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best mexican rec's

BLover33 Mar 8, 2009 07:23 PM

looking for best mexican rec's. any price, any location just amazing food.

Thanks in advance

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  1. malibu RE: BLover33 Mar 9, 2009 05:59 AM

    did you see this thread?

    There is really no amazing mex in manhattan IMO. I like Mercadito and La Esquina the best, other than that I hit the trucks in Brooklyn.

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      ronzen RE: malibu Mar 9, 2009 09:25 AM

      I agree with Malibu, there's no great mex in Manhattan, but I do like El Parador.

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        erica RE: malibu Mar 29, 2009 04:46 AM

        Are there any good places on East 116th Street?

      2. LeahBaila RE: BLover33 Mar 9, 2009 08:21 AM

        This is a tricky question and one that fuels passionate responses. Here are some of my favorites:

        Tulcingo del Valle (authentic plates)
        Los Dos Molinos (spicy dishes made with New Mexican chile)
        Mama Mexico (great beans, homemade salsa)
        Tamales purchased from the cute couple on the corner of 28th and Broadway (in the a.m.) I love the tamales con rajas.
        El Rio Grande (chips and chile con queso dip...one of the only restaurants in town that sell this Tex-Mex treat)
        Hecho en Dumbo
        Taco Taco
        El Centro
        El Cantinero (the place sucks for the most part, but their red-cheese enchiladas are shockingly good)
        Los Dados (tasty finger foods)
        Zocalo (even their location in Grand Central is great)
        I'm embarassed to admit it, but Q'doba's chile-con-queso dip is a true guilty pleasure of mine.


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          Rmis32 RE: LeahBaila Mar 9, 2009 07:47 PM

          Which of these also makes a good/great margarita? I say, if there is no great Mexican in NYC, give me a stiff margarita and I'll cut 'em a little slack on the food.

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            LeahBaila RE: Rmis32 Mar 10, 2009 04:42 AM

            I can't believe I left Barrio Chino off the list. They probably make one of the best and most authentic margaritas in the city. Hecho en Dumbo's margaritas are right up there, as well.


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              Rmis32 RE: LeahBaila Mar 10, 2009 06:09 AM

              Barrio Chino makes a killer habanero, grapefruit margarita, the best.

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              Striver RE: Rmis32 Mar 10, 2009 05:54 AM

              Hell's Kitchen on 9th around 47th makes solid margaritas and has good "neuvo" Mexican food; had a very good pozole there. Toloache on 50th between Bway & 8th also has a good margarita bar and an extensive (and pretty good) menu. Don't know about "authenticity", but their food is very tasty.

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                LeahBaila RE: Striver Mar 10, 2009 05:56 AM

                Wow, forgot about Toloache, too. Agreed.


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            hungrycomposer RE: BLover33 Mar 9, 2009 10:48 AM

            I agree, no great Mexican food on this island. But as far as bang for my buck goes, I'm always happy to have a bite at the taco truck on 14th street and 8th avenue. It's fun and affordable and some of the food is delicious.

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              NancyC RE: hungrycomposer Mar 27, 2009 09:52 PM

              Saw a good-looking taco truck (+ sopes and huaraches) on 6th ave last weekend...around 10th st, I think? Anyone tried it?

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              CityOfGlass RE: BLover33 Mar 9, 2009 11:56 AM

              agree with hungryComposer; the taco truck at 14 & 8th is legit. (Drawbacks include annoyance of eating in middle of street, & that you can probably find better if you're willing to spend a buck.)

              If you're willing to consider nouveau Mex-American, then Rocking Horse Café, farther up 8th Ave (I think btwn 19 & 20, closer to 19), has solid food for great prices, with more healthful options than many Mex spots, & easy to escape for under $20/person all told.

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                silencespeak RE: BLover33 Mar 9, 2009 07:54 PM

                I am passonately all about Mole on Allen Street. Particularly their Burrito Enchilado with Carnitas. The truest incarnation of the dish I've had in the city.

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                  Francofoodie RE: silencespeak Mar 10, 2009 10:06 PM

                  i completely agree about Mole, the food is superb, Nick, the owner, is a very nice guy and its very cozy

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                  ExFlexitarian RE: BLover33 Mar 10, 2009 06:54 AM

                  Two places that I never see mentioned:
                  - Itzocan Cafe in the EV. Hole in the wall place, but seriously excellent
                  - Centrico. I think this place is really underrated. The food is excellent, though it tends to get a little boisterous from the Wall St types (myself included) if you go right after a work day. Aaron Sanchez rocks.

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                    Pan RE: ExFlexitarian Mar 29, 2009 06:17 PM

                    Yeah, I had a very good dinner at Itzocan some time ago (probably 2 summers ago) with a friend.

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                      silencespeak RE: ExFlexitarian Mar 29, 2009 07:02 PM

                      Itzocan is fantastic, have been there about a dozen times over the past couple of years. Excellent for both their lunch and dinner menus.

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                      hungrycomposer RE: BLover33 Mar 10, 2009 09:37 AM

                      Has anyone been to Rinconcito Mexicano lately? I went there years ago and loved it when I used to have some business in the neighborhood. I haven't been there in ages, but they had the best mole I've had in New York, made by the owner, who had a farm in New Jersey where he grew a lot of the food. The place was pretty down to earth - noisy juke box, lots and lots of beer, and very cheap. I haven't seen any mention of the place in a long time.
                      307 W 39th St
                      New York, NY 10018
                      (212) 268-1704‎

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                        big_red RE: BLover33 Mar 10, 2009 04:46 PM

                        Mole. Allen and Houston. Fabulous silver margaritas. Family owned and yummy.

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                          Upperwestsider RE: BLover33 Mar 28, 2009 11:09 AM

                          I didn't read the responses very carefully, but if price is not the major consideration, please look at Maya and Pampano (www.modernmexican.com). My experiences with both have been first rate; not cheap.

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                            douglas525 RE: BLover33 Mar 29, 2009 05:46 AM

                            I didn't see Puebla, on 1st Ave at 3rd on this thread. It's a hole in the wall kind of place, and has great comfort food. I don't think there's anything on the menu over $10. For those that said there's no good Mexican in Manhattan, I'm curious to know if you've been here. If you have or if you do, I'd appreciate a report back to tell me what's missing, or otherwise off. That comes off a little gruff in print, but it's actually a polite request. Mercadito is mentioned once or twice here, and that's fine...certainly has a hipper and livelier atmosphere than Puebla, although it's twice the price for the same thing that isn't quite as satisfying. And Mole is interesting. Give the cow tongue tacos a try if you're game. And the guacamole is made to order tableside. I've never liked guacamole before or since, but I devoured this stuff.

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                              Pan RE: douglas525 Mar 29, 2009 06:18 PM

                              Puebla is good, honest Mexican food. I certainly don't think it's great, and there are loads and loads of taquerias in San Francisco, for example, that are better. But we ain't in California, so I'm glad to have Puebla in my neighborhood for when I feel like having that cactus burrito.

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