Bar Bruno

love fried fish tacos. The crunchiness from the beer batter, the subtle whitefish inside, a crisp slaw on top, some kind of creamy binding keeping everything together in a fresh corn tortilla. Finding these delicacies, and especially finding one that knocks it out of the park is surprisingly difficult. A lot of fast-casual Mexican restaurants don’t serve fish tacos, or if they do, it’s a grilled version, which to be honest, is not my favorite.

My cravings brought me to Carroll Gardens, about a 25 minute walk from my Brooklyn apartment. On a crisp afternoon, I snagged a seat at Bar Bruno alongside a few other middle-aged men drinking a mix of margaritas on the rocks and white wine while they watched a soccer match. I sipped my ice water, dug into a book picked up at the library down the block, and waited for my order of three fish tacos to arrive.

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These are as good as they get. The crispy beer batter keeps the fish flakey and light, a simple avocado salsa binding it together, pico adding a burst of freshness, and the bitterness of julienned radishes mellowing out the dollop of hot sauce I added in a failed attempt to impress the bartender.

If you find yourself in this part of Brooklyn, Bar Bruno is a must for a no-frills experience and truly fantastic food.

Bar Bruno • 520 Henry St • Brooklyn, NY

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