By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

Oxido is a brand new counter-serve Mexican restaurant located on 23rd Street between 5th and 6th Ave. It opened on March 3 and Dish + Drink was lucky enough to be there on opening day.

The food
Oxido is comparable to Chipotle in that the spot focuses on “all natural and free-range” meats and fresh ingredients. The menu, however, is filled with “traditional Mexican food with modern influences” and this is where Oxido stands apart from Chipotle.

Patrons start by choosing between a burrito, a bowl, and two tacos. Next comes the base layer: grilled garlic steak, chicken poblano, chile lime pork carnitas, New Mexican beef curry, or red chile mushroom. A variety of rice, beans, and vegetables are also available with no additional cost. The guacamole is only 95 cents extra (as is their queso blanco), which is a small step ahead of Chipotle. If none of this seems enticing, patrons should know they also have a choice between seven different sauces, four of which are salsas.

During my first visit, I ordered a bowl with chicken poblano (sweet and spiced grilled chicken with ancho peppers), brown basmati rice, chipotle black beans, and chipotle crema. I loved the chicken so much that I came back a second time and ordered the chicken poblano bowl with pinto beans (Tejas-style cowboy beans served with smoked bacon, peppers, tomatoes, and spices), vegetables a la plancha (sweet onion and green peppers spiced with toasted cumin and Mexican oregano), guacamole, and suisa sauce (tomatillo cream sauce with onion and sour cream).

For me, the food here is absolutely a cut above and Oxido is clearly quickly becoming a staple in the Flatiron District.

The drinks
Oxido offers Mexican Coke, Mexican Sprite, Topo Chico, fountain sodas, and water.

The service/ambience
Photo by Molly Freeman.

Despite the fact that Oxido is a counter-serve establishment, the service is fantastic; everyone is friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. The restaurant is clean, modern, and easy to navigate.

All in all, I can see why Oxido is gaining momentum. The food is fresh, the service is quick, the space is nice, and the prices are comparable to–if not cheaper than–Chipotle.