Maureen and I had dinner at Coco Roco (5th Avenue in Park Slope) on Saturday night, our first visit to this place. We had ordered takeout previously and thought it would be worth a visit.
We arrived around 7:30, apparently just ahead of the crowd. The place was almost full when we got there, but when we left there was a lengthy line extending out the door and partly down the block. If Saturday night was any indication, they could easily fill a place twice the size.
The food was good and I enjoyed the Peruvian beer (whose name I forgot). We shared a potato app, which consisted of sliced boiled potatoes served cold, with a really delicious, tangy sauce. It was just excellent.
Maureen had the crabmeat ceviche for her main course and I had the salmon dish. Maureen felt that the crabmeat was too permeated with lime flavor for her taste, but I liked it. My salmon was expertly done, crusty on the exterior but not overcooked on the interior.
Service was very friendly. Our waiter suggested the appetizer and patiently explained the dishes to us, also telling us what he liked and didn't like on the menu. Mostly the service was timely and professional, but we canceled the side of yucca we had ordered when it hadn't arrive by the time we had finished our main courses. Actually, we really didn't need it at that point.
The place is very loud and you practically have to shout to be heard, especially if you're seated near a loud table (which we were). But it has a warm, friendly ambiance overall, and it's easy to see why people like it.
I'm curious about what other Brooklyn chowhounds think of Coco Roco. I did a search, but the only comments I found were back in 1999, and they were saying it seemed to have gone downhill then. It seemed pretty good to us on Saturday, though.