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pat hammond Jun 16, 1998 10:55 AM

My son, who lives in lower Manhattan, is looking for a
good Mexican restaurant. Any suggestions?

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    jeremy Osner Jun 17, 1998 10:56 AM

    Lupe's on Watts St. and Sixth Avenue has good food.
    Whatever you do don't go to the (IMHO) vastly
    overrated, overpriced Mexican Radio.


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    1. re: jeremy Osner
      Jeremy Osner Jun 17, 1998 01:43 PM

      Plus just now I had lunch at Tres Aztecas on Allen St.
      and Rivington, which I quite enjoyed.

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      Josh Jun 16, 1998 11:48 AM

      Gabriella, at 93 St and Amsterdam Avenue. It's
      cheap, very authentic, and very, very good. Get
      the chicken: It's the thing they do best and it
      is an incredible bargain: A half chicken with two
      vegetables for $6, or a whole chicken for $11.

      Their seafood dishes are also very good.

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      1. re: Josh
        pat hammond Jun 16, 1998 12:49 PM

        Josh, Thanks very much. I have emailed the text of
        your post to my son. pat

        1. re: pat hammond
          Alan Divack Jun 16, 1998 02:01 PM

          I agree on Gabriela's. Not everything is great, but
          it is a very good place on the whole.

          Downtown, on Greenwich St. in the Village, there is
          Taqueria de Mexico, where I had a very good and
          reasonable meal a few months ago -- pork in green
          mole, mixiotes (chicken in red chile and beer in
          parchment). The mole was esp. good , the sauce came
          together well, and did not have the raw pumpkin seed
          taste it sometimes has. For appetizer, we had tacos
          al pastor (treyfe mexican style shawarma) which were
          nice, but could not hold a candle to La Espiga's in

          A few blocks away is slightly more upscale Mi Cocina,
          but i haven't been there in about 6 years, so can't
          really recommend it.

          1. re: Alan Divack
            pat hammond Jun 16, 1998 02:38 PM

            Alan, Thank you SO much. I think that ought to hold
            him. pat

            1. re: Alan Divack
              Madeline Jan 30, 2000 11:21 AM

              Just have to pipe in with a word of support for Taqueria de Mexico on Greenwich Ave. Much closer to true Mexican than just about anywhere else downtown, and at incredibly good value. Be sure to take them up on their $20 combination menus. The steak arrachera is wonderful.

          2. re: Josh
            stephen kaye Jun 17, 1998 07:23 AM

            go to MAYA 64th and 1st ave. 212 585 1818.

            1. re: stephen kaye
              jonathan gold Jun 17, 1998 03:05 PM

              Maya is just loathesome: muddy, oversweetened,
              inappropriately garnished and expensive food
              that has as much to do with real Mexican cooking
              as Burger King French fries do with the pommes
              allumettes at l'Ami Louis. Save your dough.

              1. re: jonathan gold
                pat hammond Jun 17, 1998 05:14 PM


                You do, indeed, have a way with words! Thanks for the
                input. Pat

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