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Restaurants, Mexican Greenpoint
5 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Calexico (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanCalexico
Calexico (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanCalexico
Calexico (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanCalexico
Calexico (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanCalexico
Calexico (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanCalexico

Time Out says

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.



Address: 645 Manhattan Ave
New York
Cross street: at Bedford Ave
Transport: Subway: G to Nassau Ave
Price: Average main course: $15. AmEx, MC, V
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 11:30am–4am
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Three brothers moved to New York from a small town on the border of California and Mexico called Calexico, to make their hometown cuisine for us New Yorkers. Calexico has several locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. You can also find them at the Barclay’s Center. The chips and salsa or guacamole are always a hit for appetizers. If you are craving a salad, try the super delicious and filling tostada salad which has a crispy corn tostada, romaine lettuce, pepper jack cheese, roasted cord, black beans, pickled serrano chilis, roasted tomato salsa, sour cream and a zingy cilantro lime dressing.


I've loved Calexico ever since it was a tiny cart by Brooklyn Bridge and now it's grown into its own local chain. This is good news for New Yorkers who want good, quick Mexican without going to Chipotle. 

Their guac is my favorite in the city, the rolled quesadilla with chicken is my go-to order (it's pressed like a panini) and you'll want to drink the crack sauce that comes on the side.  

Now that there are a bunch of locations throughout Brooklyn and the city, do yourself a favor and go. 

Reasonably priced, delicious food is harder and harder to come by in this neighborhood.

Super tasty! I like anything with the baja fish. Killer salsa, quick and friendly service. Basically couldn't ask for more when it comes to great tex-mex food.

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.