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Where, Oh Where can some Mexican food be?

TomShelley Feb 4, 2010 01:17 PM

Does anyone know of some real Mex here in Manhattan or Queens or Brooklyn. I still miss La Cieba (Tacos Al Pastor were unreal!) in the East Village and haven't found anything that come close to being authentic Mex anywhere. I'd appreciate some tips. Thanks!

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  1. coasts RE: TomShelley Feb 4, 2010 02:51 PM

    i haven't been to Zarela, but i hear it's good. what is the CH opinion on this place? i like Gabriela's, but have never been to Mexico and can't speak on authenticity. it beats Chipotle!

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      TomShelley RE: coasts Feb 5, 2010 12:17 PM

      I've been to both and neither one rings my bell. Both are very generic americanized versions of Mexican cuisine.

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      gutsofsteel RE: TomShelley Feb 4, 2010 03:16 PM

      Taxo Mix, on 116th St.

      But much better options in Queens and Brooklyn - post on the outer boroughs board for that.

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        Peter Cherches RE: TomShelley Feb 5, 2010 12:48 PM

        There are other threads out there. In general, for platos, the best I've had in Manhattan is at Tulcingo del Valle and the best in Brooklyn at Tacos Matamoros. And Matamoros has fabulous al pastor.

        I haven't been to Zarela in a couple of years, but despite the conventional Chowhound wisdom I thought some of the dishes were really excellent.


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          michele cindy RE: Peter Cherches Apr 15, 2010 07:39 AM

          I went to tulcingo de valle for the 1st time last night. We ordered nachos, the only tasty dish ordered, (guacomole was bland) beef with encebellado, Pollo Quesedilla, both with the side salad. Everything was SUPER bland, had no flavor whatsoever. The salsa verde was watery and tasteless. Do you think it was an off night, or what? I was really hoping the meal would be full with flavor, but it was the complete opposite. Maybe I just ordered wrong?

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            Ike RE: michele cindy Apr 30, 2010 11:40 AM

            Unfortunately I had the same experience at Tulcingo a while back. I wonder if they went downhill or what.

            Try Paquito's on 3rd Ave. & 16th.

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          uwsister RE: TomShelley Feb 5, 2010 06:28 PM

          I'm not a Mexican food person, but I have heard from many that Taqueria y Fonda on 106th St. & Amsterdam Ave. is good and authentic.

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            orthorunner RE: TomShelley Feb 5, 2010 07:17 PM

            Won't help you much now, but once the summer comes, go to the Red Hook Ballfields on weekends. Representation from many Central/SOuth American countries; fantastic and often uncommon options. Must try if you haven't!

            1. apple342 RE: TomShelley Feb 7, 2010 06:52 AM

              Fonda in Brooklyn http://www.fondarestaurant.com/ , 434 7th Avenue, Excellent. Worth the trip from Manhattan.

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                Peter Cherches RE: apple342 Feb 7, 2010 11:22 AM

                I passed Fonda shortly after it opened and was waiting for reports...thanks, I'll give it a try.

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                chow_gal RE: TomShelley Apr 15, 2010 09:40 AM

                Pinche taqueria, Noche Mexicana.

                Noche Mexicana
                852 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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                  BryanHarig RE: TomShelley Apr 30, 2010 01:41 PM

                  In Manhattan, Downtown Bakery is my favorite.

                  Downtown Bakery
                  69 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  1. 2slices RE: TomShelley May 2, 2010 04:30 PM

                    Ur doing it rong. Outerboroughs boards my friend. Get thee to Roosevelt ave and drop the LA taco sob story. I'd rec Coatzingo's tacos either Lengua, Birria, enchilada or pastor. Tho their cemita is amazing. Then Tia Julias for tlacoyos or quessadillas with handmade masa and homemade cheese. Mole poblano at either is good.

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                      DavyTheFatBoy RE: TomShelley May 2, 2010 05:09 PM

                      hecho en dumbo, now on the Bowery in Manhattan just below fourth street, has lots of good flavors.

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