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Dec 17, 2008 05:36 PM

Mexican Cuisine

Any suggestion for Mexican Cuisine? Not looking for anything expensive, can be casual. Just something close to authentic and fresh!

Any Ideas?!

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  1. We totally loved Toloache Mexican Bistro (251 W 50th St, a few steps from the 50th St subway station). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    1. you'll find a lot of good threads on this if you search on the manhattan board. but briefly, some of my favorites include tulcingo del valle, noche mexicana, tehuitzingo, mercadito (esp. for ceviche). the first three serve mostly street-food type fare (tacos, sopes, chilaquilles, etc..)

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      1. re: cimui

        I'm getting a little down on Tulcingo del Valle lately and find myself leaning very heavily towards Tehuitzingo and Taqueria Fonda. Perhaps the former isn't especially good at tortas or fried food, but lately my orders have tasted like they were cooked in dirty oil.

        1. re: JungMann

          Do you mean rancid oil? A *lot* of the lower end Mexican places in town occasionally have this problem. I usually avoid the really heavily greasy items, anyway, and opt for the tacos (made with soft tortillas), or else sit out a few months.

          1. re: cimui

            I don't know what rancid oil would taste like! But I do know the taste of oil that has been used, re-used and re-used again to excess. It's sort of a cloudy, greasy taste and it was all over the fried tortillas and even on my griddled bread for the torta. Tacos have been getting better and better all over town so I no longer feel the same urge to visit Tulcingo del Valle for something easily found elsewhere. Are there other items on their menu you might recommend?

            1. re: JungMann

              cheese chilaquiles with salsa rojo or verde - though not sure how great they'll taste, considering the tortillas are fried in oil. what is it you normally order?

              1. re: ChileRelleno

                Nachos, quesadillas, cemitas, tortas, carnitas mostly. Really delicious high-fat foods, so it's a shame when that fat comes out tasting rancid. It's a taste that also extends to their chorizo, though I'm not sure if the skunky flavor there is from dirty oil or just too much cumin.

              2. re: JungMann

                ugh, i don't blame you for being a bit down on TdV. rancid oil is pretty foul, esp. since it's so hard to clear the taste from your mouth. i actually had this prob at noche a while back, too. i waited a few weeks and went back, and it was fine.

                re: TdV, i don't branch out all that often from tacos because one taco is the perfect size lunch for me and i don't feel too greased out or sleepy, afterwards. i have tried the spicy chicken soup, the brown mole and the al pastor platter. they were well made, but nothing you can't get elsewhere in town. you're pretty close to a lot of other places of the same caliber on the uws and les, both, and there's tehitzingo across the street.

                1. re: cimui

                  very true re: "you're pretty close to a lot of other places of the same caliber on the uws and les." mexican food in nyc has come a long way in the past couple of years. what are some of your go-to spots?

        2. I recommend Cafe El Portal - a little gem in Nolita.

          1. Second Toloache for fancy, and add Taqueria y Fonda on Amsterdam @ 107th for very not fancy. But good!

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            1. re: small h

              ah, taqueria is a good one (though i always feel as though i've eaten a week's worth of meals after even the smallest taco, there. they are truly substantial.) .

              i haven't had great experiences at toloache, but the only two times i tried was right after they opened and maybe they weren't fully geared up, then. sounds like i have to give it another go based on all the positive mentions, here.

              1. re: cimui

                The food at Toloache is a little precious, and I've only been there once, but I was very, very fond of the avocado fries, the yellowtail ceviche & the huitlacoche taco. Also, they serve grasshoppers. I don't think I want to eat grasshoppers, but it's nice to know that it's available if I change my mind.

            2. Hecho en Dumbo and Tulcingo del Valle are 2 of my favorite authentic, casaul and inexpensive go-to's. I agree with the previous rec's for Toloache, as well.


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              1. re: LeahBaila

                I have to say that I do not understand why do hounds love Tulcingo del Valle, I do not even like their their tacos al pastor. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice place to go to if you're in the area but I wont get out of my way for their food. I can go to queens for a cemita, a pozole or even a taco if I can't make them home and am craving for them, but I wont travel to HK for tulcingo's food.