Food Stuffs: Authentic & Inspired Mexican Cuisine At Blue Agave

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Photo courtesy of Blue Agave/Facebook

Photo courtesy of Blue Agave/Facebook

Food StuffsBlue Agave, even on a sleepy Sunday night, feels alive and immediately draws the hungry diner through its doors.

The rustic wood and brick exterior can be hard to spot from the street, but the upscale Mexican restaurant located at 7201 16th Avenue is clearly visible from the D train passing over New Utrecht Avenue. Seeing it so many times from the window of the train car made me wonder about it, until I finally trekked out there this past weekend.

Created by trio Pablo Luna, David Flores and Abran Luna, Blue Agave has been serving up classic and modern Mexican food for the past few years.

Abram Luna (Courtesy of Blue Agave/Facebook)

Chef Abran Luna (Courtesy of Blue Agave/Facebook)

On the restaurant’s website, executive chef Abram Luna cites French and Asian influences that add a unique twist to his colorful delicacies.

Once you sit down, a rich, savory aroma wafts from the open kitchen. If you’re lucky, they’ll have the homemade guacamole station in operation which they’ll make in front of you, to your taste. The $6 guacamole was very special and probably the most authentic guacamole in Bensonhurst. The avocado is smooth, but not too mashed, with just a hint of fire and lime.

Guacamole. (Photo by Logan Frazier/Bensonhurst Bean)

Guacamole. (Photo by Logan Frazier/Bensonhurst Bean)

For my main course, I ordered the Fajita Blue Agave, a pretty standard Mexican dish, but the $15.95 version comes with voluptuous shrimp, slabs of steak and chicken, as well as rice and beans. I also tried the Mexican cactus salad Ensalada de Nopales, and Elotes, a seasoned ear of corn.

Elote. (Photo by Logan Frazier)

Elote. (Photo by Logan Frazier/Bensonhurst Bean)

I was very impressed by the Elote. It was rich with zest, and the cheese added an extra grainy texture on the tongue. Unfortunately, the first corn I received was cold but my gracious server heated it up and brought it back immediately. I’ve never had cactus before, and it wasn’t my favorite. The other intensely flavored ingredients — including onions, cilantro, corn, pickled jalapeno, and fresh cheese — did lend the dish some unexpected bite, but the cactus itself was not that unique and had the distinct texture of aloe vera.

The fajita came roaring out of the kitchen, spitting and spurting in front of me. The shrimp was the highlight of the dish. It was delightfully spicy and cooked perfectly. The steak was cooked well and the chicken meshed well with the vegetables and rice and beans. I felt full and didn’t know if I could make room for dessert.

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Fajita. (Photo by Logan Frazier/Bensonhurst Bean)

The night I was there they didn’t have flan, which I’ve heard is the best dessert on the menu. Instead, I ordered a special that they had that night which consisted of neapolitan ice cream sandwiches and fried dough on the center of the plate, which was quite entertaining, but slightly freezer burnt.

Photo courtesy of Blue Agave/Facebook

Photo courtesy of Blue Agave/Facebook

Overall, this is one of the nicest restaurants in Bensonhurst. Its decor is inviting, the food is hearty and unexpected, and the service is excellent. Saturday night is karaoke night, and the venue throbs with pulsating music. It also has a full bar with an impressive drink menu, including margarita and mojito specials, making it perfect for a date or a night out on the town.

I would encourage those who are looking for a change from the ubiquitous Chinese-Mexican hybrid take out places in Bensonhurst to check out Blue Agave for authentic, inspired, and vibrant Mexican cuisine.

The Rundown: Blue Agave
Where: 7201 16th Avenue, near New Utrecht Avenue
Phone: (718) 758-5822
Hours: 9am-11pm, 7 days a week
Reservations: Not necessary
Kid Friendly? Yes

Food Stuffs is a column exploring the gastronomic landscape of Bensonhurst and the surrounding neighborhoods. Each entry will cover anything and everything remotely related to food. Because here in Bensonhurst, food is always news.

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  • Drew B

    I’m going to be quite honest here….I ordered this because I was hoping that there would finally be a quality Mexican cuisine eatery in the neighborhood, boy was I wrong. I ordered take out, and the food was bland, lacking flavor, soggy instead of crispy when necessary, and overall an experience I was highly let down by. The prices are fair, but fairly comparable to some eateries in Manhattan. The problem is, with the same cost, I expect the same quality and the same flavors that I would find in any other Mexican cuisine eatery that charges the same price for the same items, and Blue Agave easily did not deliver.

    I have no personal issue with Blue Agave, and I truly wish them success, as I did when I had tried their food in hopes of a neighborhood gem. Unfortunately, being an extremely seasoned foodie, there was nothing spectacular about the food, and it can use a lot of work in the flavor department if they are going to charge near-city prices for their offerings. I also know that I cannot be the only one that feels this way, in terms of people who have had their food.