Pix from El Almacen in Williamsburg


The walk-up storefront confuses potential diners with Fiambreria and Queseria

This week Counter Culture gallops across the Brooklyn Pampas to El Almacen, a new restaurant in Williamsburg decorated like an old-fashioned Argentinean grocery. The food is a mixed bag of Argentine, Italian, and even Mexican fare, some of it quite good.

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The Mexican-leaning aji relleno ain’t pretty, but it sure is tasty!

Papardelle with oxtail ragu energizes a northern Italian recipe by braising the meat in coffee

The $15 charcuterie platter is the glory of El Almacen. Read about matambre (“kill hunger”), on the upper right of the picture, in the full review, visible here

The wonderful avocado fries have already been praised as one of the Strange Snacks of the World.

Finally, a gussied-up version of flan makes a fine dessert