Playa - Closed

230 Fifth Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-399-2161

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  • Sun 11am-10pm, Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm-12am, Sat 11am-12am
  • $$
  • Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Brunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
This is the sort of place where the bar features a faux thatched roof and serves flaming bowls of rum punch. Obviously, you shouldn't come here for ultra-authentic arepas, lechon or paella. Even so, much of the food is very good, far better than it has to be. The arepas are sweetly corny, and topped with braised short ribs, ground beef with capers or chicken and avocado. The grilled octopus tapas is nicely charred and tender, dressed with a lemon-garlic sauce that's good for swiping up with bread. But our favorite item is the oyster empanadas with smoked chile sauce--crunch through the crust and into gushy, briny bivales.

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