Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 07/29/2015
Photo: Zandy Mangold
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221 Smith St., 347-987-3260, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Cocktail mavens Julie Reiner and Ivy Mix joined forces to found a Carroll Gardens watering hole across the street from Reiner's seminal Clover Club. Leyenda focuses on Pan-Latin drinks and elevated street food. The space exudes warmth, with church pew seating and glass prayer candles flickering in the fireplace. Mix has lived in Guatemala, Argentina and Peru, and her tropical cocktail menu goes heavy on rum, cachaça, pisco, tequila and mezcal. The Central American bias on the culinary front comes courtesy of Sue Torres, formerly of Sueños. Goat picadillo tacos, pernil (slow-roasted, marinated pork shoulder) and black bean and cheese pupusas with chicharrón are delicious foundations for soaking up two or three drinks. It's nearly impossible here to stop at just one.