FA-JI-TAS......FA-JI-TAS.............Now that smells good!!!
Mexican is one of my extreme favorite categories of food...high in protein, flavorful and downright delicious...I myself run the gamut with this cuisine...two things i'm on the hunt for right now in NYC... the first is authentic Tex-Mex Queso (which I have yet to try in this neck of the woods) and second is Fajitas which I'm on a quest for the best in the city? Calling all Fajita lovers...any gems worth hitting up for a sizzling platter sensation?
As a Texas transplant who spent the past four years in NYC and the surrounding area, I'm afraid that you're choices for authentic Tex-Mex are pretty limited. I didn't find a single authentic Tex-Mex restaurant in the entire time I lived there. If you're getting really desperate, check out Lisa at http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/#main . Her blog is wonderful, reminds me of home, and is full of great tips on finding delicious Tex-Mex in the city.
If you're willing to take a short trip across the Hudson, Charrito's in Hoboken has excellent fajitas. They have two locations, both on Washington St. The one closest to the PATH train in between 2nd and 3rd is my favorite (plus, you can go right next door to Rita's for dessert).
Oh wait! I just read your profile, and you live in Hoboken!! I miss that town so much it hurts sometimes--San Francisco has nothing on Jersey.
Seriously, if you haven't tried Charrito's yet, do it. I avoided it for years because it looked so "eh." I was pleasantly surprised, but I do prefer La Isla for lunch specials when I'm downtown.
And the little takeout burrito place across from CVS on Newark and Washington is also tolerable, but they're really taking it to far when they call themselves "light Tex-Mex."
Avoid the place claiming to be Mexican food closer to 5th near Symposia bookstore. They suck and everything tastes like it was cooked in sesame oil.
Let me know if you find anything good!
Thanks ms.sararh! Charritos is my GO-TO spot right now...they have amazing Fajitas and their Combination Fajitas are off the chain with Shrimp, Steak & Chicken.... Portions are great too! I'm setting the bar high to find other places that hit the mark but I'm glad that you know what i'm talkin bout with that place....
A Texan I knew once was a fan of the Queso at Qdoba, although I'm betting it's not as good as the genuine article. Also, I'm pretty sure queso fundido at Mexican restaurants is close to the same thing. As for fajitas, I can't help you.