Tacos on a Picnic Table

Indochine, Acme, The Happiest Hour… Probably names that you already know and already love. Well, the team behind those places has recently opened a new spot on the Lower East Side: Tijuana Picnic.

A mix of Mexican and Asian cuisines. Weird? Actually not so much! Chef Alex Lopez, who grew up in Mexico, used to work at Kittichai, a well-known Thai restaurant in NYC.

It became natural to him to mix up both cuisines. The menu is definitely Mexican though and only spiced up by some Asian ingredients.

Don’t expect to find sombreros and hanging peppers in this Mexican restaurant, the decor is inspired from the late 70s and has a nice retro look.

Large picnic tables in the center and small rounded booths on the side, this restaurant’s upper floor feels warm and fun. If you want more fun, you can also check the space downstairs for your party.

Why we love it?

  • We never -ever- say no to tacos
  • Small plates & family-style entrées
  • Perfect location to keep the night going with the Lower East Side craziness
  • Half-price margaritas & bloody marys for brunch
  • The retro vibe

Mezcal and Tacos can be found at 151 Essex Street in LES (Stanton & Essex – map)from 6 PM to 12-1 AM every day. Brunch on weekends. Reservations accepted for 4 and more. Appetizers around $12 / Entrées around $25.