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Playa (5th Ave., P. Slope)

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Playa (5th Ave., P. Slope)

parkslopemama | May 10, 2009 07:58 AM

I've been meaning to check out this Barrio spin-off for a while, and I finally did. For some reason, I had thought it was just a bar with some bar food. (Maybe I was mixing it up with the other Barrio spin-off, Cabana, aroung the corner on President Street.) So I was somewhat surpised to see a full-blown menu....

The menu has some Mexican dishes, but also Cuban sandwiches, arepas, pernil, empanadas, steak with chimichurri, plus various cocktails like mojitos, margaritas, pisco sours, caphirinas (sp?), etc. You know, the now-standard pan-Latino stuff.... I wasn't very hungry at the time, but I tried the guacamole (definitely request "spicy") and an arepa with ropa vieja piled on top. They were both good. Also, if the weather is nice, the tables outdoors and near the window are nice. But I have to say, the waitress was almost comically clueless! The poor bartender and maitre d' had to keep abandoning their posts, to go help her desperate customers....

Overall, I was not blown away by Playa, but I think it's is worth checking out, maybe as a fun place to meet someone for drinks and appetizers.

BTW, does anyone have opinions on Bogota?

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