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About La Vara
La Vara celebrates the Moorish and Jewish legacies in Spanish Cooking. Chefs and Owners Alex Raij and Eder Montero, of Manhattan's premier Spanish restaurants El Quinto Pino and Txikito, extend their story in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Friday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm, 5:30pm - 12:00am
Sunday: 11:30am -3:30pm, 5:30 - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
La Vara Ratings and Reviews
The food was good but not that mind-blowing. I don’t know if the Michelin standards are different from country to country but comparing with the standards I’m used to they are under the one star especially the overall experience. The service was the worse (no advices about food or wine, presenting the plates, waiters putting the garbage out during service, ...). The toilets were gross and the kitchen looked very unclean. I feel like they likely got some network to get this star and we all know that it brings tons of visits for the best and the bad!
We came to La Vara for an early Valentine's Day dinner. Everything we ordered was amazing - I even enjoyed the Pipirrana con Grano (cucumber and grain salad) despite not usually liking cucumber. We particularly enjoyed the gurullos (Murcian pasta) and Sobrasada con Miel (spreadable sausage with honey). We shared a pitcher of sangria, which was delicious too, and finished with amazing olive oil ice cream. The staff were friendly and attentive and the atmosphere is lively but not too loud. Overall I highly recommend La Vara!
My husband and I came to New York to visit our kids, both of whom live in Manhattan. My son recommended that we try La Vara and I agreed, although it wasn't as convenient as the other restaurants we chose. It ended up being our favorite, one of the ones that we'll put on our every time we visit list. It was wonderful that we were five people because we got to try lots of different dishes. I think we ordered 12 dishes, which we managed to finish, but we could have had less. My favorites were the paella, which was smaller than I expected; the fried chick peas and the spreadable sausage. The meal was paced very well and we also enjoyed our wine choices. Great food and service. And although the place was very busy, we could still have a conversation without having to shout. Can't wait to return.
The food is really good, but if you’re looking for authentic Spanish food this is not your place.
I would say that the food is Spanish inspired but not necessarily Spanish and the restaurant does not have the vibe of a Spanish restaurant (more like a Brooklyn hipster vibe). Moreover, they fail to explain that the portions are for sharing (all of them). The service is really good though and the food too, is just that it wasn’t what I was expecting.
We came to La Vera after reading a few reviews. We were blown away by the amazing brunch menu and beautiful atmosphere. Our server was so incredibly kind, knowledgeable and professional, as were all the people working there. We were in NY for three days and this was our favorite meal.
I absolutely agree with the previous good reviews. The restaurant's food, service and wine choices- were excellent. We loved sharing and we had wonderful suggestions from the staff about what to order and followed their advice on amounts to order. Fun place and we will return!
I wished I lived close to La Vara so I could eat there regularly and try everything on the menu several times. The food was creative and delicious with surprising textures, colors, and spices. We sat at the bar because there was a problem with electricity in part of the dinning room and that was worked out very well. The bartender engaged us in friendly conversation while giving us help with selecting wine (very good red) and dishes--garbanzo beans (warm, crisp and spicy), crispy eggplant (in a slightly sweet melted cheese sauce), cod salad (least favorite dish of the night), noodle paella (funny to think about), and duck (amazing flavor that lingered on the palate). Can't wait to go back.
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