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INEXPENSIVE Mexican in NYC?

I am looking for an inexpensive (Less than $30 pp with one drink, tax and tip) Mexican Restaurant in NYC, prefer UES, but will tarvel if it gets lots of ohhhs and ahhhs from the foodies.
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  1. if you want to travel downtown, try mexican radio.
    i also reccomend rocking horse in chelsea.

    1. The UES is just south of Spanish Harlem when you can get great Mexican food. I have good memories of dinners at El Paso that were affordable even on my student budget.

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      1. re: JungMann

        Totally agree: El Paso Tacqueria is a very safe bet for very good, authentic Mexican. Two locations, one on 97th (UES) and one on 104th St. (Spanish Harlem).

            1. re: City Kid

              El Paso's newest location is 116th between 2nd & 3rd and it's good too!

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            1. El Paso is good, but we never get out of there under $80 when we have 2 entree's and 2 drinks.

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              1. re: gcwells

                With the most expensive entree well under $20, an entree with a drink for under $30 -- as per the OP's request -- is highly doable.

              2. Puebla in the East Village is under $10 per person, It's a genuine hole in the wall, and I'm not even sure if they serve beer. But if you're looking for a genuine Mexican restaurant and not a Mexican hip scene, then this is the place. I'm guessing at $30 per, you're looking for a place to kick back and have a margarita.

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                1. re: douglas525

                  douglas525, how do you compare Puebla to Downtown Bakery, a restaurant from which I order delivery biweekly?

                  1. re: Jorel

                    I went to Downtown Bakery once, because another poster asked the same question on a previous thread, and I never went back. But then, he went to Puebla once and decided not to go back, if I remember the banter properly. I specifically remember liking Puebla's rice and beans better.

                    1. re: douglas525

                      OK...I just found the threads. And by the way, I totally made up the part about the other guy trying Puebla...sorry...memory burp. Anyway, this one is probably more to the point of Stuart's original topic:

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/534078

                      And this, ...OH SNAP...I just looked at your name, Jorel, and we've had this conversation before:

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/536683 --...

                      I think that might have been me a few days ago as well. I asked if anybody has been to both so that they could compare. I'll agree to go try Puebla if you try Downtown Bakery!

                      I especially recommend the Carne Asada Burrito and the Adovo de Puerco. The tacos are good, too, but seem similar in quality to some of the newer, albeit slightly more expensive taco stands sprouting up around town. More than anything, this isthe best burrito I've had in Manhattan, similar to what you can find in really good CA joints.

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                      Jorel Jul 09, 2008 11:46AM
                      re: Jorel

                      Actually I'm a step ahead of you...lol. I just had the chicken tacos and pernil enchiladas, and both were quite tasty. The rice and beans were fine, but they were a little too dressed up for my taste. To be honest, though, I haven't been to Puebla in a while, so I'll have to go back to make a qualified comparison.

                      1. re: douglas525

                        That is so weird. I remember this now. It was only a year ago.

                        Anyway, I do think Downtown Bakery has gone a little downhill. The meat isn't as well cooked as before and they now put waaaay to much rice in their burritos (which, i realize, shouldn't be in a burrito in the first place). Maybe I'll order from Puebla next time. Thanks for your report, doaglas525!

                    2. re: Jorel

                      It's funny, I was walking through the EV this weekend and grabbed both menus, which look almost identical. I'm assuming they're not related?
                      Comparing what I read on both, Puebla has the slight edge over DB. Looking forward to checking both out.

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