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jeremy5 Jun 30, 2008 09:25 AM

I've lived in NYC for about 3 years now, and have yet to find any great AUTHENTIC mexican restaurants. What do you guys think are the best places out there?

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    douglas525 Jul 2, 2008 04:17 PM

    Puebla on 1st Ave at 3rd St. No decor at all...one table that almost doesn't rock and a few counter stools. But some bona fide delicious Mexican food for cheap.

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      Jorel Jul 3, 2008 08:51 AM

      Hmm. Can anybody comment on Downtown Bakery vs.Puebla? I've never even heard of Puebla but love Downtown bakery and they are only a block apart (apparently).

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      c11 Jul 2, 2008 12:37 PM

      Downtown Bakery...1st ave between 4th and 5th street. Not fancy at all but great authentic mexican!

      1. Brian S Jun 30, 2008 04:35 PM

        My favorite is Taqueria Coatzingo and if you've been looking for three years it's well worth the subway ride to check it out. Here's my review:

        www.chowhound.com/topics/247808

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          Jorel Jun 30, 2008 05:19 PM

          Wrong board, but sounds like it's worth a try!

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            Brian S Jun 30, 2008 07:18 PM

            I wouldn't have posted here except that he said he's been looking for 3 years! If you must stay in Manhattan, my favorite is Tulcingo del Valle (which someone mentioned) though since I haven't been there in 2 years I can't guarantee it's as good as I remember.

            Voice Tulcingo review: http://www.villagevoice.com/nyclife/0...

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              jeremy5 Jul 1, 2008 01:42 PM

              haha, thanks brian, but I think Taquieria Coatzingo is a little out of my travel range. Tulcingo del valle sounds interesting.

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                Brian S Jul 1, 2008 02:12 PM

                Tulcingo is, if it's as good as it used to be, excellent! By the way even though Tulcingo is on west 46th street, if we stood on the corner of 5th avenue and 53rd street and you went to Tulcingo and I went to Coatzingo (no taxi, only public transport or walk), I'd probably beat you because of the express E train.

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                  Taylor.Watson Jul 1, 2008 10:24 PM

                  It's 3 stops on the E train from 51st street! It would take you all of about 15 minutes to get there from the time you get to 51st and lex to the time you walk into the restaurant.

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                    Eat_Nopal Jul 2, 2008 05:00 PM

                    Keep in mind that Brian does know what he is talking about... vis-a-vis Authentic Mexican.

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              BrooklynKing Jun 30, 2008 11:20 AM

              I know a little place on Mott street not sure the name exactly but it is fairly new probably only a few years old. It's near spring and broome I think

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                Jorel Jun 30, 2008 04:12 PM

                Perhaps you mean Cafe El Portal on Elizabeth between Spring & Kenmare? I don't think there is a Mexican restaurant on Mott save Pinche Taqueria which only opened a few months ago.

                I think El Portal is ok, but nothing special.

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                Jorel Jun 30, 2008 09:57 AM

                I like Telcingo del valle and Tehuitzingo on 10th Ave in the 40s for tacos. I also used to go to te late night taco truck on 96th and B'way when I lived up there, as well as Noche on Amsterdam and 101st. Closer to my place now, I like Downtown Bakery on 1st Ave in the EV for takeout /delivery. Decent burritos and some of the bigger entrees are good as well.

                1. David A. Goldfarb Jun 30, 2008 09:34 AM

                  There used to be a great little Mexican hole in the wall place on Broadway just north of LaSalle (two blocks south of 125th St.), which changed hands and wasn't as good, but it was still very authentic, and was usually patronized by lots of working class Mexican types. I haven't been there in a few years, so it may be worth another look. The decor looked a bit different last time I walked by it, so it may have changed hands again, but it's still Mexican with a similarly authentic menu. It's still there, I'm fairly sure, and I suspect there are other such places around town.

                  You might also look at the taco trucks, like the one that's usually on the Upper West Side around 96th St. A Mexican friend of mine who was working in NYC for a year recommended that one.

                  1. Spends Rent on Food Jun 30, 2008 09:34 AM

                    El Parador gets my vote for best authentic mexican in the city.

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