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Claire Sep 12, 2008 08:33 AM

I'm thinking of going for dinner. Is it worth a trip? If so, what should I order?

  1. hee jong jong Mar 22, 2009 06:35 PM

    The huevos rancheros at Viva are fantastic, definately worth going out of the way for.

    1. Peter Sep 13, 2008 02:40 PM

      As long as Red Hookers are reading this, I'll hijack the thread.

      What's the name of that tapas place on Columbia -- not far from Alma?

      And is it any good? Thanks.

      Peter
      http://www.FlashlightWorthyBooks.com

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        Greg Sep 13, 2008 04:50 PM

        Red's Produce

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/515879

        Can't answer the rest of your question, as I've never been.

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          Peter Sep 13, 2008 06:32 PM

          Thanks, Greg.

          Based on those reviews you linked to, and the ones I found on Yelp, I think I'll have to give it some time and see if the food improves.

          Peter
          http://www.FlashlightWorthyBooks.com

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            oolah Sep 13, 2008 08:20 PM

            There's also Sugar Lounge, just up the street from Alma. Not Spanish tapas, but they do have small plates. It's more of a bar than a restaurant, but it's a nice place to grab a late night bite when everything else nearby is closed.

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            Reds Produce
            289 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11226

            Sugarlounge
            147 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        2. oolah Sep 12, 2008 12:09 PM

          It's slightly better than average Mexican food. Good for stopping in if you're in the area, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. For red hook Mexican, Alma is more of a destination spot, if only for the awesome view.

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            scooter Sep 12, 2008 04:08 PM

            Agreed, it's decent but not necessarily destination-worthy.

            Their myspace page has typically obnoxious music that I can't figure out how to stop, and photos of the food..

            http://www.myspace.com/vivatexmexrestaurant

            (or go straight to the photobucket acct with just the photos

            )

            http://s303.photobucket.com/albums/nn...

            Two dishes I remember fondly are chimichangas and a shrimp burrito with an elaborate name.

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              Claire Sep 13, 2008 07:09 AM

              I ended up going last night and agree with Oolah and Scooter. The food is okay, but nothing special. I had hoped it would be on par with El Huipal, the Mexican restaurant that was in the space before, but they're not even close. Of course, El Huipal was based on a specific Mexican region (I don't remember exactly where) and Viva is Tex-Mex, but the folks in El Huipal's kitchen really worked hard to put out a great product. Their mole was sublime.

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