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eatgood Jul 11, 2007 07:15 AM

Looking for a good Mexican restaurant. Will go anywhere in Manhattan, but was thinking about the Village....

  1. LeahBaila Jul 11, 2007 07:21 AM

    While it's not in the village, Tulcingo del Valle is great. It's super authentic, cheap and homemade. It's by no means a trendy place, more like a "hole-in-the-wall." What type of atmosphere are you looking for?

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    1. re: LeahBaila
      raji212 Jul 12, 2007 08:11 AM

      I second Tulcingo. Their platos are killer. And also try the tacos at Tehuitzingo while you're up there. Most Mexican that costs more than they do is BS anyway. Also, El Paso Taqueria on the UES is amazing

      1. re: raji212
        E Eto Jul 13, 2007 07:14 AM

        I'm often confused by your superlatives. El Paso Taqueria is amazingly average, although the one at 103rd is better than their 97th St branch. They certainly aren't up to the level of Tulcingo del Valle or Tehuitzingo. Better yet, a trip up to 116th St will most likely yield better Mexican food than is found in the rest of Manhattan. Otherwise, get to the outer boroughs.

        1. re: E Eto
          raji212 Jul 13, 2007 12:59 PM

          I'm not sure what superlatives you are referring to.

          I had a very very good meal at 107. I think I just ordered very well. Tulcingo was still my recc. Spanish Harlem might as well be an outer borough.

          1. re: raji212
            E Eto Jul 13, 2007 01:28 PM

            How about a real report about what you ordered? I think that would be helpful to know. I've had a taste of about 90% of what they have at the 97th St branch, and like I said, it's very average. Many items below average.

            1. re: E Eto
              MMRuth Jul 13, 2007 01:35 PM

              To me, El Paso on 97th St., which is v. close to me, is "fine", not great, average. The guacamole when we were there last Friday was surprisingly good. We also had the fried calamari -decent, nothing to rave about. Both had tacos - not inspired, but fit the bill. I enjoyed my margaritas, but I'd had a rough work week, so I would probably enjoyed any (non-frozen) margarita. I do wonder if the other branch is actually much better - I keep trying to convince my husband to try it, to no avail thus far. What can you tell me to tell him to convince him otherwise?

            2. re: raji212
              a_and_w Jul 13, 2007 01:31 PM

              I think he meant your characterization of El Paso as "amazing." I personally am not such a fan either. Not terrible, just not worth the trip, imo. I definitely agree re the rec of Tulcingo, though I don't quite get the appeal of Tehuitzingo. I used to live down the block from both and almost always opted for the former. Two other places I like are Pio Maya, though I haven't been since they reopened, and Downtown Bakery. Otherwise 116th St or the outer boroughs as Eric suggests.

              1. re: a_and_w
                raji212 Jul 13, 2007 02:33 PM

                ok ok - sorry guys - darn eG you can't go edit a post - even after I posted, I rethought that statement, so no, it was not amazing, but what I had at 107th was very very good.

                1. re: raji212
                  The Chowhound Team Jul 13, 2007 03:18 PM

                  Actually, you can edit a post, within a 2 hour window. You should see an "Edit" link at the bottom of your post" within that time frame.

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        eatgood Jul 11, 2007 07:28 AM

        Atmosphere isn't important. But i forgot to mention that there should be vegetarian options (which most Mexican restaurants have....)

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        1. re: eatgood
          LeahBaila Jul 11, 2007 07:40 AM

          Then this sounds like your place! As far as vegetarian options, I highly recommend the cheese enchiladas or cheese chilaquiles. You will love it!

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          jdream Jul 11, 2007 10:08 AM

          La Esquina-- ever since going there last weekend I can't tell enough people how impressed I was by it. Great salads, great corn, and awesome white bean tacos (as far was vegetarian options go...)

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          1. re: jdream
            NYJewboy Jul 13, 2007 07:10 AM

            I second that. I am actually surprised that Esquina is not more chowhounded.

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            iwgy Jul 11, 2007 12:56 PM

            Went to mole (allan st.) loved the food and service. its obviously “home made” and cocked with love. App. two entrées, desert and coffee for fifty. its BYOB which is nice (no corking charge).

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            1. re: iwgy
              financialdistrictresident Nov 13, 2007 07:46 PM

              Mole on Allen is good. There is a separate thread with comments/reviews. I agree with efreid and find Mexican in NYC (vs. San Diego, etc.) leaves alot to be desired. Didn't know Mole was still BYOB and no corkage is really nice.

              1. re: financialdistrictresident
                CalJack Jan 21, 2008 06:53 AM

                As far as I know Mole got their liquor license and ceased to be BYOB sometime back in the late-summer/early fall. The food is still relatively fresh, but many dishes are overpriced and the space falls just South of charmingly-cramped on the comfort scale. Be wary of any fried dishes (scallops, fish tacos) as they tend to over-bread everything into flavor oblivion.

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              Will4Food Jul 12, 2007 06:12 AM

              I'm a big fan of Suenos in Chelsea....When that restaurant is on, it's great...Charming atmosphere in "hidden" spot with urbanscape views.

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                Todd Jul 12, 2007 11:56 AM

                For great mexican with an emphasis on seafood go to Pampano


                1. Tom Steele Jul 13, 2007 08:00 AM

                  Mi Cocina on Jane at Hudson is truly enchanting and deeply delicious.

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                  1. re: Tom Steele
                    foodie4life Jul 13, 2007 10:06 AM

                    I'll add Mercadito to the list, in alphabet city.

                    1. re: foodie4life
                      Cookiepuss Jul 13, 2007 10:40 AM

                      If you are looking in the Village, there are two Mexicana Mamma's - the top rated Mexican in Zagats. It is pretty good, some nice special - the West Village location is SMALL.

                      1. re: Cookiepuss
                        jdream Jul 13, 2007 10:44 AM

                        It's pretty good and in my opinion quite overrated. Also, in no way do any of their dishes seem terribly authentic. They lack the spicey freshness that makes Mexican food so good (especially in the summer).

                        1. re: Cookiepuss
                          a_and_w Jul 13, 2007 01:33 PM

                          I personally am not a fan of either the food, which I find bland and overpriced, or the service, which can be downright rude, at the West Village Mexicana Mama.

                          1. re: Cookiepuss
                            shivohum Jan 21, 2008 05:55 PM

                            I think this place is delicious, especially for their vegetarian options (the chile relleno is killer)... Bold flavors, nice service, a down-to-earth yet sophisticated ambience. Really great restaurant (though beware of the cash-only and no reservations policy).

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                        efreid Jul 16, 2007 10:33 AM

                        Honestly there is no good Mexican in NY. Other Latin cuisine: Spanish, Caribbean, Central/South American yes; but not Mexican.

                        After 4 years in Tucson, AZ (Sonora & Chihuahua region cooking) and another 8 in Los Angeles (Baja, Jalisco, Michoacan, cooking), I have looked everywhere but have had no success that matches even the most mediocre fast food chain in either city, let alone some very delicious restaurants, dives, and roadside carts that I used to haunt.

                        1. guttergourmet Nov 10, 2007 01:49 PM

                          I'm a taco guy. Just tried Tulcingo del Valle on 10th Avenue-carne asada, chorizo, and carnitas. Very fresh, very good, very big with a guayaba Boing! to wash them down. $10! and better than my previous favorites-Pio Maya on 8th Street near me and La Esquina on Center Street. Need to try Tehuitzingo down the block but it was closed for some reason today.

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                            kam0424 Nov 13, 2007 04:26 PM

                            I hear so much about Tulchingo and Tehuitzingo on CH. What items would you recommend and where are they located?

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                            1. re: kam0424
                              LeahBaila Nov 14, 2007 04:55 AM

                              10th Ave between 46th and 47th. I have lots of fave items...is there anything you won't eat (meat, pork, etc?)?

                              1. re: LeahBaila
                                abud Nov 14, 2007 08:04 AM

                                Thanks to your suggestions, Leah, I tried the cheese chilaquiles with green sauce and they were absolutely phenomenal.

                                1. re: abud
                                  LeahBaila Nov 14, 2007 09:05 AM

                                  Great to hear and glad you enjoyed them!! Thanks for the update :)

                                2. re: LeahBaila
                                  kam0424 Nov 15, 2007 06:22 AM

                                  nope, i like it all! especially love pork though.

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                                picklesister Nov 13, 2007 07:56 PM

                                Mercadito is amazing. There is one in the West Village on 7th Avenue and Grove, but the one on Avenue B and 11th st is far superior. Fantastic tiny tacos.

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                                  MaxAvery Nov 14, 2007 09:56 AM

                                  i like taquieria fonda on amsterdam on the uws. not sure if they are still open, but they make some really good carnitas

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                                    bladerobbins Nov 14, 2007 10:30 AM

                                    Tulcingo is by far the best Mexican I've had in Manhattan, but Itzocan in the East Village is pretty wonderful and BYOB. It's tiny though...

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