The team behind Oxomoco has opened Xilonen, a plant forward restaurant, on a sunny corner in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Named after the Aztec goddess of corn, Xilonen is currently open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 3pm with a limited menu.
Diners have access to a heated space out front for the winter due to the pandemi and sidewalk dining when the weather permits. What is on the menu is worth seeking out. Start with Guacamole ($16) with salsa macha verde, a chili sauce amde with Arbol peppers. The dish is topped with wild greens and assorted seeds. It's delicious.
Also on the menu is a Carrot Tostada ($14) topped with charred baby carrots drizzled with spiced maple over navy beans on a tortilla. It was the favorite of the table.
Other offerings include a Green Chorizo Quesadilla ($17) with hoja santa, black bean salsa and avocado, (top) and a Purple Potato Taco ($9) with grilled cheese, tomatilla salsa and honey nut queso (below). Breakfast items include a Scrambled Egg Tostada ($13) and Masa Pancake ($15) with deep mountain maple syrup and salted butter. Churros with Oaxacan chocolate are available for dessert. An expanded menu and hours to follow.
Xilonen is located at 905 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY