Earlier this week, FOX Lifestyle Hospitality Group opens Street Taco (358 3rd Avenue), a casual corner bar and taqueria featuring heritage-driven Mexican street food in a thoughtfully designed space in Gramercy.Street Taco is the brainchild of Mark Fox, founder of FOX Lifestyle Hospitality Group. Following a strong instinct for what neighborhood residents want, Fox has been instrumental in the design and execution of successful mainstays Banc, Whitman & Bloom and Cask in Murray Hill, Kips Bay, as well as Greenwich Village’s White Oak Tavern.“Over the last decade, the Murray Hill, Kips Bay and Gramercy neighborhoods have evolved from sports bars into more diverse dining concepts,” said Fox.
Executive Chef Justin Ottervanger’s menu fuses Mexican culinary traditions - tacos, flautas, nachos and chilaquiles - with contemporary fare including “farm-to-taco” vegetarian options such as Roasted Cauliflower and Blackened Portobello tacos, all served on fresh nixtamal corn tortillas.
Accompaniments like the Mango & Pomegranate Guacamole and salsa varieties enhance notable dishes including the Fried Chicken, Lengua and Al Pastor tacos, Lamb Barbacoa Flautas, and Goat Cheesecake Flan. Street Corn Pops and Crispy Hominy serve as additional snacks. Brunch highlights include House-made Churro Donuts, Torta de Huevo, Menudo, and Avocado Toast. Patrons order directly on customizable menu forms.“The menu’s inspiration is derived from my mother’s recipes and places I would visit with my family as a child,” said Executive Chef Justin Ottervanger. “Our team looks forward to continuing to evolve the up-and-coming Mexican dining scene in New York with approachable variations of classic dishes.”
Street Taco’s beverage program features classic palomas, wine and margaritas on tap, frozen Sangre Por Sangre and St. House Margaritas with a Tsunami swirl combination. House-made ingredients are used where possible, from mole agave in a spin on the traditional Old Fashioned to horchata in the Rum-chata and a variety of paletas to enhance the classic mimosa. Bar staples include Mexican beers and an extensive tequila list along with the taqueria’s “build your own bloody mary” menu with a selection of infused bases, house mixes and garnishes.
Street Taco debuts a custom installation by famed New York City tattoo artist, Mike Rubendall of Kings Avenue Tattoo, backlit against the impressive bar and tiered against the original exposed brick wall for an inviting, energetic dining experience. Brooklyn resident Nicole Salgar, a visual artist whose work is on display in several prominent locations including the Freehand Miami, has created a mural inspired by her affinity for Latin folk art for Street Taco.
Additional tattoo and street inspired artwork - including a bold homage to #BadHombre by artist Simon Robinson - was commissioned to juxtapose the architectural design details, including raw concrete floors, reclaimed pressed tin wall cladding, rustic liquor cabinets with wire caging, and glazed metro brick, which radiates the theatrical lighting overhead. Additional highlights include communal dining, a DJ booth and a vintage Volkswagen van that offers guests a glimpse into the kitchen.Street Taco is open for lunch and dinner daily from 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. Weekend brunch is also available Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the end of this month. For reservations or to book a private event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-791-5413.