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I fell in love with the Brooklyn Bridge Park last weekend. See here:

Brooklyn Bridge Park

OK, it didn’t hurt that it was one of the most beautiful days of the summer. But even without that, what I loved is how quiet, green, clean and family-friendly it is.

Kids had more than enough space to run, skip and play around the green without being bombarded by cancer-wanting sunbathers, blaring boomboxes or mid-air frisbees, all fixtures of Central Park’s Sheep’s Meadow. (I’m cranky today, no?)

Another thing I loved about it? Its proximity to Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

Sign inside Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

…and the Calexico Carne Asada cart, a budget-friendly taco truck started by three California brothers. (Side note: What is it with California brothers and Tex-Mex joints?)

But don’t let the name fool you. In addition to meat, Calexico offers black bean and cheese tacos, burritos and quesadillas that also include avocado crema, pico de gallo or roasted tomato salsa (depending on which you choose), with their famous chipotle “crack” sauce.

They also have a brick-and-mortar operation in Brooklyn that has an expanded menu including tofu asado tacos, burritos, quesadillas and tortas, and even tofu grits!

With their truck’s more limited options, I went with the black bean taco:

Black bean taco ($2) - look at that crema!

While my boyfriend got two chicken tacos:

Chicken tacos ($4 each)

We also shared a side order of black beans and cheese to go with chips, but the cheese was stuck to foil that covered it, so sadly, we were left with a pile of black beans, which was pretty bland on its own.

Black beans with cheese ($2)

We also got guacamole (failed to take a picture of it) that wasn’t spectacular save for a ton of lime, which I happened to like. Overall, I totally dig this cheap Tex-Mex option. Their food has a gourmet touch that’s still accessible enough to scarf down while relaxing on the greens.

Calexico truck
Pier 1 at the Brooklyn Bridge Park (in Manhattan? Walk across the bridge!)
A, C to High Street
F to York Street
2, 3 to Clark Street

Calexico Carne Asada
122 Union St. (at Columbia St.)
F, G to Carroll St.

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