CHELSEA — New Yorkers craving the culinary flavors of Baja California and Tijuana can head to Chelsea Market this summer to get their fix.
A Mexican seafood restaurant called Los Mariscos is set to open at 409 W. 15th St. on June 1, manager Jacobo Ackerman said.
“It’s going to make you feel like you’re in a beach town in Mexico,” said Ackerman, a native of Tijuana.
Since coming to the city, Ackerman said his search for seafood cooked in the Baja California tradition has turned up short.
“We’re just trying to be able to feed ourselves some good seafood, which we haven’t been able to find,” he said.
Along with more ubiquitous fare like fish and shrimp tacos, Los Mariscos will serve ceviche, aguachile — shrimp seasoned with lime and spices — shellfish dishes and lobster burritos, according to a tentative menu filed with Community Board 4.
The restaurant also hopes to serve Mexican beer, vodka with Clamato juice, micheladas, mezcal and tequila, if it gets approved for a full liquor license.
“I think we’re going to definitely bring some diversity [to Chelsea Market’s] food selection,” Ackerman said. “There’s not a spot that you can go and have good Mexican beer with some fish tacos.”
Los Mariscos will not be connected to the main Chelsea Market hallway, but will have a separate entrance on 15th Street, Ackerman said.
“It’s going to be really laid back. You can roll up in sweatpants, athletic gear and come for a quick lunch, quick dinner, sit down, drink a beer — it’s a really casual atmosphere,” he added.