Tijuana Picnic Is A Very Sexy Place To Eat Tacos
December 9, 2014 - Picnic Time
Fans of tacos both simple and unusual have many, many options to select from—the good Mexican pull shows no signs of negligence down. Add Tijuana Picnic to that list tomorrow night, when a new eatery from Acme’s Jon Neidich and Jean-Marc Houmard opens on Essex Street. The duo—along with executive cook Alex Lopez—have been swinging a grill for some time now, earnest a uninformed take on Mexican cuisines served in a swanky, lounge-like atmosphere. From early photos and a menu, it looks like they’re creation good on that.
There’s a bit of a ’70s thing going on, from engineer Robert McKinley, and a bi-level space is gleaming, with Mexican tiles reflecting light off converted tequila bottles and onto a walls and tables. The plates drifting out of a kitchen will be ornate with smaller bites, skewers, apps and tacos, yet a few incomparable entrees are also available. Elote Asado ($5) comes slathered in a cricket aioli with coffee-chipotle powder and Cotija cheese; mako shark is skewered in a Tiburon plate ($12), with a sharp immature yuzu kosho.
If those are all a bit most for your palate, try a Falda soothing tacos ($10) pressed with dress steak, sharp aioli and preserved vegetables.
151 Essex Street, (212) 219-2000; website