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Upscale mexican

We want to take some friends for a thank you dinner, for being wonderful hosts on our visit.

We'd like a mexican restaurant that has fabulous food, but atmosphere is also important.

From reading the boards and online research I was thinking: suenos, mercadito grove or hecho en dumbo, but I'm worried suenos may not have a festive enough atmosphere.

Would anyone care to weigh in on these choices, or suggest others?

I very much appreciate it. Thanks!

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  1. Tuaoluche, maybe have it spelled wrong. West side, theatre district. Wonderful

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    1. re: janmaltby

      Toloache - west 50th and 8th. Agree, it's very tasty.

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

      1. re: uniqueusername

        Highly recommend Toloache. Delicious and interesting dishes, great cocktails, festive atmosphere. Not your typical Mexican.

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

        1. re: rrems

          I went to Toloache last year with visitors before a show on the recommendation of this board as it seems to come up every once in a while when someone mentions either fancier mexican or decent theater district dining and i gotta say - i just dont get it. we had an ok meal, but certainly nothing memorable, in a very typical midtown atmosphere (i guess some people could consider expense accounters, tourists and pre-theater bridge and tunnel types festive) for OUTRAGEOUS prices. 11 dollar or something like that for two of the skimpiest tacos ive ever seen (i think they each had about 2 T of meat in them).

          Like i said it wasnt bad, but i left with a really bad taste in my mouth feeling like i had been fleeced and my limited dining dollars/calories could have been spent elsewhere.

          Havent been to Hecho en Dumbo since they moved into the city, so i cant speak to the atmosphere on the bowery but from previous experiences there they really do a good job with the food.

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

          Hecho en Dumbo
          354 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

          1. re: tex.s.toast

            If you felt ripped off by Toloache, you will feel the same way about Hecho en Dumbo. I think the food at both is equally good, but I had much better service at Toloache. I ate with a friend at Hecho's bar and we were ignored so aggressively I kept checking to see whether I was wearing my invisibility cloak.

            1. re: tex.s.toast

              completely agree. we had a good meal there, but i expected better based solely on CH reviews. of all cuisines, id say Mexican is one of the few that I don't have a go to place for when the craving hits. i've had a good time at Barrio Chino, but i'm not always willing to wait.

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              Barrio Chino
              253 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

      2. I would look to Zengo (even though it's fusion, it's excellent). Great atmosphere as well. he biblioteca de tequila there is great too!

        Or maybe go for Rosa Mexicana? It's a little chain-y but I still the food is good.

        Or if you want to be safe, I'd say Dos Caminos, any of their locations.

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        Rosa Mexicano
        61 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023

        Dos Caminos
        825 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10022

        Zengo
        622 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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        1. re: AYSConsulting

          I"m for Rosa Mexicano over Dos Caminos for quality for food.

          Personally I like the Mercaditos but they aren't very upscale in terms of atmosphere, just price.

          Another for Toloache!

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

          Rosa Mexicano
          9 E. 18th St., New York, NY 10003

        2. El Parador on E 34th St. Upscale and authentic, non- Tex-Mex.

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          El Parador
          325 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016

          1. I love Suenos, it's on 17th str between 8th and 9th.

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

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            1. re: psk123

              second Suenos

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

            2. Pompano or Maya most likely. Pompano for the seafood, ceviches, fish, etc., and Maya for most other items. Of note, the chef at Toloache used to cook at Maya many years ago. Good luck.

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

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              1. re: comiendosiempre

                I am a fan of the Mercadito chain, but Pampano is also a great recommendation. The food is of high caliber and the setting is an upgrade over the shackiness of Mercadito.

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                Pampano
                209 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

                Mercadito
                179 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009