Alas, my heart is broken again! I really liked Barrio when it first opened (even with some flaws), but I really think it has gone downhill. The "perfecto nestorindo" cocktail used to include delicious, fresh tamarind, but now they ruined it by using mango instead. They no longer have the charred steak mini-tacos, but rather a bland, braised short rib taco. The guacamole is fresh, but really under-seasoned. Even one of their best dishes, the "puebla" pork w/ a red chile/peanut mole, somehow seems lackluster now. ...
So many "upscale" Mexican restaurants in Park Slope (e.g., Maria's, Piramide) start off great, and then have a huge downhill. What's up with that? I know that there is some great Mexican food elsewhere in Brooklyn (Sunset Park, etc.) and of course other boroughs too, but what's so hard about keeping a decent place around this neck of the woods?
Can I get a witness? Or am I just a stereotypical "entitled," whining Park Slope type? ;)
I'm not touching the whole," Or am I just a stereotypical "entitled," whining Park Slope type? ' comment, lol! I will say the same "dumbing down" of ethnic dishes seems to happen in SI as well. I've asked a couple of Chef/Owners why this occurs. I've been told by them that their customers complain that the food is too hot/spicy so they have toned down their initial presentations. Perhaps the same sort of thing is happening in your area. Park Slope is not all that far from Sunset Park. You'd be better off going there where the large Hispanic population supports the less costly but more authentically prepared dishes. There are a bunch of places along 5th Ave between 60-40th Sts that probably offer what you seek.
"So many "upscale" Mexican restaurants in Park Slope (e.g., Maria's, Piramide) start off great, and then have a huge downhill."
for us, piramide started off at the bottom and have continued to flatline.
sorry to hear about barrio. i've had nothing but positive experiences there.