Bar Bruno is an inviting space on the corner of Henry and Union Streets. With a 60s bistro vibe, this soccer themed restaurant serves Mexican fare with a twist. Run by an internationally local husband-wife team, they have tried to make Bar Bruno that neighborhood meeting place and have somehow managed to get a piece of a laid back French bistrot in crazy New York City. Where best than tree-lined Carroll Gardens for that?
Once you get in, the bar is on your left and there some little tables against the big windows. Tiled walls, tin ceilings, big windows and vintage soccer posters really make you want to spend all afternoon sipping wine (or cocktails) and catching up with friends. The front of the house is not as ample and I believe that, for safety reasons, they have a no stroller policy. We went with our umbrella one, folded, and they graciously helped us put it away. The back is more spacious than the front, with little booths and a nice big booth to the left for bigger parties. They also have outside seating, which gets packed when the weather is nice and they have shown soccer games outside during the World Cup, with fans of all ages screaming in different languages when someone scored a goal or missed a pass. I guess you can’t get more European than that in Brooklyn.
They are super kid friendly, with highchairs and kids menu. For the grown-ups they do have kick ass margaritas and a very nice Bloody Mary. They also serve micheladas, a lighter Bloody Mary version, made with beer instead of vodka. I heard their cocktails are good but, being a creature of habit, I usually order margaritas or Bloody Marys.
We really enjoy the food and the atmosphere, so after too much snow, and given that Dad Vivant was out of town, I decided to venture out, bundle the girls up and treat us to a brunch date. We got there after the brunch crowd, around 2:30pm and even though we were seated immediately, we could see that the place was really busy. We were helped by a really nice server who got the girls their own coloring menus and individual packets of crayons and got mom a lime frozen margarita in Bruno’s very own cute mason jar glass (which I would love to have at home). The warmth of the space and the Latin music was a good contrast with the snow storm outside. Perfect way to enjoy your Sunday.
We had to wait a bit, but that was not a problem as the girls were really entertained coloring their multifunctional coloring-game/place mat/menu. They both ordered a very decent sized cheese burger (provolone or cheddar) with fries, which they both devoured without leaving a single fry on the plate. I ordered their deliciously creamy Huevos a la Condesa, eggs Benedict with a kick provided by some spicy chorizo and a most nice mushroom chipotle crema dressing.
They only have one unisex bathroom which is on the back. The narrow bathroom is decently clean but, unfortunately, it doesn’t have a changing table.
520 Henry Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Monday – Friday : 12:00pm – 12:00am
Saturday – Sunday : 10.00am – 12:00am