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Mar 16, 2009 10:25 AM

Sunnyside - Manolo's Mexican or Haab Cafe?

2 mexican restaurants I've noticed.

Manolo's is on the corner of Greenpoint and 46th. Anyone tried? I'm interested in an alternative to De Mole.

There's also a (new?) mexican place on 48th st and 48th ave corner with a weird name, Haab Mexican Cafe. Anyone been? It's 2 blocks up from De Mole.

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  1. the place that serves waffles? I think it's been there for at least 2+ years, I remember noticing it the first time I went to De Mole, which had just changed it's name from El Jarro and had the old menus.

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    1. re: Widmark

      Then maybe they just redid the awnings etc, I had never noticied it before a couple months ago. They do advertise american breakfast as well as mexican food in the window, but me thinks it's a mexican place first.

      1. re: 2slices

        I've always been curious, too -- pass it on the bus.

        BTW, De Mole is expanding thru to next door, where the failed 99 cent store was. I'm happy for them, but I had another bland dinner from there last night. It was okay and everything but seriously bland. I'm back to Azteca.

        1. re: Up With Olives

          U mean Azteca on Roosevelt? I've never been. Good? I work in the neighborhood so lunch only, gives a different perspective.

          Went to International Restaurant the other day, just a block down from De Mole. Bolivian food, omg so good. Had the saltenas. Will go back soon. No English at lunch tho.

          1. re: 2slices

            Azteca on Greenpoint (between 47th and 48th). An entirely different dining room experience than De Mole -- beware the seriously PAINFUL loud jukebox. Also a minimum of English spoken (but easier to get by than at International, where they just kinda looked at us and walked away). The food at Azteca is less refined than DeMole, and it's more picante or espicy or hearty or however it can be explained.

            1. re: Up With Olives

              I stopped in there once very late at night, I usually just get tacos at the 52nd street truck, and it was literally the loudest music I'd ever heard...

              1. re: Up With Olives

                Did u ever get mexican at new post coffee shop? I've had the enchiladas and this other thing, blanking on the name. Both were HUGE and so sloppy they were served in a bowl, but satisfying. It wasn't like gringo mexican and it wasnt like taqueria mexican. Maybe this is what diner mexican food is like in mexico?

                Wonder if you'd had anything?

                1. re: 2slices

                  never been to New Post but had some mediocre food at La Chanita or whatever it was called on that little strip outside of the 52nd st. 7 stop. Now it's something else Amsterdam Rest. or something, and claims to serve tacos but I've never been. Next door is Lincoln food something or other which I hear serves great food in the back.

                  1. re: Widmark

                    i think i;ve given up on trying to figure out what's good at New Post. The greasy spon pancakes and omelettes look good, but the mexican has not been to my liking.

                    1. re: 2slices

                      Could somebody please get back to the original post's questions about either Haab of Manolo's. I'd be interested in an answer, but it has yet to be mentioned.

                        1. re: Widmark

                          Well, I finally went to Manolo's, the food was OK, but the service was poor. Not like I would notice this, but I single anglo male was the only person who didn't get chips and was expected to pay a 25% tip because the waitress didn't want to break a $5. This is not about the food, just attitude.

                        2. re: Paulomet

                          with el jarro just steps away from the haab, i can't imagine a reason to ever step foot in the latter.

                          1. re: tracyk

                            I'm sick of De Mole (el jarro right?). I've been eating lunch there weekly for the past year - year and a half and I think it's overrated. The food can be bland. Everything is fresh and nicely prepared, but the flavors are kinda weak, delicate flavor is not what I look for in mexican food.

                            The tortas pork or egg/chorizo tortas are the best thing they've got. It's sacrilegious to say this on CH but I really don't think it's all that great.

                            1. re: 2slices

                              Thank you 2slices! Absolutely on the button. De Mole upped their spicing/flavors at one point, but now it's blander than before. The tinga was the totally blah a few weeks ago. I fear they think they are catering to the non-Mexicans. They do have fresh food and good salads, seem geniunely nice folks, and it's the closest restaurant to my home, but I rarely go any more. Another big problem is it often takes forever to get served or get take-out. We'll see what happens when they expand.

        2. I've been to the Haab. I like it actually. I have only gotten breakfast there, or a torta. Both the breakfast and tortas are good. They serve chipotle mayo with the fries. They're really cheap, and the space is nice. Open windows, so it's more welcoming than the places with the closed blinds. The staff is very nice, friendly and bilingual. It's more of a breakfast/lunch place so it's not trying to compete with De Mole, but for what it is, it's quite good. Their coffee is very good too.

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          1. re: quentin

            sounds good. I work around here so I'll check it for lunch. Maybe today.