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La Vara
Spanish Restaurant$$$
Today 11:30 am – 12:00 am
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268 Clinton St Brooklyn, NY 11201
268 Clinton StreetUSNew York11201
$$$Spanish RestaurantToday 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Monday 5:00 – 11:00 pmTuesday 5:00 – 11:00 pmWednesday 5:00 – 11:00 pmThursday 5:00 – 11:00 pmFriday 5:00 pm – 12:00 amSaturday 11:30 am – 12:00 amSunday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
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Spanish tapas with Moorish & Jewish influences draw crowds to the stylish storefront restaurant.- Google
"I recommend the chorizo stuffed squid or the suckling pig, really really good."
"Beautifully composed tapas plates in a cozy space."
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Aaron Holloway-Nahum
2 months ago
Wonderful food and friendly staff here. Open Table had misplaced our booking but they still seated us (in the small garden in the back, which is lovely if the weather is nice). We had a pitcher of refreshing Sangria and then dug in. Highly recommend the Rabbit and the (current special) Zucchini Pancakes. We also had excellent chicken hearts, and the lamb meatballs came with a wonderful sauce. (We did spend a lot of time soaking up the sauces with our bread!) For dessert...we tried one of everything! (And a great dessert wine). A wonderful meal. Thanks so much!
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Javier Kohen
2 months ago
I was in La Vara for lunch on a Sunday. I had croquetas, eggs with squid and churros. The churros were the highlight: crispy and soft, not too sweet, perfectly fried. For a restaurant that has (or had) a Michelin star, I was very disappointed with the rest of the food. Don't get me wrong, it was OK, but the flavors were just too crowded. The food in fine restaurants tends to have subtle and distinct flavors, but at La Vara both dishes were a mish mash of ingredients with no identity whatsoever. If I hadn't read the list of ingredients on the menu, I'd be hard pressed to tell what I was eating. Other reviewers complain about the prices and portion sizes: although the portions are by no means large, I didn't think La Vara was particularly bad in that regard.
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Mark and Melissa Wells
3 months ago
The food is great but we've given up on the place because it always has a Chlorox odor, as bad as a cheap hotel. Which is really weird!
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Crystal Cun
11 months ago
Beautifully composed tapas plates in a cozy space. There's lots going on with each dish but in the end, it's still quite comfortable and approachable. I loved the fried eggplant (how do they get it crispy and creamy at once??) and the sardines on toast melted in your mouth.
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Kyle Harder
a month ago
An experience is the process of doing and seeing things and of having things happen to you. La Vara met this definition flawlessly. Service was impeccably managed by a single server who offered suggestions and can't miss items from the tapas style Spanish menu. Our server went one step further and provided a connection to terroir and preparation in traditional language. As much as we loved our server the food surpassed expectations. Each dish was a amusing to the senses and paid homage to the style of the food and place. I was particularly in love with the eggplant tendrils immersed in Oaxacan cheese. We were seated next to a couple who had visited La Vara many times and the sense of comfort our conversation across the table with strangers was unexpected, but completed the experience. We will be back!
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SUSY Gatta
a week ago
Buonissime le Tapas..great typical Spanish food...a must if u visit New York.
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Lon Binder
11 months ago
Excellent brunch! Everything we ate (which was a lot) was delicious. The winner was the chickpea and shrimp fritter with sunnyside up eggs. Amazing dish worth traveling for. Only negative was that the menu consists of almost entirely egg and fried dishes. Would like a few more options.
Antonio Sanchez
2 months ago
Great creative tapas and excellent service.