Chances are you've never had a craving for the Sephardic-Moorish food of Spain, the country's little-known but deeply influential cuisine. That'll change after a visit to Clinton Hill's La Vara, which serves small plates of fried eggplant with honey and nigella seeds, roasted suckling pig that slides right off the shank bone, and wild salads of salt cod and pomegranate seeds. The charming little restaurant is run by the husband-and-wife team of Alexandra Raij and Eder Montero, who take turns in the kitchen playing with Spain's forgotten irresistible flavors. 268 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, 718-422-0065 (11201)

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268 Clinton St.
New York NY 11201


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