Although there may have been a time when Los Hermanos was the end all, be all “Mexican” establishment in Bushwick–especially after Anthony Bourdain blew up its spot and, ergo, its price points–those glory days are abruptly coming to a close.
From Carrera’s and Mesa Azteca to Taqueria Sofia and that seemingly nameless place next to Happy Fun Hideaway, the options for comida are endless. Even the taco truck right outside the Morgan and Bogart exit of the L train has cheaper, more appetizing fare than Los Hermanos. And with a new Mexican eatery called Las Tetas de Penelope Cruz opening on Troutman (near Fish & Tits), it’s likely that Los Hermanos could be closed within the month.
An anonymous employee who insisted on being referred to only as Selena admitted, “We’ve let ourselves go since we got put on the culinary map. Even though we charge more, the quality isn’t there the way it used to be. I can’t speak to what type of meat we’re using at the moment or I could be killed, but suffice it to say, it’s not exactly natural.” Even Bushwickians once devoted to the kitsch decor and BYOB policy have lost their attraction to the former staple. Zeke Zealous, a grad student recently back from studying abroad in Mexico City, stated, “After going to Mexico, Los Hermanos just feels really inauthentic to me. I’d rather go to El Rey for rice and beans and a quick bump and grind on the dance floor.” With such anti-Los Hermanos sentiment in the air and so much competition to choose from, does the former Bushwick food behemoth stand a chance?
Written by Genna Rivieccio