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Need advice on choice between Crema and Suenos

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Dining in Manhattan tonight; choice is between Suenos and Crema. Both Mexican restaurants on West 17th street.

Any advice from board members would be much appreciated.

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Crema
111 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

Suenos
311 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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  1. I have dined at both places and thought that they were rather undistinguished representations of Mexican cuisine. Everything was bland and a throwback to the limitations of Manhattan Mexican before local chefs began to pay more serious attention to Latin cuisine. If I had to choose between the two, I would go with Crema: the open room has the better ambiance and there is a reasonable cocktail list.

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    Crema
    111 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: JungMann

      Wouldn't it be wonderful if someone opened a Topolobampo-type place here?

      1. re: JungMann

        I must have been lucky to have ordered a goat dish when I went there-I very much enjoyed it, but then again, it is hard to make goat bland! But would love to see a Bayless-style restaurant in the city for certain!

      2. Yes, I agree with JungMann - neither restaurant is really worth a visit. Personally, I'd go with Suenos if I had to chose between the two because, while Crema has nice cocktails, the food tends to be overdressed and too heavy. What about Rocking Horse? It's not spectacular but it's in the neighborhood and the food is better than that at Crema or Suenos.

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        Crema
        111 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

        Rocking Horse Cafe
        182 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Suenos
        311 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011