Impressing a date? Happy hour with friends? Simply have a craving for empanadas? Newcomer The Getaway brings that and more to Upper King street. Get the details here before stopping in.
Setting the Scene
It’s almost easy to miss The Getaway, as passersby walking down King street past Prohibition towards Marion Square will suddenly see tables at the front of a narrow, dim restaurant. To the left, patrons will find a long bar, while cozy two-person booths line the right wall. Outside, there is a small bar and several tables in a surprisingly expansive space. The feel inside and out is the same — relaxed, hip, and funky. Light music plays in the background, and an old-school movie can be seen on a large projector out back.
Head to the Beach or Don’t
The cocktail menu is full of words that patrons might not be able to pronounce and flavors that are oh-so familiar. Go tropical with the frozen mojito, piña colada, or “Brazil, By Way of Oaxaca,” which is filled with rum and pineapple liqueur. For something a little different, try “Another Green World,” which feels like a soothing adult green tea.
The Food: Authentic and Approachable
The menu is filled with comforting South American small plates, like ropa vieja and Chilean fish soup. Be sure to start the party with the tostones, or smashed plantains, which are crispy, salty, sweet, and addicting. Chef Emily Hahn, who made it to episode nine of Bravo’s Top Chef, and previously owned Empanada Mamma, is delivering an empanada dish that diners will want two of — the current offering is stuffed with spicy chicken and roasted squash.
Dim lighting, but not too dim. Lively chatter, but not too lively. The Getaway has found a balance with its atmosphere and thus caters to many occasions. The small booths seem made for a date, as diners can still hear each other despite being next to the bar. Find bigger groups socializing at the tables and friends meeting for a drink at the bar. The additional seating area and bar outside help the eatery to feel bigger than it is.
Another Illusive Option
There is no phone number and reservations are not accepted, but The Getaway can be reached via email or followed on Instagram. Tables, booths, and the bar are first come first serve, and the outdoor patio is a great place to reserve for a big group gathering. Stop by Monday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight, and check in for brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.