Two Upscale Mexican Restaurants Headed to TriBeCa
TRIBECA — A double dose of Mexican flavors is on its way to TriBeCa.
A new Mexican-inspired, high-end seafood restaurant, tentatively called Pescado, is slated to open at 221 W. Broadway in February, and a popular Hell’s Kitchen Mexican eatery and tequila bar, Añejo Tequileria, is launching a Downtown outpost at 31 Walker St.
Pescado’s owner, Robert Collins — who also runs SoHo’s Lure Fishbar — said the upscale, 220-seat restaurant will focus on “quality seafood with a Mexican twist,” as he spoke before a recent Community Board 1 Tribeca Committee meeting.
The restaurant, which takes the place of Brazilian eatery Churrascaria TriBeCa, will feature a raw bar, as well as specialty ceviches such as fluke with coconut, garlic, chive, jicama and lime, for $14, according to the menu submitted by operators.
Fish entrees include cod fish marinated in achiote, wrapped in a banana leaf and served with black bean puree, rice fried plantains and habanero salsa, priced at $28.
The restaurant will also serve “from the land” dishes, including suckling pig, venison and organic chicken.
Añejo’s selection of Mexican fare is more traditional, but with the special touch of celebrity chef Angelo Sosa, a “Top Chef” runner-up.
The two-level, 106-seat restaurant will serve dishes including short-rib tacos made from cocoa-braised beef for $14 and small plates like the Oaxacan corn cake, baked in a cast-iron skillet with jalapeno, oaxaca cheese and chile butter, priced at $10.
As a tequila bar, Añejo is also known for its inventive drinks, including the "Mexican Firing Squad," made from tequila, house-made grenadine, mole bitters and house-made lime spiced salt on the rim.
Both restaurants won support for their liquor licenses from CB1's Tribeca Committee last week. They will will serve alcohol until 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.