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La Sirena Clandestina

La Sirena Clandestina is a Fulton Market restaurant housed in a former warehouse building that has an industrial style. If you feel like you've heard that before it's because you have. So does La Sirena Clandestina separate itself at all? Yup. And it’s doing so by serving some pretty good Brazilian inspired food. Ipso facto - La Sirena Clandestina is a worthy place to know.

Located squarely in Fulton Market, La Sirena isn’t actually that big of a place. But like a Joe Pesci character, what La Sirena lacks in size it makes up for in personality, minus the fact nobody there will stab you with a pen. What we mean is this restaurant is always loud and buzzing with conversation, in the fun but not overbearing on your eardrums kind of way. It's Perfect For Date Night or even Dinner With The Parents when you want them to feel cool but still in a comfort zone.

You’ll also be hard pressed not to want a cocktail or two based on the mood, and we suggest sticking to the South American classics like a caipirinha or pisco sour.

The Brazilian food will also leave you happy, but it's not exotic, so don't worry about that. Expect more Brazilian inspired food and flavors than crazy dishes that will scare you off. But it’s still different and interesting and offers the chance to try some new things. We do find ourselves wishing La Sirena was a tad more consistent at times, because it’s what keeps this place from being a total home run.

It’s a firm triple though. And an extra caipirinha and empanada will ensure you have great time..

Food Rundown

Empanadas

YUP. La Sirena Cladestina should sell their empanada receipes to Hot Pockets so they can produce them in mass and we can cook them in our microwaves at home. Not saying it would be the same, but we want convenient versions to make ourselves. The flavors change, but there’s always a meat and vegetarian option. You’re going to want one for yourself.

Ceviche

Seafood ceviche consisting of octopus, shrimp, mahi, vegetables, and a gazpacho mojo. The sauce is kind of thick, so it’s a bit more substantive a usual ceviche you might be accustomed to. Use the house made crackers as a conduit to eat the ceviche. Good stuff.

Elotes

Standard elote served served on the cob but cut up into small pieces. Decent.

Summer Bean Salad

A mix of vegetables, herb vinagrette, blue cheese, and marcona almonds. We like blue cheese, but it’s a bit overpowering in this salad. The rest of the mix is good though, so unless you’re a huge blue cheese nut we’d get it on the side.

Tomato and Burrata

Solid burrata and tomatoes. Also standard.

Whole Fried Fish

The fish changes, but it’s always lightly fried, bones and all, with peanuts, cilantro, fresno, and serrano hot sauces. It takes a bit of work to eat, but if you’re into the whole fried fish game this is a good bet.

Feijoada

A great large plate. A mix of short ribs, pork shoulder, linguica, rice, black beans, greens, salsa, and farofa, which is kind of like toasted cous cous but more granulated. There’s a lot going on here but it’s a really good meaty dish. Great for sharing.

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