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Feb 1, 2008 05:59 AM

Good Mexican downtown that takes reservations?

Hi All,

Im looking for some good Mexican Food downtown that's not a fortune like Lucy or Rosa. We love La Esquina but you all know the annoying drill on that place and they only had tables of two left for Saturday nights reservations- likely story. Anyway, im looking for something in the 14th street or below area. I am hesitant to go to mexican radio because it looks too Tex Mex and never seems appealing. Im game for Tex Mex if its good but would rather have real mexican.

Thanks in advance.


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  1. I think La Palapa Rockola falls into your price range. It's not Tex Mexy at all and is at least as authentic as Rosa. They have great chuletas on occasion (depending on the cook that night, I think) and tasty botanas. And they take reservations. Fun place to go with a group.

    1. Check out Barrio Chino in the LES...amazing selection of tequilas and truly authentic food.

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      1. re: LeahBaila

        Are you sure Barrio Chino take reservations? I've walked in a few times on Saturday nights & it's a madhouse. Agree that the food and drinks are great, though.

        1. re: small h

          You're right, small h. I've only been to Barrio for bday's. They do take reservations, but only for parties of 8 or more. That's why I assumed.

      2. Try Mi Cocina on Jane St, which is not as expensive as Rosa Mexicana and totally Mex-Mex.

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        1. re: chowbeth

          I'll second Mi Cocina, I went again this past week and everything was delicious. Not cheap (main dishes are $20-25), but great service, nice atmosphere, and quite tasty.

          1. re: fishermb

            I like the food at Mi Cocina, as well, and in fact was going to recommend it as the first restaurant that came to mind -- but I am pretty sure it is above the OP's price range. I can never get out of there without spending at least $50 or 60 a person--about the same as Rosa Mexicano.

        2. Mercadito in the East Village? or Itzocan Cafe - frech influenced mexican which i realize sounds crazy but it's quite good and BYO which keeps the bill down.

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          1. re: bdurrett

            Itzocan is great, but tiny! Reservations can be a little loose as well, but well worth it. Try the Huitalacoche (corn smut fungus) if you get a chance.

            Itzocan Cafe
            438 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

            1. re: ephramzz

              I've only been the "uptown" Itzocan - but I agree - the food is wonderful, especially the huitlacoche dishes.

          2. La Palapa on st marks and 1st ave does