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New Mexican food

A while back I was in New Mexico. I loved the food. Green chile, red chile - awesome!

But how to find it here in Manhattan? When I search for "New Mexican Restaurants" I get Mexican restaurants that recently opened.

It's gotta exist here - doesn't everything exist in Manhattan?????? :-)

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  1. Does New Mexican cuisine differ from southwestern US cuisine?

    If not, Google for "southwestern restaurants NYC" and you'll get a lot of hits. Some better known examples: Mesa Grill and Agave.

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    Mesa Grill
    102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: michelleats

        By NYC terms, 'New Mexican' and 'Southwestern' are very different. From what you described in your post, you will not find those items at Mesa Grill or Agave, unfortunately. However, there are some decent Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants in the 5 boroughs, if you'd like some recommendations.

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        Mesa Grill
        102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        1. re: LeahBaila

          Thanks..... I know a few good Mexican places. But was craving the New Mexican stuff in particular.

      2. There used to be a place (Los Dos Molinos) but it closed.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/735715

        My ex-NM friends here just end up cooking their own. :(

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        Agave
        140 7th Avenue South, New York, NY 10014

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        1. re: kathryn

          That's too bad about Los Dos closing. That place is an institution in Phx for their delicious and spicy NM food. I was thrilled to see there was a location in Manhattan but surprised it garnered enough customers to stay in business.

        2. La Flaca calls itself New Mexican. My initial review is here:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/742847

          I've since eaten there four or five times because it's close to my apartment, but it's still not that good, and it's still too expensive for what it is.

          http://www.laflacanyc.com/

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            1. re: small h

              I lived in Santa Fe for a time and not being able to get my chile fix is one of the things I dislike most about NYC. I just checked out the menu at La Flaca and although some of it looks like it might bear a resemblance to NM cuisine, I wouldn't count on it really filling the void. I see too many things that are just NOT Santa Fe!

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              La Flaca
              384 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

              1. re: biondanonima

                I've spent a total of maybe three weeks in New Mexico over the course of my life, so I'm no expert on the food (although I've eaten it, of course, and liked it). I'd be interested in your opinion of La Flaca, but I wouldn't suggest a special trip. Maybe if you're walking by or something.