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DLHKING May 14, 2009 08:48 AM

Any suggestions for a great Mexican place on the West Side @ 54th Street?

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  1. LeahBaila RE: DLHKING May 14, 2009 08:56 AM

    Specifically ON 54th St?
    Around 54th there's:
    El Centro (on 54th and 9th)
    Tulcingo del Valle (47th and 10th)
    Toloache (50th btw 8th and Bwy)

    www.thelunchbelle.com

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      DLHKING RE: LeahBaila May 14, 2009 08:57 AM

      Thanks!! Any one in particular you would suggest for dinner?

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        kelea RE: DLHKING May 14, 2009 08:59 AM

        Toloache is great!

        I personally did not like El Centro...my food looked butchered. And I've never been to Tulcingo

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          LeahBaila RE: kelea May 14, 2009 09:05 AM

          Ya, of the three, I'd choose Toloache for something more "upscale" and Tulcingo for solid food in a super-casual setting. El Centro is fine, but I find the other 2 superior.

          www.thelunchbelle.com

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        una mas RE: LeahBaila May 14, 2009 09:34 AM

        Tulcingo is by far the most authentic I have been able to find in the city. I say this from the perspective of someone who grew up on the cuisine of SF's mission district.

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          LeahBaila RE: una mas May 14, 2009 10:00 AM

          I wholeheartedly agree with you re: Tulcingo, and I say that from the perspective of someone who grew up on the cuisine of Mexican border town (y mi abuelita!).

          www.thelunchbelle.com

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            una mas RE: LeahBaila May 14, 2009 11:38 AM

            Awesome! I think just about everything at Tulcingo is good, but the tortas are really special.

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              LeahBaila RE: una mas May 14, 2009 11:57 AM

              Just thinking about Tulcingo makes me hungry! Haven't had the tortas yet...Which one do you love?

              www.thelunchbelle.com

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        solidgold RE: DLHKING May 14, 2009 09:22 AM

        Hell's Kitchen (unaffiliated with the TV Show) is also in the area that you're looking.

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        Hell's Kitchen
        679 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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          kelea RE: solidgold May 14, 2009 09:30 AM

          Good call! but just remember Hell's Kitchen is Nuevo mexican...dishes are a little different but delicious

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            stephaniec25 RE: kelea May 14, 2009 12:35 PM

            I'm considering Hell's Kitchen for tonight - how is it? Worth going to?

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              Striver RE: stephaniec25 May 15, 2009 05:47 AM

              We like it, and have eaten there several times. I particularly like the grilled shrimp main and the huitlacoche tamale or plantain gordita app; also have had some very good specials - one a lamb shank, and the other a red pozole.

              Atmosphere is casual, service is fine. It does get a bit noisy, but not to the point of irritation. Definitely recommend you give it a try.

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                LeahBaila RE: stephaniec25 May 15, 2009 06:05 AM

                Did you end up at HK? If so, how did you like it?

                www.thelunchbelle.com

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                  stephaniec25 RE: LeahBaila May 15, 2009 10:23 AM

                  I ended up going somewhere else for a lighter dinner - I will be trying it soon though!

          2. Rmis32 RE: DLHKING May 14, 2009 09:32 AM

            My advice - follow LeahBaila's suggestions. In particular, her Mexican restaurant suggestions are right on.

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              LeahBaila RE: Rmis32 May 14, 2009 09:59 AM

              :) Thank you!

              www.thelunchbelle.com

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