Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Pequena
86 S Portland Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.686923 -73.974693
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Fort Greene
Great Brunch place but tiny – really does look like a hip grandmother's place. Too tiny but worth the wait. Margarita is a great accompaniment to their mexican brunch menu. If you like mexican, you will like this place.
Awesome food – The quality of the food at Pequena is exceptional. I just moved to New York from Texas and I have to admit that it was refreshing to enjoy Mexican fare that wasn't covered in greasy cheese. The restaurant is, well, small as the name suggests but the staff is very good at getting you seated as soon as possible. My suggestions are the bean dip, pork tacos, and the half chicken. My only complaint is the high price of the drinks, but maybe I am too used to drinking all night for $12 like you can in Texas.
Fort Greene hipsters pack a colorful porch for Mexican grub and bloody good margaritas. – The Scene
Decked out in bright purples and oranges and a whole greenhouse worth of plants, Pequena looks more like a hippie grandmother's refuge than a hipster hangout. But the outfits on the front porch--lots of Castro caps and T-shirts bearing ironic slogans--clearly demark 21st-century Brooklyn.
As the only decent Mexican spot in Fort Greene, Pequena can get away with less-than-authentic fare. Tortilla soup makes a promising beginning, the rich broth flecked with cojita, but the dressing on a shrimp and avocado salad tastes suspiciously bottle-like. Made with fresh ingredients, entrees favor milder palettes: Rotisserie chicken gets little relief from the accompanying bland rice and soupy black beans, while beef fajitas suffer too much grease. For simple, more reliable pleasure, try the tacos with a shot of creamy guac and hot sauce. Finish with tartly tempting Key-lime pie, a truly revolutionary capper.
Funny story – I like Pequena a lot -- I've only lived in Fort Greene for a couple of weeks, and they're already on the delivery hotlist. I have to say, though, that they haven't ironed out the delivery kinks. Last time I ordered, it took three tries before they brought all the food I ordered, although a waitress actually ran to my house with the last correction, which was sweet. The food is highly recommended, especially the sweet plaintains with creme fraiche and oaxacan cheese. Mmm. The green sauce is not for the faint of heart.
Amazing Margaritas! – I've been very pleased with the quality of food and drink at this darling place. It IS small, which can be a bummer if you've got a lot of friends to bring along. But it's perfect for a pre-BAM meal, and the prices are great. Take adavantage of the 2 for 1 margaritas, and split a plate of food. If you get chips & guacamole before, you'll find that's an ample meal for you with plenty of drinks!
delicious mex – Pequena is the best mexican food in town- fresh, flavorful and delicious. The fish tacos are amazing. Even the margaritas are made from fresh lime juice. The waitstaff is super nice. They'll even call you at the neighboring bar if there is a wait. we go as often as possible, brunch or dinner. It should not be missed.
So Good!! – Pequena is a cute little mexican place that is perfect to sit and enjoy good drinks and great food. It quickly became one of our staples!! I would definitely recommend checking it out!
Hellish Service – My husband and I stopped by Pequena for what we hoped would be a quick bite. We had been to Pequena before and loved the food. We ordered appetizers and a couple drinks. An hour later, all we had were our drinks. Not once did the waitress stop by to talk to us. When we tried to get her attention, she ignored us. We finally asked for the food to go. This took another 20 minutes! When we got our food, the waitress barely said a word as she placed our take-out on the table and grabbed the check. We are laidback diners and as we've both waited tables, we tend to be forgiving of irregular service. However, this waitress was downright surly, and by the time we left, we felt miserable, hungry, and furious. We will never go back to Pequena again.
bad experience – we just got home from dinner at pequena. we've had good experiences there in the past, but the service can be disappointing. tonight (a slow monday night), we sat down at the same time as another couple and they had eaten their meal and left by the time we were brought our food. the waitress did not offer to give us anything to compensate for the late food until we were so hungry we asked for something to tide us over. in the end, the only discount they gave us was for the cost of one drink. we thought that was pretty lame considering we are usually loyal customers. so, when you go to pequena don't be surprised if you feel as if you aren't exactly their top priority.
Yum! – I previously had posted a so-so review for Pequena, stating the food did not have enough flavor and was not as great as I'd expect. Well, I had to come back and give them a better rating after my most recent experiences. They have really started turning out great dishes and seem to have worked the kinks out. Still some of the fastest delivery times in all of Ft. Greene is a great bonus! Their fish tacos are a standout.
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