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Good Mexican downtown that takes reservations?

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Cstanle Feb 1, 2008 05:59 AM

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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    cimui RE: Cstanle Feb 1, 2008 06:05 AM

    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. LeahBaila RE: Cstanle Feb 1, 2008 06:18 AM

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

      www.thelunchbelle.com

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        small h RE: LeahBaila Feb 1, 2008 07:09 AM

        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.

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          LeahBaila RE: small h Feb 1, 2008 07:42 AM

          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.

          www.thelunchbelle.com

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        chowbeth RE: Cstanle Feb 1, 2008 07:50 AM

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

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          fishermb RE: chowbeth Feb 1, 2008 08:01 AM

          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.

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            cimui RE: fishermb Feb 1, 2008 08:13 AM

            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.

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          bdurrett RE: Cstanle Feb 1, 2008 09:18 AM

          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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            ephramzz RE: bdurrett Feb 1, 2008 10:34 AM

            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.

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

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              MMRuth RE: ephramzz Feb 1, 2008 10:36 AM

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

          2. kelea RE: Cstanle Feb 1, 2008 11:04 AM

            La Palapa on st marks and 1st ave does

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              Tsmith RE: Cstanle Sep 11, 2008 10:55 AM

              One of the best Mexican places I have been too in Downtown Manhattan has been, Itzocan Cafe. This tiny place is located in the Lower East Side and it does take reservation the prices are affordable though it is not BYOB it has a great selection of beer and wine. The sangria and margaritas are one of the most favorite there so if you are looking for a Mexican/French Restaurant look no further this is one of the places you could go enjoy a nice meal.

              1. etherpopsicle RE: Cstanle Sep 14, 2008 08:14 AM

                Itzocan IS tasty but tiny (I live on this block), and Barrio Chino is reservation-less, raucous and requires a long wait. Mercadito and La Palapa are decent options for what you're looking for. You could always do the overpriced "faux sceny" Dos Caminos on Houston and West Broadway. I personally love the food and enormous margaritas at Los Dos Molinos but it can get painfully loud there on any given evening.

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                  silencespeak RE: Cstanle Sep 14, 2008 08:21 AM

                  Mole on Allen Street.

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