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82 Good

Solid cooking, excellent mezcal and margaritas, and a spacious back garden make this one of the neighborhood’s best spots.

284 Third Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11215


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Chef T.J. Steele’s Oaxacan spot is one of the better additions to the bumpy, perpetually-under-construction stretch of Third Avenue that runs along Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal and is one of the city’s unlikeliest restaurant rows. Steele’s deeply enjoyable moles, in particular, are of note, as are the homemade plentiful tortillas, the top-flight margaritas, and easygoing spirit of the entire place. (The giant back garden, open when the weather warms up, is also pretty special.)

What you need to know

Recommended DishesMole negro; barbacoa tacos; aguachile.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!