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Mar 8, 2009 07:23 PM

best mexican rec's

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

Thanks in advance

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    1. 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.

      1. re: malibu

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

        1. re: malibu

          Are there any good places on East 116th Street?

        2. 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 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.

          1. re: LeahBaila

            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.

            1. re: Rmis32

              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.


              1. re: LeahBaila

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

              2. re: Rmis32

                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.

          2. 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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            1. re: hungrycomposer

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

            2. 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.

              1. 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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                1. re: silencespeak

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: ExFlexitarian

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

                    1. re: ExFlexitarian

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