Diego, the new Mexican restaurant that opened in the space occupied until recently by the Union Smith Café at 305 Smith Street, just opened this week. However, long before its doors opened, the eatery generated a bit of controversy when owner James Geritano who also owns Bagels By The Park, told Carroll Gardens Patch that the Executive Chef of Dos Caminos, currently one of New York City's hottest Mexican restaurants, was involved in the new venture.
Eater.com doubted that Stark had such an involvement in the new place, and wrote that her association "has been exaggerated" and that she merely suggested a chef for Diego.
When the actual menu was revealed, many were disappointed and commented on the prices.
($5 for a side of refried beans does seem a bit steep for Smith Street.)
So how is the neighborhood reacting to Diego? Reader Sandra tried it out. She writes:
Diego is now open. We ate there last night and the food was delicious. The guacomole is prepared right at your table and the waiter asks you how much of each ingredient to put in. Very unique and fun. The choc cake was out of this world with the center nice and runny. Diego is def a must to try and go back again and again.
However, this anonymous commenter didn't quite buy Sandra's glowing review.
I think "Sandra" is a shill.I saw the non Mexican owners quibbling over the old Cafe sign while piles of fake mexican stuff was being delivered. How can they OPEN with piles and piles of trash piled on the side? Two busted tree pots in front and a covered barbeque? FYI AGAINST THE LAW to burn/ grill use fire in front yards. If they try and use it I will report them. I loive a fw houses away from this dirty filthy place. I smell the greasy smelly trash in Summer and have to walk by strangers eating on a dirty corner with trash cans piled high. I will never go here.
Where do you stand? Have you tried Diego yet? How was it?