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Oxomoco: Wood-Fired Mexican in a Sun-Drenched Greenpoint Date Spot

And the Speedy Romeo Chef Is to Thank

By Ilana Dadras ·
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Photo: Oleg March

Brooklyn date spot of the summer.

Best playlist we've heard in recent months.

Most beautiful presentation of a hamachi appetizer.

All are among the fake awards we might award this place, if we were in the mood to give some fake awards. It's called Oxomoco, and it's a gorgeous new space for interesting tacos and flower-topped cocktails and consuming both in a bright, summer-y space, opening tomorrow in Greenpoint.

It's the Speedy Romeo chef's first foray into Mexican, after mastering the whole wood-fired pizza thing over the past couple years. And he's calling this spot wood-fired Mexican: with techniques borrowed from Speedy, it's a menu full of marinated grilled meats, charred vegetables and smokey flavors. 

You'll come with friends, a date, whatever, on a sunny day in the not-far-off future. You want to take advantage of the front patio and/or inside space with massive skylights drenching the space in light. It's a Summer 2018 vibe here: a once-warehouse sort of space now flush with plants, caramel-colored booths and soft, glowing yellow lights. A solid and refreshing playlist, too (we heard some new A$AP Rocky and Frank Ocean while there).

 Anywhere's a good seat, so sit literally anywhere, and enjoy a couple of mezcal cocktails to start. The Hue Hue's their take on an old-fashioned—the name means "ancient" in Nahuatl, the Aztec language—and it's a damn tasty mixture of bourbon, mezcal, smoked mole and fernet. When it comes time to fill your table with some sustenance, a couple musts: the hamachi rhubarb agua chile with candied ginger; the chicken al pastor tacos with grilled pineapple and the Insta-worthy fluke with avocado-basil salsa. 

We've got photos of it all right here.

Oxomoco, opening tomorrow, 128 Greenpoint Ave (between Franklin and Manhattan), see the menu and the slideshow

Ilana Dadras passes her days writing about good food, talking about good food and consuming good food. Occasionally doing other things, too.

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