photo credit: Will Hartman

the exterior of Hellbender in Ridgewood


Bar FoodMexican


$$$$Perfect For:Drinks & A Light BiteDrinking Good CocktailsFirst/Early in the Game Dates

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The energy level at Hellbender in Ridgewood, a bar from the Rolo’s people, falls somewhere in the center of the going-out spectrum: it's a good, low-lit spot for maybe the tiniest bit of dancing, but mostly conversations with friends over henny coladas. Drinks are generally sweet and accompanied by bendy straws, like a rum cocktail called the Taxidermy Jaguar that you can drink while standing next to a taxidermy jaguar. What's more exciting is the Mexican-influenced bar food like lamb carnitas and choriqueso served with soft Sobre Masa tortillas. You'll run up a fat bill if you try to finagle a full dinner here. So we’d suggest sticking to drinks and a few snacks, like their $14 fried Oaxaca cheese sticks.

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a spread of dishes at Rolo's. Clockwise from top: Crispy potatoes war style, two sheet lasagna verde, pork t bone, grilled head on shrimp, sesame and wild oregano polenta bread


Find wood-fired food and outfit inspiration at this busy Ridgewood restaurant.

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Sobre Masa is an all-day Mexican cafe in Williamsburg with hand-pressed tortillas and a nice outdoor space.

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