Cantina Royal

Cantina Royal

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58 North 3rd Street
(between Wythe Ave & Kent Ave)
Brooklyn New York,11211
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Cuisine: Mexican
Our Rating:
★ ★ ★
Cash Only
Mon, Sun 12 pm – 12 am, Tue 12 pm – 1 am, Wed-Sat 12 pm – 2 am
Booze: Full bar
Subway: L to Bedford Ave
Delivery: No
NY Mag says:

While Felipe Mendez’s other Williamsburg Mexican restaurant, La Superior, is designed to be a funky, down-home taqueria, his new Cantina Royal is “somewhere between street food and high-end,” he tells Grub Street. “Cantinas in Mexico are more like a place to sit with friends and hang out and drink and get tapas-style food.” Signature bites include clarinetes, a clarinet-shaped snack that’s “kind of like a flauta” with duck filling, or cappuccino potato soup, made with cinnamon, potatoes, and mushrooms. Even if you’re just dropping by for a cocktail, like one of Mendez’s signature margaritas, or maybe a “tequila martini,” there are complimentary housemade salsas ranging from mild to spicy to smoky for anyone who nabs one of the 42 seats. To position the venue as “a place to have fun,” Mendez created a combination gallery-performance-lounge space in back, where he hopes to screen films and hold dance parties

The Wall Street Journal says:

Cantina Royal is a new Mexican restaurant in Williamsburg that pays homage to the cantinas south of the border with a sophisticated touch. The dining room is a mixture of industrial touches like electric meters in plain view and stylish finishes like the large sparkly chandelier. As at any true cantina, there is a wide variety of tequilas to choose from. There are more than two-dozen varieties, with Herradura Blanco serving as the house’s official brand. The house tequila is featured in a stiff tequila martini ($12) and also in the traditional margarita ($10). The food menu includes a fiery salsa sampler created by Julio Mora, chef and co-owner of Cantina Royal. Chilies and house-made salsas also play a big part in the cocktails. There is El Mescalero ($13), an arbol chili-infused mescal that comes with jalapeño. Another favorite is the Michelada ($8), a beer cocktail with tomato and lime juice and a dressing made of five red chilies.