There’s this new Mexican Restaurant that opened up recently in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Every time I walk by, it’s empty. Maybe it’s on a weird corner. Maybe it’s because it doesn’t look hipster friendly. Maybe it’s trying to be an upscale Mexican restaurant in a very Latino neighborhood that has a lot of affordable Mexican mainstays. But this is some of the best tasting and beautifully plated food I’ve ever eaten.

First off, the pricing isn’t really expensive, considering that I paid $14 for a Bloody Mary around the corner. The entrees are between $10-17. Actually very reasonable compared to the other brunch options in Bushwick. But maybe a little more expensive if you were just looking for a taco. However, this Mexican restaurant isn’t like what I think when I think of Mexican food. They do have tacos and burritos on the menu, but their entrees are like five-star fancy restaurant entrees.

The first time I got the Red Snapper. So beautiful and tasty. Only $15.

05 Red Snapper - Amaranto Mexican Restaurant

Came back the next week and got the Short Ribs with Green Mole. It doesn’t look as awesome, but so good and tender.

06 Short Ribs with Green Mole - Amaranto Mexican Restaurant

Then came back the next day with Todd and I got the Pork Chop. Look how thick this is. Only $15.

07 Pork Chop - Amaranto Mexican Restaurant

Todd got the Tumbada (Fish, with Green Rice, Mussels and Shrimp $15). That was great.

08 Tumbada Fish - Amaranto Mexican Restaurant

Their food isn’t necessarily spicy like what I think of Mexican food to be. It’s flavorful, but not overpowering. It’s very “clean.” Never thought I’d use that word.

That third time, I was very happy to see other people eating there. I was getting a little worried like Jerry Seinfeld and Babu. But in this case, the food is amazing. I seriously hope you guys come eat here. I don’t want them to go out of business. It’s just too good right now. Amazing and beautiful food, easy to get a table and BYOB for now. But at the same time, I’m selfishly hoping it doesn’t get too crazy popular. I want to be able to eat here more often.

Amaranto – 887 Hart St (@ Irving Ave) Brooklyn, NY 11237

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  5. Brandi

    Justin, very well written. I have actually eaten here before and everything you said is spot on. I really love the friendly service staff as well.


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