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