The Mexican-meets-barbecue concept made its debut as one of New York's most popular food trucks in 2010, and quickly expanded to its first brick-and-mortar restaurant and a catering location. Following the success of their first restaurant in Midtown West, Mexicue co-founders Thomas Kelly and David Schillace called on nemaworkshop to create the brand's second location. Situated in the heart of Times Square, Mexicue's newest space opened its doors just this past June.
nemaworkshop's design for the 1,100-square-foot-space explores the authentic experience of American barbecue and blends it with an urban aesthetic. Warm, rustic textures such as reclaimed oak wood are balanced with modern elements, like exposed concrete found in the dining area and grey ceramic tile selected for the bar and kitchen.
A mixture of pendants and chandelier lighting provide a sultry glow throughout the space, complementing the intimate color palette of charcoals and dark grays. Diners can enjoy menu items like Smoky Carnitas and Brisket with Mexican barbecue sauce while sitting in booths or at tables or, can try one of Mexicue's signature cocktails at the bar.