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