Hope & Union Cafe (Reported Closed)

(718) 599-2655

366 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions   11211

40.711419 -73.951045

 
Restaurants, Mexican, Southwestern  more

Price: $$$

Tags: Brunch, Food Delivery, Happy Hour, Lunch Spot, Outdoor Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days

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Reviews for Hope & Union Cafe

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great food and the Nicest staff. Makes you feel like you're going home for dinner. – We started coming to this place when it was called Santa Fe and were a little confused when we saw that the name and some of the menu changed. WE WERE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED. Some of the new additions to the menu are great! Like the El Diablo, which is a beautiful and perfectly fried whole fish served with flour tortillas and rice. The Steak taco Salad is my favorite. I can eat it any time! Plus, the staff is so sweet, very attentive and easy on the eyes. :) It's a great place for couples or groups of friends who are in need of good food at a good price. The Regular margaritas are served with too much ice, but the muddled fruit Margaritas are perfect. But be careful, you really shouldn't do more than two or it might be hard to get up at all.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Nice local option – The idea of a Southwestern spot in Williamsburg made me a little nervous, truth be told. But the sweet staff and homey cooking actually make this a bit of a sleeper. Chips are fresh tasting, and the salsa actually has some kick. My chicken on sweet potato mash was quite juicy, even if that mash was a touch sweet. Margarita are a bummer, too much ice, but sitting on the cute back patio in summer, I'm not sure I'll mind too much.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

hip hideout – GREAT TIME, GOOD LOOKING PLACE AND PEOPLE. WHO NEEDS DUMONTS, THIS PLACE FELT LIKE AN OASIS. STAFF WAS FUN, MUSIC WAS JAMMING, PATRONS WERE HOT, DRINKS WERE COLD! A GREAT LOCAL FIND. DONT LET THE SECRET OUT!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Mexican! Best Margarita! Best Service! Go! – No joke! This restaurant is fast becoming my favorite place to eat. Therefore, after reading some of the terrible and unjust reviews by other patrons I felt it was my duty to sing the praises of this little gem in my neighborhood. First off the food is absolutely fantastic with incredible attention to detail. Their menu is mostly southwestern with some gourmet additions. Don't be afraid though. The gourmet dishes are fantastic as well. Everyone I have brought to this restaurant loved it. In fact I went their on Saturday with a friend of mine and we ordered the red snapper tacos for two. Fantastic! The chef uses creative and original flavor combinations that accentuate all aspects of the dish. I have also ordered the drunk chicken (chicken soaked in margarita) and would recommend it to anyone going for the first time. The burrito is also fantastic. Oh...and the guacamole...so good. I have told the staff. They should put a slogan on the menu. It is literally "so thick it breaks the chip". And AFFORDABLE...a very reasonably priced menu for the quality you get. Anyway moving on...

The margaritas...Amazing...fresh limes...quality tequila...really perfect. A must have!

Also the service is like no other in the neighborhood. They are always friendly and attentive. Much more than they have to be. I believe their demeanor stems from a love for what they do. This is a RARITY and should be appreciated. So don't just take my word for it. Go eat there! Sit outside...drink a margarita...and enjoy.

Oh...and to whoever wrote that terrible review...you have no idea what your talking about. Yes...it may not be traditional southwestern fare but that doesn't mean it isn't amazing food. If you think Santa Fe is like Applebees then please take me to the spot you've been going too because as far as I'm concerned your palate is about as refined as Mr. Ronald McDonald.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Undiscovered and rockin – Santa Fe rocks. Honestly, it had a rough start, but has steadily improved and is now one of my fave neighborhood restaurants. The margaritas are strong, the food is delicious, and the bartenders and wait staff are sweet. It's not the real mexican you can get up and down Grand for a buck or so cheaper, but it's quite a bit tastier and a lot more fun. Try the pork mole. It's fantastic.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

neither mexican nor southwestern – While most restaurants in the Williamsburg area have much to offer, I was sorely dissapointed by my experience at Santa Fe. As a native of the southwest and one who visits Santa Fe (the city) and Mexico on a regular basis, I am completely baffled at how this restaurant claims to serve "Mexican" or "Southwest" inspired food. The quality was on par with an Applebee's or any other mediocre chain restaurant, nothing about the food tasted Mexican or Southwestern, and everything was overpriced.

Don't let the descriptions in the menu fool you- fancy language can't hide crappy execution and a complete lack of knowledge for this regional cuisine. I ordered the "vegetable sombrero" (I know, don't laugh at me, I paid for it) that was served with a cold-as-ice tortilla and veggies that must have come straight from the freezer. It looked like something off of a kids menu. Similarily, the "mole" pork (carnitas) dish my two dining companions sampled not only tasted nothing like mole, but it also gave both of them some pretty awful stomache cramps (and other related issues.) The service was incredibly spotty given that only two other tables occupied and there were two waiters working at the time.

All in all, it is a sad excuse for a restaurant especially considering the other tremendous spots Williamsburg has to offer. To the "chefs" of Santa Fe, Wiliamsburg: Step it up! People in this neighborhood do know what good food tastes like and this ain't it!

My dollars are FAR better spent down the street at Dumont.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Tasty Food – Great happy Hour special with FREE chips and dip! Food is fantastic but pricey for the amount. Drinks are tasty.

Recommends
over a year ago

Editorial Review – Williamsburg restaurant serves Southwestern and Mexican inspired dishes. Bar offers large margarita and tequila tasting menu, happy hour specials and more.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

super tequillas every night – i'm becoming a regular. every night has been great. tequillas are strong and sassy. food great. its a hip place like me and my girls

highly recommended and i i am pretty picky.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Nice cocktail , dining venue near the L – New Southwestern , nice atmosphere and good selection of food and drink. The outdoor garden willbe nice come summer.

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