Thanks to this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/597492 we set off last Friday night to eat at El Almacen at North 7th and Driggs in Williamsburg. I was so excited because we vacationed in Buenos Aires two years ago and found the food there to be excellent on the whole (even beef aside). We were not disappointed -- nearly everything we ate there was fantastic.
I will say though that it is a small, crowded place, reminiscent to me of many of the "cozier" places in the East Village. The hostess thought she could seat us imminently, so we waited at the bar. The table we were waiting for lingered, so we stood there, constantly being jostled and increasingly annoyed. The staff noticed and were probably as annoyed as we were, so comped us some guacamole. The guac was the least enjoyably food -- I thought I detected a sour cream tang.
When we sat down, things improved considerably. We started with the beet salad and the calamari. I've never had calamari like this -- it was lightly fried with cornmeal and served with pickled red onions. It was excellent; light, flavorful and addicting! I got the fish tacos, which had lightly battered and fried pieces of fish in a light avocado sauce. Pretty good, not great. My three friends shared the steak for two, which was a huge steak served with two potatoes and two huge links of homemade sausage. I tried the sausage, which was excellent and the steak was gone in the blink of an eye.
For dessert we had churros and chocolate. They were crisp, light and hot and oh so nice with the chocolate. We also had the caramel crepe. The caramel was the kind they have in a can in Argentina -- a very, very sweet dulce de leche. Also delicious.
We left fat, happy and not too broke. I personally love BYO places as it always keeps the cost down. Can't wait to return!
557 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211