Hope & Union Cafe

★★★★☆

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a wonderful atmosphere, this restaurant capitalizes on having an incredible patio, wonderful food and even better service. a must for anyone going to brooklyn

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★★★★★

a wonderful atmosphere, this restaurant capitalizes on having an incredible patio, wonderful food and even better service. a must for anyone going to brooklyn

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fantastic everything. good range of tequilas and even better service

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★★★★★

fantastic everything. good range of tequilas and even better service

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i am close to this place but can tell you that the elote staff love taking care of their peeps. they have turned this place around from mere "just another hang out place" to a destination place on union ave!!
the back yard is delightful and worth the trip.
margaritas are strong and wont break your bank account. i strongly suggest checking it out!
Shecky's rated Elote "top 5 margaritas in nyc"

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★★★★★

i am close to this place but can tell you that the elote staff love taking care of their peeps. they have turned this place around from mere "just another hang out place" to a destination place on union ave!!
the back yard is delightful and worth the trip.
margaritas are strong and wont break your bank account. i strongly suggest checking it out!
Shecky's rated Elote "top 5 margaritas in nyc"

Pros: rated by Shecky's Best Margarita

Cons: if only there was more!!!

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It was frankly an embarassing experience.The wait staff was curt and didn't smile once (aside from when bringing the check), the food came at McDonald's speed, I think I told the wait staff *not* to clear our main course about five times in 15 minutes. I was so annoyed I barely tasted the food and would never come back .. even on an expense account

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★★☆☆☆

It was frankly an embarassing experience.The wait staff was curt and didn't smile once (aside from when bringing the check), the food came at McDonald's speed, I think I told the wait staff *not* to clear our main course about five times in 15 minutes. I was so annoyed I barely tasted the food and would never come back .. even on an expense account

Pros: ser

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I live right around the corner from Elote - not too long ago it was called Sante Fe - not sure if it's the same owner. The location isn't all that inviting, it's just one of those things I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe it's the name, maybe it's the brown sign. Anyway I decided to try it with my mom. It was around 3 or 4 in the afternoon. The place was completely empty. We ordered two margarita's. I don't know what the hell was in it. It was really strong. We sent them back and the waitress brought out two more. Awful. We ordered a Coke instead. The bartender came out with two more margarita's and offered them to us, apologizing for the previous batch. I took and sip and gagged. It was absolutely bizarre. She said if was the special with grapefruit juice. Whatever. The food was forgettable. Nice people but I would not go back. They should not have charged for the Cokes.

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★★☆☆☆

I live right around the corner from Elote - not too long ago it was called Sante Fe - not sure if it's the same owner. The location isn't all that inviting, it's just one of those things I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe it's the name, maybe it's the brown sign. Anyway I decided to try it with my mom. It was around 3 or 4 in the afternoon. The place was completely empty. We ordered two margarita's. I don't know what the hell was in it. It was really strong. We sent them back and the waitress brought out two more. Awful. We ordered a Coke instead. The bartender came out with two more margarita's and offered them to us, apologizing for the previous batch. I took and sip and gagged. It was absolutely bizarre. She said if was the special with grapefruit juice. Whatever. The food was forgettable. Nice people but I would not go back. They should not have charged for the Cokes.

Pros: Nice waitstaff, outdoor space

Cons: terrible margarita's, forgettable food, weird vibe

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For a place named after the tastiest corn ever, "elote," the dish was disappointing (I really prefer the corn grilled). The fish tacos were bland and the service was rude and apathetic. The margaritas are advertised as ?muddled? but I couldn't really taste the difference.

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★★☆☆☆

For a place named after the tastiest corn ever, "elote," the dish was disappointing (I really prefer the corn grilled). The fish tacos were bland and the service was rude and apathetic. The margaritas are advertised as ?muddled? but I couldn't really taste the difference.

Pros: The Garden and Drink Specials

Cons: Food, Value and Service

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But with all the raving going on, one would wonder whether Elote has its faults. Don?t worry pessimistic ones, it does. . .

beststreetbrooklyn.blogspot

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★★★☆☆

But with all the raving going on, one would wonder whether Elote has its faults. Don?t worry pessimistic ones, it does. . .

beststreetbrooklyn.blogspot

Pros: MMMM, Fish Tacos and Beers

Cons: Liked it better when it was santa fe

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Elote brings the heat with the fish tacos, their specialty. The chili powder sprinkled on the fish brings the runner home. The staff is great, all of them with differint personalitys'. But considering I'm the owners' son ( there are two) I can refill my cup of diet coke or sprite when ever I want. The garden is filled with picnik tables and a grill. The chef also pulls pork and beef, getting ready to serve pulled pork burritos. When ever you walk in everyone says hi, and that is why I think Elote is the best resturant.

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★★★★★

Elote brings the heat with the fish tacos, their specialty. The chili powder sprinkled on the fish brings the runner home. The staff is great, all of them with differint personalitys'. But considering I'm the owners' son ( there are two) I can refill my cup of diet coke or sprite when ever I want. The garden is filled with picnik tables and a grill. The chef also pulls pork and beef, getting ready to serve pulled pork burritos. When ever you walk in everyone says hi, and that is why I think Elote is the best resturant.

Pros: The staff combined with the food equals an award winning resturant.

Cons: I wish I could try the margaritas...

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Elote is blocks from my house, so after walking by a million times, I decided to finally try it out . My brunch was average (the bloody mary has chipotle sauce in it - so it was a little too intense, in a weird way, for my taste) and the huevos rancheros were nothing special- they lacked flavor and spiciness. However, my boyfriend got the margarita and the chilaquiles and his brunch was fabulous! The service was very slow - we were sitting with empty coffee/cocktail glasses and bowls for far too long before we finally flagged down another waitress and asked for our check. Although I haven't been for dinner, it appears a bit pricey given the casual vibe of the restaurant. I am definitely planning on checking out happy hour b/c the margaritas are fabulous and who can beat free chips and salsa!?

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★★★☆☆

Elote is blocks from my house, so after walking by a million times, I decided to finally try it out . My brunch was average (the bloody mary has chipotle sauce in it - so it was a little too intense, in a weird way, for my taste) and the huevos rancheros were nothing special- they lacked flavor and spiciness. However, my boyfriend got the margarita and the chilaquiles and his brunch was fabulous! The service was very slow - we were sitting with empty coffee/cocktail glasses and bowls for far too long before we finally flagged down another waitress and asked for our check. Although I haven't been for dinner, it appears a bit pricey given the casual vibe of the restaurant. I am definitely planning on checking out happy hour b/c the margaritas are fabulous and who can beat free chips and salsa!?

Pros: Great margaritas and brunch

Cons: Slow service

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We started coming to this place when it was called Santa Fe and were a little confused when we saw that the name and some of the menu changed. WE WERE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED. Some of the new additions to the menu are great! Like the El Diablo, which is a beautiful and perfectly fried whole fish served with flour tortillas and rice. The Steak taco Salad is my favorite. I can eat it any time! Plus, the staff is so sweet, very attentive and easy on the eyes. :) It's a great place for couples or groups of friends who are in need of good food at a good price. The Regular margaritas are served with too much ice, but the muddled fruit Margaritas are perfect. But be careful, you really shouldn't do more than two or it might be hard to get up at all.

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★★★★★

We started coming to this place when it was called Santa Fe and were a little confused when we saw that the name and some of the menu changed. WE WERE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED. Some of the new additions to the menu are great! Like the El Diablo, which is a beautiful and perfectly fried whole fish served with flour tortillas and rice. The Steak taco Salad is my favorite. I can eat it any time! Plus, the staff is so sweet, very attentive and easy on the eyes. :) It's a great place for couples or groups of friends who are in need of good food at a good price. The Regular margaritas are served with too much ice, but the muddled fruit Margaritas are perfect. But be careful, you really shouldn't do more than two or it might be hard to get up at all.

Pros: Food is great. Staff is super nice and really attentive. LOVE the muddled margaritas.

Cons: Wish it was closer to my house.

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The idea of a Southwestern spot in Williamsburg made me a little nervous, truth be told. But the sweet staff and homey cooking actually make this a bit of a sleeper. Chips are fresh tasting, and the salsa actually has some kick. My chicken on sweet potato mash was quite juicy, even if that mash was a touch sweet. Margarita are a bummer, too much ice, but sitting on the cute back patio in summer, I'm not sure I'll mind too much.

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★★★★☆

The idea of a Southwestern spot in Williamsburg made me a little nervous, truth be told. But the sweet staff and homey cooking actually make this a bit of a sleeper. Chips are fresh tasting, and the salsa actually has some kick. My chicken on sweet potato mash was quite juicy, even if that mash was a touch sweet. Margarita are a bummer, too much ice, but sitting on the cute back patio in summer, I'm not sure I'll mind too much.

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GREAT TIME, GOOD LOOKING PLACE AND PEOPLE. WHO NEEDS DUMONTS, THIS PLACE FELT LIKE AN OASIS. STAFF WAS FUN, MUSIC WAS JAMMING, PATRONS WERE HOT, DRINKS WERE COLD! A GREAT LOCAL FIND. DONT LET THE SECRET OUT!

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★★★★★

GREAT TIME, GOOD LOOKING PLACE AND PEOPLE. WHO NEEDS DUMONTS, THIS PLACE FELT LIKE AN OASIS. STAFF WAS FUN, MUSIC WAS JAMMING, PATRONS WERE HOT, DRINKS WERE COLD! A GREAT LOCAL FIND. DONT LET THE SECRET OUT!

Pros: BACKYARD / MUSIC

Cons: NOT OPEN 24 HOURS BUT HOW GREAT WOULD THAT BE

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No joke! This restaurant is fast becoming my favorite place to eat. Therefore, after reading some of the terrible and unjust reviews by other patrons I felt it was my duty to sing the praises of this little gem in my neighborhood. First off the food is absolutely fantastic with incredible attention to detail. Their menu is mostly southwestern with some gourmet additions. Don't be afraid though. The gourmet dishes are fantastic as well. Everyone I have brought to this restaurant loved it. In fact I went their on Saturday with a friend of mine and we ordered the red snapper tacos for two. Fantastic! The chef uses creative and original flavor combinations that accentuate all aspects of the dish. I have also ordered the drunk chicken (chicken soaked in margarita) and would recommend it to anyone going for the first time. The burrito is also fantastic. Oh...and the guacamole...so good. I have told the staff. They should put a slogan on the menu. It is literally "so thick it breaks the chip". And AFFORDABLE...a very reasonably priced menu for the quality you get. Anyway moving on...

The margaritas...Amazing...fresh limes...quality tequila...really perfect. A must have!

Also the service is like no other in the neighborhood. They are always friendly and attentive. Much more than they have to be. I believe their demeanor stems from a love for what they do. This is a RARITY and should be appreciated. So don't just take my word for it. Go eat there! Sit outside...drink a margarita...and enjoy.

Oh...and to whoever wrote that terrible review...you have no idea what your talking about. Yes...it may not be traditional southwestern fare but that doesn't mean it isn't amazing food. If you think Santa Fe is like Applebees then please take me to the spot you've been going too because as far as I'm concerned your palate is about as refined as Mr. Ronald McDonald.

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★★★★★

No joke! This restaurant is fast becoming my favorite place to eat. Therefore, after reading some of the terrible and unjust reviews by other patrons I felt it was my duty to sing the praises of this little gem in my neighborhood. First off the food is absolutely fantastic with incredible attention to detail. Their menu is mostly southwestern with some gourmet additions. Don't be afraid though. The gourmet dishes are fantastic as well. Everyone I have brought to this restaurant loved it. In fact I went their on Saturday with a friend of mine and we ordered the red snapper tacos for two. Fantastic! The chef uses creative and original flavor combinations that accentuate all aspects of the dish. I have also ordered the drunk chicken (chicken soaked in margarita) and would recommend it to anyone going for the first time. The burrito is also fantastic. Oh...and the guacamole...so good. I have told the staff. They should put a slogan on the menu. It is literally "so thick it breaks the chip". And AFFORDABLE...a very reasonably priced menu for the quality you get. Anyway moving on...

The margaritas...Amazing...fresh limes...quality tequila...really perfect. A must have!

Also the service is like no other in the neighborhood. They are always friendly and attentive. Much more than they have to be. I believe their demeanor stems from a love for what they do. This is a RARITY and should be appreciated. So don't just take my word for it. Go eat there! Sit outside...drink a margarita...and enjoy.

Oh...and to whoever wrote that terrible review...you have no idea what your talking about. Yes...it may not be traditional southwestern fare but that doesn't mean it isn't amazing food. If you think Santa Fe is like Applebees then please take me to the spot you've been going too because as far as I'm concerned your palate is about as refined as Mr. Ronald McDonald.

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Santa Fe rocks. Honestly, it had a rough start, but has steadily improved and is now one of my fave neighborhood restaurants. The margaritas are strong, the food is delicious, and the bartenders and wait staff are sweet. It's not the real mexican you can get up and down Grand for a buck or so cheaper, but it's quite a bit tastier and a lot more fun. Try the pork mole. It's fantastic.

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★★★★★

Santa Fe rocks. Honestly, it had a rough start, but has steadily improved and is now one of my fave neighborhood restaurants. The margaritas are strong, the food is delicious, and the bartenders and wait staff are sweet. It's not the real mexican you can get up and down Grand for a buck or so cheaper, but it's quite a bit tastier and a lot more fun. Try the pork mole. It's fantastic.

Pros: Garden

Cons: Wait

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While most restaurants in the Williamsburg area have much to offer, I was sorely dissapointed by my experience at Santa Fe. As a native of the southwest and one who visits Santa Fe (the city) and Mexico on a regular basis, I am completely baffled at how this restaurant claims to serve "Mexican" or "Southwest" inspired food. The quality was on par with an Applebee's or any other mediocre chain restaurant, nothing about the food tasted Mexican or Southwestern, and everything was overpriced.

Don't let the descriptions in the menu fool you- fancy language can't hide crappy execution and a complete lack of knowledge for this regional cuisine. I ordered the "vegetable sombrero" (I know, don't laugh at me, I paid for it) that was served with a cold-as-ice tortilla and veggies that must have come straight from the freezer. It looked like something off of a kids menu. Similarily, the "mole" pork (carnitas) dish my two dining companions sampled not only tasted nothing like mole, but it also gave both of them some pretty awful stomache cramps (and other related issues.) The service was incredibly spotty given that only two other tables occupied and there were two waiters working at the time.

All in all, it is a sad excuse for a restaurant especially considering the other tremendous spots Williamsburg has to offer. To the "chefs" of Santa Fe, Wiliamsburg: Step it up! People in this neighborhood do know what good food tastes like and this ain't it!
My dollars are FAR better spent down the street at Dumont.

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★☆☆☆☆

While most restaurants in the Williamsburg area have much to offer, I was sorely dissapointed by my experience at Santa Fe. As a native of the southwest and one who visits Santa Fe (the city) and Mexico on a regular basis, I am completely baffled at how this restaurant claims to serve "Mexican" or "Southwest" inspired food. The quality was on par with an Applebee's or any other mediocre chain restaurant, nothing about the food tasted Mexican or Southwestern, and everything was overpriced.

Don't let the descriptions in the menu fool you- fancy language can't hide crappy execution and a complete lack of knowledge for this regional cuisine. I ordered the "vegetable sombrero" (I know, don't laugh at me, I paid for it) that was served with a cold-as-ice tortilla and veggies that must have come straight from the freezer. It looked like something off of a kids menu. Similarily, the "mole" pork (carnitas) dish my two dining companions sampled not only tasted nothing like mole, but it also gave both of them some pretty awful stomache cramps (and other related issues.) The service was incredibly spotty given that only two other tables occupied and there were two waiters working at the time.

All in all, it is a sad excuse for a restaurant especially considering the other tremendous spots Williamsburg has to offer. To the "chefs" of Santa Fe, Wiliamsburg: Step it up! People in this neighborhood do know what good food tastes like and this ain't it!
My dollars are FAR better spent down the street at Dumont.

Cons: Food that tastes bad and makes people sick.

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Great happy Hour special with FREE chips and dip! Food is fantastic but pricey for the amount. Drinks are tasty.

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★★★★☆

Great happy Hour special with FREE chips and dip! Food is fantastic but pricey for the amount. Drinks are tasty.

Pros: free chips and dips, great margaritas

Cons: pricey food for the quantity

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i'm becoming a regular. every night has been great. tequillas are strong and sassy. food great. its a hip place like me and my girls
highly recommended and i i am pretty picky.

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★★★★★

i'm becoming a regular. every night has been great. tequillas are strong and sassy. food great. its a hip place like me and my girls
highly recommended and i i am pretty picky.

Pros: tequilla, deserts, tunes, wifi access, you can stay all night

Cons: none

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New Southwestern , nice atmosphere and good selection of food and drink. The outdoor garden willbe nice come summer.

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★★★★★

New Southwestern , nice atmosphere and good selection of food and drink. The outdoor garden willbe nice come summer.

Pros: menu, drink selection,brunch, happy hour

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passed by and suprised. great service with cool hip crowd and staff. clean / tasty. margaritas nice and strong.

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★★★★★

passed by and suprised. great service with cool hip crowd and staff. clean / tasty. margaritas nice and strong.

Pros: good looking patrons/staff. great margaritas. outdoor seating. brunch menu looks good

 

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