El Matador (CLOSED)

Williamsburg
Low-rent takeout joints abound on this stretch of Brooklyn’s Grand Street, but this intimate Spanish tapas spot offers an enticing alternative. El Matador doesn’t mess with the classics: A towering wedge of spongy tortilla Española—a savory combo of potato, onion and egg—is drizzled with rich garlic aioli. Gambas al ajillo was a generous serving of plump, intensely garlicky shrimp sauteed with bell peppers and sherry. Larger plates like tender, succulent pork chops marinated in tamarind and passion-fruit juice satisfy too. The place is tight, with just a handful of cramped tables. But the solid Iberian eats—and the BYOB policy—make it worth the squeeze.
Venue name: El Matador (CLOSED)
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Address: 795 Grand St
Brooklyn

Cross street: between Bushwick Ave and Humboldt St
Opening hours: Daily 11am–11pm
Transport: Subway: L to Grand St
Price: Average main course: $15. Cash only
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