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Tijuana Picnic

151 Essex St. (Stanton St.) Send to Phone
A Mexican-Chinese mash-up on the Lower East Side.
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Tijuana Picnic Restaurant Review

: It’s hard to tell from its curious name, but this hip Lower East Side eatery, with its sexy, dimly lit 1970s wood-paneled interior, is a Mexican-Chinese mash-up. Though the menu is more south-of-the-border than Shanghai, there are some admirable inventions. Foie gras and duck empanadas are bursting with flavor. Short rib skewers, three ultra-tender pieces of bulgogi-laced beef interspersed with kimchi, are worth an order or two. So are the tacos; the chicken version is a standout, arriving with crispy skin sprinkled atop to add a nice crunch. Finish with an order of churros accompanied by dipping sauces of dulce de leche and a creamy yuzu. The wine list is short and priced for imbibing, and there are several inventive house cocktails including the tequila and Fernet-spiked Mi Hermano.

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