5/06/2013 10:19:00 AM

La Superior's Felipe Mendez Opening Cerveceria Havemeyer in Williamsburg

Shrimp aguachile (photo: Jenny Miller)
Felipe Mendez, who's behind perennially packed taqueria La Superior in South Williamsburg, is branching out with a new venture later this month. Mendez tells us Cerveceria Havemeyer will be a sort of cantina, a place to drink with friends and nibble on casual bites and shared plates. Headlining these are his excellent aguachiles, which we had the chance to sample at a tasting. Unlike its close cousin, ceviche, an aguachile is drizzled just before serving with a dressing containing water, lime, chiles, and other delicious things. With this preparation, the acid has less time to work and the high-grade seafood arrives at the table nearly raw.

In addition to aguachiles, Mendez will offer tacos, with many varieties not served at La Superior, and a dish called volcanes, which he terms "Mexico City drunk food": dehydrated corn tortillas topped with cheese and meat. There will also be a few large plates ranging from enchiladas to pozole. However, Mendez emphasizes that "the flow" here may be different than at other New York City bars or restaurants. "You can sit down, relax over a drink, order food or not; it's a different speed," he envisions.

The space, which holds around 70, is simply outfitted with long communal tables, and there's a small patio out front. Drinks-wise, expect beer and micheladas, plus traditional margaritas, four mezcal cocktails, and a wide selection of agave-based spirits by the glass. Cerveceria Havemeyer will start off with dinner, eventually adding lunch and brunch.

Mendez looks forward to enjoying more leeway at the new spot than he does at uber-traditional La Superior. "La Superior is hard-core Mexican," he explains. "here we can experiment."

149 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn

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