La Gringa Taqueria to host screening of ‘Romeo + Juliet’ on Valentine’s Day

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Nothing says “I love you” like tacos and dual suicide.

Williamsburg’s La Gringa Taqueria will host a free screening of Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of the blood-drenched drama about teenage love “Romeo + Juliet,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, under an authentic Army tent in the backyard of the Mexican restaurant in honor of the famed Feb. 14 holiday where couples re-affirm their love for each other — usually with chocolates and flowers.

“It’s a special, unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a small and intimate environment,” said Adalis Velez, who runs the California-style Mexican food joint with her husband Henry Fernandez.

“Why not do something different with your loved one? You probably did everything else 100 times over.”

Love-struck attendees will be given a complimentary flute of champagne and a single red rose in celebration of the romance-infused holiday, said Velez.

As couples claim their seats at the picnic tables under the cozy tent, complete with a wood-burning stove for warmth, they will have the option to order the house-made Mexican grub infused with plantains right to their table, which is something the no-waiter service restaurant does not normally do.

“While guests drink their champagne and eat their tacos each of them will get their own blanket to snuggle up in and be cozy,” said Velez, the brainchild behind the Valentine’s Day extravaganza featuring star-crossed lovers.

“Why not Romeo and Juliet? It’s like the ultimate love story,” she said. “This man would do anything to be with this woman that he’s not supposed to be with and so would she.”

The food, including burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and nachos will be full-price, but there will be plenty of discounted Mexican $2 beers for couples looking to booze it up, and free cups of “spicy” Mexican hot chocolate and chocolate truffles.

Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” at La Gringa Taqueria [800 Grand St. between Bushwick Avenue and Humboldt Street in Williamsburg, (718) 388–0055]. Feb. 14, 7:30 pm. Make sure to RSVP.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at
Updated 5:39 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Johnny Hammersticks from Brooklyn says:
Wow. They found the two biggest jerkoff looking hipsters ——s for this picture.
Jan. 29, 2013, 7:38 am
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
How wonderful. Vampira with isoceles triangls for eyebrows and El Douche-y looking like the cat taht ate the locally sourced canary.
Jan. 29, 2013, 4:23 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Johnny & Pat, thanks.........It's comments like this that keeps these try-hards from sending the link to their fellow polyps in Ohio. Sucks for them. Finally got the attention they are craving.....and real New Yorkers S&%t all over it
Jan. 29, 2013, 8:39 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
They die in the end.
Jan. 29, 2013, 9:05 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Poor Jose! His hat didn't come with directions!
Jan. 29, 2013, 9:06 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Are those guitars or shovels on Fidel's shirt?
Jan. 30, 2013, 1:51 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
she kind of looks like david suskind in a push up bra (its all marketing) - is that the best bet he can do - if the hat didnt have directions can you imagine the panties
Jan. 30, 2013, 9:21 pm
David from williamsburg says:
First off half you ——s don't even know how to use spell check that's first thing the dude in the pic makes awesome burritos, and his gf is mad dope seen her in there a few times they both seen like really amazing people
Feb. 5, 2013, 2:46 am
Nora from Brighton Beach says:
I know New Yorkers are supposed to be rude, but this is just plain mean. The girl is gorgeous! I'm damned sure better looking than any of you, or your girlfriends. The whole event is pretty cool.
March 30, 2013, 3:49 pm
Natalia from Manhattan says:
What a good looking couple! Great way to promote the place!
Nov. 2, 2014, 5:45 pm

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