Orale Mexican Kitchen, thanks to its exposed brick walls and vibrant, whimsical artwork, strikes an approachabe urban vibe. (Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger)
As Day of the Dead celebrations go, Orale Mexican Kitchen holds lots of promise. This year will be the restaurant’s first, and the vibe couldn’t be more perfect.
Orale Mexican Kitchen wondrously combines the serious and the vivid, the somber and the celebratory. You have floor-to-ceiling exposed brick walls, sparkly pressed tin ceilings and a sinister, imposing dungeon door that leads to the back dining room. Then you have a display of brightly colored sodas that are lined up like chorus dancers and shimmering amid their back-lighting, an equally clever and humorous display of soccer balls and bar stools the colors of jellybeans. Plus, and perhaps most important, you have an absolute mind swim of tequilas — who knew so many varieties existed?