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Photo credit: Ojala

Ojala, the 50-seat eatery just opened last month and is ready to do it all: Lunch, happy hour, dinner and brunch are already in full swing!

Photo credit: Ojala

Diners in Clinton Hill have a new culinary destination to scout out: Ojala Cocina Mexicana, located at 413 Myrtle Avenue. The 50-seat eatery, that welcomes diners with a warm décor full of amber and coral colored walls, and beautiful artwork, just opened last month and is ready to do it all: Lunch, happy hour, dinner and brunch are already in full swing.

“Myrtle Avenue is quickly becoming a dining destination and Ojala adds a unique twist to the Mexican cuisine offered here,” said Eduardo Velazquez, general manager of Ojala. “Mixing traditional with new, Ojala is a great compliment to Myrtle’s food landscape.”

Pescado Azteca, the house specialty. Photo credit: Ojala

Ojala features playful, modern takes on traditional Mexican cuisine. For starters, why not maybe try the Corn off the Cobb Soup, traditional Mexican esquites with Cojita cheese and a smoked chipotle aioli, or the  Nachos del Dia with the Chef’s daily selection of toppings. For main course you can’t go wrong with Pollo de los Abastos, chipotle and herbs marinated, baked chicken breast served with pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and rice and beans, or Churrasco, a seven chiles rubbed hanger steak served with roasted fingerling potatoes, peppery greens, house-made chorizo and a spicy onion jam.

Yet, the house’s specialty, according to Velazquez, is Pescado Azteca, pan-roasted catfish with a habanero glaze, guajillo sauce, guacamole and charro beans. Also, gluten-free and vegetarian diners will be satisfied with Olaja’s cuisine which features delicious options readily available, Velazquez assured.

“Our menu features plenty of fresh vegetables from local farmers, plus most of the dishes can be made vegetarian,” said Velazquez. “And 80 percents of our ingredients are gluten-free, organic and locally sourced from farmers from all across New York.”

The theme of traditional with a modern twist also carries over to Ojala’s cocktail menu. Aside from margaritas which are available in a variety of flavors including tamarind, cucumber, passionfruit, hibiscus and horchata — a creamy mexican “rice water’ consisting of cinnamon and condensed milk — the menu also features a few mezcal-based drinks such as the smoky Mez-Tamarind, which is made of tamarind puree with a touch of chipotle, lime juice and agave, topped with Jarritos soda for the extra fizz. However, Velazquez’s favorite, who is behind Ojala’s cocktail program, is the very refreshing Ojala: chamomille-infused tequila, which is steeped for one week and then mixed with passion fruit, agave and lime juice, finished with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

In addition to dinner, Ojala offers lunch on weekdays from 12:00pm t0 4:oopm, a daily happy hour from 4:00pm to 7:00pm and brunch on the weekends from 11:00pm to 4:00pm.

Eduardo Velazquez , general manager and creator of delicious cocktails at Ojala. Photo credit: Ojala

And as if that is not enough to keep the Ojala team busy, they are already making plans for the next big event: Cinqo De Mayo which will include drink and food specials… and a Mariachi band! The restaurant also has a lower level which Velazquez would like to transform into a lounge.

“But that’s not happening anytime soon,” he said. “For now, we’re just happy to be here and to have the opportunity to share our authentic Mexican flavors and culture with the neighborhood!”

Welcome to the neighborhood, Ojala!

Ojala is located at 413 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill. For more information go here.

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Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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