Because every bus needs a garage, Playa del Carmen's retrofitted, food-slinging VW Tacombi is getting a docking station: Fonda, a cement floored sleeve decked with whitewashed brick walls, palm trees, and picnic tables printed with backgammon/checker boards. The authentic Mexico-style "community space" will focus on ultra-fresh eats, cold cervezas, and the kind of laid-back fun (board games, movie screenings, etc) enjoyed SOT-border during languid Sundays, but not Any Given Sundays, as those are for Beamen, creamin', and steamin'. Here's a preview, and a way to get in on the action early
Food: rotating daily tacos like Chorizo e Rajas (poblano peppers & spiced onions, homemade tomatillo) and the braised short rib/ancho/pickled onion Birria, plus Aaron Sanchez's regionally-inspired ceviches covering the Yucatan, Veracruz, and Acapulco, whose gold ingeniously makes people want more tacos
Drink: fresh aguas frescas including tamarindo, vanilla-scented rice horchata, and the hibiscus Agua de Jamaica -- so delicious you won't even pause drinking to Usain Bolt to the bathroom
Where you come in: While not yet open to the public, the team's hooking up Thrillist readers with a taste via three Tacombi-centered board game contests popping up in various NYC hoods, pairing signature tacos with Tecate (fish), Bohemia (beef), and Carta Blanca (pork); after that, they're bringing the game winners from each shindig to a finale party (possibly capped by a secret stash of Antigua tequila), with the grand champ claiming a private event at Fonda for thirty friends, or, if you're friends with Jerome, one Bus.