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ccalabro Jun 30, 2011 05:55 AM

A group of 8 girls, myself included, are looking for a great spot to have a bachelorette dinner next month. We are staying in Tribeca, so any place close would be ideal, although I'm sure we'd be willing to cab it/subway for a great spot a little further away. The bride-to-be's favorite food is Mexican and we are not your typical "bachelorette" group, so don't be hesitant to recommend something nice! We are all 27-30 year old professionals :)

Thanks so much!

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    fm1963 Jun 30, 2011 06:35 AM

    You might like Empellon in the West Village.

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

    1. Bob Martinez Jun 30, 2011 07:22 AM

      Papatzul, in Soho, would be perfect. The food is quite good, the room is attractive, the atmosphere is lively without being deafening, and the prices are moderate. It's very good for groups.

      http://www.papatzul.com/

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      Papatzul
      55 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013

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        kathryn Jul 1, 2011 09:09 PM

        I like the food there but I found the servers to disappear at inopportune moments.

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        thegforceny Jun 30, 2011 07:25 AM

        La Esquina would be great for that, but no veils, white stretch hummer, 'Bride" t-shirts, penis pops, etc.!

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        La Esquina
        106 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

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          ccalabro Jun 30, 2011 07:35 AM

          These all look great! Thanks guys! A friend in the bridal party suggested Dos Caminos or Rosa Mexicano.....I might get yelled at for even typing those names, but I had to ask.....would they be an ok choice for this type of occasion? And don't worry, there will be no veils or penis paraphenalia!

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

          Dos Caminos
          475 West Broadway, New York, NY 10012

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            thegforceny Jun 30, 2011 07:48 AM

            Dos Caminos is fine. The one in MeatPacking has a new club underneath it called The Bunker. If you're cute enough (which I am sure you are) you can go there afterwards.

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            Dos Caminos
            675 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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              jaba Jun 30, 2011 08:24 AM

              Rosa Mexicano is a loud place and good for a bachelorette party that way, but the food is mediocre.

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            ccalabro Jul 1, 2011 07:31 AM

            Thanks, everyone! There are some amazing looking Mexican restaurants in the area, but I think it gets tricky with a group of 8 on a Saturday night.

            Does anyone have any good Sunday brunch recommendations? nothing fancy at all, just great eggs and bloody marys....

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              Bob Martinez Jul 1, 2011 08:19 AM

              Re booking a table for 8 on a Saturday night, you're right - it does get tricky. Papatzul is on Opentable and I just looked on line. I checked two weeks from this Saturday night and only found slots for 8 at 6:00PM and 9:00PM. Just for comparison I checked on Tuesday night, assuming the place would be much less crowded. Again, only 6:00PM and 9:00PM.

              What that suggests is that the restaurant is blocking large tables from OT's system during peak hours. With sufficient advance notice I'm sure you can get them by calling directly. I've *seen* large tables there on Saturdays.

              That advice probably holds true at some of the other restaurants on this thread. If you find a place you like, it's best to call directly and find out what's available. The more advance notice you give the better your odds of getting a table.

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              Papatzul
              55 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013

            2. sgordon Jul 1, 2011 08:38 AM

              In addition to the above there's also Centrico - Aaron Sachez' place - which is always solid. It's nice, big room, shoudn't have a problem seating a large party, and interesting (i.e. not your typical tacos y mas) menu.

              La Esquina is, as I recall, temporarily without a liquor license - might be reinstated by then, but you never know what the SLA will have to say.

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              La Esquina
              106 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

              Centrico
              211 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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                Steve R Jul 1, 2011 11:04 AM

                I would second the idea of Centrico. They're on opentable.com for reservations and they're right there on W.Bdway and Franklin in Tribecca.

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                Centrico
                211 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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                  1Marlowe1 Jul 3, 2011 12:21 AM

                  Aaron Sanchez' place is just that - solid. Having recently dined at Empellon, I thought it quite logical to venture to Centrico to bring a little relativity to what I thought had been a simple yet near perfect meal at Alex Stupak's new digs.

                  Centrico is good. The space is pleasant enough although it clearly requires patrons to lend its full effect. The waiters lack a certain je ne sais quoi but are nice enough. The drink menu is appealing but offers unfulfilled promises I thought. And the food, it leaves me indifferent. Every element is extremely well executed but paradoxically becomes muted when placed as a whole in the palate. There is talent there but also a certain lackadaiscality that seems to permeate the entire experience. With result that any memory of what you just ate inevitably erases itself from the moment that you step foot outside the restaurant. This is no Empellon although the cheque points to the contrary...

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                  Centrico
                  211 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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

                  1. re: 1Marlowe1
                    Bob Martinez Jul 3, 2011 08:07 AM

                    "The space is pleasant enough although it clearly requires patrons to lend its full effect. The waiters lack a certain je ne sais quoi but are nice enough. ... And the food, it leaves me indifferent. Every element is extremely well executed but paradoxically becomes muted when placed as a whole in the palate."

                    The OP is organizing a meal for 8 girls attending a bachelorette party. I think a good time will trump "je ne sais quoi."

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                      1Marlowe1 Jul 3, 2011 12:29 PM

                      "The bride-to-be's favorite food is Mexican and we are not your typical "bachelorette" group, so don't be hesitant to recommend something nice"

                      Why must average be so vehemently defended?

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                        Bob Martinez Jul 3, 2011 02:10 PM

                        Empellon is hardly the unanimous favorite choice for best Mexican in New York. You may like it but there are plenty of people who think it's ordinary and overpriced to boot.

                        Oh yeah. You forgot to mention the noise. From Sam Sifton's review -

                        "On the debit side of the ledger is that clattery dining room, which needs sound-dampening fabric or ceiling panels in much the same way Greece needs cash. The restaurant’s buxom list of tequilas and mezcals leads some customers to behavior that floats on the sunburned-tourist line between Tijuana bars and Amsterdam coffeehouses. The loud music underscores the stark difference between the curated playlists of restaurants like the Spotted Pig and Momofuku Ko and the shuffle function on a floor manager’s iPod."

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                        Spotted Pig
                        314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

                        Momofuku Ko
                        163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

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                        thegforceny Jul 3, 2011 02:06 PM

                        Agree with BobM. Neither the OP nor Centrico are searching for 5 stars. Over the top review, imo.

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