Spacious, sunlit Bogota Latin Bistro was conceived as “a tribute to South and Central America” by its owners, Farid Ali and George Constantinou, and the menu features dishes inspired by a culinary journey the two made through Latin America. The Colombian national dish, “bandeja paisa” or “mountain platter,” combines grilled steak, “chicharron” (fried pork skin), “arepa” (white cornmeal cake), fried egg and “maduros” (sweet plantains) garnished with avocado, and it’s a favorite with diners. In addition to rice and beans, entrees come with a choice of sides including fried yucca, cilantro mashed potatoes, garlic spinach and “tropical coleslaw” (a mayo-free melange of red cabbage, mango, pineapple and coconut). For vegetarians, GO Brooklyn’s Ajla Grozdanic recommends the “torta portobella,” a mushroom sandwich with fresh Mexican cheese and chipotle mayo. The house cocktail — offered by the glass or the pitcher — is the coconut mojito. Enclosed garden seating available in winter. Open every day.
Updated Jan. 24, 2012