Hungry Brooklynites looking for Mexican with a twist have had their prayers answered with the recent opening of Toro Ironworks Kitchen and Bar at 254 Driggs Avenue in Greenpoint.
Toro primarily features Mexican food, but with an array of culinary twists from other cuisines, including the addition of kimchi or a Mediterranean hummus component to traditional fare such as burritos and tacos.
The menu is the brainchild of Sebough Yegparian, a Greenpoint resident of 20 years and former Eataly manager who opened up his first eatery over Labor Day of this year.
“At its core it's Mexican,” he said. “But I’ve given it a little flare of other flavors and ways of cooking that accent or compliment what Mexican is.”
That adventurous approach includes taking cues from cuisines one would never think to mix with Mexican, including Polish flavors, an homage to the strong Polish community throughout Greenpoint.
“We’re doing a Perogi-style quesadilla,” he said, referencing the traditional Polish pastry. “We’re showing ‘Hey, this works too.’ And this being a historically Polish area, we’re giving a sense of what this neighborhood is and what it’s going to be.”
In addition to the inventive dishes, Yegparian is taking his experience managing Flatiron’s colossal Eataly to bring more culinary events and Eatly friends to the new restaurant.
That includes a Día de Muertos promotion featuring an array of discounted craft beers from Saturday, October 31 to Sunday, November 1, as well as a tasting event on Sunday, November 1, featuring brewer Fred Avila from Eataly.