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Micheladas in NYC?

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Does anyone know any bars or restaurants that serve micheladas in Brooklyn or Queens (or Manhattan for that matter)?

For those that don't know what they are - basically, a beer cocktail popular in Mexico and border areas - a link:


Thanks in advance.

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  1. In Brooklyn:
    Taco Chulo in Williamsburg

    In Manhattan:
    Cafe el Portal

    1. Had one last night at the new burrito place on flatbush (burrito cafe?). It was decent. Best I have had in the city are in Manhattan at Bario Chino on the LES.

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      1. re: prdct

        how was the rest of the food there?
        that's the place by the guys with the *wacky* burrito joint for years just below canal st in manhattan...

        1. re: pitu

          My fiance went last week and said that the burritos were just okay, nothing special. He was shocked that pints of beer were $6 and that a CAN of Tecate was $5!

          1. re: JessicaSophia

            taqueria for me for cali-mex burritos . . .

            1. re: JessicaSophia

              If those are the plain beer prices, what would they be getting for the michelada?

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          Sal Borriello

          Cinco De Mayo - a great place on Courtelyou Road and (I think) Westminster. Q to Cortelyou. I think you can only get them when the owner is there but that is usually the case and the food alone is worth it

          1. In Park Slope Los Pollitos II on 5th Avenue and St. John's serves a very nice Michiladas. Not as good as my friend from Mexico makes, but I enjoyed it anyway.

            1. In Park Slope Los Pollitos II on 5th Avenue and St. John's serves a very nice Michiladas. Not as good as my friend from Mexico makes, but I enjoyed it anyway.

              1. j

                Maria's Mexican Bistro on Union Street and 4th Avenue makes them. But I had my first (and most memorable) Michelada at Cafe Con Leche on the Upper West Side.

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                1. re: JessicaSophia

                  I didn't like the micheladas at Maria's but I can't remember why. I had my most memorable (and first) in Mexico City...

                2. I'm pretty sure I had one of these at Bubby's in Dumbo last night. It was like a very light, carbonated bloody mary. It was delicious.

                  1. Also Chavela's in Prospect Heights/Crown Heights.

                    1. It's that time of the year again: michelada season! Any recs for places that make good micheladas in Queens? I'm thinking of a dinner outting that might involve eating at Taqueria Coatzingo and pre- or post-dinner micheladas somewhere in Jax Heights or Corona -- whereever a good version can be found.

                      Taqueria Coatzingo
                      76-05 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

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                      1. re: CitySpoonful

                        I would focus on the bars/restaurants on Norther Blvd or 37th avenue; the Mexican bars on Roosevelt are pretty much all Taxi bars or Bikini bars and do not focus on the drinks.

                        Listo el Poljo on 86th and 37th is a Colombian place (used to be Tiki bar!) that has a bar where you can sit and get decent mixed drinks. I have never had the michelada there, but have seen it being ordered.

                        Listo el Pollo
                        86-02 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

                        1. re: CitySpoonful

                          Caracas Arepa Bar has the best michelada ive had...

                          Its a spin on the traditional mexican version, but definitely worth the trip.

                          after much experimenting, i think i have figured it out...
                          chili-infused symple syrup by steeping dried chilis (habanero or chili de arbol work best) in a papelon (dried raw sugarcane pulp) syrup / a tall glass with a salted rim / lemon & lime / ice

                          Caracas Arepa Bar
                          291 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                          1. re: danielandresleon

                            Curious -- any idea what goes into Caracas's michelada?

                            1. re: CitySpoonful

                              so the list of ingredients i have above is my best guess, and it tastes pretty spot on...

                              better actually since its much easier on the wallet, no worry of fighting the caracas crowds, and can control the sweet to spicy ratio yourself.

                              let me know if you want any more detail on making it, happy to walk ya thru it!

                              1. re: danielandresleon

                                Seems straightforward. Where does one find papelon syrup? Is that just simply syrup? Many thanks!

                                1. re: CitySpoonful

                                  You can find the dried papelon (some other countries call it panela) in most latin bodegas / supermarkets and turn it into your simple syrup

                                  in a pinch use raw / unprocessed sugar / "sugar in the raw" to make it

                                  Im sure you could use white sugar for the syrup, but the raw cane adds a really nice caramel note

                        2. Ortine in Prospect Heights makes a Michelado - I cant attest for it, tho since I am not a beer drinker.

                          622 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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                          1. re: jen kalb

                            Fonda in Park Slope definitely makes them, but like Jen I'm not a big beer drinker so have never had one. Here's a video where chef Roberto shows how he makes them.


                            434 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                          2. Also Móle on Allen has them.

                            1. Thought I'd update this thread with Mesa Coyoacan on Graham Ave in W'burg. They have excellent michelatas. Habañero margaritas and their house mole are also superior!

                              Speaking of superior, La Superior on Berry.

                              La Superior
                              295 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                              Mesa Coyoacan
                              372 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211