Some big news to report coming out of the long weekend: Calexico, the incredibly well-respected mini-chain of California-inspired Tex-Mex food carts and, more recently, brick-and-mortar restaurants, will be opening up a location in the space that was last occupied by Blue Ribbon Sushi, on Fifth Avenue between First and Garfield.
Since opening with a single cart in SoHo about five years ago, the brothers Vendley (Jesse, Brian, and Dave), along with friend Peter Oleyer, have established their Cal-Mex food as some of the city's finest, winning multiple Vendy awards and becoming the object of many an obsession. Since then, they've added a second cart in Worth Square near Madison Square Park, a full-service restaurant in Greenpoint, and a taqueria in Red Hook. This location will be far and away the largest in the burgeoning franchise.
Calexico is no-frills Mexican deliciousness as its finest: tacos, burritos, and quesadillas are their claim to fame, stuffed with carne asada, pollo asado, or chipotle pork, browned on the flat top and served alongside their addictive chipotle "crack sauce." The menu in Greenpoint is expanded to include tortas, salads, enchiladas, and brunch, and is probably very similar to what we can expect for this location.
There will be a hearing at 6:30 PM on May 30th at 65 Sixth Avenue, when the owners will submit a liquor license proposal to CB6. And for those of you keeping track: when all is said and done, Terroir, Blue Ribbon, Calexico, Bonnie's Grill, and Naruto Ramen will all be right next door to each other.
Here's the letter from the owners that was posted on the door, introducting themselves to the neighborhood; looks like they'll be offering a kids' menu and will be open until midnight during the week and until 2 AM on the weekends: