Taperia Restaurant recently reopened in its former Brooklyn Heights location after a two-year absence from the neighborhood’s tapas scene. Another new tapas bar in the area—33 Lafayette—also opened its doors this fall. To celebrate the arrival of these Central Brooklyn tapas options, let’s take a look at the borough’s most beloved tapas bars and restaurants. At the end of the post, we shine the spotlight on the two newbies within a half-mile of the NU Hotel Brooklyn.
Boqueria serves Patatas Bravas, Salteado de Setas, Espinacas a la Catalana, and other classic Spanish tapas. The Brooklyn location of this beloved New York and D.C. micro-chain is also the Fort Greene neighborhood, a 15-minute walk from the NU Hotel..
590 Fulton Street; (718) 237-9000
This South Park Slope wine and tapas bar serves cheeses, salami, crab cakes, meatballs, pot pie, and other snacks in a charming, low-key setting. Tapas and wine are reduced by as much as half during happy hour between 3 and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
381 7th Avenue; (718) 768-9463
If Michelin-starred tapas are what you’re after, this Cobble Hill restaurant has you covered. Enjoy jumbo garlic-lemon prawns, noodle paella, salty sardines, and savory lamb meatballs in La Vara’s elegant setting. La Vara is a 10-minute walk from the NU Hotel.
268 Clinton Street; (718) 422-0065
This Flatbush wine and tapas bar serves authentic Spanish tapas like chorizo, octopus in wine, and chorizo. The grilled stuffed eggplant and cheese and charcuterie board are also popular small bite options at Manchego Koko.
1502 Cortelyou Road; (347) 425-8511
Since opening shop in 2005, My Moon’s authentic paella and tapas have ranked among the most craveworthy in New York. The North Williamsburg Spanish restaurant operates from a reclaimed 19th-century boiler room. My Moon’s industrial chic atmosphere is both rustic and romantic
184 N. 10th Street; (718) 599-7007
Olea is a Mediterranean restaurant that serves traditional Spanish tapas and seasonal small bites like broccoli rabe and a beet spread. The lamb meatballs are a customer favorite at this Clinton Hill tapas restaurant, which is also popular for dinner and weekend brunch.
171 Lafayette Avenue; (718) 643-7003
For a fine selection of Italian antipasto, reserve a table at The Saint Austere in North Williamsburg. The family-run operation has an excellent selection of Italian wine and inventive craft cocktails. The Saint Austere is one of the neighborhood’s most highly-rated restaurants on Yelp.
613 Grand Street; (718) 388-0012
Empanadas, tacos, and crispy chicharron bites are a few items on Salud’s expansive tapas menu. The seafood-centric tapas restaurant is located in Bay Ridge.
7204 3rd Avenue; (718) 333-5228
This new American tapas bar is the only place on our list that doesn’t serve traditional Spanish tapas. 33 Lafayette’s small bite offerings include chicken wings, glazed chicken tacos, flatbread pizza, kale salad, hummus, and charcuterie in an intimate, sleekly-designed setting. If you attend a show or event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Fort Greene during your visit, the tapas bar and cocktail lounges conveniently located across the street. 33 Lafayette a 15-minute walk from the NU Hotel.
33 Lafayette Avenue; (347) 987-4073
Taperia has been playing musical chairs with Eamonn’s Irish Pub for the prime Brooklyn Heights real estate Taperia recently reclaimed. The tapas’ restaurant originally moved in in 2013 after Eamonn’s shuttered the doors on a 17-run. In 2015, Eamonn’s moved back into the Montague Street restaurant space. After a two-year hiatus, Taperia reclaimed the space in the fall of 2017. Taperia is a sophisticated Spanish tapas bar a 15-minute walk from the NU Hotel.
132 Montague Street; (718) 596-1800