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Upscale Mexican birthday dinner

small party, just we four. Not blow the bankroll, but something elevated from standard Mexican for special birthday dinner. Looking at Crema, Maya and Suenos. Thoughts? If it matters, it will be a Saturday night in early November. Thanks thoughts

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  1. We really like El Parador on E 34 St. Not too fancy schmancy but a few steps up from the Tex Mex places. They have the best mole sauce I have had outside of Mexico.

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    El Parador
    325 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016

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      1. I very much liked SueƱos: festive, attractive, and very good food. I have a different view of El Parador: very tired decor and food, including salsa that tasted right out of the jar. In a time warp; I have not idea how they have lasted so long. I've heard good things about La Esquina and Toloahce but haven't yet been.

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        1. re: City Kid

          Sadly, I have to agree with you. El Parador was one of my favorites for many years (I started dining there in the early 60s when Craig Claiborne was touting it), and a meal there two years ago was abysmal. Carlos (the original owner) must be spinning in his grave.

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          El Parador
          325 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016

        2. You can check out La Camelia in the W. Village. Just went there. Food was excellent and they take reservations.

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          La Camelia
          64 Downing St, New York, NY 10014

          1. I like Sinigual in midtown east for contemporary Mexican.

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            Sinigual
            150 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017