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Where, Oh Where can some Mexican food be?

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. 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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    1. re: coasts

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

    2. Taxo Mix, on 116th St.

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

      1. 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.

        http://petercherches.blogspot.com

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        1. re: Peter Cherches

          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?

          1. re: michele cindy

            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.

        2. 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.

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

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              1. re: apple342

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

              2. Pinche taqueria, Noche Mexicana.

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                Noche Mexicana
                852 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                1. In Manhattan, Downtown Bakery is my favorite.

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

                  1. 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.

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