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Just back from Mexico and craving authentic Mexican food...

I was in Akumal and Tulum, and the food was fantastic.

Does anyone know where I can get some delicious authentic
Mexican food?

Also, is there anywhere that I can buy Oaxacan cheese?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. 104th and lex. el paso taqueria. awesome guac, beef tongue tacos, very good chilaquiles. i ordered two guacamoles.

    1. I would go to Tacos Matamoros in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. It is on 45th and 5th. I had the tacos al pastor and chilaquiles. Both were authentic. I have yet to find authentic Mexican food in the city like you do in LA and SF, and I have been to Mexico (including Tulum) many times. Try Tacos Matamoros. I think you will be very happy.

      1. There is a Mexican bodega on A between 13th and 14th on the West side of the street. I have not eaten there but I am told they do great tacos and what not.

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        1. re: jessiefresh

          it's called zaragoza. their tacos are fantastic, especially the beef tongue and the chorizo. they have other dishes as daily specials, but they seem to run out pretty early on so it's worth it to call ahead if you're looking for something in particular. the fellow who runs the place is usually there, and he's always been happy to chat with me about the food and answer questions.

          1. re: jessiefresh

            is this the bodega next door to a pizza joint, and all of the food is right up near the front counter, and there are maybe 2 tables towards the rear? I had some really bad tacos there, ordered the enchilada, the asada and the lengua, and was really not impressed, despite how rundown and beatup and "authentic" the place was. I've had much better tacos at tehuitzningo, under similar conditions and prices.

          2. Tehuitzingo ($)
            695 10th Ave
            Btwn 47th & 48th St

            excellent tacos

            1. Tehuitzingo is about the best I've found in Manhattan. Though I saw a place called Puebla Mexican, 47 First Av, today, and the woman running it told me they have mole poblano every day. Just about every restaurant here is run by people from Puebla -- lucky for us, it's one of the culinary best regions.

              But the best place BY FAR in NYC is in Queens, right near the 74-Roosevelt huge subway station. It blows my mind each time I try it.

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              1. re: Brian S

                I kinda like El Poblano, although a good friend of mine did turn me on to coatzingo. the big difference is in the taco lenguas; coatzingos is "al vapor" or steamed, whereas poblano's is nice and fried up on the griddle; unless you can order both ways at coatzingo, I prefer el poblano, 2 or 3 blocks away.

              2. I actually like Centrico in Tribeca. It's a bit of a trek, but their day of the dead celebrations menu was great.

                1. There are many Mexican bodegas in Washington Heights that sell cheese from Oaxaca, but I am told that Queens is the place to go. As far as good Mexican food in NYC, I am still on the hunt (CA Native, but I am very pleased with La Esquina and SueƱos. There is a place that just opened on Grand and West Broadway called Papatzuel that has a good looking menu, and papatzules are region to the Yucatan peninsula so they may be good too.

                  1. I've seen Oaxacan cheese at Tulcingo del Valle on 10th Ave btw 46th and 47th. Tehuitzingo is a few doors up, and may carry it as well, but I prefer Tulcingo for pretty much everything but tacos.

                    1. you can also get that cheese at a Mexican market on 9th ave somewhere between 45th and 47th (not sure which block), on the west side of the street. glass storefront, case of Mexican pastries are the first thing you see when you walk in.

                      the taco joints on 10th ave in the same blocks and also on the west side are pretty good. Tulcingo del Valle - I always get the carne enchilada (spicy pork) and the roasted pork tacos. they do a pretty good pozole soup too!

                      For upscale tasty Mexican amongst the hipster cognocenti, try Barrio Chino on Orchard and Broome, south east corner.

                      Lastly, hold out for next summer in the Red Hook ballfields for tacos galore...

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                      1. re: anita_cocktail

                        Is that Leon Mexican Bakery? They sell tasty tamales straight out of the steamer.

                      2. yes it is! and the tamales are pretty good!

                        1. La Hacienda on 116th and 2nd is pretty amazing by NYC standards. It's a place that inspires a nostalgia for something I've never experienced in this life. Mole Poblano some of the best I've ever had and their soups (pozole, menudo/mondongo/pancita, birra) are rockstars livein' la vida loca. They also have a tamale steamed in a banana leaf that's the size of a brick, the texture of a feather, and the savor of a...well get it and find out!

                          1. Depending on what you're looking for you should also try Maya (1st between 64th and 65th). There's more to Mexican food than tacos and snack food, so if you're looking for authentic Mexican, of the kind that people in Mexico eat on a more regular basis, it's a good place to try. Having lived in Mexico city for 12 years it's as close as I've come to higher-end, less snack-ish Mexican here in the city. Their crepas de huitlacoche, tampiquena, alambre, pipian, and carnitas are all excellent.

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                            1. re: MoxieMax

                              noche mexicana on amsterdam bet 102 and 103 has the best authentic mexican food, and they are cheap and nice. not a fancy place at all . check it out at menupages.com. they got rave reviews.