Tabaré

Tabaré

If the the menu at this tiny, six-month-old Uruguayan restaurant in South Williamsburg looks familiar, there’s a reason: The country’s cuisine blends Latin American staples and Italian classics (in this case with a strong emphasis on local and organic produce from Union Square Market). Thus, you could start a meal with the duo of truly tasty empanadas—Spanish tuna with black olives or the caramelized onions with Gruyère and Fontina—and then graduate to the handmade ravioli of the day. Or go the other way around and start with a Euro-style salad of romaine and string beans and work up to a traditional steak sandwich (chivito completo) with bacon, mozzarella, onions, lettuce, tomato and a fried egg. Portions are consistently generous, prices on the low side, and the vibe decidedly mellow but stylish; the walls are lined with reclaimed boards, vintage sconces, and a collection of colored bottles; the banquettes are upholstered in a textile patchwork the owners made themselves. The three young expats—two from Montevideo and one from Paris—run the place like it’s their home, which means you’re treated like an invited guest.

sweet seats

Grab seats in the front for people-watching, or at one of the two sidewalk tables. In the back garden there’s a communal table for 10 and six smaller tables.

hours

dinner: Sun.–Thurs. 5 PM–11 PM; Fri. 5 PM–12 midnight; Sat. 5 PM–12 midnight
brunch: Sat.–Sun. 12 noon–5 PM

price range

$13 (shepherd’s pie) to $19 (skirt steak)
*cash only; no liquor license
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