Stumbling upon this one isn't too easy, but if you search out its non-descript Elston Avenue location, you'll feel plenty rewarded. The less-talked-about sibling of Tango Sur
, ñ (pronounced en-yay) forgoes the BYOB-policy in favor of a bar stocked with South American cocktails, like caipirinhas
(made with cachaca and a mountain of muddled limes and sugar) and killer margaritas.
The front room is a petite space that comes dressed in cool greens. It's a quiet place to get a drink and dinner around 6 p.m., but expect it to be packed (and loud) a few hours later. Though there's a large back room, the entertainment (bossa nova on Tuesdays, pro jazz jam on Thursdays) sets up shop in here. DJs spin international beats on weekend nights.
Though at first glance the menu of Argentinean tapas seems limited, its 12 options are incredibly well priced ($3-$13) and absolutely huge (it's tapas in name only). We loved the homemade sausage, the pollo torta (served with a mountain of peppered fries for $9) and the vacio, a flavorful slab of meat served with more fries and a delish tomato and onion salad. We loved it so much that we immediately called three friends, who joined us at the bar...where we spent the rest of the night talking about how soon we'd be back.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Schwartz