Well-known chef brings her blue tacos to Gowanus bar

August 3, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The block of 636 DeGraw St. Image © 2018 Google Maps photo
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Acclaimed chef Denisse Lina Chavez, who has moved between restaurants quite a lot in the past few years, is now making her well-known El Atoradero tacos at Parklife, an indoor and outdoor bar in Gowanus.

This is good news for Brooklynites who have missed her since she left the kitchen at her El Atoradero restaurant in Prospect Heights in March, according to Eater. Chavez is well-known for her tacos featuring carnitas, made by braising or simmering pork, on handmade blue corn tortillas.

Her erstwhile Prospect Heights restaurant, which became Madre Cocina & Mezcales in May, now has a new chef, but Chavez is reportedly still a partner. Chavez’s former business partner, Noah Arenstein, used to run Taqueria Madre in the same Parklife space at 636 DeGraw St., Eater reported. However, Arenstein is no longer involved, and Chavez’s El Atoradero enterprise now has a one-year lease with the bar.

In addition to tacos, the menu features nachos, burritos and flautas. Chavez grew up in Puebla, Mexico, and came to the U.S. at age 16.

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