First Look: Javelina Brings Tex-Mex Fare to Flatiron

Top-notch ingredients and local specialties elevate the ubiquitous cuisine
March 4, 2015
by Kelly Dobkin

The gist: Texas native Matt Post has opened this Tex-Mex-inspired Flatiron eatery, named for the southwestern cousin to the wild pig. Chef Richard Caruso, a vet of Rosa Mexicano and Hill Country worked with Post on the ingredient-driven menu.

The space: Designer Joel Mozersky, who worked on Austin hotspots like Uchi, Uchiko and La Condesa, was the visionary behind the 68-seat space which includes an open kitchen, exposed brick and organic warm oak. The colors are inspired by the arty town of Marfa, Texas and the space features unique turquoise banquettes, light fixtures and wallpaper plus a custom painting by artist Jon Langford​. And naturally, you'll find a stuffed javelina on a shelf above the bar (see below). 

The food: The meal begins with an array of queso dip options that include meat and bean add-ons. Pat LaFrieda meats stock items like tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and quesadillas, all with a Texas-inspired twist. Grill plates, namely the Parrilladas Mixtas, are a Houston specialty and at Javelina come with your choice of grilled meats like steak, shrimp and chicken and accoutrements like onions, peppers, poblano chilies, avocado, spicy tomato-habanero and morita chile sauce. Check out the full menu below.

The drinks: Margaritas are the focus of the beverage program, which offers 12 varieties including habanero peach (on the rocks), a frozen avocado variety with cilantro, and the Texas Tornado with a sangria swirl. You'll also find plenty of non-margarita signature cocktails (Bee's Knees, Paloma and a "Mexican Martini"), Texas craft beers and a small wine list. 

The details: 119 E. 18th Street; 212-539-0202

Photos by Michael Tulipan

Enchiladas Suizas with chicken

A stuffed javelina adorns the bar

Javelina Dinner Menu