Sometimes, ambience is enough. Tabare, a new Uruguayan restaurant in Williamsburg, doesn’t offer the most inspiring introduction to its country’s meatcentric cuisine, but the familial service and cozy environs are still plenty appealing. The restaurant—like an oceanfront cabana transplanted to Brooklyn—is a chic hodgepodge of beachy touches (uneven wood walls, a tropical garden wedged into a rear alcove) and rustic flea-market finds (antique photos, old bottles). The young expats behind this endearing retreat are as attentive and thoughtful as dinner-party hosts, one evening decanting a BYO bottle of wine into a pitcher (their liquor license is pending) and rushing out bug spray to ward off a sudden swarm of midsummer mosquitoes. The food has a rough-hewn, home-cooking quality that matches the restaurant’s ultracasual vibe. Thick-sliced chorizo, simply roasted in the cast-iron cazuela it’s served in, arrives nicely stippled with fat. Caseless morcilla looks like an amorphous blob—the blood pudding in a dense heap atop a crisp crouton—but has great, earthy flavor. Uruguay, like its neighbor Argentina, has a large population of immigrant Italians, and their lingering influence is evident in a chicken cutlet special, topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella and ham—a rather dull and amateurish hybrid of cordon bleu and chicken Parmesan. A better bet for a real taste of Uruguay is the monster chivito completo—the country’s national sandwich and a delicious, salty mess with its seared sliced beef tenderloin stacked high with bacon, mozzarella and a fried runny egg. For dessert there’s an rich, creamy flan, the highlight of a small selection of sweets. Though the food overall isn’t exceptional, Tabare is certainly an inviting neighborhood spot. In hipster-hardened Williamsburg, charm can go a long way.
221 South 1st St
|Cross street:||between Driggs Ave and Roebling St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 5–11pm, Fri 5pm–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Bedford Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $14. Cash only|
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Average User Rating
4 / 5
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Its been a while since I have written a restaurant review but Tabare inspired me. Service is exceptional, it has a warm, romantic and friendly ambience with an outside garden tucked away in the back. I have to confess, not only have I never tried Uruguayan food I had no clue where exactly it was South America. Food wise, I associate everything South American with carnivorous feasts. Tabare had a good selection for vegetarians. I picked the kale and carrot salad with some fancy olive oil and parmesan. Those of you who need a midweek work refuge, you’ll be pleased to know that Wednesday is also an all night happy hour. Including cocktails not just the house stuff. Located in South Williamsburg, Its a bit of a walk from the L trainbut the tradeoff is a cozy neighborhood feel without plastic people. Its worth the distance and you’ll know exactly where Uruguay is at the end.
Last night with some friends we decided to go to this restaurant to celebrate a birthday.
I'm from Uruguay and since they have an uruguayan menu I was almost sure the food will be great for me and my friends,but what a MISTAKE..I order a "chivito" totally different to the one I know and of course "DISGUSTING",the chocolate cake "HORRIBLE",the bottles where they bring you water "DIRTY" and now I understand why they have a "B" from sanitation.
Prices so high for this kind of "cave" and of course 20% tip included in the bill...(the only way to received a tip from me) because finally one of the guy from the staff was so rude telling us that we have to go because they need our tables..
What a P.O.S . of restaurant,believe me please don't go...it's worst than a real cave with real cavemans...
This secret neighborhood spot is great for romantic evenings. I keep going back for more and the food is consistently good and fresh, the service is great, and the mood is somewhere in between family oriented and romantic. A great place to dine!!!
amazing ambiance, came here on a snowy night and the place was packed, really cozy place perfect for dates or group of friends, from the menu you have to try the mussels and the empanadas, they melt on your mouth!!! Tabare has the best grass fed skirt steak I ever tried. the service is friendly , I would recommend this spot :)