Later this summer, the team behind the ever-popular Tacombi at Fonda Nolita is opening La Cornelia, its fourth taqueria, where the pagoda-esque Sushi Mambo long stood on Bleecker Street. Renderings of the space look pretty festive (there are strings of lights hanging everywhere and lots of bright turquoise), but informal, with diners choosing between table service or ordering at a wooden bar like they do at the restaurant in Nolita. Sadly, there's no VW van here.
La Cornelia has a Mayan and Yucatan flavor to it, says a rep. Tacombi executive chef Jason Debriere plans fry tortillas for traditional salbutes. Those tortillas will also be stuffed with beans and topped with pork for panuchos. And, this being a Tacombi property, there will of course be tacos. Here, they'll come filled with suckling pig and cochinita pibil (pork cooked with oranges and achiote). The drink menu isn't public yet, but there will be Micheladas, sangria, and boozier drinks. Let's hope there's that horchata in a giant glass bucket, too.
The restaurant was originally slated for a late August opening, but a rep says it's looking like September is more likely.
An old Instagram of the space shows it as a construction zone, but gives some idea of size: