Calexico

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Calexico

Greenpoint
Jesse, Brian and Dave Vendley, the brothers behind the Cal-Mex street-cart phenom, open their second brick-and-mortar location, in Greenpoint. The new 65-seat spot, featuring a diamond-cut steel facade reminiscent of its mobile depots, will expand on the Calexico Carne Asada menu with new items like Baha-style fish tacos, elote (grilled corn with queso cotija and cilantro) and a 645 burger (a blend of brisket, chuck and short rib on a ciabatta bun with their signature chipotle "crack" sauce). For the first time, you can throw back a stiff drink alongside your carne asada burrito: The joint will have a full bar serving both South of the Border and local beers, including house label El Barrio (a dark Mexican-style ale made by Sixpoint), and cocktails such as a Jalapeño-Mint Margarita and the Manhattan Ave, a riff on the Manhattan blending Partida Anejo tequila, Carpano Antica and rhubarb bitters. In the summer, the eatery—outfitted with Formica tables and antique mirrors—will open a 50-seat garden.
Venue name: Calexico
Contact:
Address: 645 Manhattan Ave
New York
11222
Cross street: at Bedford Ave
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 11:30am–4am
Transport: Subway: G to Nassau Ave
Price: Average main course: $15. AmEx, MC, V
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Jason S

Calexico is the best for quick, no-frills Mexican. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like it there. The chips and guacamole are not to be missed – I often get it to go for parties because it’s just that good. My personal favorite is the quesadillas. They are rolled to be more like burritos then traditional flat quesadillas and have awesome ingredients like chicken, pork or steak. They also have frozen margaritas and other fun flavors like jalapeno mint. The space is casual and has a back patio area that is great for mid-sized groups during the summer. When there is a wait, just grab a spot at the bar and order from the full menu there.