Tue-Thu, 6:30pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 6:30pm; Sun, open for private events only; Mon, closed
G, L at Metropolitan Ave.-Lorimer St.
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Ooba's low lighting and lush couches suggest a cozy date spot for two, but the Spanish-American tapas menu and multilevel setup make it better suited for group gatherings. Owner Nyree Martinez, an ex-financer, noticed a lack of this style of eatery in Williamsburg and with her husband she decided to turn this former fish market into a destination for food, drinks, and entertainment. With just a few booths, Ooba’s smaller tables and stools encourage a more social setting; a sunken lounge has pillowed couches for relaxing; and the third level, often used for private events, boasts its own bar and D.J. booth.
On the menu, pan-Latin classics like tortilla Espanola and tostones arropados (fried green plantains topped with chopped chorizo), are complemented by more American-influenced choices (mozzarella sticks, the ubiquitous beef slider). The more far-flung fare tends to be the way to go: Churrasaco en verde (marinated steak with chimichurri sauce) is large enough to be its own meal, while the substantial bocadito sandwiches are packed with melted mozzarella. Still, classic tapas like croquetas come in minuscule portions fleshed out with salad, and otherwise uninspired scallops are saved only by their bacon wrapper.Recommended Dishes
Churrasco en verde, $13.95; tortilla Espanola, $5.95