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Feb 16, 2007 10:27 AM

Tasty Mexican for Ladies Night?

There are about 15 of us going out to celebrate our friend's upcoming nuptials. Most of the people will be from out of town and I'm in charge of planning the evening meal. The bride to be loves mexican food. I'm looking for the best balance of fun, tasty food, and good drinks, with maybe a bit of scene thrown in so everyone feels like they got the real NY experience.

I have narrowed it down to Crema and Dos Caminos (park ave). Any thoughts or other suggestions?

Rosa Mexicano is out because they will only serve us family style for that "large" of a group.


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  1. Had an incredible meal at Hell's Kitchen when in town last year...loved the atmposphere (def. a bit of a "scene") and particularly the drinks. Though it's pretty small. So unless they take reservations for a large group it would be out of the question.

    1. That's too bad about Rosa Mexicano - that's the place that came to mind when I read your post - great drinks, atmosphere, guacamole and pretty decent food.

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      1. re: MMRuth

        Rosa Mexicano would be great. Wht won't family style work?

      2. I think Mercadito is the perfect place for you. Great great guacamoles (they have different varieties like mango), great drinks and the food is like a mexican tapas fusion.

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        1. re: JoLi

          I thought about Mercadito but in my experience the service is too disjointed for a group. Also, I thought the prices were on the high side for not much food. I agree, however, that it was tasty.

        2. if you are looking for a little scene, try and make sure they don't seat you way in the back at dos caminos park ave. the room is like a backwards L with Park Ave at the top, and you don't want to be stuck around the corner. otherwise you might as well go to a small divey place like Florencia 13 - currently my favorite Mexican place.

          1. Check out Suenos.

            Also, I like the new 3rd Ave and 50th Street location of Dos Caminos better for a big party.

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            1. re: jenniebnyc

              How would you rate Suenos, Dos Caminos, and Crema?

              1. re: rfelicello

                haven't been to Crema
                seeing you will be with out of towners....i think you should head to Dos Caminos. the decor is better, but food is just average. food at suenos is better

                1. re: jenniebnyc

                  Thanks, that's helpful. I'm a bit torn because the bride to be has already been to Dos Caminos and I think she just thought it was so-so. What is the atmosphere at Suenos like?

                  1. re: rfelicello

                    if you want really good mexican you should head to Pampano. it is not as "fun", but the food is great and the space is really beautiful. with the amount of people you will have at your table, you'll make your own fun. AND once you finish eating at Pampano you can walk a few feet down the street to Dos Caminos and booze it up overthere.

                    as for's a fun atmosphere in that downtown sort of way. i've always had fun here.

                    have you looked into Lucy's Latin Kitchen? not mexican, but pretty good latino food with a great atrmosphere