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I have been to Mexico and now living in the city and would like to know what is your favorite spot for cheap/ decent priced , divey mexican food.

I don't really care for the ambiance ...JUST SOME REALLY AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD ...

My gut feeling tells me spanish harlem ????

Any suggestions ???

Thanks..

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  1. I love a street food cart across from the consulate of Mexico, @39th St. The lady is serving food that is good, cheap, and authentic. It just occurred to me that you might also want ask her for rrecommendations.

    1. What kind of Mexican food? It's a big country. Yucatan? Oaxacan? Veracruzana? Baja?

      Spanish Harlem is mostly Puerto Rican & Dominican. There's no Mexican community there to speak of.

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      1. re: sgordon

        I was thinking Yucatan & Veracruzana

        1. re: sgordon

          Actually, that's less true than it used to be. A lot of 116th east of 3rd Avenue is heavily Mexican, with lots of decent food. I would strongly recommend a hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop at 234 E 116th, called Taco Mix, which has phenomenal torta de pastor and many other delicious things off the grill, for cheap.

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          Taco Mix
          234 E 116th St, New York, NY 10029

          1. re: strangemd

            Exactly. Spanish Harlem has the largest Mexican community in Manhattan. Though probably smaller than the ones clustered in all the other boroughs. I imagine the Mexican community around 116th st is probably in flux, and growing, so there's probably some movement in the businesses around there as well.

            1. re: E Eto

              It's been growing and in flux for a long time. i lived up there (112th and Lex) in the late 1980s and I remember when the first mexican grocery store with prepared food and tables in the back opened up near me on 3rd ave. Then it started up on 116th st. I'm always curious to go back there and see how the Mexican influence has grown. The area would make a funny food tour, with Patsy's, the italian bakery, some dominican and some mexican food.

        2. I haven't been to this place in years (I used to work across the street) but there is a tiny spot on 23rd and 6th, on the SW corner, called something like super burrito taco Mexican pizza (I really don't know the exact name of the place).

          Maybe 4 tables; probably best as takeout or delivery.

          Tortas to die for; I especially like the torta al lengua (tongue) and the torta al pastor (pork). The other Mexican food is good too (tacos, burritos etc.).

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          Great Burrito
          100 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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          1. re: plf515

            Sounds good !! will try :)

            1. re: plf515

              It's called Great Burrito and it's neither very good nor particularly authentic. The last torta al pastor I had from them was a gristly disaster.

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              Great Burrito
              100 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

            2. NYC has a large Pueblan immigrant community, and that's probably the best bet. Among the Manhattan places I'd recommend are:

              Tulcingo del Valle on 10th Ave. at 47th St.
              Tehuitzingo Deli, also on 10th Ave. between 47th & 48th St.
              El Maguey y la Tuna on E. Houston
              Taqueria y Fonda la Mexicana on Amsterdam between 107th & 108th

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              Tehuitzingo
              695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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

              Taqueria y Fonda La Mexicana
              968 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

              El Maguey y La Tuna
              321 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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              1. re: americanafan

                Definitely recommend Tulcingo del Valle, both for the food and the hole in the wall atmosphere. You walk through to the back of the tiny store, and order from a window in the back. Seats are along small counters in the back. Especially recommend the tripe tacos, which are fantastic.

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

                1. re: orthorunner

                  No, you're confusing the two. Tehuitzingo is the taco stand in the back of the bodega. Tulcingo is a seated, service restaurant one block north.

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                  Tehuitzingo
                  695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                  1. re: thegforceny

                    +1 for Tehuitzingo. Love the place. Delicious tacos y sopas.

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                    Tehuitzingo
                    695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                    1. re: thegforceny

                      Ah thank you, wasn't thinking! Yes, I meant Tehuitzingo for sure.

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                      Tehuitzingo
                      695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                2. If you're willing to consider Los Angeles a region of Mexico (it once was, after all) try Taqueria Lower East Side. Good posole, enchiladas, carnitas and fish tacos. I was dubious but the food is delicious and cheap. Chips are homemade, as is the salsa, brought to the table with no charge.

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                  Taqueria Lower East Side
                  198 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

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                  1. re: hungrycomposer

                    Been meaning to get over there...thanks for the info.

                  2. Taco Mix on 116th St
                    Taqueria y Fonda on Amsterdam

                    Also on any given weekend, there are ladies selling tamales and other things from carts along E. 116th St.

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                    Taqueria y Fonda La Mexicana
                    968 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                    Taco Mix
                    234 E 116th St, New York, NY 10029

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                    1. re: gutsofsteel

                      We actually just had some tacos al pastor from Taco Mix, earlier. They were some of the best tacos weve had in the City.

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                      Taco Mix
                      234 E 116th St, New York, NY 10029

                    2. I'll echo the recommendations for Taco Mix, although I stop by the quesadilla stand on 116th and 2nd Avenue far more often. The calabaza flowers she serves, cooked up with cilantro and dill, are very refreshing.

                      Jalapeno Deli and Cafe Ollin are also on regular rotation for me.

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                      Taco Mix
                      234 E 116th St, New York, NY 10029

                      Cafe Ollin
                      339 E 108th St, New York, NY 10029

                      Jalapeno Deli
                      1629 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

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                      1. re: JungMann

                        Tried Cafe Ollin on your rec and it was excellent, thank you. I have been there a few times and their cemitas are awesome. The papalo is a really nice addition that I have not seen in any Manhattan Mexican place before. It perfumes the whole sandwich and very much reminds me of my time in Mexico. Their Oaxacan cheese is very good. I would recommend the lengua, the chivo enchilada and the milanesa. The sandwiches are pretty big too and you can get two meals from them. Be sure to ask for their house made salsas.

                        The M15 First Ave bus stops very close by.

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                        Cafe Ollin
                        339 E 108th St, New York, NY 10029

                        1. re: MVNYC

                          I had a chivo enchilada cemita there a couple of years ago that I still think about. Definitely one of the best cemitas I have had citywide.

                          1. re: MVNYC

                            Glad you enjoyed. Their salsas are indeed very good. I've been meaning to give the ribs in a red garlic salsa a try, though it's hard to break away from the tortas. I am partial to the chivo enchilada, but I'll definitely try the lengua next time.

                            1. re: JungMann

                              I have been three times in the past month and have not tried any of the main dishes yet. Those ribs sound good. Have you had the cemitas? I like them better than the tortas. The lengua is a pretty strong option here.

                              1. re: MVNYC

                                I've had both the cemitas and tortas. The cemita bread is terrific, fluffy, a little sweet, but I'm not too keen on papalo. I kind of prefer the purity of flavors in a torta, but I'll definitely give lengua cemitas a try.

                                1. re: JungMann

                                  I can see papalo being a love it or hate it herb. I love it and prefer the bread. Again, thanks for the tip. I just wish I lived in the delivery area.

                          2. re: JungMann

                            The quesadilla cart on 116th and 2nd is my go-to spot in the neighborhood. Second the rec for a quesadilla w/flor de calabaza.

                          3. My Mexican food-loving friends tell me Taqueria Y Fonda on Amsterdam is exactly the kind of place you are looking for.

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                            Taqueria y Fonda La Mexicana
                            968 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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                            1. re: uwsister

                              it's certainly dive-y and the food's not bad but the food at Tehuitzingo and Taco Mix is much better (still haven't been to Cafe Ollin but really really want to go)

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                              Tehuitzingo
                              695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                              Taco Mix
                              234 E 116th St, New York, NY 10029

                              Cafe Ollin
                              339 E 108th St, New York, NY 10029