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El Habanero Tex Mex Coming to 'sNice Space

It's been about nine months since vegetarian sandwich shop 'sNice closed up shop on the highly trafficked corner of Fifth Avenue and Third Street, and finally a new restaurant has been lined up for the space. Thanks to a temporary sign, we know that it'll be called El Habanero Tex Mex.

There are a handful of Tex Mex and Mexican restaurants on Fifth, including Lobo, Mezcal's, Rachel's and its new offshoot Varrio 408, Tacos Nuevo Mexico, Fatty Daddy Taco, and (Cal-Mex) Calexico. El Habanero will be jumping into a pretty crowded ring, but its has a few things going for it: Placement is prime, there's outdoor seating, and well-made enchiladas and fajitas are beloved by pretty much everybody.

There are no details out there yet that I could find, so will be interesting to see what develops.

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I'm going to step out on a limb here and say we really have sufficient Mexican and Tex-Mex options in the Slope. Unless, of course, you want to bring back La Taq.

September 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarty Markowitz

Actually the REAL issue here is that every single one on that list is on 5th Avenue and ZERO on 7th Avenue.

A major missed opportunity. Should have opened on the corner of 3rd and 7th where Yogurtland was. Same outdoor space and you get all the thousands of people who enter through the park on 3rd street. Blue Bottle opening on the opposite corner is going to draw a ton of people as well.

September 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Gotta disagree with Henry about the Yogurtland space being more desirable. The long rumored Chipotle across from 321 would squash them. They'd be wise to stay open until 11-12 and grab some of that late night food crowd.
Lines at Rachels and Calexico show that people aren't super picky about their tex-mex and El Jalapeño could do very well assuming their food is good.

September 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

How is being a block away from Chipotle vs being a block away from Calexico any different? Calexico is far better, in my opinion and a local small chain worthy of our business. Chipotle...sure they'll have a crowd, but most of my neighbors absolutely hate that they are opening up in Park Slope. Park Slopers like their chains small and local. Chipotle is just going to be filled with kids from the school across the street and teens. It's fast food. I live near the Park and would love some tex mex without going down to 5th Avenue and Chipotle is not somehere I plan to patronize. I too wish this place would have opted for that very nice Yogurtland space.

September 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Was pushing for a Beef O'Brady's at this location. Total shame.

September 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

No one wants to be on 7th Ave. It's a wasteland.

September 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenter7thAveSucks

Really? I think 7th Avenue has by far better options than 5th Avenue. FAR better. In fact, I love 7th Avenue. Some of my favorites:

D'vine Taste
Back to the Land
Cafe Grumpy
Cafe Steinhoff
Thistle Hill Tavern
Valley Shepherd Creamery
Sushi Katsuei
Cousin John's
Buttermilk Bakery
Bagel Hole (best bagel in NYC hands down)
Olive Vine
Ramen Yebisu (opening soon and very good place)
Blue Bottle Coffee (opening soon, incredible coffee)

Sorry but I rarely go to 5th. Everything is either the same stuff as on 7th, or it's closed. There are some sections of 5th Avenue that have totally cleared out in the last couple months. I walked by Grand Central Oyster Bar at brunch time on Sunday and literally there was not a single person inside. Beauty Bar across from it is closed, Snice spot has been sitting and now it's getting some crappy sounding Tex Mex place, and all you can do is complain about 7th Ave? The only place worth going to on 5th is Al Di La, the rest is extremely trendy and mediocre.

September 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Speaking of 5th Avenue:

Bierkraft closed, Beauty Bar closed, Zito's closed, Cyprus bar closed, Campo di Fiori closed, Olly and Ry closed, Luscious Foods closed, that nice french place forget the name, the nutella placed lasted a month and then the tea shop that took it over is already closed..

I see a lot more closings than openings on 5th. Seems to me 7th Ave is making a comeback. Seen a lot of activity in the empty spaces there.

September 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

You people are crazy. 6th Ave reigns supreme.

September 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

It would be great if some new Mexican restaurant would open south of 9th St. on 7th Ave. Something with price point of the old Uncle Moe's would be nice.

September 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBalki

It would be nice if La Taqueria would reopen in its old spot given that it's been sitting empty for 2 years now.

September 30, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterlinda

You have a great Mexican place on 7th south of 9th in Fonda. The last thing I want is over saturation of the same cuisine at different rice points.

Besides I think its a disservice to Mexican food to claim its not supposed to be sophisticated

October 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRick

The LAST thing we need is another Mexican food place. I wa hoping for something like Veselka or Theresa's -- Eastern Europen/Jewish food like perogis, kasha, mushroom barley soup, challa bread, borscht, etc. Oh well.

October 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCH

Seriously, another tex-mex?? Who are the geniuses who make these decisions? Unless it's dirt cheap it will fail

October 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterE bergen st

Things we could use:

A place like Tanoreen in Bay Ridge.
A place like Veselka.
Korean BBQ

Very happy to see that Duman Home is opening up in Park Slope. Check dna info if you want more up to date openings and closings, btw.

With Laytner's Linen's closing, it will be nice to have a place to get decent home goods. The other Duman on Court Street is terrific.

October 1, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterlinda

YES, can we get a Velselka PLEASE! I bet when the Grand Central Oyster Bar inevitably closes, that location would be perfect!

October 1, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkrs10

I was really hoping for something like a Court Street Grocer here.

Not quite sure why we don't have anything like this in Park Slope.

October 1, 2015 | Unregistered Commentertim

Hope they serve something other than habaneros. Those are very spicy.

October 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

This blog is dead.

October 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHappy Masturbation Day

@Masturbation - it dies every 2 weeks and then resurrects for a brief moment.

FYI - Beygl was closed by the health commissioner with 75 points.

Sanitary Violations
1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
2) Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.
3) Insufficient or no refrigerated or hot holding equipment to keep potentially hazardous foods at required temperatures.
4) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
5) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.

October 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Placement is prime, there's outdoor seating, and well-made enchiladas and fajitas are beloved by pretty much everybody. Want to find the best paper writer for your friend? Visit us!

Isn't there a Taqueria on 6th Ave not too far from 9th St.?

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeSteven

Thanks for the Great Post

October 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGovernment Jobs

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October 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdeez

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October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterObat Asam Urat

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