Gothamist loves Mexican food, and was therefore very pleased to find that Mexican fare had finally made its way to Fort Greene, Brooklyn. While Fort Greene is full of French restaurants (Chez Oskar, A Table are just two), as well as Middle Eastern and South African fare, it's been a long wait for tacos, guacamole, and the like.
So what a pleasant surprise it was to stumble upon Pequeña a few months ago. As its name translates from the Spanish, this place is indeed small. Tiny is more like it. Very compact, with just a few tables inside (and a few more outside for this time of year), this place temporarily pulled us outside of Brooklyn's trappings and into a Mexican mindset. From the colorfully painted walls to the Mexican mirrors, from the strings of lights to the intricately painted wooden chairs, Pequeña managed to serve up this feeling while avoiding the ticky-tacky approach that too many other inexpensive-to-midrange Mexican restaurants in New York City present.
While we waited for our food we were curious as to whether the culinary aspect of this restaurant would live up to the mood that had been set, and we're happy to report that while Pequeña wasn't the best Mexican food we had ever experienced, it was respectable-to-good across the board. On two visits we sampled guacamole and chips, fish and chicken tacos, black beans and rice. The flavors were clear, the food well presented and tasty, and the service was attentive.
So the next time Gothamist is in the neighborhood to see a film at BAM, we'll definitely keep this place in mind.
Pequeña, 86 South Portland Ave. (at Lafayette), Fort Greene, (718) 643-0000