With the Covid variants bringing the wave of summer travel to a serious slowdown and international visits becoming considerably less appealing to many (again), it may be time to return to the pandemic’s main comfort: food. . Thankfully, thanks to vaccinations and mask warrants, restaurants are better equipped to handle a larger crowd this time around, giving you a much better chance of scoring a reservation and returning those indoor tables that were sorely missed during. in the winter of 2020/2021, meals in the open air. Around a single intersection in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, you can escape to Mexico, Greece and Latin America (with a decidedly Colombian accent) with three popular restaurants from Mil Gustos Hospitality Group, and with some festive feel. and an ambiance that is eye-catching to everyone, more than your taste buds will capture the taste of travel that you might otherwise miss this fall and winter. Here’s what you’ll find at BogotÃ¡ Latin Bistro, Miti Miti, and Medusa Green Taverna, all within walking distance of each other at 5e Avenue in Brooklyn.
Latin Bistro in Bogota
The first Park Slope restaurant from partners George Constantinou and Farid Ali-Lancheros, Latin Bistro in Bogota opened in 2005, offering pan-Latin cuisine that honors their two legacies: Constantinou is half Costa Rican and Ali-Lancheros was born in Colombia. Despite a massive menu of traditional dishes and old family favorites, the party atmosphere, from vibrant works of art to upbeat tunes, is probably as responsible as the food of regular visitors. It is impossible to feel unwelcome in BogotÃ¡. Start with empanadas (Colombian cornmeal or Argentinian wheat) or Colombian arepas, or take the soup and salad route with a chicken and pork chop sancocho soup and a palm salad with pomegranate, mango, avocado and palm tree with cilantro vinaigrette. Main courses include a Colombian stew of chicken and root vegetables; marinated snapper with coconut rice and tostones; paella with seafood and chorizo; Colombian barbecue ribs; and a taco menu, but the crowd favorite is the Bandeja Paisa. Loosely translated as “mountain platter” due to its prevalence in MedellÃn, it is more literally translated as “national platter” and includes skirt steak or chicken (grilled or roasted), pork chicharron, arepa white, rice and beans, and a fried egg, with sides of avocado, maduros and coleslaw. Still, the most popular items in Bogota may come from the flavored menu of margarita and mojito (including lulo, a tangy Colombian fruit), with happy hour prices all day every day.
Ten years after refining BogotÃ¡’s successful food and pleasure formula, MGHG launched Miti Miti less than a block away. The menu here is modern Mexican, and the restaurant’s communal concept is evoked in its catchy name: Miti Miti is short for âmitad y mitad,â which means half and half, and often refers to sharing. The bar’s program here is similar to that in BogotÃ¡ with a considerable collection of margaritas and mojitos, but expands its focus to showcase a healthy library of tequilas and mezcals. Try the pico pepino for a spicy mix of tequila and mezcal with a cucumber jalapeÃ±o puree. Miti Miti offers over a dozen tacos including Green Goddess (roasted Brussels sprouts, crispy kale, mushroom hummus and jalapeÃ±o with salsa verde); crispy chicken thigh, tangy coleslaw and avocado tomatillo salsa; and Beer Breaded White Fish Tacos with Chipotle Aioli. There are also, of course, birria taco selections. Starters to share include Mexican street corn, shrimp and chorizo ââmac and cheese, and fried calamari with salsa verde and spicy ranchera salsa, with additional dishes found on the fajita, enchilada, and burrito menus. . Save room for desserts like churros with chocolate sauces, tres leches cake or xangos, a fried cheesecake taquito dipped in cinnamon sugar with vanilla ice cream.
Medusa Greek Tavern
In front of Miti Miti, Medusa Greek Tavern is MGHG’s latest offering, bringing a chic selection of traditional Greek fare alongside updated Mediterranean cuisine, honoring Constantinou’s Greek heritage. While the atmosphere here remains social, the design change from explosive colors and traditional party elements to darker tones and on-trend chandeliers separates it from the group’s early restaurants with more of a dining club scene than a fiesta. in the backyard. You’ll still find the band’s signature margaritas, but with flavors like green apple, pomegranate, and blue ouzo instead (there’s an ouzo mojito too) and wines, including several Greek bottles, are more present here. For meals to share with friends or family, start with an assortment of Greek dips, as well as selections from a dozen meze platters ranging from zucchini chips and tzatziki to spanakopita or Greek octopus macaroni and cheese with orzo, halloumi and feta. The more substantial starters include the moussaka; pastitsio (Greek baked ziti with kefalotyri cheese and meat sauce); lamb yiouvetsi (braised lamb stew in tomato sauce with feta); and grilled salmon with lemon oil and capers. For dessert, consider traditional baklava or opt for tahini chocolate mousse with pink berries and halva crumble.