UIB Eats: Bogata

“It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you without a strong rhyme to step to…” – I Know You Got Soul, Eric B & Rakim

Hey you!  How ya been?  My fault for slippin’ on my pimpin’!  I’ve been enjoying the hell out of the summer with friends (old & new), family, and new boo “thangs”.  Just a catch up on the man that’s been the focal point of my last few posts, Thai.  Thai and I are still going strong (for those that have no idea what the hell I’m talking about, get to know Thai here and read more about him in subsequent posts –> https://unicorninbrooklyn.com/2014/06/11/was-i-just-stood-up/), I cut my hair (complete post coming this week), I scored some new fab thrift finds (post coming soon) and I’m back to work full-time (as an HR Generalist in midtown).  Whew – so much as happened to me in my hiatus, but I’m good and I hope that all is well with you!

  This post is dedicated to the new love of my life – Bogota Latin Bistro (http://bogotabistro.com/).  Bogota is a moderately sized restaurant located in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.  Their service is superb (no need to worry about securing a table and waiting near the bar, you can leave the restaurant and check out some of the local boutiques as the host sends you a text message once your table is ready)!

Saturday night’s visit was my second time at Bogota, and its easily turned into one of my favorite new restaurant hang out spots.  What can I not say about this place?  Their food is packed with flavor, the waiting staff is extremely attentive (but not pushy), the drinks are potent and refreshing, the ambiance is so tropical, the music is spicy, and the prices are extremely affordable.

Let’s jump right into it, shall we?  I waited about thirty minutes or so for my table while sipping on a light, yet potent white sangria.  About mid-way through my cocktail I received my courtesy text message informing me that my table was ready and was shown to my seat in the main dining hall (there are two seating areas – the main dining hall and the one in the back (I prefer the main hall because it’s a bit more festive.  The back hall reminds me of the reject stepchild that you have to learn to love because you’re not really used to it).  Anyway, I digress – once seated you’re presented with freshly fried & lightly salted plantain chips with cilantro infused Bogota Bistro’s Miti Miti table sauces (either red or green aji sauce or chipotle).

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Plantain chips & Red Aji Sauce

While the plantain chips were filling, I opted to indulge in the calamari because our waitress highly recommended it – very good choice!

Fried Calamari - Blue cornmeal & flour batter with smokin' chipotle sauce
Fried Calamari – Blue cornmeal & flour batter with smokin’ chipotle sauce

Onto the main courses:  My dining companion and I enjoyed similar dishes – a Bogota favorite and popular entree, fish tacos.  Trust me when I tell you, get the fish tacos.  They’re fucking amazing – AMAZING!!!!!!!  You have the option to choose two sides – which are all delicious!

Fish Tacos w/ Tropical Cole Slaw, Quinoa Pilaf (with Red Peppers, Cilantro & Corn), and chipotle mayo
Fried fish Tacos (soft flour tortillas, lettuce, pico de gallo,  w/ Tropical Cole Slaw, Quinoa Pilaf (with Red Peppers, Cilantro & Corn), and smokin’ chipotle sauce

 

with sauteed spinach (with garlic), and Gallo Pinto (sauteed black beans, white rice, cilantro & onions, and tamarind sauce)
Fried fish Tacos (soft flour tortillas, lettuce, and pico de gallo) with sauteed spinach (with garlic), and Gallo Pinto (sauteed black beans, white rice, cilantro & onions, and tamarind sauce) and smokin’ chipotle sauce

Wrapping the meal up, we ordered another round of sangria, this time red.  While a good choice, I personally preferred the white sangria because it was a bit lighter in taste, but just as potent.  The red sangria was a bit bitter to my taste buds and not an option that I’d readily suggest.

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Red Sangria – slightly frozen, with fresh strawberries & limes

All of this food and the grand total for two entrees, four cocktails, and one appetizer was $86.00.  Not bad huh?  If you’re ever in the mood for a cool atmosphere with well seasoned Latin cuisine, give Bogota a try – I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Until Next Time Friends!

Pennie Penz

 

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