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Toulache or Empellon Taqueria

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  1. What are you looking for? What draws you to Toloache and Empellon Taqueria? Are you mainly looking for tacos?

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    1. re: kathryn

      Looking for creative Mexican for dinner. Not opposed to tacos per se but want formal dining experience. A meal similar to what one might find at a Rick Bayless restaurant.

      1. re: bonnienola

        You mean like Topolobampo in Chicago but in NYC? We don't have Mexican food on the level of a Bayless here, really. Lots of taco places and lots of fun/casual Mexican.

        But not formal Mexican restaurants.

        If you want creative, I think Empellon Cocina is better / more interesting than Empellon Taqueria, though. Neither is formal, though.

        1. re: kathryn

          Thank you, Kathryn. Topolobampo/Frontera Grill is one of my all time favorites. I have yet to find comparable Mexican anywhere on the east coast.

          1. re: bonnienola

            Topolobampo I like a lot, but in Chicago I prefer the down home really inexpensive places in the Mexican neighborhoods.
            In NYC I like the pig ear and the tacos and sandwiches at Salvation. In Brooklyn, Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos on Starr St is like being in Mexico. They make great tacos, for sure the best in NY. They used to have a rooster running around the factory, i think Bd of Health put a stop to that. Anyway the place is amazing. Not to be confused with a nearby Tortilla Factory, you might want to avoid.
            http://gothamist.com/2013/07/09/brook...

    2. Also consider Yerba Buena Perry.

      1. I am a big fan of Sue Torres and her restaurant Suenos. A fun environment and very fine creative food.

        1. Fonda on Avenue B has some very good dishes, especially if you stick with traditional stuff. Their guacamole is excellent, very good fresh tortillas, a good duck dish for a starter and their enchiladas mole can be excellent. Good mini tacos al pastor too, same for their hibiscus margaritas. They seem to have "caught on' and are certainly more busy as compared to a year ago.

          1. We just went to Toloache on the UES and thought it was great. I'm not sure if you would consider it "fine" but the entrees were certainly upscale. Their tacos are mainly appetizers which was fun to mix and match with our table of 6.
            El Parador may be what you want. It's a little more "formal" and less "lively." One of the best mole sauces I have ever had.