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May 23, 2011 06:53 PM

Mexican Anyone??

What are your favorites and why?

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  1. Any neighborhood preferences? Specific foods/items like tacos, ceviche, mole dishes, etc. or are you looking for a specific regional Mexican cuisine? Or more California Mexican or Tex-Mex? What's your price range, BEFORE tax and tip and drinks (food only)?

    Mexican food has been hotly debated on this board many many times. It might help to do a search:

    1. - Empellon for fabulous lengua tacos, sopes, hamachi ceviche (actually, it's probably Peruvian style, not Mexican) and friendly service; slightly more upscale / expensive.

      - Taco truck at 17th St. and 8th Ave, northeast corner for cheap, much better than average tacos (chorizo, chicken, pork and beef). Tacos are made with nicely griddled corn tortillas and neatly wrapped in paper to make them easy to eat. The guy I usually encounter is friendly and patient, even with the hordes of poorly behaved high school kids who mob the place at lunch.

      - Tulcingo del Valle for well priced ($2.50), generously filled tacos (pretty similar to the17th St taco truck, actually). Lengua isn't as good as Empellon's, but it's good. Also do a fair rendition of tacos al pastor. Nice staff.

      - El Idolo for decent, dirt cheap ($1.50) corn-husk wrapped tamales. They often get your order wrong, though.

      - Mercadito Grove for Baja style fish tacos.

      - Ofrenda for chayote relleno. It's just a side dish, but it's the star of the menu as far as I'm concerned. The smokey Scotch, jalapeno and pineapple juice cocktail isn't bad, either.

      Mercadito Grove
      100 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

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

      El Idolo
      W 14th St and 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      113 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

      Empellon Taqueria
      230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

      1. I have different favorites depending on neighborhood and type of dish.

        Tehuitzingo - Tacos and Tortas
        Tulcingo Del Valle - Burritos and Tortas
        Downtown Bakery - Burritos (Specifically the Chicken Mole)
        Calexico Cart (Burritos, crack-sauce is a must)
        Tribeca Taco Truck - Tacos
        The Jalapeno Truck - Tacos

        695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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

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

        125 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

        Jalapeno NYC
        , New York, NY 10001