Geronimo Tequila Bar Southwest Grill
271 Crown Street, New Haven
203-777-7700 and http://www.geronimobarandgrill.com
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271 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06510, USA
Among New Haven’s numerous Mexican and Spanish restaurants, Geronimo offers a Southwestern palette with diverse influences. With cozy seating, a backlit bar, and a sizeable patio, it’s good for a meal or just a cocktail. Geronimo occasionally offers events such as tequila tastings and regularly takes part in Restaurant Week and other community happenings.
THE VIBE: Geronimo is stylish but not showy. The dark but inviting interior is comfortable, with seating at both chairs and booths. The space is divided to create smaller, more intimate seating areas, and a spiral staircase winds downward to event space.
The large patio, overlooking the bustle of Crown Street, invites patrons to linger on summer evenings. It’s split into bar and dining areas, and as the days turn cool they keep it toasty with heat lamps.
THE FOOD: The flavors are Southwestern, with spicy twists on American staples like burgers and macaroni and cheese.
The tacos and tamales come from Mexico, the gazpacho and ceviche from Spain. Geronimo transforms them into ideas like portobello tacos and watermelon-sweetened gazpacho. Yucca fries or cumin-dusted potato fries accompany burgers.
Geronimo is also a tequila bar, and the cocktail list includes numerous margaritas as well as other Mexican- and Southwestern-influenced beverages. Enjoy the balance of hot and cool in the cool pepper margarita ($9), made with cucumber-infused tequila, or the spicy passion fruit margarita ($9), whose tequila is infused with jalapeños. Those with a sweet tooth might enjoy the raspberry mojito ($8).
Sandwich options range from the Gringo Burger (with just lettuce and tomato, $9.50) to the Poblano Burger (with cheddar and roasted poblano peppers, $10.50) to the Apache BLT (chile and brown sugar-cured bacon, avocado, pico de galllo, and chipotle aioli, $10.50).
My dining companion is a fan of the chipotle chicken ranch salad ($9), with romaine, avocado, and cherry tomatoes spiced up with a creamy poblano ranch dressing. The prickly pear cactus gazpacho ($8) boasts the sweetness of watermelon and the kick of habanero.
A few appetizers can easily take the place of dinner, with the Three Sister Tamale ($5) offering one of the best bargains. The tamales, which come in pairs, are filled with roasted corn, black beans, butternut squash, and oaxaca cheese.
With a rich but not overwhelming blend of cheddar, chihuahua, and gruyere cheese, the macaroni and cheese with hatch green chile (appetizer, $8) is delicious, with a savory drizzle of Mexican corn “truffle” oil. The dinner menu offers an even more decadent version with lobster and chorizo ($25).
The Trio of Tacos ($9–$10) provides soft tortillas, cilantro-flecked cabbage, thin slices of radish, and fresh filling (mahi, portobello and poblano, or pork); assemble your own. The seared mahi ($10) arrived in its own miniature cast-iron pan, next to the crunchy vegetables, and a drizzle of mango salsa offered a fruity contrast.
Sides may not be strictly necessary, but the deep-fried onion and jalapeño straw ($7) is hard to resist.
THE BILL: Appetizers are $5 to $11 and offer a good amount of food for the price. The guacamole, made tableside to your specifications, is delectable but no bargain at $15. Salads are $7 to $11, and most are big enough to fill an empty stomach.
At $14–$25, Platos (entrees) range from lobster-and-chorizo macaroni and cheese or lobster enchiladas at the high end, with the mid-range including grilled hangar steak skewer and chicken mole. Bocadillos (burgers) range from $9.50 to $11.50 and include fries or a salad. It’s $2 extra for a buffalo burger instead of beef.
An entrée like the vegetarian bounty plate gives you the veggie tamale or quinoa relleño ($5 or $9 a la carte, respectively) plus any two sides for a total of $15, a bargain if you’re hungry and fond of variety. On their own, sides are $4 to $7. The taco trios are $9 or $10 and are also easy to share.
THE PARTICULARS: Geronimo is open for lunch every day except Sunday from noon until 4 pm. Dinner begins at 4 and is served until 10 pm Sundays, 11 pm weeknights, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. If a drink is what you’re after, the bar is open 5 pm to 1 am Sunday, noon to 1 am Monday through Thursday, and noon until 2 am Friday and Saturday.
The patio fills up fast on summer nights, so call ahead to make a reservation or be willing to take a table inside. Service is friendly and usually, if not infallibly, efficient.
There are both metered parking spots and paid lots along Crown Street.
THE VERDICT: With flavorful drinks and hearty food, not to mention an expanse of patio and a cozy interior, Geronimo lets you enjoy a broad palette of flavors in a relaxed atmosphere.