you missed out on Restaurant Week last month, you have another chance to enjoy amazing deals at close to 200 restaurants in the Brooklyn borough.

You can check the list for participating restaurants offering 3 course prix-fixe dinners(for 1 or 2) for $28, and lunch and brunches (for 2) for only $23. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz started the event to encourage locals to support their traditional community spots but also the new cuisine that is booming in Brooklyn.

Here are a few of our picks to check out, but don’t forget to hit up the rest of the list, to enjoy good eats and discover some hidden gems around town. Make sure to call ahead for reservations and don’t forget to mention “Dine In Brooklyn.”


Miss Favela
57 S. 5th Street
This signature dish at this authentic Brazilian spot under the Williamsburg bridge is the moqueca de peix e pirao, a yum, saffron-colored fish stew that almost looks too good to eat. But eat it you will. Come for the food, stay for the energetic samba and caipirinhas that get people dancing in the cramped aisles.
Sindicato de Cocineros
57 Nassau Avenue
Just across McCarren Park, Sindicato de Cocineros brings an eclectic menu to the already-taco-truck-populated Bedford Ave. Even during the winter season, they manage to keep their red onion and cilantro guacamole fresh, and decently portioned as far as gourmet appetizers go. Surprises such as live DJs, seasonal spicy Sandía salad and Muscovy Duck & chorizo-bean purée special are a reason to check this neighborhood gem out.
80 Berry Street
Miranda is a mom-and-pop shop helmed by Sasha Rodriguez Miranda, the daughter of a Dominican father and Irish-American mother, and her husband Mauricio Miranda of Guerrero, Mexico. The couple met while working at Italian restaurant Verbena, and ultimately decided to open a place that combined the Latin American cooking they grew up on with their love for Italian food. The end result? Deliciously subtle fusions like a salsa guajillo matched with breaded and fried smoked mozzarella.

21 S 1st Street
Come here for an organic twist on Uruguayan fare with locally-farmed chicken and grass-fed beef. The steaks are delicious – especially the filet mignon sandwich, which is topped with acon, mozzarella, onions, green olives, tomato, lettuce and a fried egg. Eat your heart out big mac.
491 Atlantic Avenue
Boerum Hill
This spot serves pan-latin food on the cheap – our favorite part? The selection of batidos.
82 Washington Avenue
Clinton Hill
The Nuevo Cuban cuisine at this spot merges traditional items like pernil, ropa vieja and empanadas with more modern, internationally influenced dishes, like a Mojito Churrasco Salad that is loaded with cheese, mango, avocado, grilled chicken and fried onions.
141 5th Avenue
Park Slope

This Pan-latin restaurant serves food from Central and South America with a focus on Colombian cuisine. Highlights are the Colombian arepas, which are served with bits of fried pork.