INFO & DIRECTIONS

Bar Bruno
520 Henry Street (at Union Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Tel: (347) 763-0850

Hours

Monday - Friday : 4.00pm - 12.00am
Saturday & Sunday : 10.00am - 12.00am

Reservations

No reservations taken (unless for big parties - family style)

ABOUT US

The idea behind Bar Bruno is very simple; every 
neighborhood
 needs 
a
 place 
to
 meet,
 hang
out and
 be
 able 
to
 enjoy simple 
delicious 
cooking
 at
 moderate 
prices.


Modeled 
after 
European
 &
 Mexican
 Cafeterias 
and Bars 
of the
1960’s,
 Bar
 Bruno
 strives 
to
evoke
 a 
time
 when 
life
 was
 simpler,
 food
 was
 honest
 and 
the
 neighborhood 
café
 served
 as
 a meeting
 point
 where
 people 
could
 drop
 off 
keys,
 read 
the
 paper,
 discuss 
life
 and 
enjoy 
the 
laid 
back
 atmosphere
 of 
Carroll
 Gardens
 Brooklyn.

The 
food 
is
 Mexican
 with
 a 
touch 
of
 NY 
Bistro 
classics, 
a 
great
 burger, spicy
 mussels 
and
 fries or a
 delicious
 pan-fried
 chicken.
 To 
sit 
in 
our
 sidewalk 
café
 and
 enjoy
 a
 fish 
taco 
with 
a
 cold
 michelada
 or
 a
 hibiscus
 margarita
 is 
our
 idea of
 an
 enjoyable
 afternoon.



Bar 
Bruno 
has
 delivery
 service 
as
 well
 as
 pick 
up 
service.
 Home
made
 desserts, 
excellent
 coffee 
from
 La 
Colombe 
and
 quality
 ingredients.
 These
 are 
the
 elements
 of
 what
 every 
ideal
 neighborhood
 restaurant
 should 
offer
 its 
guests. 
Friendly
 people, 
fair
 prices,
 great
 music
 and
 good 
drinks.

Lena Seow

Born 
in
 Malaysia, 
Lena
 Seow 
has
 been
 a
 Boerum
 Hill
 resident 
for 
the
 past 
19
 years.
 At 
the
 young age
of
 6
 Lena
 started 
working
 at
 her
 mother’s 
bakery,
 making
 curry
 puffs
 &
 donuts.



She
 came
 to
 NY 
at
 the
 age
 of
 14
 and discovered
 salt
 bagels.
 The 
first
 thing 
Lena
 learned
 to
 cook
 was
“perfect
 rice”
 under
 the
 watchful
 supervision 
of
 her
 Chinese
 grandmother.
 Being
 half 
Chinese
 and 
half
 Indian
 made 
Lena
 a 
lover
 of spicy
 food 
from
 a 
very 
young
 age.


She was a pioneer in the renewal & rebirth of Atlantic Avenue when she opened her Children's café in 2003. Before
 the
 birth
 of
 her
 2nd 
child, 
Lena
 worked
 at 
Café
 Gitane
 in
 NOLITA 
and
 opened
 Café
 Gitane’s 
second 
location 
at The
 Jane 
Hotel.


After
 many
 years
 in 
the
 Real 
Estate
 business
 Lena
 decided to 
become 
a
 masochist
 and 
open 
her own
 restaurant.


She lives 
in 
Brooklyn 
with
 her
 husband,
 2 
sons
 and 
2
 dogs.
 Living 
proudly 
to 
her
 grandfather’s 
favorite
 dictum 
“In 
this
 family 
we 
eat everything 
with
 4 
legs
 but
 the
 table
 and 
anything
 that
 flies
 but
 an 
airplane”


Richard 
Ampudia

A 
Mexico 
City
 native,
 Richard 
Ampudia 
moved 
to
 NY 
in
 pursuit 
of
 a 
film
 career.
 Along 
the 
way 
he
 discovered
 the 
Lower 
East Side,
 its
 food
 and
 reconnected 
with
 his
 Jewish
 cultural
 roots. 
Richard’s
 mother 
was
 a
 native 
New
Yorker
 who
 loved
 cooking
 and 
had
 moved 
to 
Mexico City
 in
 the
1950’s.



After 
several 
mediocre 
bartending jobs 
Richard 
got
 his 
real 
start
 working for
 Keith
 McNally
 in 
Lucky
 Strike 
Restaurant
 in
 the 
late
 80’s.
 After 
6
 years
 working
 for
 one
 of
 the
 best 
restaurateurs
 in
 NY he
opened
 a
 Mexican
 Restaurant
 in
 Williamsburg 
 Brooklyn 
called 
Vera 
Cruz.



Although his 
partnership 
there
 was 
short 
lived 
it
 helped 
him
 develop
 the
 concept
 for 
his
 next
restaurant
 venture 
“Café
Habana”
 on
 Prince 
Street.


During
 the
 past
 16 
years
 Richard
 has
 been 
a
 partner 
and
 a
 consultant
 for 
many
 successful
 Mexican 
restaurants 
in 
New
 York, 
LA, 
London
 & 
Hong
 Kong
 including

 "La 
Esquina” in NY,
 James 
Beard
 nominated 
“La 
Condesa”
 in
 Austin
 TX,
 “Contramar”
,
 
in Mexico
 City,
 “Pink 
Taco”
 in
 LA,
 “Café
 Habana”
 in
 Malibu,
 "Super
 Linda” 
in
 NY,
 “La
 Bodega
 Negra”
 in
 London
 and
 his
 latest
 consulting
 project
 “Socialito”
 in Hong
 Kong.




He
 was
 also
 employed
 for
 2
 years 
with
 Culinary
 Concepts 
by 
Jean 
Georges
 to
 develop
 the
 opening
 of 
the 
restaurant 
“Market” 
in
 One
 and
 Only 
Palmilla 
Resort
 in 
Baja
 California
 and
 J&G 
Grill 
at
 the 
St.
Regis 
Hotel 
in 
Mexico
 City.
 Richard
 lives 
in Brooklyn 
with 
his
 wife, 
2
 kids
 and
 2
 dogs 
and 
hopes 
you 
like 
Bar 
Bruno
 very
 much.


NEWS

  • Richard & Lena’s 4th of July BBQ Menu at home

    Aguachile de Callo sweet scallop, lime, cilantro & cucumber water, serrano peppers House Salad asian pear, mizuna & tatsoi greens, yuzu agave vinaigrette, toasted pepitas.

  • George Best Trivia Answers

    Congratulations to our 3 winners… Josh Goldstein, Katie Gilbert & Matthew Brady. Come and claim your free frozen margarita at the bar! Here are the.

  • Update from Melbourne 2013…

    http://www.hospitalitymagazine.com.au/food/news/melbourne-mexican-unveils-richard-ampudia-inspired

  • Margaritas!

    Yes ! Margarita Machine coming in this week just in time for summer..Drop us a note tell us what is your favorite flavor…..Tamarind ? Calamansi.

  • Inspiration

    Salsas taqueras…como en casa

  • Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

    Hi Folks, just wanted to share with you what Lena and I have been serving our Australian friends during this the Melbourne Food and Wine.