268 Clinton St., Brooklyn, NY, 11201
nr. Verandah Pl.
By thegreat on 7/13/2012
We live around the corner from La Vara and were excited to try it on New York magazine's recommendations. Had tried to get in a couple times but it was packed, so we were happy to finally get in tonight, especially after it was featured in a big, delicious photo in the Eat Cheap issue. I'm not a cheap eater myself, and frequent some of the priciest restaurants in Manhattan, so the prospect of a reasonably priced meal isn't what drew me there, but that didn't keep me from feeling ripped off. My husband and I ordered the baked fish, which came simply prepared with no accompaniment, the delicious but ultimately unsatisifying gurulos pasta with ground goat, a nothing-special beet and watercress salad, and a tiny plate of empanadillos. We drank sparkling water and a Coke and, even with no alcohol, we were out $90 and we actually left hungry. The service was friendly and very good, but sadly, we won't be going back.