Casa Publica

4.4
62 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican

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June 2, 2017, marks the opening of Casa Pública, a Mexican restaurant and bar in the North Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. At the helm of the project are partners chef Bob Truitt, beverage director Gustavo Ortega-Oyarzun, and managing partner Daniel Ortiz de Montellano. Located at 594 Union Avenue, just a block from McCarren Park, Casa Pública blends traditional Mexican home cooking with dishes found in the country’s mercados and offers a playful cocktail and michelada program. The restaurant/bar is a true passion project for the partners who have personal ties to Mexico’s rich culture and the Williamsburg area.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am
Sat 10:00 am–2:00 am
Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am
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Phone number
(718) 388-3555
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Union St and Richardson St
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Public transit
Subway L train - Lorimer Stop
Additional
Gluten-free Menu
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4.2
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4.3
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, everything! I’m Mexican so getting to show my date some of our traditional dishes but at an elevated level was great!

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TM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was decent, server was attentive, drinks were delicious. Only complaint is that the hostess gave my reservation to another group without checking me in. We had to wait for another 30 minutes. I'd sit at the bar next time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I spent Valentine's Day at Casa Publica with my husband and we really enjoyed their special menu created for the occasion. The ambience was romantic with roses on each of the tables and our dinner started with complimentary champagne! A really nice touch. The music and lighting was great too. We liked the space because it didn't feel cramped the way many restaurants in BK and Manhattan do. The food was amazing. We especially loved the Queso Fundido. Highly recommend!

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DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican food in North Brooklyn! Everything's great, especially the queso fundido, esquites, albondigas, and chicken mole taquiza (big portion!). The ponche is delicious, and they spike it with a really incredible mezcal.
My girlfriend is from Mexico City and is understandable picky about Mexican restaurants— this is one of her favorites in NY. We come every few weeks.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I loved everything about this restaurant!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Their service was some of the worst I’ve ever received at any restaurant. The waiter didn’t care to come and check on my table at all. I would pass on this place.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I shouldn't share this, as I would like to return [often] without fear of being tackled for a table.

We all know that Saturday morning feeling, the feeling of waking on a crisp sunny morning combined with the sharp pain resulting from blind ambition the prior evening? We've all had it, so hold your judgement; I share with you the cure; my hero of the day--this restaurant. Their food & hospitality was a welcoming warm hug on a day where I was weak and addled. The guacamole made me feel again, spiced with plenty of sliced serranos. The carnitas, with the huevos rancheros, was like crisp, yet tender pillows of buttery pork.

Summed up, the food was simple and perfectly executed.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casa Publica's staff, chef, bartender, were all top notch. I went with a group of close friends and I can say Casa Publica aided in the conversation and vibe. I will return every time I'm in NY.

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LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was inattentive and slow without apology. We had to seek out servers to ask for what we needed rather than them coming and ever asking. We got our drinks after we had finished appetizers. We got our last side after we had finished dinner. We had to ask for water several times. Food was ok but nothing special for price. Drinks were good. We were charged full price for all and the poor service was not acknowledged in any way.

Ambience was nice but that didn’t make up for the poor service and mediocre food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got there at 11pm on a Saturday night, just as they were switching to their late-night menu. So many great options and at happy hour prices. Everything was beyond delicious. We had the guacamole (a tad spicy), queso fundido, shrimp tacos, corn, and brussel sprouts. I would order all of them again, but the brussels & tacos were my favorite. The normal menu looked great too - lots of options. And the environment was really fun! Vibrant music and people (both staff and clients). All around a great place!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Outstanding food :)

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KA
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Was very good. The portions are pretty small. Would recommend!

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

A friend and I tried Casa Publica for NYE 2018. Overall, the experience was pretty awful — the food was mediocre (and expensive!) and the service was terrible. The cocktails were less than average and it took about 30 minutes for the first round to come. Because there was a ‘mishap with the system’ (aka they forgot to add our drinks) we were gifted a round of frozen margaritas — these were so bad we didn’t even finish and continued waiting on our actual cocktails. There’s a lot of up and coming restaurants in the neighborhood, do yourself a favor and try one of them instead.

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a
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent mezcal and tequila cocktails, vegetation options and kind service! Will be back

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a
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Casa Publica with a couple of my friends during happy hour. They had really great prices for drinks and tacos/snacks during happy hour. The tortilla soup was amazing. Also, I have celiac disease and found there was plenty to eat since they do mostly everything with corn flour.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is simple but so effective with powerful flavours, fantastically cooked meats and great portions. The guac is outrageous and it is reasonably priced. A lovely spot

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Took 25 minutes past the open table reservation to get a table.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

8:30 PM reservation, was not seated until 8:45 PM. Also the restaurant was out of two different types of tacos and did not have Diet Coke.

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CL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cute roommate dinner that with two rounds of drinks and a full spread was less than $200. Always a delicious place where I am never disappointed.

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SE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite go-to Mexican spot in Williamsburg. The food and drinks are delicious. The classic margarita is one of my favorites along with the chips and guac, ceviche, and fish tacos. The staff is always so friendly and attentive - I always recommend this restaurant to friends!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner with wonderful ambience.

We started off with guac and chips - nothing too special, can't really go wrong with guac and chips, but we got a second bowl of chips when they saw we had leftover guac! That was really nice!

We had flank steak tacos which were really good, I liked that over the chipotle chicken tacos probably because the flank steak was juicier and more flavorful.

We also had the skirt steak bedded with black beans, potatoes and peppers. We asked for medium rare and we got medium rare. It was cooked to perfection and really delicious. Juicy and tender. I was pretty surprised because I wasn't expecting it to be as yum as it was.

For cocktail, I had From Mexico With Love. I must admit, it's a lot smaller than I imagined for $13. Probably a teacup size. BUT it was really good. Citrus and pretty strong.

Overall, I would come back and bring more friends too! Their service is great, the bathrooms are clean, the menu has enough to please everyone and the cocktails are interesting.

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KM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

I made a reservation which deemed useless, still ended up waiting 30 minutes for a table. Service lacked- a lot. Cocktails and queso fundido appetizer was great (though we nixed several unnecessary toppings) entrees were ok. Ambience was good, would go back for drinks.

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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Casa Publica 3 times now and each visit it wonderful. GREAT drink menu and really delicious food. It' a really lively place and the restaurant itself is lovely. When the weather is warm they open the front windows to let the breeze in and it's cozy and warm in the winter. Highly recommended!

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J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We were given really good seat in the back with couches. Kudos to the hostess for that. Our waiter was great however, the service is slow, especially the bar. The drinks are good and it takes a while for them to bring it to you. My previous experience last time was horrible due to the service. This time the service was better and the food was on point as usual. I wish they had more options as far as sharing plates or tacos. Great for groups and parties.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I️ didn’t love what I️ ordered. There were other patrons who were loud and inconsiderate. .

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M
Caribbean
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the place, ambiance & food. Service was excellent!!! Wiill go back again!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Server forgot to put in for the appetizer, there was a shift change after the starters were served and although we were introduced to the new server we never saw her again. We had to flag down another server for the check. Dinner took almost 3 hours and ran pretty late
for our older mothers due to poor and delayed service. Food was great though. I've had better experiences here.

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The stuffed chile was too dense with no discernable taste beyond the black bean filling. The platano masa seemed repetitive and got lost in the black beans. The cheese was overwhelmed.
The taco offerings were forgtettable. The paper menu was removed to be reused leaving a bare dining table.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I don't really understand the hype about this restaurant. The food was good but not great and the restaurant didn't have the ability to make any modifications to any of the dishes. Service was subpar at best. Our waiter never came around until after our meal was over and I had to flag down another waiter to order another drink. I wouldn't recommend going out of the way to go here.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Good food but service was terrible. Food was good but expensive

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I consider myself a traveling fish taco testing fool, and the fish tacos at Casa Publica are the real deal.

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E
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were visiting NY and chose this restaurant based on others' reviews. It was wonderful! We got there early and sat outside with drinks, then went indoors for dinner. A lovely evening.

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r
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed this place thoroughly! Great food and drinks in a beautiful space. And such friendly service. I can see why this place is such a neighborhood hit!

The only con was our reservation was for 9:15pm and we didn't get seated until 9:45pm. Had to have a few margaritas at the bar with friends to pass the time...not end of world but we were hungry.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Finally had a chance to try this place out. The food and drinks were quite good (I love vaguely fancy Mexican). Guac came right away though the other food was puzzlingly slow. Our waitress was super nice about this and comped us a couple drinks. The Spicy Mamacita margaritas were great--spicy but not overpowering and not too sweet (as frozen margs can be). Wish I'd gotten a larger one not because the 12 oz was too small but one of the larger sizes comes in these glasses that look like a pineapple (cute). Would definitely go back. The tacos and ceviche were GREAT even with the wait.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The moles here are superb, and their freshly made tortillas are fantastic. The house margarita is top-notch!

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very expensive for not a lot of wow. Tacos were mediocre. Not enough chips served with guac. Black beans were unseasoned and $6!

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B
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely AMAZING yellowfin ceviche!!! Cocktails were delicious. Tacos were divine. So happy it's in the neighborhood!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely on the top of my list for best Mexican food in New York. Authentic and exquisite at the same time. Unique combinations, delicious cocktails, and the dessert was outstanding!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun vibe and we loved the fish tacos!

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R
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Mexican food with wonderful service and good drinks

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