Looks Like The Owners Of Gallito’s Kitchen On Montague Street Are In It To Win It

The Brooklyn Eagle’s Lore Croghan sat with with Giovanni Ventura and Yovany Quisquina, the owners of Gallito’s Kitchen, the newest eatery on Montague Street.

In the profile, they discuss how they’re sourcing local ingredients, sunk their savings into opening the restaurant and how they’re striving to make “really, really good” margaritas.

Brooklyn Eagle: The duo searched for a restaurant site for two years, in Park Slope, Greenpoint and Williamsburg as well as Montague Street.

The kitchen at 140 Montague was left intact after Gandhi Palace departed; the two chefs took it as is and saved themselves a pricey buildout.

“Our budget is tight,” Ventura said. “This is our savings for several years. And we borrowed money from family.”

There’s family involvement in day-to-day restaurant operations as well. Ventura’s wife, Idemar Aldrey, works as Gallito’s manager.

For now, it’s dinner only, with a menu that’s a mix of Mexico City street tacos such as braised Berkshire pork or beef tongue and entrees like duck enchiladas with mole sauce and fire-grilled shrimp marinated in chipotle and chocolate. Chipotle is also a surprise ingredient that gives a kick to an instantly addictive sweet plantain side dish.

What do the locals think? We checked Yelp and BHB contributor Matthew Parker, who we know is not a Yelp sock puppet, has already weighed in:

Muy Bien. Finally, a restaurant on Montague Street that doesn’t suck.

The tacos are quite good with excellent ingredients and home made tortillas. Also noteworthy is the creamy chicken soup — I can see a 3 taco and soup meal and perhaps their excellent churros for dessert for a tasty and relatively inexpensive dinner.

Very good sangria (both red and white), and they also serve a coconut milk concoction that’s addictive. Also tried the grilled calamari, while good, wasn’t a standout. Freshly homemade chips and salsa are excellent. Decent guacamole, but I make better at home.

I’ll be back.

Gallito’s Kitchen
140 Montague St
(between Clinton St & Henry St)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 855-4791

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  • AnnofOrange

    Wish them huge success. Home made tortillas! That’s gotta be worth the trip up the stoop.

  • NickBC

    Just had supper again there last night. Fantastic food and the nicest wait staff. The homemade tortillas and guacamole are the best. We’ll be back

  • Poplar

    I’ve eaten there twice and had great experiences both times. The food has been really tasty and the staff is super friendly.

  • Chubby Burkhardt

    Haven’t gone yet. I hope the place is as good as the early reviews are saying. Something consistent and different to the neighborhood is a welcome addition.

  • Heightsman

    Will have to go tomorrow night after I read this story. Need to support a family that pushes it all in on a restaurant in this city plus my wife is a sucker for good Mexican.

  • wksnyc

    have eaten there for past 2 nights. fish tacos are GREAT

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Had dinner there last night. Overall very good; Food was delicious and perfectly cooked (steak) although, portions are a bit small for the price. Service was friendly and prompt though, some of the table clearing was a bit over zealous (taking a drink away without asking, before it was finished). The sangria was also very good, some of the best I’ve ever had, in a restaurant.
    Will go back, but not that often, as the price point is just a bit high for everyday dining.

  • Bearcat

    I must disagree with Mr. Parker. The guacamole was the best I have ever had. I also had enchiladas (steak and chicken) and the steak was real steak, not the usual beef you find elsewhere. Both delicious and the refried beans are the best. They also have different specials each night that are not on the regular menu. Pricewise, they are not that much higher than other restaurants in the area. If you want restaurants that are not “sucky” you should be willing to pay a little extra. The staff is great; courteous and attentive. I love Mexican food, and it is great to finally have a great Mexican restaurant in the hood. I plan to go back often, and I wish them much luck and success.

  • Daddyo

    Why spend 2 years looking for a location and then build on the second floor up a steep staircase? Don’t they realize every restaurant in that spot has failed? Bad idea…remember Gandhi Palace, Amin, Oh My Pasta (next door)…

  • spm57

    terrific tacos – friend loved the beet one and I thought the tongue was delicious!

  • Momnesia

    Hubby and I had dinner there tonight (Monday). The guacamole was fresh with just the right amount of lime and our entrees were DE-LISH! I had the carne asada enchiladas, hubby had pork special. Everything was flavorful and fresh. I love that they are using locally sourced ingredients. The staff was super friendly too. Can’t wait til they can serve margaritas. I wish them much success!

  • jen

    you can tell the staff actually cares. people are craving something different and authentic and this place is coming through. keep it up.

  • Monty

    Do they deliver yet? I’m desperate to try it, but don’t want to subject the dining room (or myself) to the spectacle of my toddler son.

  • I JUST KNOW STUFF

    lying lying lying, this is the same people from CASA VENTURA in park slope. same bland food, CASA VENTURA CLOSE, GALLITOS KITCHEN CLOSE, THESE PEOPLE DONT GET IT, THEY DONT KNOW HOW TO COOK OR MANAGE A RESTAURANT, DID THEY REALLY SAID THEY WERE LOOKING FOR A RESTAURANT FOR TWO YEARSSSS. WHAT HAPPEN TO 210 7TH AVE AND LOLIS TAQUERIA IN PARK SLOPE???? NO CREDIBILITY FOR THE OWNERS

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  • IJUSTKNOWSTUFF

    http://parkslope.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/casa-ventura-to-replace-barrio-on-seventh-avenue shame on you guys, we don’t want people like you guys in this part of town, go BACK TO PARK SLOPE