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Jul 14, 2006 10:49 PM

Nuevo Latino

I'm looking for a good nuevo latino place for dinner tonight. Any recommendations? Good drinks would be an added plus. :)


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  1. diablo royale
    189 w. 10th st btwn w4th and bleecker
    -they have great black cherry margaritas

    el boacdito
    79 orchard btwn broome and grand

    mexican radio
    19 cleveland pl btwn spring and kenmare
    -great margaritas

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    1. re: calypsogirl

      Hmmm, I dont' think I would characterize either diablo royal or mexican radio as Nuevo Latino. Diablo Royale aspired to be higher-end Mexican, yes. Mexican Radio modestly so.

      If you're thinking Nueov Latino in the vein of the now-dead Patria, the places I could think of would be Pompano in midtown or Novo, sorta west of Soho.

      1. re: xavier

        Definitely Pampano. We just had dinner there for the first time, and the food was creative, beautifully presented and -- most important -- delicious! Service is friendly and efficient. The interior is attractive, and there's a lovely outdoor terrace, though the tables there are a bit close. As for the drinks, I don't drink alcohol, but my husband had two different mojitos, one classic and the other with passion fruit rum, and said both were excellent.

      2. re: calypsogirl

        I don't know why you think Mexican Radio is nuevo latino. It is mediocre overpriced tex mex. I ate there yesterday at lunch(it was a good bye luncheon so not my choice) and I was not impressed. Something like $14 for two chicken enchilladas in a tasteless mole with a tablespoon of rice and beans on a round tortilla chip.The lunch menu had nothing beyond basic tex mex. Although its not a big deal, I hate when places like this charge for chips(not even made in house) and salsa, it's like billing me for bread. The nearby El Portal and the Cafe at La Esquina are better.

      3. I've eaten at Pampano a few times and definitely enjoyed their food. I went there again last night and enjoyed the food but I think I've maxed myself out on Pampano (foodwise). I'd like to try a new spot that is in the same vein. I've been to Suba and a few other places downtown but nothing has really blown me away. The menu for Novo sounds yummy, how are the cerviches?

        1. Paladar seems to have a mixed reputation around here, but I like it. And you can't argue with the drinks.

          I do miss Patria (the early version) & Chicama.

          1. Novo is a good spot. Only had lunch there, but the dinner menu looked appetizing. Lunch was a suprisingly good deal given the location and decor.

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