In 2016, I’m planning on taking a year to travel the world. I want to see as many places as I can, particularly in Asia and South America. I’ve seen most of Europe, and recently left Williamsburg to live in Paris. Now back home for the holidays, Tabaré had to be my first stop.
For this trip next year, I want to see the furthest corners of the Earth, and on this list is Thailand, India, and for South America, I’m thinking of skipping Argentina and heading straight to Uruguay. If the relaxing, elegant ambiance and incredibly flavorful food of Tabaré mimics the energy of Uruguay in any way whatsoever, I think I’ve made a very wise decision.
There’s a reason Tabaré, tucked away on one of the last remaining corners of Williamsburg that has yet to be overtaken by the new stampede, is my favorite restaurant in New York City. It’s everything you want in one little neighborhood restaurant. Yes, the food is spectacular, and prepared in that super-tiny kitchen no less. You can count on your favorites to always be there; empanadas, mussels, and their gooey, decadent provoleta, coated in oregano. For main courses you can indulge in a churrasco with chimichurri sauce (even better at brunch, served with a fried egg on top), ever-changing yet consistent specials and pastas of the day, and especially their infamous chivito completo: grass-fed filet mignon, bacon, mozzarella, black forest ham, fried egg, carmelized onions, roasted red peppers, spanish olives, butter lettuce, vine tomato, aioli, and a side of fries.
Hungry? Me too.
I’ve never left unsatisfied. There’s brunch, there’s happy hour, there’s great coffee and fantastic cocktails. There’s delicious hot bread with salty olive tapenade to accompany your wine while you wait for your food. But a truly good restaurant, what makes it a great restaurant instead of a good place to eat, is that it’s able to satisfy much more than the stomach. Tabaré does it all. The ambiance in there is what makes it most enjoyable. Good music, always a little different each time, soft lighting and comfortable decor make this place feel like you belong there. I never feel like a visitor at Tabaré. I figured it was because I’d lived down the street and never traveled too far to get there.
But this time, I traveled two planes over an ocean, another train and two subways, and it was like I’d never left.
Where: South 1st, between Driggs & Roebling. | How Much: $35-55 per person on average with drinks, but well worth it. Brunch is cheaper, and happy hour has two-for-one drinks. Cash only.