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Fasheki Dec 17, 2008 05:36 PM

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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    silencespeak Dec 19, 2008 08:40 AM

    I can't mention this place enough, Mole is fantastic. Authentic Mexican-City accented Mexican with all your favorites and more. Their Burrito Enchilado is totally authentic and satisfied my phoenix/so-cal/puerto-V longing for real-deal mexican in the city. Had 4-5 items on the menu and love it. the thing is, it's small, and now very popular in the lower east side. But hey, when the food is real good, who cares. Waits aren't di-fara-terrible.

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      small h Dec 19, 2008 09:48 AM

      Have you been to Mole recently? Because my experience there in 9/07 (soon after it opened) was so aggressively mediocre that I haven't returned. Here's a thread of mixed reviews, including mine:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/421706

      I just looked at the menu, and it's still the same mishmosh of Americanized stuff - taco salad, fajitas, chimichangas - and some more interesting (and overpriced) selections. If it were actually better, I'd go back. Is it?

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        LRS Dec 19, 2008 09:56 AM

        I dont see any reason to go to Mole, it was reasonable when they were BYOB, now it does not make much sense to me. I had one very good dish there the first time I went (a cochinita pibil), after that I had a lot of poor and expensive experiences.

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          small h Dec 19, 2008 10:09 AM

          Thanks very much. That confirms my suspicions. I wonder why it's still so popular. Then again, I wonder why a lot of restaurants are so popular.

    2. LeahBaila Dec 18, 2008 05:43 AM

      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.

      www.thelunchbelle.com

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        LRS Dec 18, 2008 08:20 PM

        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.

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        small h Dec 17, 2008 07:11 PM

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

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          cimui Dec 17, 2008 07:25 PM

          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.

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            small h Dec 17, 2008 08:15 PM

            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.

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          billyeats Dec 17, 2008 06:29 PM

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

          http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

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            cimui Dec 17, 2008 06:13 PM

            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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              JungMann Dec 18, 2008 07:34 AM

              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.

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                cimui Dec 18, 2008 09:27 AM

                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.

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                  JungMann Dec 18, 2008 09:34 AM

                  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?

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                    ChileRelleno Dec 18, 2008 01:13 PM

                    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?

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                      JungMann Dec 19, 2008 05:36 AM

                      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.

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                      cimui Dec 18, 2008 04:05 PM

                      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.

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                        ChileRelleno Dec 19, 2008 04:13 AM

                        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. GroovinGourmet Dec 17, 2008 05:40 PM

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

                http://toloachenyc.com/media/toloache...

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