New York

La Vara

Cuisine: American, Spanish, Tapas

Price: $$

268 Clinton St.

Brooklyn, NY 11201 | See Map

Neighborhood: Cobble Hill

(718) 422-0065

lavarany.com/

Mon - Thu: 5PM - 11PM

Fri - Sat: 5PM - Midnight

Sun: 5PM - 10PM

At A Glance

  • Reservations
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Alcohol
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
Zagat
La Vara

food

27

decor

22

service

25

“Every morsel is delicious” at this “exotic” Cobble Hill Spaniard where tapas featuring “Moorish and Jewish influences” are paired with an “accessible” wine list; “warm, well-trained” servers patrol the “simple, minimalist” setting that’s “high energy” to some, “crazy busy” to others.

About the Restaurant

The Cobble Hill kitchen of culinary couple Alex Raij and Eder Montero brings the Moorish- and Sephardic-influenced flavors of Basque Country to Brooklyn. As at the duo's Manhattan restaurants (Txikito, El Quinto Pino), tapas, such as artichoke with anchovy aioli and spiced fried chickpeas, are a highlight. The benefits of saving room for an entrée include albóndigas (lamb meatballs in mint yogurt) or classic fideua (a noodle paella with shrimp, squid and clams). The comfortably snug tin-ceilinged, brick-walled dining room is as inviting as the aromas from the kitchen. The spot instantly won loyal regulars, who were easily lured inside from the quaint, tree-lined street and happy to have such expert Spanish cooking — plus a nice bar to relax and enjoy a glass of sherry — in the neighborhood. Since GQ named La Vara one of the 12 Outstanding Restaurants of 2013, visitors from all over have been making it their destination, too.

Nearest subway
F, G to Bergen St.

What to tell a cabbie
Take me to Clinton between Warren St. and Congress St. in Brooklyn.

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