Taking over the space that once housed The Pines is the newest addition to Gowanus, Claro. Much of the space has remained the same with a large central bar, open kitchen and updated rustic touches like decorative tile & dishes from Oaxaca. Outside is a huge wood fired comal baking off fresh tortillas from their house ground masa, perfuming the area with the delicious smell of smoke. The concept comes from the minds of two Union Square Cafe alums, one of whom has split his time between NYC and Mexico for over a decade. This expertise went into creating a dining experience that is truly unique to this city. Inspiration for the food comes straight out of Oaxaca. Menu highlights include barbacoa, salmon ceviche with peanuts and cherries, heritage pork rib memelas (fried corn cakes), and a lobster tostada with sweet corn. The bar program focuses on mezcal, particularly the brand El Buho founded by co-owner TJ Steele. This is a cuisine that is worth knowing, and well worth getting to know at this restaurant.