NYC has no dearth of terrific tapas joints, but this one has an unusual focus: the recipes left in the Spanish canon from the days when Moors and Jews inhabited the Iberian peninsula. It’s an intriguing concept, one that results in appetizing dishes, like juicy lamb meatballs atop mint yogurt; Persian cucumber and grain salad with tahini; and fried artichokes with garlic aioli (they reminded me of the famed Jewish-Italian artichoke preparation). Cocktails, too, are splendid here, as is the spirited atmosphere, thanks to the lovely staff and a very local crowd of regulars. An ideal place to head after an evening stroll in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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268 Clinton St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Brooklyn Hours Mon–Thurs 5:30–11pm, Fri 5pm–midnight, Sat 11:30am–3:30pm and 5pm–midnight, Sun 11:30am–3:30pm and 5:30–10pm Transportation Subway: F, G to Bergen St., 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall Phone 718/422-0065 Prices Main courses $16–$28 Cuisine Type Spanish Web site La Vara
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