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601 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11238
at Bergen St.

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Food: 3
Service: 3
Décor: 4
"Not Recommended"

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Too bad

By anniebecks on 8/22/2010

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

I was so excited when I saw that Pequena was going to open their second location in Prospect Heights. I kept watching and waiting. Finally, it opened. I had read a few reviews online, none of them good. I really needed to go and see for myself. Maybe, just maybe, they were wrong. Nope. The service was okay, but the food-AWFUL! It was beyond bland. All of it. The salsa fresca was simply chopped tomatoes, the chips burnt, shredded chicken tacos tasted like mushy cat food, cold canned black beans, and the most flavorless rice ever. Even the frozen margarita was lackluster. Where's the love? Not here. If you want some delicious mexican food in Prospect Heights, head to Chavella's. Skip this joint, if its still manages to be open by the time you read this.

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where's the humanity?

By NB1121 on 9/20/2010

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

WHERE'S THE HUMANITY? My purse was stolen at Pequena tonight, and they pretty much didn't give a sh*t. I sat outside and when I went to pay, I realized my purse had been snatched from the back of my chair. They apologized and said they were sorry that happened to me, but didn't offer to call the cops and when my dear friend asked them to comp my meal ($7) they refused saying 'We're only waitstaff, there's no manager here'. When my friend asked them if they had seen a purse, they admitted that other customers had their purses stolen when they first opened, and a patron's purse had been stolen as recently as a month ago. So why don't they warn patron of possible theft? All they would need to say to their patrons who chose to sit outside is, "hold on to your purses." Don't they feel any sense of responsibility towards what happens on their property? They know this is happening in their outside dining but are purposefully not letting their patrons know. This is not very neighborhoody behavior. Why even offer dining outside if this is happening? Profit more important than people. NICE. Where is the humanity, Pequena? PS your food's too spicy, pequena!!

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One and Done

By bkposts on 2/7/2011

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Went to Pequena for dinner this weekend, and it was a disappointment. Our first sign that dinner might not meet expectations was when we overheard a bartender tell the waitress that they were ordering pizza and did she want any? Bland mains, inexcusably horrid black beans and a weird buttery rice that had no business being served at a Mexican restaurant. Sole highlight was a mushroom taco with well-marinated vegetables and fresh garnish. Also, they did not serve iced tea. Fail. Won't be back.

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By BklynMe on 7/16/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I really wanted to like this place with its kitschy Mexicana Décor and the cool pedestrian traffic of Vanderbilt Street. Unfortunately the service and food got in the way. The server was attentive until she got our order and that apparently ended her obligations for the evening. In her defense we were sitting outside and there were a few tables outside, all equal ignored. Patrons walked in the restaurant to pay checks, make additional orders, etc. (Although the Bus boy and Hostess did a fine job.) A little too laid back for me. But all of this pales next to the incredibly mediocre bland food. There was one star; a chipotle pico sauce that was a little heavy but very tasty with a spicy smokiness. Everything else was very generic and uninspired, especially the Sangria. The guacamole was mashed avocado. The black beans were from a freshly opened can, too bad they couldn’t be bothered to heat them. But to end on a happy note: Nice corner and a beautiful night.

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