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In NYC for the weekend- Best Modern Mexican Cuisine? authentic?

foodie_214 Jan 26, 2010 09:00 AM

I will be traveling to NYC and I am looking for some great modern mexican cuisine? Please dont suggest Dos Caminos. I was thinking, La Esquina, Barrio Chino, any others out there?
Some whole in the wall mexican food would be fabulous as well!
Any suggestions please?

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    JeremyEG RE: foodie_214 Jan 26, 2010 09:08 AM

    Search this board for older threads about this but in general, Manhattan does not have great Mexican I don't think. Where are you traveling from?

    For somewhat upscale, I have enjoyed Suenos on 17th. There is also a good taco truck on the corner of 8th Avenue and 14th in the afternoon/evenings. Good carne asada tacos.

    Are you open to looking int he outer boroughs?

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      foodie_214 RE: JeremyEG Jan 26, 2010 09:39 AM

      Ive lived in Dallas,TX for 10 years but I am originally from Mexico City. I am trying to stay away from generic mexican food such as fajitas & burritos. So anything authentic would work. I am open to go explore. thanks!

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      gutsofsteel RE: foodie_214 Jan 26, 2010 09:24 AM

      I think Centrico is what you might be looking for, although it's no hole in the wall.

      I like Barrio Chino but it's not "modern Mexican cuisine." I haven't been to La Esquina but check their menu for "modernity."

      I am really enjoying Cascabel Taqueria on the upper east side, and it's a bit modern.

      Another one to consider is Toloache.

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        foodie_214 RE: gutsofsteel Jan 26, 2010 09:36 AM

        Thanks for feedback, those names all sound familiar to what I have been researching.
        BY mod-mex I meant more like the style the names you are mentioning, thanks!

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        Quimbombo RE: foodie_214 Jan 26, 2010 09:35 AM

        I would recommend Maya: http://www.opentable.com/rest_profile...

        We were there some time ago and the food was very good.

        1. thew RE: foodie_214 Jan 26, 2010 09:52 AM

          cascabel taqueria

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            whitneybee RE: thew Jan 26, 2010 01:39 PM

            Can't speak to authenticity, but I've been to Cascabel Taqueria twice in the last two days, and I've really enjoyed it.

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            cjd260 RE: foodie_214 Jan 26, 2010 10:03 AM

            Two additional places you haven't mentioned: Hell's Kitchen, at 47th/9th (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...), and Roberto Santibañez's new place, Fonda, if you happen to be in Brooklyn at any point (and even if not, it's worth a trip; http://www.chow.com/blog/2009/09/winn... ). Both skew a little more "modern" than Toloache etc. in my experience, and both are outstanding.

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              gutsofsteel RE: cjd260 Jan 26, 2010 10:07 AM

              I've been curious about Fonda...will check the OB board.

              I'm not a fan of Maya.

            2. Rmis32 RE: foodie_214 Jan 26, 2010 10:15 AM

              I didn't get the feeling it was particularly authentic, but Pampano (the dining room upstairs, not the taqueria) is an attractive room, serving an upscale Mexican seafood menu.

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                MMRuth RE: Rmis32 Jan 26, 2010 01:46 PM

                I was going to suggest Pampano, as well as Bistro Itzocan, which I think is well worth checking out.

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                  gutsofsteel RE: MMRuth Jan 26, 2010 01:53 PM

                  Itzocan is a good idea - I'd suggest the uptown one because then you can walk up a little around el barrio and go into the Mexican markets, have a good taco at Taco Mix if you want, etc.

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                chow_gal RE: foodie_214 Jan 26, 2010 12:22 PM

                My favorites: Mexicana Mama, Suenos, Hell's Kitchen, Rocking Horse Cafe.

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                  El Tigre RE: foodie_214 Jan 26, 2010 12:26 PM

                  mexican radio (www.mexrad.com), el portal, or barrio chino would be my recommendations

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                    agourmandslife RE: foodie_214 Jan 27, 2010 06:26 PM

                    Good luck, Mexican food is weak here. That said, for modern Mexican, Crema and Suenos are about the best you will find.

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                      thew RE: agourmandslife Jan 28, 2010 05:35 AM

                      mexican food has improved tremendously here over the last decade as the mexican community swelled, and as mexican line cooks branched out and opened their own places

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