557 Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg, NY
Last night, we splurged for my mom’s birthday and trundled over to Bedford Street, Brooklyn, to have dinner at El Almacen, an (apparently extremely popular) Argentinian restaurant the size of someone’s railroad apartment.
We had a very tasty meal in the hoppin’ little joint. The portions are moderate–everyone cleaned their plate, so no doggy-bags, but everyone was pretty explosively full! The food was, without exception, delicious. Although I’ve been to other, cheaper Argentinian restaurants where the food was just as good, there were some special items on the menu that made the experience special. When we were first seated, we were pretty cranky and frozen because we’d had to wait outside for a table for more than an hour. But we cheered up pretty quickly when the food started coming.
-Universal deliciousness! Good steak and seafood dishes.
-A very friendly and helpful wait staff.
-It’s very crowded, tight, and noisy–maybe a more intimate group (eg two people) would have been able to hear each other, but our group of 5 found conversation pretty impossible
-Long wait–we stood outside (it’s too small to accommodate any waiting indoors) in the cold October night from 8pm to 9:15pm.
-Not much on the menu for strict vegetarians.
-The avocado fries! Delicious.
-Generally, a range of delicious appetizers–we had an excellent cheese platter, really yummy fresh ceviche, and very nice grilled octopus.
-If noise and crowding don’t bother you too much, you might enjoy the adorable rustic feeling of the restaurant.
-In warm weather, there’s a (supposedly lovely) garden to eat in.
Price range: Entrees are $15-$22, appetizers $5-$12. Including tax, tip, appetizer, entree, half a dessert, and one glass of wine each, our per-person average was $53 for the meal.