Summer in Brooklyn means just one thing to me: drinking outside. Brooklyn is simply teeming with patio- and garden-enhanced drinking establishments, and I’m here to tell you about a brand new, pretty good option in the Slope.
Ají just opened up on 9th Street in a storefront that has, in the last two years, been home to no fewer than three failed restaurants. The previous restaurants were never able to win my patronage because they were horrifically expensive (especially considering the place is sandwiched between a McDonalds and a post office). Ají, thankfully, offers a nice menu of South American street food at good prices. You can get empanadas for $4 or $5. Salads for $8. Appetizers for around $6 and entrees for less than $10. The restaurant also features semi-obscene drink specials – like the $3 glasses of white sangria I indulged in.
The best part about the restaurant – what makes it stand out from the millions of other interesting, reasonably-priced restaurants in the area – is the two outdoor seating areas. There is a shaded, tree-filled back garden which looks like it would be one of the best places to hang out during the steamy summers. We sat up in the roof-deck/patio area which features a lovely view of the sunset, other buildings’ roofs and the tops of the trees growing out of the garden below.
If I were you, I would sit myself down on one of the couches on the roof deck, get a glass of sangria or a margarita, and spend a quiet afternoon reading and munching empanadas. This place is meant for summer.