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  Night Out Latin/Mexican West Village Moderate Good

Conversation might be something you enjoy doing, and I’ll go out on a limb here and posit that it might be something you enjoy doing over a meal. Sometimes the conversation can be light—just small talk, this and that, what movies have you seen, what books have you read, a bit of gossip. Other times it can be more detailed, catching up on work, kids, the week’s ups and downs. Then there are times the dialogue can grow more serious, when life throws you a curve ball, and there’s sickness, loss, grief, or heartbreak. Going out for a meal and talking it through with a close friend can be the relief you’re looking for.

Whatever sort of conversation you’re up for, you will not be able to do have it at Cabrito. No, talking is impossible. Well, let me rephrase. Talking is indeed possible. Hearing, however, is not. The place is a monster noise chamber, akin to dining on a rumbling seat on an old A train heading full speed ahead. But it’s also a super friendly and festive Mexican cantina that happens to serve terrific food. I’ve been to Cabrito a couple of times now, and I want to go back, but do I dare when the place is populated with more than two other people? No. And the thing is, the place is always packed because there’s nothing that says summer like a nice cold juicy margarita and a couple of delicious two-handed tacos. So I face a dilemma. I may have to return with pen and paper, and resort to passing notes to my dining mates, or simply dine there alone when hearing is not as important. In any case, I do recommend that you try Cabrito, which opened in the former BarFry space about a month ago, but do so on a night where you might be able to get by with minimum conversational requirements.

The first time at Cabrito, Kiri and I were in on a Sunday night when it was relatively calm. We started with a bowl of guacamole and a couple of Sandias to drink—well-balanced mezcal-soaked watermelon cocktails that are lightly sweet and sneakily smoky, and that go down way too easily. Yeah, they’re good. When the guacamole arrived ($8), I asked our waitress for hot sauce. I did so without even tasting it, because I like my guacamole to have a good kick and often times at restaurants where it’s pre-made and not done tableside to my spice specifications, it’s just not hot enough for me. While she was fetching us a bottle of red and green, I dipped a warm tortilla chip (just fried a ... [more, click below]

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I agree about the noise level...the key is to get a few margaritas down as quickly as possible so that the noise becomes a challenge you want to beat by talking even louder - LOL. It is fun I swear...!

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