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Güeros Brooklyn

605 Prospect Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11238 40.675107 -73.956567
nr. Franklin Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-230-4941 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Mexican
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Official Website

guerosbrooklyn.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 4pm-11pm; Sat, 11am-11pm; Sun, 11am-10pm

Prices

$3.50-$8

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery Area

Flatbush Ave. to Eastern Pkwy., Bedford Ave. to Atlantic Ave.

Profile

Güeros Brooklyn is a sunny Crown Heights storefront by the owners of Dram Shop, the Park Slope bar known for its excellent Texas-style double cheeseburger. It was immediately clear that management takes equal pride in its tacos: A crackerjack squad runs this assembly line as energetically and efficiently as the poissonier runs the fish station at Le Bernardin, building each specimen from griddle-crisped tortilla to paper-boated pocket in what seems like seconds. To your freshly scrambled eggs, you may add a swipe of refried beans, melty white Cheddar, bacon, or chorizo, among other mix-ins. Even better than the customizable breakfast taco was the migas taco, a handheld version of the beloved Tex-Mex dish of scrambled eggs mingled with tortilla strips. True to form, these tacos are relatively dainty and extremely addictive. Like those who contemplate dinner before they’ve finished lunch, the typical Güeros patron is planning ahead, plotting his next taco binge midway through the one at hand. Also, it is important to note, breakfast and migas tacos are only available Saturday and Sunday until 4 p.m. This would be sad news indeed if the shop didn’t also traffic in about a dozen eggless non-breakfast tacos all the time, each beautifully composed and accoutred with well-­prepared fillings, fresh garnishes, and carefully calibrated salsas. (Heat fiends can amp things up with the housemade hot sauce.)

Of these, we’re partial to the brisket, paired with rajas and Cheddar, and the unusual, un-tacolike but satisfying fried chicken, the white-meat nuggets moistened with jalapeño buttermilk and pico de gallo. The deep-fried-avocado-and-jalapeño option is manna for local vegetarians, and flash-fried Gulf shrimp makes a sweet treat swaddled inside a flour tortilla with crunchy slaw and cilantro cream. About those tortillas: The flour ones are made in-house and toasted on the griddle, corn tortillas are delivered fresh from Corona’s Nixtamal, and one taco—the sour-cream-and-Cheddar-­enriched picadillo—is presented, in all its ground-meat, high-school-cafeteria-style glory, in a crispy hard shell. Remotely Mexican, perhaps, but unfathomably delicious.

Güeros is more than the sum of its multiple taco parts, though. There are equally satisfying Tex-Mex sides, like creamy queso with fresh-fried chips, and two versions of beans—pintos with pork, and soupy black beans with collards. There’s Lone Star, Texas’s mysteriously fetishized state beer, and margaritas made with fresh juice, frozen or on the rocks. And, not least, there’s a friendly welcome, quick, polished service, and a congenial if snug setting, with bar stools and a handful of seats that fill up fast, especially at prime breakfast-taco hours.

Featured In

The Underground Gourmet’s 2012 Cheap List

Ideal Meal

Migas taco, brisket taco, beans and greens, and a frozen margarita

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