What to Order at the New Tijuana Picnic on the Lower East Side

What to Order at the New Tijuana Picnic on the Lower East Side
Photos by Scarlett Lindeman for the Village Voice

Tijuana Picnic (151 Essex Street, 212-219-2000) is the new downtown outpost from Acme vets Jon Neidich, Jean-Marc Houmard, and Huy Chi Le. Alex Lopez, from Kittichai, runs the kitchen, imbuing loungy Mexican-American party food with Asian sparks. There are duck wings cured with Asian spices ($12); skewers of mako shark grilled with green yuzo kosho ($12); silky guacamole freckled with charred corn ($8) — all things to pluck with thumbs and forefingers.

What to Order at the New Tijuana Picnic on the Lower East Side

The restaurant has a retro parlor posture that oozes the Essex-street evening vibe, where people get primped to go drink well-made cocktails ($12) like the "Pancho Colada," made with Ancho Reyes, pineapple, coconut, and rum ($12), or the "Smokin' Maid," with mezcal, cucumber, mint, and lime, and loll in vinyl booths, faces illuminated in the dark as they scroll and scroll. Low lamps project a golden glow over boldly colored tiles, and semicircular banquettes, some capable of making picnic tables, run through the middle, looking very stylish.

What to Order at the New Tijuana Picnic on the Lower East Side

The roast chicken with pineapple, miso, and chipotle ($24) is perfectly fine; the little gorditas with Chinese sausage ($8) easy to inhale; and the duck empanadas ($8), the size of an orange wedge with a thimbleful of salsa, even better. The tostadas, quivering with diced pickled pig's feet pata, a bit of fermented black bean sauce, and jalapeño, may be the most daring thing on the menu.




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