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May 14, 2008 03:28 PM

Best Mexican Restaurant in NYC?

Would love to have some classic mexican food in NYC, i.e. tacos, burritos, guacamole, enchiladas. Anyone have any suggestions for the best places to hit?

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        1. re: Brian S

          I'll second Coatzingo in Jackson Heights. If you really must stay in Manhattan, try Tulcingo del Valle in Hell's Kitchen for a no-frills experience, or for delicious "trendy" Mexican, Mercadito Grove in the W. Village. I can't remember if any of these have burritos, though.

      1. for good, greasy street food style mexican (tacos, enchilladas, sopes, chilaquiles, ok but not great tamales), check out noche mexicana or taqueria y fonda on the uws; or the sobre ruedas taco truck on w 96th and b'way; or tehuitzingo in hell's kitchen.

        for more involved preparations, try la palapa rockola (medium scale, w. village) or mi cocina (upscale, greenwich village).

        (i don't think any of these places has burritos.)

        if you're in the market for tamales in particular, streetfoodenthusiast had a great post on vendors on the uws a little while back:

        695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

        Taqueria y Fonda La Mexicana
        968 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

        Noche Mexicana
        852 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

        Mi Cocina
        57 Jane St, New York, NY 10014

        La Palapa Rockola
        359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

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        1. re: cimui

          correction: taqueria y fonda has burritos -- and they are very large! i can't speak to how good they are, though the fillings are the same as what's used atop tacos, so it can't be too bad.

        2. Barrio Chino on the Lower East Side. A must!

          1. for the real deal 104th and lexington- sorry can't remember the name - on the southwest corner though. all the best tinga, mole, carnitas, tortas and cemitas! NO frozen margaritas, only locals. and they take CC's.
            also the place on Ave B and 10th, little tight mexican run place, great cheladas and small plates.
            Or two women and thier street cart at Roosevelt Ave subway stop. Great Tortas.
            Palapa on 6th is one of the better of the cheaper types.
            Mi Concina deserves mention too.

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              1. re: MMRuth

                i was wondering the same thing. el paso's apparently moved down to the w. village, though. and i'm pretty sure it drew more of a local ues crowd than a local spanish harlem crowd.

                1. re: cimui

                  I thought the crowd at that location was actually pretty mixed. We usually go to the one on E. 97th Street, though my husband loves the ribs at the other location.

                  1. re: MMRuth

                    i'm not up on my el paso locations, clearly. it's been a while. the only location i found googling, was the one in the w. village. there's still one on 104th and lex, then? (and another on e. 97th?)

                    1. re: cimui

                      These are the two I'm familiar with - the one on W. Houston seems to have both a Spanish menu and a Mexican menu, and per the website, they don't seem to be related.


                      El Paso Taqueria
                      1643 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

                      El Paso Taqueria
                      64 E 97th St, New York, NY 10029

                      1. re: MMRuth

                        your google skills are better than mine! thanks very much for doing that, mmruth.

                        and oddly... i just realized that i've eaten at the w. houston el paso, before, about two years ago. the food was awful (tho possibly it's changed since then)!!