Juventino

Came here for a late brunch and had no problem getting a table. A friend who lives in the area said the place can get pretty busy during peak hours. 

The space gives off a casual farmhouse vibe, with the white washed wainscoting and simple wooden table and chairs. The bookcase wall behind the bar also adds to the charm. It's a very comfortable space to be in. There is also a small garden out back for alfresco dining. 

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The menu is extensive and has a Mexican bent. The waitress recommended the Lengua Y Papas, grass-fed beef tongue, potatoe hash with pumpkin seed mole, topped with eggs. The beef tongue sounds a bit strange, but potentially interesting... I thought, why not. This signature dish of theirs really didn't live up to its reputation. The eggs were quite good, but the beef tongues were cooked to a crisp and pretty flavorless. 

 Lengua Y Papas

Lengua Y Papas

My friend's Chilaquiles was a much better choice.  The house-made tortillas were crispy and covered with a sweet and tangy guajillo mole sauce. 

 Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles

We also got a side of polenta for the table. (No photo because I'm really not a fan of polenta and wasn't expecting much from it).  As it turned out, the polenta was flavorful and yummy and probably our favorite dish. 

Don't bother ordering desserts here. Both the bread pudding and the apple crisp were mediocre at best. Not worth the calories. 

Juventino
370 5th Avenue (Between 5th & 6th Street)
Park Slope, Brooklyn  
Juventinonyc.com

Verdict: BBB