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241 S. 4th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211 40.710491 -73.958462
at Havemeyer St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-388-8860 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Spanish/Tapas
  • Price Range: $$$

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Tue-Thu, 6pm-midnight; Fri-Sat, 6pm-1am; Sun, 6pm-midnight; Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

J, M, Z at Marcy Ave.; L at Bedford Ave.


$6-$24 (different-sized tapas)

Payment Methods

Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Reservations Not Required


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary


Cheekily pronounced “shiksa” (Yiddish for a tempting, non-Jewish woman), this South Williamsburg tapas spot is a Mexican twist on its nearby sister restaurant, Traif. The setting here is a mixed bag of backlit booths under a rope ceiling, with bent rebar partitions and mesh-caged pendant lights. The small plates are organized into six groups: cheese, bread, vegetables, grains, seafood, and meat. The “fricco-dilla” is a comforting (and more breakfast-appropriate) disk of potato and chorizo held together by melted asiago and a sunny-side-up egg. The unconventional steak tacos are deconstructed, with limey tartare and an open-faced bone of spiced marrow, with three thick black tortillas. Named after a spicy Thai salsa, the guac “nam prik num” is lacking in Asian influence, though served with a nice selection of puffed rice cubes and sliced jicama, carrots, cabbage, and cucumber. High points include two slender elote-style grilled carrots, with a tasty mix of sweet honey butter, sour lime crema, feta cheese, and spices. Also packed with flavor is the pozole, a spicy soup with large pork belly pieces, a variety of beans, and sparse hints of foie gras. The extensive wine list is organized by different Shiksa archetypes: go dignified with a rich, round, complex wine from the Marilyn Monroe section (like Chardonnay), or try a more multifaceted, schizophrenic drink like Cabernet for a Courtney Love kind of night.

Recommended Dishes

Grilled carrots “elote,” $8; duck lettuce wraps, $12