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Dec 2, 2006 07:47 PM

Bonita in Ft. Greene

A branch of the Williamsburg Mexican restaurant, Bonita, has just opened on DeKalb in the middle of the Ft. Greene restaurant explosion. Has anyone tried it?

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  1. I went there for drinks the other night, food looked great and the mid-dinner vibe was beaming but alas, all I can comment on is that it's a good place to get drunk on tequila.

    I plan on hitting it up for eats this week.

    1. We went last night for dinner at Bonita on DeKalb and had a wonderful meal. They have a wide selection of tequilas, some really fine, and my SO and I each started with a shot of an anejo tequila -- our favorite was Partido. They bring it with a chaser of sangrita, a refreshing tomato and cucumber cooler to sip after the tequila. Sort of a variation on a bloody mary.

      For apps, I had the special posole, a soup with pork and hominy, which was hearty and delicious, full of flavor. It comes with a plate of condiments to tweak it to your taste -- lime, cilantro, red onion, julienned lettuce. My SO had the chopped salad, which was very fresh, if not especially interesting. Our main dishes were fish tacos and steak tacos -- both really fresh and delicious. The steak was tender and flavored with marinade; the fish was fried and was quite delicate. For dessert, we shared a slice of tres leches cake, which comes with a shot of tequila poured on top, further drowing the already milk-saturated cake. It was great.

      The total bill came to $58 -- for two drinks, two apps, two entrees, and one dessert, which seemed extremely reasonable, especially compared to many of the Ft. Greene restaurants. The place just opened but it was packed and buzzing, probably because the nabe really needed a low-priced, nice-vibe, great food restaurant.

      They were a little harried, as new restaurants usually are, but the waiters were all very friendly and helpful. The seating is VERY tight, the noise level is high. But we really enjoyed it.

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      1. re: starfish

        Don't you mean, Partida? Try the Don Julio Blanco and the Don Julio 1942 if you like the Partida. Similar in style, both from 'single agave vineyard' Highland Pina's.

      2. pozole, fish tacos, and sopes were all good. i'm not judging the fish tacos by Mission Beach standards. i'm just saying they were tasty and, despite being a native of SoCal and a fish taco snob, i would eat them again.

        the sangria was nothing special. next time i'm ordering a michelada--beer mixed with citrus juices, with a salt rimmed glass. i'll let you know how it is. i live right around the corner, so if you want me to try something and report back on it, i will.

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        1. re: worm

          Just had my first meal there last night and was uniformly disappointed. $4 for bland, store-bought chips and salsa; a chopped Mexican salad that was lacking in any sort of ambition or flavor. Two main courses that were adequate at best and very overpriced.

          What's with the $4 side of beans? Give me a break.

          Seating is ridiculously tight.

          We've had a lot of welcome additions to the Ft Greene restaurant lineup, but this aint one of them.

          I'll be taking the walk to Lobo on 5th avenue for better, cheaper food.


          1. re: mizdflop

            Thank you for finall calling this place what it is. I live in Billyburg, and the only reason that they are able to get away with it here, is well, b/c this is their turf, and that the Hipster-Dufus crowd does not know good eats, period. Over charging for bland, medicore at best food? I can go to Park Slope for that.

        2. So I'm back from another outing at Bonitas. The michelada was good and is the same price as a beer. The chorizo sopes and adobo pork were very good (not on the menu but offered as specials). The veggie tacos were decent but uninteresting. The chicken enchiladas were excellent. It's nice to see a place that makes all their own corn tortillas. The pico de gallo is hot as hell, due to some green chiles they put in it, so before you slather your rice or whatever with it, take caution.
          I also enjoyed finishing my friend's drink, made from horchata and some sort of alcohol--tequila, i guess. My friend couldn't handle the gross amount of salt on the rim of my michelada glass, so she ordered a chelada sin sal(just beer and citrus juices).

          1. ate at Bonita last Thursday eve and like everyone else, enjoyed it overall. the atmosphere is great - loved the tiles and the warm lighting. the guacamole was outstanding. i have to say, though, that i thought the fish tacos were boring and flavorless in the extreme. the ingredients were fresh, and i'm all for good simple ingredients, but i really thought something was missing. also, the pieces of fish were tiny, considering there was nothing else on the taco except cabbage.

            everything else was great, though, including the service and i will definately go back. any other suggestions for dishes?