For some inexplicable reason, Bar San Miguel has been one of those places on Smith Street that we have never visited until this summer, when one afternoon fellow mom vivant and chef extraordinaire Gretchen, from Homecookd, texted me letting me know that she was having an impromptu dinner (and drink) with her little one there. So, of course, we joined. Nothing better than catching up with a friend over food and drinks and being able to tag the children along while we are it.
The wrought iron and glass exterior facing Smith Street leads to a long bar to the left and a row of tables along the blue walls to the right, which seem to belong somewhere else than in Brooklyn. There are also a couple of tables by the windows: a round family style table on the right and a high table with stools on the left. The space is not small but with the heavy furniture it would make maneuvering a stroller difficult, so I would highly recommend an umbrella one that can be folded and put away. All the way in the back, past the open kitchen, there is a small patio, with blue accents and wood furniture that seems to be the perfect combination of a Brooklyn backyard and a Mexican patio.
The staff was really friendly and attentive to our party with three toddlers, and although they don’t have high chairs or a kids menu, the little ones made themselves comfortable and really enjoyed the sopa de tortilla y pollo (chicken soup) and the guacamole with totopos. We also had an order of cheese empanadas (2 pieces) with a delicious spicy jalapeño crema dressing on the side because Little Sous Chef was adamant about having empanadas with no spice. Really? The not overly spicy sauce is the best thing! The food is tasty and with the average price for the neighborhood; however, I felt that the portions could have been a bit more generous, but this is compensated by the deliciously strong margaritas.
The single unisex bathroom is at the back to the left, past the bar. It is quite clean, ample and beautifully decorated with a combo of cream color with cobalt blue and white tiles on the walls and blue tiles on the floor and some old photos on the walls. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a changing table.
Given its location and the cute back patio, I can see this place becoming a stop after doing some time at Carroll Park.
Bar San Miguel
307 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Monday – Friday: 4:00pm – 12:00am
Saturday – Sunday: 12:00pm – 12:00am