La Botaneria is a small space featuring big flavors from Roberto Santibañez the chef of Fonda restaurants. The 24-seat restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn specializes in botanas, the snacks offered alongside drinks at bars and in homes in Santibañez’s native Mexico City. The food, however, will not be limited to that of his home country, but will take inspiration from all of Latin America and Spain. Most dishes come with toasted bread from Sullivan bakery, butter or olive oil, and a house-made blend of pickled vegetables with chiles.

Along with a carefully curated selection of mostly local beer, wine, and both classic and modern cocktails made with local spirits, these shareable dishes can serve as early evening fare, full-on dinner, or post-meal snacks that keep a great night going.

The beautifully designed space is modern, chic by accident, and eclectic, with a relaxed, fun atmosphere.


photograph by david hagerman

photograph by david hagerman

Roberto Santibañez is the chef/owner of Fonda restaurants in Brooklyn and Manhattan, NY. As a native of Mexico City and a graduate with honors from Paris’s top culinary institutions, award-winning Chef Roberto Santibañez’s culinary resume includes stints as restaurateur, culinary consultant, author, and teacher in Mexico, Europe and the United States. He is the author of Rosa’s New Mexican Table, nominated for an IACP and a James Beard Awards. His second book Truly Mexican was one of the most Notable Cookbooks of 2011 by The New York Times, Epicurious, and Food & Wine. His third cookbook Tortas, Tacos and Tamales is considered one of the best cookbooks of 2012 by Food & Wine. Roberto is a culinary consultant for Amtrak, and a member of The Culinary Institute of America’s Latin Cuisines Advisory Council. For more on chef Santibañez, visit robertosantibanez.com.