Though “Gringo-Mex” spot San Loco left their East Village home of 31 years in 2017 due to a rent increase, folks hungry for Guaco Locos and margaritas could still get their fill at San Locos in the Lower East Side, Williamsburg, and a location at 582 Bushwick Avenue that opened right before the Second Avenue location shut their doors. Now, that latest addition has also ceased operations. Its windows have been papered over and an employee at the Lower East Side store confirms it has closed. More →
Oxomoco Is Greenpoint’s Fiery New Mexican Spot
Combine a classic wood-fired kitchen and hearty Mexican fare, and what do you get? The new foodie’s haven in Greenpoint: Oxomoco.
Mexican restaurant Oxomoco—whose name refers to the Aztec goddess of the night—opens June 5 at 128 Greenpoint Avenue in Brooklyn. It operates under the ownership of Chef Justin Bazdarich—known for popular LES/Clinton Hill pizzeria Speedy Romeo—and his childhood friend Chris Walton, who runs a successful restaurant franchise in Arizona.
Bedford + Bowery spoke to Bazdarich by email about the inspiration behind his and Walton’s new enterprise, which was borne of countless trips to Mexico that forged a shared love for its culture and cuisine. More →
Williamsburg’s New Mom-and-Pop Mexican Spot Has 234 Items on the Menu
Even if you’d eaten a meal at Tacoffee every day since it opened on January 30, you’d still only be 5 percent of your way through their menu. The new restaurant and bakery, located on the corner of Grand and Lorimer in Williamsburg, has no less than 234 items on offer, from American to Tex-Mex to authentic Mexican fare.
“It looks like too much, but it’s not,” says owner Aima Lopez. “We try to put something for everybody.”
La Esquina Is Cornered By La Esquina, Changes Its Name
We definitely did a double take earlier this year when Cafe Figaro became La Esquina Burrito & Bar. The logo of the new Mexican joint on the corner of 10th Street and First Avenue had a red-and-green color scheme similar to that of La Esquina, the perennial Nolita hotspot.
Has Carrera’s Taqueria Served Its Last Super Taco?
The consistently affordable prices at Carrera’s were a welcome comfort in the midst of a neighborhood that seems to be getting pricier by the day. Chips and salsa were free, chips and guac were $5, and their generously portioned entrees typically ran in the $7 to $11 range.
Meximania: La Lucha Closes, Blockheads Opening Next Week
If you’re among those who feel like the East Village is looking more and more like Murray Hill, you’ll get a kick out of this one. Blockheads, the Cal-Mex chain that launched on Third Avenue and 34th Street back in 1992, is opening its East Village location in a couple of weeks.
We Bugged a Bunch of New Yorkers to See If They’d Eat Insects
After attending a bug banquet in the East Village, we were determined to preach the gospel of insect eating. So we stopped by Toloache in the South Village to get some grasshoppers, put them on toothpicks, and offered them to total strangers. Watch the video to see who jumped at the opportunity and who bugged out.
El Sombrero Now Sports a Fedora, But the Margarita Machines Remain
The first sign that the new El Sombrero isn’t the Mexican dive that stood on the corner of Ludlow and Stanton for nearly three decades is the neon fedora.
Otto’s Tacos, ChikaLicious Expanding to West Village This Month
Two takeout spots born in the East Village are heading west this month — the first, ChikaLicious, will open on Bedford Street this week.
Oaxaca Is Now Hawking Burritos in Williamsburg
As promised in August, Oaxaca — the taqueria that started off on Smith Street and now has half a dozen locations in the East Village and elsewhere — has expanded into Williamsburg with a location at the corner of Grand and Berry.