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268 Clinton St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States | (718) 422-0065

price range

$$ (Entrees $15 to $30)

cuisine

Spanish or tapas

neighborhood

Cobble Hill
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There's nothing from the outside that would indicate this humble neighborhood restaurant on a quiet Cobble Hill corner is a world-class tapas restaurant—except, perhaps, the crowd out front, the multi-hour wait for prime-time weekend walk-ins, and, yes, that Michelin star. Even the dishes themselves look deceptively straightforward, at least until you take a bite and realize no neighborhood potluck deviled egg has prepared you for this, and that haphazard smear of tomato on toast has a jammy sweetness and bite that puts ordinary bruschetta to shame. With a menu influenced by Spain's longstanding Muslim and Jewish populations, La Vara offers a take on Basque cooking that'll spoil you for other tapas joints.

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La Vara

There's nothing from the outside that would indicate this humble neighborhood restaurant on a quiet Cobble Hill corner is a world-class tapas restaurant—except, perhaps, the crowd out front, the multi-hour wait for prime-time weekend walk-ins, and, yes, that Michelin star. Even the dishes themselves look deceptively straightforward, at least until you take a bite and realize no neighborhood potluck deviled egg has prepared you for this, and that haphazard smear of tomato on toast has a jammy sweetness and bite that puts ordinary bruschetta to shame. With a menu influenced by Spain's longstanding Muslim and Jewish populations, La Vara offers a take on Basque cooking that'll spoil you for other tapas joints.