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Suggestions for an excellent MExican restaurant in Manhattan?

Looking for Mexican restaurant.

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  1. The flautas and Mushroom quesadilla at La Esquina (Kenmare Square) are out of this world.

    1. Barrio Chino on Broome...not amazing food (antojitos), but excellent margaritas (especially the habanero margarita)...fun place.


      1. I love Mi Cocina on Jane and Hudson. (Baby Jane Hudson) The food is authentically Mexican and deeply delicious; the chef/owner grew up in Vera Cruz and in the mountains of Mexico, and his two grandmothers taught him how to cook. It's also a charming and beautiful place. Great tequilas on hand, too.

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        1. re: Tom Steele

          Can you give me some idea of Mi Cocina's price range? The menu looks great but doesn't list prices. TIA

        2. Los Dos Molinos is a great place. It's actually New Mexican, but their enchaladas, tamales and chile colorado are all solid. They also pride themselves on the fact that they don't make anything mild, though tacos and burros are pretty safe if you don't like a lot of heat. Margaritas are strong, and they have a pretty extensive tequila selection.

          1. Pampano serves delicious modern Mexican cuisine with an emphasis on fish.


            1. Last time I was at Mi Cocina, the entrées were about $18-20 or 22.

              1. Tulcingo del Valle is great (though I haven't been there this year). Sietsema gives a good description. http://www.villagevoice.com/nyclife/0...

                1. Mercadito in the East Village is excellent.

                  I recently had a fine meal at Creme in Chelsea (recently 1 starred by Bruni).

                  1. Depends on the price point. At the higher end, I second RGR's recommendation of Pampano (midtown East), and would add Suenos (Chelsea) and Centrico (Tribeca). I like the East Village location of Mercadito better than the West Village location, Mercadito Grove. Both have somewhat limited menus, but are very good at what they do (mainly ceviches and tacos). At a lower price point, Itzocan Bistro (UES) and Itzocan Cafe (East Village) are both very good. And I can't pass up a plug for El Maguey Y la Tuna (LES), which I think is the friendliest Mexican restaurant in town, and very authentic Poblano cuisine.