In this city, restaurants come and go faster than you can say "sustainable locavore burger." And even though there are great new additions to the culinary landscape popping up every week, you've gotta give kudos to anyone who can stick it out for over a year. With that in mind, we bring you Still Got It, our tribute to establishments that continue to serve mouthwatering meals and drinks long after the buzz has faded—or if the lingering hype is still justified.
Co-owners George Constantinou Fernandes and Farid Ali Lancheros opened up this Park Slope eatery in 2005, serving up pan-Latino dishes, margaritas and mojitos to hungry locals in their laid-back space. Eight years later, the duo is still at it, offering a tasty menu focusing on Latin basics and Colombian specialties.
Bogota Latin Bistro's got a decent-sized inside space, with a long wooden bar and scattered tables jazzed up with colorful decorations and Christmas lights. But if you can, opt for the festive backyard. It's enclosed, so you'll stay dry and warm even in inclement weather. Portions here are big, so try not to fill up on the complimentary plantain chips, even if they do come with a side of housemade spicy ají sauce. Instead, focus your attention on the massive menu. For appetizers, try the empanadas, which come crispy with a variety of fillings like shrimp, chicken and goat cheese; a $15 sampler plate with get you four flavors of your choosing. The quesadillas ($8-$11) are plump and cheesy, and $8 will get you a cornmeal arepa topped with spicy Mexican chorizo.
For entrees, the fish tacos ($16) are a particular favorite—juicy, thick slices of fried fish come stuffed inside long, soft tortillas, with a savory chipotle dipping sauce on the side. Also of note are the Colombian BBQ ribs ($19), massive, flavorful slabs of roasted pork slathered in a tangy homemade mango barbecue sauce. For dessert, be sure to check out the $8 xangos, a taquito made with fried cheesecake and dipped in cinnamon and vanilla gelato.
Bogota also makes killer mojitos—regular mojitos are $9 each and $45 per pitcher, with fruit ones running $10/$50. They've also got a selection of (strong!) margaritas and sangrias. And on Mondays through Wednesdays, happy hour runs until 11 p.m., so you can get margaritas, mojitos and pina coladas for only $6 a drink. Try to get there late so you can avoid the neighborhood's inevitable stroller crew.