Mon-Thu, 5pm-midnight; Fri, 5pm-1am; Sat, 11am-1am; Sun, 11am-midnight
L at Bedford Ave.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Flushing Ave. to McGuiness Blvd., Bushwick Ave. to the East River
Appropriately situated near the Williamsburg waterfront, Rosarito Fish Shack features open air windows, sea-creature wallpaper, and decorative raw bar. The menu begins with tacos: overstuffed tiny tortillas that come two to an order, including classic pescado, short rib and avocado, huitlacoche mushroom, and even camarones al pastor. Well-spiced ceviches are fresh, citrusy and bursting with flavor. Mezcal, from the attached tequila bar, makes its way onto the menu in the glazed tuna entree, tender and accompanied by a tempura pepper hidden under a mushroom salad. Two jumbo lump crab cakes are generously sized, encased by a thin layer of crisp breading, and stacked beside a tower of forgettable truffle fries. The ambitious shack stew mixes octopus, shrimp, mussels, clams, white fish, and even chorizo with rice. For dessert, “Tiramex-su” puts a spicy twist on the Italian classic by means of Mexican cacao and tequila-infused lady fingers.
Bar stays open until 2 a.m. on Friday and 4 a.m. on SaturdayRecommended Dishes
Tortitas de cangrejo (crab cakes), $24; tiramex-su, $7