A new Mexican restaurant fills a void in Park Slope, neighbors say

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PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN — A stylish Mexican restaurant recently opened on the border of Park Slope, filling what neighbors say is a void in the southern part of the neighborhood.

Alma Negra opened last week at 494 Fourth Avenue – a storefront on the corner of 12th Street that has housed a few businesses over the past few years, including most recently a taco that closed during the pandemic and a short-lived lobster chain outpost.

Neighbors, however, hope this restaurant will last longer, noting that Fourth Avenue doesn’t have as many local eateries as the neighborhood’s more commercial and residential stretches.

“There aren’t too many restaurants on this stretch of Fourth Avenue,” one resident said. “I hope this new one is doing well.”

Another echoed a similar sentiment: “FINALLY, a restaurant is on 4th and 12th, this is a great neighborhood find,” they wrote on Google Maps, where many neighbors have written positive reviews since. the opening of the restaurant.

The restaurant, which has a sleek black and wood interior with gold accents and dim lighting, offers a pleasant ambience and tasty food, neighbors say.

“Nice place for a date or a casual night out with friends,” one wrote. “The food was delicious, the service was great and the restaurant is super cute,” said another.

The menu is filled with classic Mexican dishes, among which neighbors recommend the crab quesadilla, shrimp aguachile, pork tacos and guacamole the most. There are also vegan and vegetarian options, like the vegetable mole and the cactus-filled tamales.

Alma Negra is open from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Mondays.

Learn more about the restaurant on its Instagram, or make a reservation here.

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