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Mexican Tonight....

My bf has a craving for good mexican tonight. We have been to Rosa Mexicano/Dos Caminos, but are looking for something a bit different--something like Bonita (in Williamburg) would be great...Manhattan is preferred.

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  1. ive heard good things about mercadito in the east village. the fish tacos are supposed to be outstanding.

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    1. re: ceeceee

      Agreed, Mercadito may be just what you're looking for and they have amazing margaritas.

      1. re: wingman

        I do like Mercadito but wondering if anyone has feedback on going there when you can't sit outside?? It looks tiny indoors. I do like to sit there and ppl watch during warm weather. Food is great but a bit on the pricey side for portion size, I think.

        LOVE Bonita! Makes me miss the Billburg.

        Tortilla Flats is hit or miss with the food, but the hyper energy and liberal awards of tequila shots is sometimes worth it.

        In the UWS, we recently had Mary Ann's and it's pretty good, definitely casual. The only thing I didnt like was they charged us $4 for 4 oz of guacamole. I'm from Texas and THAT is unacceptable by southern standards! :)

        1. re: sugarcookie

          but assuming texas pricing standards in the big city is ok? in that case, every meal is overpriced here.

          CAFE EL PORTAL and SUENOS are decent. i like ROCKING HORSE best for brunch.

    2. Try Hell's Kitchen on 9th ave, in midtown.

      1. Try Cafe el Portal on Elizabeth.

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          1. re: Saul

            I believe there was a thread about this place about two years ago, I seem to recall the fish tacos were supposed to be good there.

          2. Suenos is amazing.


            Comfy atmosphere. Quality ingridients.

              1. great thanks, someone as recommended EL Maguey y La Tuna...any feedback?

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                1. re: trinyc

                  I ate their about a month ago. The food is very good, expecially the Mole sauces. It is not much to look at though. Really just a storefront. But, it is homey and at least FEELS more authentic than some of the other recomendations. I am not one to vouch for authenticity as I have not actually spent any time in Mexico.

                  1. re: Gordognyc

                    I ended up going to El Maguey y La Tuna--agreed with everything Gordognyc said, no frills place, but the food and customer service was delightful. Will definitely go back again :=)

                    1. re: trinyc

                      Glad you liked it. I will definitely make a return visit. What did you eat?

                      1. re: Gordognyc

                        Shared some nachos to start with friends, then I settled on the steak tacos and a piece of flan. I was debating between the tacos or the enchiladas mole verde.Definitely will try the latter on my return visit.

                2. noche mexicana on amsterdam bet w102 and w103. it is not fancy but it is clean, authentic, inexpensive. they give huge portions and they are nice. check it out on menupages.com. lots of columbia/sinai students and faculty go here as well as mexican families and couples.

                  1. A great neighborhood spot is San Loco. There are 4 locations. One is on Stanton near essex in the lower east side which is my fav manhattan spot. Their newest is in williamsburg. North 4th near briggs. Just look on their site: www.sanloco.com

                    1. San Loco is good for post-bar food. I like La Palapa on Sixth Ave for a sit down meal.

                      1. Has anyone tried Crema on 17th or 18th off of 6th? I pass by it all the time and it's been tempting me to drop in, and I would have already if I wasn't always in a rush to get home or to an appointment.

                        1. We HATED Crema and though it's billed as southwestern and not Mexican, Agave on 7th Ave. South and W. 10th Street is our favorite for this type of food. The drinks are wonderful. Guacamole is good (I ask them to leave off the sour cream). Chips are terrific, habit-forming. My favorite is the shrimp tacos - smokey, buttery, delicious. The place is fun, festive and happy but you can hear someone speak.