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Mexican Around the Graham Ave Williamsburg Stop

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Looking for tasty mexican (not tex mex) - or anything else you would reccommend. Does not have to be too close - but would like to find options for good delivery - no matter what kind of food.

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  1. L to Jefferson Ave for tacos at the tortilla factory?

    1. Well, Graham Ave. around the L stop is still pretty solidly Italian country. Although Najeeb's just a few steps north has some good Middle Eastern food. There isn't any Mexican food right there, but go a few blocks down to Grand St., which has a long strip of Hispanic businesses, including some pretty good, certainly authentic, Mexican places. Well worth exploring.

      Here is a pretty recent thread on the Graham Ave. area:

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      1. re: Woodside Al

        The steam table joint on Grand that's across the street from Wombat and next to the new yupster bar (Huckleberry) is definitely worth checking out even though it's not Mexican. Cheap, rib-sticking platters of pernil, ropa vieja, etc etc.

        1. re: Woodside Al

          Yeah, Graham Av is solidly Italian (everyone coming from Teggiano, near Naples) and there are some solid red-sauce restaurants, but if you follow Graham Av south, a walk I haven't done in years, there's a sea change when you cross Grand and if you continue toward Broadway you'll see lots of tiny Mexican restaurants.

          1. re: Brian S

            Thanks! My wife and I love Frost... if anyone has any suggestions of diamonds in the rough - much appreciated!!

        2. I just found out that a few months ago, the Village Voice's Robert Sietsema recommended Kiosco Piaxtla, 258 Graham Avenue, 388-2957, for Mexican food such as chicken tinga served in a handmade clay casserole dish.

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          1. re: Brian S

            Kiosco Piaxtla is very good. They seem to close early (8 or 9 pm). The chicken molé I had there was maybe the best I'ver ever had... definitely home made. I was with two other people who are very picky about Mexican food (if it's not authentic, they'll gripe) and they were both happy with their food (although I can't remember their orders).

            There's also a 24 hour place on Grand street, just east of Graham... a Mexican bakery in front with a full service restaurant in the back. It's close to the Graham/Grand intersection, a few steps away from the McDonalds. That place is worth a try -- I don't remember the name. See if they have the pork ribs available if you go. It's more like a funky diner atmosphere (whereas Kiosco Piaxtla is a little bit nicer inside).

            1. re: K2000

              The place on Grand that you are thinking of is Grand Morelos.

          2. At the Lorimer stop on Metropolitan is an amazing, very authentic mexican place called Yola's. Not much room to sit - but well worth it for the real deal. I love the enchiladas (with green salsa) and the carne enchilada taco's. It's located next to the hardware store. trust me!

            1. Also closer to the Lorimer stop is Elote. It used to be Santa Fe and before that was Hope and Union I think. Anyway, we loved it. They do deliver. I had the mole, my friend had the fish tacos. As to whether or not it's "authentic" I'm not in a position to say - but we really enjoyed everything.

              1. La Tortillería Mexicana Los Hermanos:

                Grand Morelos (Grand Stop) is another favorite of mine. Mexican food, diner staples and a bakery - so good!

                1. i definitely agree with some of the posts here. yola's is great take out/delivery in the area. it's one of the only places you can get a "real" california-esque burrito that you can hold. the beans and rice are pretty much the anchor to what they serve. grand morelos also has pretty good mexican fare, but not the same as yola's.another place is the corner restaurant on meeker and leonard(can't remember the name). it's all mexicans drinking beer at 11am since they all just got off their night shifts. the food is great, and the atmosphere grubby with loud norteño music(all in a good way). all in all a fun little place with "authentic" cuisine.

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                  1. re: artfuldestruct

                    What kind of food does the meeker/leonard place serve? Does it keep regular hours?

                    I had a mediocre experience at Yola's when it first opened -- but maybe it's gotten better? I walk by it almost daily and it seems to have a more prosperous/propitious vibe than it did early on...

                    1. re: Jack Barber

                      yola's is definitely better than when it first opened. they have finally started to expand their menu to include their tamales every day and other various things. i mean yola's certainly isn't a mecca for great mexican food, but it does satisfy when you want a real burrito and not that stupid chipotle crap. the place on meeker/leonard im not sure about the hours. i don't think they are open on sundays. i usually go during the week, say after 11am or so. their tacos are decent and the burritos are alright(can't hold), but it's the gorditas that i'd always get. they are the best thing i have had from their menu.

                      1. re: artfuldestruct

                        woops not gorditas, chalupas are what you should get...

                        1. re: artfuldestruct

                          El Loco Burrito is on Graham, just steps away from the L stop. I get delivery from them all the time. It's basic mexian...tacos, burritos etc. Nothing too creative. I've heard plenty of comments on them on these boards, and I think Mexican food is VERY subjective, and I personally have no problems with El Loco Burrito. 345 Graham (also a location on Bedford) http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/food/...

                          They have reliable delivery and quite good homemade salsa. Grand Morelos is a bit more of a walk, and indeed closer to the Lorimer stop, but I got my husband the most amazing birthday cake from there and was drooling at the food they were serving.

                  2. A place I forgot to mention the other day was San Loco. It's not totally "authentic", but if you grew up eating it in the city then you might be interested in the one on N4th btw. Bedford & Driggs. Guaco Loco Catfish, YUM!

                    1. There was a good place that replaced the Salvadorean place Pupuseria Restaurante Belen. 189 Graham at Scholes. At the time I moved out of Williamsburg, the Mexican place that replaced it still had pupusas on the menu but had gotten rid of plantains and the fresh corn tamales w/ homemade cream...yum. I missed the pupuseria menu but I recall being relatively authentic ingredients-wise, with goat & tongue tacos, etc. Is it still there? Can't remember what they called it...