Brooklyn's Best Colombian/Pan-Latin Restaurant


What’s Next for Bogota?

So what’s next for Bogota Latin Bistro?

View this video of Co-Owner George Constantinou providing an update on what’s next for the Colombian/Pan-Latin restaurant.


CHiPS Good Night Out

Our friends at CHiPS (Park Slope Christian Help) have been in the business of helping those in-need for more than 40 years (they have a great soup kitchen on 4th Avenue, among other important services). On October 29th, Park Slope will have a chance to give back to CHiPS by participating in their “The Good Night Out” event. Just dine out at one of the participating restaurants and 15% of your dinner checks will be donated to CHiPS! It’s that simple!

CHiPS is still looking to add participating restaurants to the event (Bogota Bogota Latin Brooklyn Bistro Restaurant/Catering and Juventino have already signed up). If you are interested, please email

Thanks for any help you can give them!

Councilmember Arroyo

Bogota Latin Bistro Congratulates Councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo

We would like to congratulate Maria del Carmen Arroyo on her re-election to the New York City Council. Councilmember Arroyo has worked tirelessly for the restaurant industry. She is Chair of the Committee on Health and has helped implement fine reductions and greater overall education to food and beverage operators.

For more information on Maria del Carmen Arroyo visit her page on the NYC Council website.

HBO: Americans In Bed

HBO Summer Documentary: AMERICANS IN BED

What makes or breaks a relationship today? From the privacy of their own bedrooms, ten couples offer frank, funny and often surprising insights into love, sex and marriage in AMERICANS IN BED. Bogota Latin Bistro’s very own George and Farid are featured in this HBO documentary, which is on demand. For more about the documentary, click here.

Employee Perks

On the menu at Brooklyn’s Bogota Latin Bistro: rising sales and lots of perks for employees

Park Slope eatery’s owners score top prize from SBA’s New York district office – (Daily News)

When Farid Ali Lancheros and George Constantinou tried to get funding to open a pan-Latin restaurant in Park Slope back 2004, 12 banks turned them down for a loan.

“No one wanted to back us,” Constantinou said.

But within a year, the first time restaurant owners opened the doors to Bogota Latin Bistro and they have been defying the odds ever since.

(For the complete NY Daily News article click here.)

Social Networking

“Social Networking Is Not Very Social. It’s very easy to compile a list of friends and contacts through social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn and think that you’re well connected. I much prefer the power of picking up the phone and dialing a number rather than texting or even e-mailing someone. In business it’s all about the connections and I know of no better way to connect with someone (aside from face to face) than picking up the phone and saying, ‘Hi.'” — Farid Ali Lancheros.

Bogota Co-Owners Win SBA Award

Bogota Latin Bistro’s continued commitment to excellence has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA.) Bogota co-owners George Constantinou and Farid Ali Lancheros have been honored with the 2013 Small Business Persons of the Year Award by the SBA’s New York District Office.

The Bogota owners were selected for this award from a competitive field of applicants by an esteemed panel of judges. George and Farid represent region II of the district which includes New York City. Their names are now in the running for New York State honors and may possibly lead to national recognition. National awards will be presented in Washington, DC. during National Small Business Week in June.

Since 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. The independent agency of the federal government aims to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

The New York District Office plans to honor George and Farid at a Small Business Week awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Federal Plaza in downtown Manhattan. For more information about the event, contact the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.

Congratulations to Bogota co-owners George and Farid for the incredible recognition of their successful small business.

The 5th Ave. Fair

The Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair is coming! Be sure to stop by the Bogota Latin Bistro booth, say hello, and enjoy some of our incredible empanadas. See you there!


Dine in Brooklyn 2013

Fans of great food and dessert are looking forward to Monday, March 11 for the official kick-off of Dine in Brooklyn 2013. The week and a half long festivity, also known as Brooklyn’s Restaurant Week, begins March 11 and runs through March 21. Many of the borough’s fine dining establishments are offering discounts just too good to miss out on.

Bogota Latin Bistro, known for our excellent Colombian/Pan-Latin cuisine, will be offering a special 3-course prix fixe menu for both lunch and dinner. Some of Bogota’s most popular items are on the menu, including our tasty vegetable tacos, incredible garlic rotisserie chicken, traditional bandeja paisa and the decadently delicious tres leches cake.

Farid Ali-Lancheros, Bogota’s co-owner, joined Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and other politicians and restaurant industry leaders at this year’s press conference to promote the 10th anniversary of Dine in Brooklyn.

“Foodies, the wait is over!” proclaimed Borough President Markowitz.

All restaurants participating in the event will be offering lunch specials for $20.13 and dinner specials for $28.00. Availability is limited so be sure to make your reservations now. (Discounted price does not include beverages, tax or gratuity.)



Bogota Co-Owner Joins NYSRA’s Board


Farid Ali-Lancheros, Co-Owner of Bogota Latin Bistro, Joins the Board of Directors of the New York State Restaurant Association

PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn, NY, February 12, 2013 — Farid Ali-Lancheros, the co-owner of Bogota Latin Bistro, the popular Colombian/Pan Latin restaurant in Park Slope, was recently voted to the Board of Directors of the prestigious New York State Restaurant Association (“NYSRA.”)

Founded in 1935, NYSRA is the oldest and most comprehensive professional organization for restaurant management and advocacy in New York State. It is governed by a Board of Directors with major activities coordinated by Member Committees.

Ali-Lancheros, who was born in Bogota, Colombia and grew up in Park Slope before his family moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania when he was 9 years old, opened Bogota Latin Bistro with co-owner George Fernandez-Constantinou in 2005. The two have created a Brooklyn-based business that has become the go-to destination for lovers of Colombian/Latin cuisine from all over New York City and beyond.

“I helped create Bogota Latin Bistro to elevate Colombian cuisine and present its traditional dishes to the American masses,” said Ali-Lancheros. “I am honored to join the NYSRA Board of Directors and am ready to get to work representing all restauranteurs in the city.”

Ali-Lancheros joins fellow NYSRA board members representing TGI Fridays, Benchmarc Restaurants and Outback Steakhouse.

Bogota Latin Bistro was founded in 2005 and presently employs approximately 65 people, most who live in the borough of Brooklyn. The restaurant offers paid time off, health insurance, and a 401K plan to their employees – benefits that are rarely found in “one-unit-operation restaurants” like Bogota Latin Bistro.

Since its inception, Bogota Latin Bistro has aimed to work prominently with its community and Ali-Lancheros has strived to ensure that Bogota Latin Bistro ranks on par with the premier dining destinations in Manhattan.

“I wanted to bring a little bit of Bogota to Brooklyn and establish a restaurant that focuses on excellent Latin food, a vibrant atmosphere and stellar service,” Ali-Lancheros said.

In addition to being the co-owner of Bogota Latin Bistro, Ali-Lancheros also provides life and entrepreneurial support services via Mumtaz Coaching, a small business startup he formed to assist business owners and lay people in creating more fulfilling and meaningful lives.

Bogota Latin Bistro is located at 141 5th Avenue, at St. John’s Place in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

For more information on the New York State Restaurant Association visit
For more information about Mumtaz Coaching visit

About Bogota Latin Bistro:
Founded in 2005 by George Constantinou and Farid Ali, Bogota Latin Bistro has become the premier destination for Colombian-Pan Latin food lovers in New York City. Bogota Latin Bistro is dedicated to elevating the status of Latin foods, particularly Colombian cuisine, and culture via its food, music, service and attention to detail. Hospitality, professionalism, pride, teamwork, respect for diversity and abundance thinking are the core values that guide the efforts of Bogota Latin Bistro. In 2008 the New York Times called Bogota Latin Bistro the “most mainstream and upscale Colombian restaurant in the city.”

Bogota Latin Bistro
141 5th Ave., Park Slope
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 230-3805