Lovers of authentic, unassailable Mexican food—and residents of Kings County—get excited, because your options in that department just became more attainable and delicious. Denise Lina Chavez, who opened her much praised bodega-taqueria, El Atoradero, in the Bronx, has brought her delicious recipes closer to our homes and stomachs—El Atoradero Brooklyn is now open for business in Prospect Heights.
Grub Street tells us that the restaurant—whose predecessor won highest-ranked Mexican restaurant on Underground Gourmet’s 2014 Cheap Eats—is in soft open mode, serving a limited menu: chalupas, some tacos, quesadillas, and flautas; for the moment, its just beer and wine, too. Which is to say, there many exciting additions on the horizon.
Soon, Lina Chavez’s partner Noah Arenstein says the Brooklyn outpost will offer even more delicious options than the original, and cool equipment to make it, including a “custom made” masa machine to prepare blue corn, a trompo spit for al pastor, tacos arabes, and eight base proteins. They’ll also get a full liquor license, and, beyond the expected tequila and mezcal options, serve frozen margaritas and “fruity and smoky” racilla, a bi-product of agave.
The Washington Avenue space will also be much bigger than its previous iteration, with 32 indoor seats and a few outdoor spots once things get warmer.
So, start dreaming of the authentic Mexican dinner you’ll eat tonight; then get ready to return again and again, as the menu becomes increasingly delicious.
El Atoradero Brooklyn: 708 Washington Avenue, Prospect Heights