80 Berry St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Cuisine: Italian/Latin American
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: All Major
Hours: Sun, Mon, Wed 5:30pm-10:30pm; Thurs, Fri, Sat 5:3pm-11pm; Sat-Sun (Brunch) Noon-3pm; Closed Tue
Booze: Full Bar
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
Menu: Click Here
NY Mag says:
Miranda is a mom-and-pop shop done up in the simple style of a neighborhood trattoria. Sasha Rodriguez, the Queens-bred daughter of a Dominican father and Irish-American mother, runs the kitchen, while her fiance, Mauricio Miranda, of Guerrero, Mexico, works the dining room like a young Silvano Marchetto–greeting guests as if they were long lost relatives, recommending bottles of (often organic) wine, and occasionally breaking into a little cha-cha-cha dance whenever the joy of owning and operating a restaurant with the woman he loves becomes too much.
The couple met while working at Verbena, started dating, and soon dreamed of opening a place of their own. What kind of place they didn’t know. Subsequent stints at Alto and the C.I.A. Italian program (Sasha) and L’Impero and Spigolo (Mauricio) convinced them that combining the Latin American cooking they grew up on with their love for Italian food was a good way to go.
And for the most part it is, thanks to the fact that the menu doesn’t hit you over the head with the fusion conceit. The problem with cross-culinary cooking of this sort is that it can seem far-fetched or forced, like the gastronomic equivalent of an arranged marriage. Not so here: Latinized arancini are a little too soft and crumbly on the outside, but they’re dappled with a bright tomato sauce and filled with a winning mixture of chopped spinach and Mexican chorizo. A salsa guajillo is a good, smoky match for breaded and fried smoked mozzarella. Other appetizers, like mussels marinara, and a sparkling salad of baby romaine, ricotta salata, and sun-dried tomato, for example, simply forgo fusion altogether.
Blackbook Mag says:
Chill corner spot doesn’t try too hard but makes the funky fusion work on your plate. Risotto with tart cherries is a semi-sweet delight, Mexican mole-infused pasta spices up typical Italian eats. Waiters are local, cool, and won’t kill themselves trying to properly pronounce the name of the French vin you ordered. Serene dining room is dimly lit, tables are properly set apart in spacious Brooklyn fashion. A low-key winner.