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We'll be spending five nights in the Polenco neighborhood - first visit to Mexico City. We would love suggestions for DINNERS that are WALKING DISTANCE - i.e. neighborhood spots. We don't eat huge meals and we don't eat late - we eat just about everything so they don't have to be all Mexican cuisine....we are not bringing any really fancy clothes (no sport jacket for my husband) .....THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

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  1. Where in Polanco are you staying?

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    1. re: Veggo

      We are staying at Las Alcobas. I heard they have an excellent restaurant but we would like some more casual places as well.

      1. re: nezzie

        Wow! Nice place. I suggest Rincon Argentino, just a couple blocks down Mazaryk. Also, you'll discover some fun places when you stroll around Parque Lincoln. And you have to at least consider Pujol.

    2. The local tradition is to have the main meal as a late lunch, and a snack later, so maybe consider that for your scheduling...

      There are lots of options in Polanco, though most are on the more formal side. A couple of very good, fairly casual options in Polanco are El Bajio, with great Veracruz-Mexican, or for Mex-Mediterranean, a popular new spot is Anatole http://www.anatolkitchen.com

      There are also many great options in the Roma-Condesa neighborhoods that are not too far away by inexpensive taxi, if you are not really limited to Polanco.

      1. Well there's Pujol of course, generally considered the top restaurant in the country and currently #17 in the world. No jacket required. Chef-owner Enrique Olvera also has a gourmet sandwich place just steps from there, Eno, which I really like.

        Another favorite, in the "Polanquito" area, is Dulcinea. And though I still haven't been, I've heard nearly nothing but raves about Quintonil. (Gotta remedy that soon...) Both offer modern takes on traditional Mexican.

        For a casual joint where all strata of society mix, try the cochinita pibil at El Turix. I seem to recall Enrique Olvera once tweeting that it's his favorite taco place in Polcano. It's among the best cochinita I've had outside the Yucatan.

        1. There are tons of restaurants around Lincoln Park and on President Masyrk (sp.) - Biko is very good. Also the hotels - Hyatt, Sheraton, Intercontinental have great restaurants (like Brasserie Lipp and Aux Pied de Cochon, the originals of which are in Paris.)

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          1. re: bronwen

            Those hotels plus the Camino Real (the most elegant)all have good restaurants. Skip the Hard Rock Café near them. I lived a few months in Hotel Polanco for half the price of the others before I rented a house on Campos Eliseos, and I had an easier walk to Lincoln Park and Masaryk restaurants, and I was right on Chapultepec Park.

            1. re: bronwen

              Hope they are better than their namesakes as in Paris it is rare to see anyone than tourists at either of them.

            2. Just a note that men in Mexico City usually wear jackets, it is a rather formal and very well dressed city. I always dress up for dinner!

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              1. re: bronwen

                Agreed. A jacket may not be required in some places, but it is absolutely de rigueur, along with a good pair of slacks, a well-pressed guayabera or other button-down shirt, and leather shoes. You don't want to look or feel like a hick.

                Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

                1. re: cristina

                  On OpenTable Pujol describes their dress code as "Informal y elegante". (ETA: On the English page it's "Smart Casual".)

                  When I ate at Pujol maybe half the men were wearing jackets. The guy at the next table was wearing tennis shoes (though dressed decently).

                  One need only look through the pictures on FourSquare to get an idea of how men dress when eating at Pujol:

                  https://foursquare.com/v/pujol/4b0587...

                  Jackets are clearly not de rigueur, and the OP need not shy away from Pujol for lack of a dinner jacket.

                  1. re: Soul Vole

                    I was wondering if there might be a difference between comida (afternoon meal) and cena (nighttime meal), in terms of customary dress at Pujol.

                    The jacket ratio might be higher for cena, but it's still clearly not de rigueur. This is a photo of the Pujol dining room during cena. You can easily see a number of men not wearing jackets.

                    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xtV25BdzfSE...

                    In fact I count four men clearly not wearing jackets versus three men who clearly are.

                    If our purpose here is to help people have the best dining experiences possible, then in no way should we be shooing them away from world-class restaurants like Pujol simply because the man won't have a jacket on hand. Not when a jacket is neither required nor de rigueur.

                    1. re: Soul Vole

                      I didn't suggest that they not go to Pujol--or as you put it, 'shoo them away'. I suggested that he might want to wear a jacket to dinner. Easy enough to pack, and as bronwen said, it's a chilly time of year.

                      Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

                      1. re: cristina

                        I put on a jacket last winter maybe three or four times, all around January. Mexico City is among the most level and temperate climates you can find. Chilly in August? No way. Chilly right now in October? Maybe at 4 AM on a cold day only every once in a great while.

                        I suppose it might maybe seem a little chilly if you're coming from the tropics. But the vast majority of people from the U.S. would actually find the weather here remarkably pleasant right about now. No jackets required.

                        I'm still wearing gym shorts and sleeveless tees around the house.

                  2. re: cristina

                    Besides which, thinking about it, it will be chilly in Mexico City, I needed a jacket in the morning in August and most of the women were wearing boots and leather jackets.

                2. I enjoyed Villa Maria in Polenco.

                  1. Thinking about it I very much like Casa Bell off the Reforma, it is very popular with politicos and the like and has a gorgeous courtyard.

                    1. Best casual restaurants in Polanco are: El Turix (cochinita pibil), La Maison Belen (brunch), Dulcinea (mid-range comida), La Samaritana (tortas), Maria Isabel (fried quesadillas) and Aromi e Sappori (Upscale Italian food, but no jacket required). Villa Maria feels a bit touristy but is actually quite good. These are all within a 20 minute walk from you.

                      Someone on here said that Mexican men generally wear jackets. That's silly. Polanco is a formal (wealthy) area, but besides the real fancy places, you can wear what you like and not feel weird. I should know, I live in Polanco and have never worn a jacket to a restaurant here that wasn't Pujol.

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                      1. re: shank

                        If you are open to street food (and you should be) the stands next to Hospital Español are very good and very clean. Plus you're next to a hospital if things go badly ;) Ejército Nacional and Eugenio Sue.