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Most authentic , hole-in-the-wall Mexican spot is is THE BEST ??

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

              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

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              1. 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