5 Burro finally adds its second borough

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With every end there is a beginning — the shuttering of Red Hook’s French bistro Pit Stop has opened the door for the expansion of popular Queens Mexican joint 5 Burro into Brooklyn.

Queens’s quirkiest eatery has finally made a run for the border, with plans to open on Columbia Street as soon as April.

The Forest Hills favorite serves up Mex classics such as chiles rellenos alongside more Americanized fare like surf and turf specials and, of course, the restaurant’s signature pitchers of Margaritas.

Owner Marla Cornejo said that she’s developing a menu that’s just a touch more “authentic” for the Brooklyn outpost, including michotes (which roughly translates to meat-filled packages of goodness). For the most part, however, the new spot will closely resemble the Queens locale, albeit with outdoor dining and Pit Stop’s fabled petanque courts.

“Our name is 5 Burro, so we thought that after 20 years it was time to expand to another borough,” said Cornejo. “We’re very community-oriented and looking forward to becoming a part of the Brooklyn fabric.”

Pit Stop’s comforting French classics are sorely missed, but pitchers of Margarita go a long way towards calming the separation anxiety.

5 Burro Café (127 Columbia St. between Kane and Degraw streets, no phone yet)

Updated 5:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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The Nanny from Undisclosed says:
I am not surprised that these mexican joints are "crossing the border" from queens to take our business away from the restaurants THAT WERE ACTUALLY BORN HERE!
A disgrace!
March 9, 2010, 5:07 am
Soured from RedHook says:
Nice piece Kristen, good to have something other than speculation as to what will fill the Pit Stop. However, I must admonish you on your geographical placement of Pit Stop in Red Hook. The location sits square in between Red Hook and Brooklyn Heights in a neighborhood (currently) called the Columbia Street Waterfront District.
March 9, 2010, 7:21 am
Alan A from Rego Park says:
I have been a regular at the Forest Hills location for over 15 years. The new 5 Burro in Brooklyn is every bit as good as their cantina in Forest Hills. The best Mex in NYC and the Margaritas are very potent. I'm glad I can walk to the Burro on Austin Street. With drinks this good you can't drive.
June 6, 2010, 9:40 pm

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