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Chicha Cafetín

198 Randolph Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237 40.70971 -73.927179
nr. Gardner Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-366-2114 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Latin American
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Sun and Tue–Thurs, 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat, 5pm-4am; Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Jefferson St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Design Standout
  • Reservations Not Required
  • Online Reservation


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary


The Nicaraguan street food and quesadilla cousin known as the quesillo anchors Chicha Cafetín and Cocktails’ menu, albeit altered. The restaurant’s culinary director, Vanessa Palazio, shrank them down to “street-taco size” and added toppings like lobster on a squid-ink tortilla and a pork version of the staple baho, beef steamed with plantains and yucca in banana leaves. She hopes that they take off enough to be replicated back home but for now is spreading the cheesy gospel here in New York along with her husband, Adam Schneider (together they ran the grilled-cheese shop Little Muenster); partner Nathan Meshberg of Fort Greene Farms; and bar director Marshall Altier. Quesillos are just one part of the menu, which is a greatest hits of Nicaraguan food, reimagined and tweaked. The cold meat dish salpicon is turned into rillettes with smoked coconut, and the bread-pudding-like maduros en gloria turned into a bananas Foster–esque maduros infernos. There’s plenty to drink, too. A large neon sign outside announces “RUM,” a bat signal for daiquiri devotees, and along with rare vintages from places like Oaxaca, the spirit is the focus of the cocktail menu. Half are available on draft, like the Nitro Cafecito, a sort of espresso Martini that’s made with Flor de Caña rum, cherry liqueur, and Nicaraguan cold brew.


The full food menu is served until 11 p.m., and a late-night menu is served until 2 a.m.