Joaquin Baca

The Brooklyn Star

Chef/Owner Joaquin Baca, grew up in a Foreign Service family, living in Columbia, Mexico, Portugal, the Philippines, Uruguay, and Bolivia prior to enrolling at The University of Texas, Austin. Holidays in South Texas with extended family cooking and grilling traditional Mexican dishes and Southern staples, inspired him to turn his passion into a living.

He spent ten years cooking in the Southwest and another five in New York City before venturing out on his own to open The Brooklyn Star. The restaurant, named after his new home and his old one in the Lone Star State, closed due to a fire a few months later. In 2011, Joaquin and friends rebuilt The Brooklyn Star (furniture and all) in the space formerly occupied by Williamsburg’s landmark restaurant, Crisci’s using mostly reclaimed materials.

Guests can expect seasonal, new American fare with nods to his Tex-Mex roots, international upbringing and diverse kitchen experiences. Menus are designed to be enjoyed family-style accompanied by a thoughtfully curated selection of beer, wine, classic and house cocktails.

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What is your favorite New York City restaurant?

Congee Village

What would be your last meal on earth?

Bowl of pho.

I always keep ________ in my fridge.

Mustard, bacon, and eggs.

What is the best advice you have ever been given, and from whom?

Make all your mistakes with someone else's money. Old chef from back in the day.