Mexican eats are heading to the South of Fifth neighborhood come this December, when Lolo’s Surf Cantina makes its grand debut.
Behind the concept is Plan Do See, a global hospitality brand based in Japan, and Richard Ampudia, who is described as the “Godfather of Mexican Street Food.” Ampudia, who is a Mexico City native, has had his hand in many popular NYC concepts over the years like La Esquina, Café Habana, and Bar Bruno. For Lolo he promises " there won’t be a sombrero and maraca to be found,” and while there will be tacos, “they are not the focus.”
Instead, the menu will focus on shareable, family-style dishes like whole meats prepared a la plancha, "vegetable centric” sides, house-made salsas and sauces, and plenty of customizable gluten-free and vegetarian dishes.
As for beverages those will be overseen by Mexico City mixologist, Jose Luis Leon of Baltra Bar and Licoreria Limantour, which happened to be named one of “The World's 50 Best Bars.” It’ll feature, of course, plenty of margaritas, mezcales, tequilas, and beer cocktails.
The restaurant will reside the newly refurbished Stanton South Beach hotel, located right on the beach. The 3,000 square-foot restaurant – designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio – will feature "a festive and bright interior” with seating for 60 insides by patio seating for 16.
No official opening date has been released just yet, but we’re told sometime in December 2016. Stay tuned for more updates.