Tijuana Picnic From ACME/Indochine Team Opens This Wednesday
The gist: The much-buzzed-about casual Mexican spot from Jon Neidich and Jean-Marc Houmard, managing partners of ACME and Huy Chi Le of Indochine will finally open this Wednesday on the Lower East Side.
The food: Chef Alex Lopez (formerly of Kittichai) is at the helm and will prepare a menu of tacos, skewers, large plates and small bites, combining his traditional Mexican family recipes with his culinary training. You'll find hints of Asian and American influence throughout the menu with items like duck wings with Asian spice cure; grilled corn with cricket aioli and coffee-chipotle powder as well as shark skewers (yes you read that correctly) with green yuzu kosho and shrimp tempura tacos. Check out the entire menu here.
The drinks: Naturally you can expect a long list of tequilas and mezcals curated by bartender Jim Kearns (NoMad, Mayahuel) as well as signatures like the Mexican Maid: mezcal, cucumber, mint, lime, agave.
The space: Designer Robert McKinley is also one of the partners and has created a sleek 120-seat space inspired by 1970s' Mexico City that features a large wooden picnic tables, spacious round banquettes, yellow and green hand-made Mexican tiles, and tequila bottles repurposed as table lamps.
151 Essex Street; 212-219-2000