Calexico

Lower East Side
Jesse, Brian and David Vendley—the brothers behind the Vendy Award–winning Cal-Mex cart—expand with their first Manhattan storefront. Following their two Brooklyn spots—as well as carts in Soho and Flatiron—the trio comes to the LES, beckoning neighborhood nightcrawlers with cart favorites (tacos, quesadillas, tortas). This downtown spot also offers a few new items: Doubled soft corn tacos get filled with pollo toucinho (chicken and bacon) in verde sauce, while fried green tomatillos substitute for a hamburger bun in the Sloppy José. The margarita program has also been souped up—the brothers enlisted Apothéke alum Nick O'Connor to mix guava, blood-orange and jalapeño-mint variations at the 12-seat tiled bar.
Venue name: Calexico
Contact:
Address: 153 Rivington St
New York
10002
Cross street: between Clinton and Suffolk Sts
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am–2am
Transport: Subway: F to Delancey St; J, Z, M to Delancey–Essex Sts
Price: Average taco: $3. AmEx, MC, V

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Jack Simmons

Calexico at 153 Rivington St. in NYC. This is the first Manhattan installment of a top-rated fast casual Mexican restaurant group that started as a food cart and is now expanding. Perfect place to find reasonably priced drinks, awesome corn on the cob, fresh guacamole and a slate of specialties that you over-order to bring home a doggie bag, but end up polishing off.