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Mi Nidito on 8th Avenue any good?

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We're going to be staying for three nights at the Hampton Inn Time Square and I noticed on google street view a restaurant called Mi Nidito. We really like Mexican food, and wondered if it was any good, seeing how close it is to our hotel. :)

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Mi Nidito
852 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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  1. I don't know the restaurant, and haven't seen it mentioned at all among those who chatter about good places to eat. Toloache is in the same vicinity, on 50th between Broadway and 8th, and I think it may be a better bet.

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    Toloache
    251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: 280 Ninth

      Thanks for the suggestion. I'd love to hear more thoughts on this! ;)

      1. re: Morganna

        Morganna, you may benefit from doing a little research on your own, as well. The site allows users to research old postings, so I'd type in "good Mexican" or just "Mexican" into the search engine to see what appears.

        1. re: 280 Ninth

          The problem with those sorts of searches is that I spend a -lot- of time trying to figure out where these places are in relation to where I'll be staying, and then how I'd get there. :) I did do some basic research using google street view around the hotel, which is what prompted my initial question. I do plan on doing a bit more, but if I can have some help narrowing things down to a reasonable distance, that's awesome.

          Though I can totally understand the frustration of someone coming to one of these boards and not having done any searches at all. :)

          So is the neighborhood I'd be looking for "midtown" (which seems to be a HUGE area on the maps) or something else specific I could use to narrow down. Just searching "Good Mexican" could send me off into the boonies somewhere, I'm thinking. :)

    2. I'd also suggest Toloache before (long before) Mi Nidito. And Tulcingo del Valle and Tehuitzingo, both not too far away on 10th Avenue, are worth checking out.

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      Tehuitzingo
      695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

      Toloache
      251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

      Tulcingo del Valle
      665 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

      1. I can't access it at work, but I know MidtownLunch.com has reviewed Mi Nidito before.

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        Mi Nidito
        852 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        1. No, it's not very good. Think Chevy's style Tex/Mex, only dirtier, and less good.

          Toloache is good, though you'll have to expand your horizons for good Mexican. You could search around Chowhound, but the nearest good Mexican (more of a taqueria actually) is Tehuitzingo on 10th ave. I also like Itzocan Cafe in the East Village, Centrico in Tribeca, and Barrio Chino in the Lower East Side. Mercadito (there's locations in the East and West Village) is also pretty popular.

          Lastly, please don't confine yourself to the Theater District / Times Square... the food around there isn't very good. It's easy as hell to get around the city via subway or cab.

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          Tehuitzingo
          695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          Toloache
          251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

          Barrio Chino
          253 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

          Itzocan Cafe
          438 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

          Centrico
          211 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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          1. re: ExFlexitarian

            We are generally very comfortable using public transport and plan to do that (though we're not going until the second week in January, so it's gonna be cold and minimizing walking outdoors is probably preferred). Especially if it means a very nice meal we couldn't get at home. :)

            The real limitation, of course, is time. My husband will be spending all day Mon and Tues at an exposition, so we'll have Sunday dinner, Monday dinner, Tuesday dinner, and Wed. breakfast/lunch (our flight is in the mid afternoon out of LGA). Breakfast is provided at the hotel, and I'll be on my own for lunch Mon and Tue. I still haven't decided what I'll do those two days, but I'm sure I'll figure something out. :)

            I do appreciate the time people are taking to respond, and I assure you that I will be doing more research on the board. I just wasn't sure how to narrow things down. So our hotel is in the theater district/times square, that helps to know.

            1. re: Morganna

              In addition to searching for "Times Square" and "Theatre District", definitely search for "Hells Kitchen" which should turn up some interesting things for you. Personal recs include Kashkaval, Casallula, Gazala, Poseidon Bakery, Kyotofu and others.

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              Casellula
              401 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

              Kyotofu
              705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

              Gazala Place
              709 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

              Kashkaval
              856 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

              Poseidon Bakery
              629 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          2. ExFlexitarian is spot on! Try to branch out of midtown for more interesting, creative, quality dining experiences. Centrico has always felt very corporate midtown-y to me (despite Tribeca location) but I can't agree more with Barrio Chino and Mercadito. Quirky and memorable, both of them.

            One place near your hotel that I truly love is Caselulla, a wine and cheese bar with a small but fantastic menu, and open til 2am every night, can't recommend it highly enough.

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            Barrio Chino
            253 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

            Centrico
            211 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013