Mexicue’s Brick & Mortar Is Supposed to Open Today, And Here’s Your First Look
I was pretty excited when I saw the first reports of Mexicue bringing its Mexican/Barbecue fusion to the northwest edge of Flatiron Lunch bounds. The area, south of Penn Station and around FIT has precious little good or interesting food to draw lunchers so having a solid spot like Mexicue will be huge.
According to Fork in the Road they had their soft opening last night and the first day of lunch service is today starting at 11am! Last week, they offered a preview of the new shop to friends and family as a test of the ordering system and we snuck in to get you a look.
Walking into the shop feels like you’re going into a log cabin, the wooden walls make for a pretty cozy look. In there, you’ve got a smallish waiting area, the counter and a few stools along the wall. It was a little tight, so expect a crowd opening day.
Menus were only posted at the counter, which could make ordering a little difficult. I’m guessing they’ll have a more prominent menu or at least handouts available when they open to the public.
The seating area upstairs is more spacious and includes space by the window to look down on 7th Avenue.
It should be noted that the stairs to get up there are a little tight for rounder lunchers like myself.
Most of the menu is the same as you get from the truck, but there are a few additions, including rice bowls, like this one with burnt ends chili, jalapeños and an herby sour cream ($9.50). It’s decidedly less messy than the sliders or tacos and the rice makes it a bit more filling, too.
I’m sure that the first week will be as chaotic and busy as it is at most openings, so give them a little time, but I for one will be back there over and over again to spend some quality time perusing the menu. Early adopters let us know how it is in the comments.
Mexicue, 345 7th Avenue, between 29th and 30th Streets.