|Restaurant Name:||Cafecito Bogota|
|Address:||1015 Manhattan Ave
Greenpoint NY 11222
|Cuisine:||Latin - Colombian|
1015 Manhattan Ave. @ Green St.
On a bitterly cold Tuesday night we arrived in Greenpoint to dine at Cafecito Bogota. We've never had Colombian food before so we were thrilled to be there. We started off the night by getting warmed up with some drink specials: a guayaba mimisoa, and sangria de maracuya (multi-fruit cocktail), which were amazing because they weren’t overly sweet. What was sweet was the attentive staff and unique decor at the restaurant. The colorful walls filled with photographs made us feel like we were in a tropical beach completely far away from the Alaskan air outside. Our appetizers arrived–––a chorizo arepa and guacamole arepa. Now, like we stated before, we had never eaten Colombian cuisine before, so when we ordered the arepa we figured the chorizo would be infused within the masa, not the actual pork sausage laying atop the arepa which is how it was served. It was still delightful when eaten together because the arepa by itself is quite bland. As the main course we order the steak con huevos and coconut shrimp. The steak with eggs came as a stew and on the side with white rice, pumpkin garbanzo beans and a small salad. The stew was very smoky, delicious, and not too spicy. The steak was also sliced thin and tender, though in long strips which made it difficult to cut, as the steak would sink down. The coconut shrimp came with yuca and red onions was also served in a very particular way: grilled and in a coconut sauce that is also more of a soup. The texture of the soup, mixed with coconut was rich in flavor but could have been better if the sauce with drizzled on the shrimp. We will definitely come back for the cheap drinks, good service, and oh yeah, the best coconut latte we've ever had.
M - Th: 8:00am to 11pm