Calexico finally opened on 5th Avenue between First and Garfield last weekend after a nearly two-year buildout, and it's hard to deny that it looks great. The fourth brick-and-mortar outpost of the local mini-chain, which got its start serving Cal-Mex specialties like burritos, tacos, and rolled quesadillas from street carts, is stylishly minimalist, with a small waiting area/ take out counter/ juice bar inside the front door, with the main dining room to the left. There's a nice-looking bar taking up one side of the dining room (which has been tragically underused so far, as the beer and liquor license has yet to be approved), and a few booths up against the front windows. The rest of the room is dim and comfortable, with brick walls and exposed wood beams, and a booth for larger parties in the back.
The menu is similar to the ones at their other brick-and-mortar locations in Red Hook, the Lower East Side, and Greenpoint, with appetizers including chips and salsa or guacamole, wings, and 'Carne Fries' topped with braised brisket, caramelized onions, beans, cheese sauce, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole (and I'm trying to pretend that doesn't exist). There are also tacos, burritos, bowls, enchiladas, and their famous rolled quesadillas with 'crack sauce,' a chipotle mayo.
They plan to launch delivery soon, and on Saturday they launched brunch. They're serving huevos rancheros; a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, cheese, rice, beans, sour cream, avocado sauce, chorizo and crack sauce; brisket hash and eggs; chilaquiles; and a breakfast quesadilla with bacon, eggs, and cheese. They range from $10 - $12.
There have been waits for a table just about every night, but thankfully they're open from 11:30 am to 11 pm daily.