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plf515 Sep 20, 2011 03:58 PM

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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    michelleats Sep 20, 2011 09:28 PM

    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.

    Mesa Grill
    102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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      plf515 Sep 21, 2011 03:03 AM

      thanks. I'll check those out

      1. re: michelleats
        LeahBaila Sep 22, 2011 07:03 AM

        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.

        Mesa Grill
        102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        1. re: LeahBaila
          plf515 Sep 22, 2011 11:46 AM

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

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        kathryn Sep 20, 2011 09:47 PM

        There used to be a place (Los Dos Molinos) but it closed.

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

        140 7th Avenue South, New York, NY 10014

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        1. re: kathryn
          globocity Sep 23, 2011 05:53 PM

          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.

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          small h Sep 22, 2011 08:37 AM

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


          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.


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            plf515 Sep 22, 2011 11:47 AM


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              biondanonima Sep 23, 2011 10:27 AM

              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!

              La Flaca
              384 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

              1. re: biondanonima
                small h Sep 23, 2011 05:25 PM

                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.

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