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Best mole in Manhattan?

hamiltonheights Nov 25, 2013 05:47 PM

Hi, I'd love to get some recommendations for great Mexican mole in Manhattan, hoping to bring some visiting European relatives.

  1. ipsedixit Nov 25, 2013 06:55 PM

    Only mole dish I've had in Manhattan was at Toloache. It was undoubtedly an absolutely mediocre dish.

    I think if you want great mole you might have better luck in Queens or Brooklyn.

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      Ttrockwood Nov 25, 2013 09:24 PM

      Yes, outer boroughs- visitors i have taken for ethnic food in brooklyn/queens/etc often end up enjoying the (very cheap) meal more any other (much more expensive) meal of their trip

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      Pookipichu Nov 25, 2013 07:06 PM

      Avoid Mexicana Mama, their mole and everything else I tried there is pretty awful.

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      1. re: Pookipichu
        DavyTheFatBoy Nov 26, 2013 06:05 PM

        I think the Mole at Mexicana Mama is excellent.

        1. re: DavyTheFatBoy
          Pookipichu Nov 26, 2013 06:06 PM

          I've only had it there once, but I can't say that anything I ate there makes me want to go back. Have you tried Mexican food in Queens?

      2. Motosport Nov 26, 2013 08:06 AM

        El Parador on E 34 has excellent mole I.M.H.O..

        1. strangemd Nov 26, 2013 11:23 AM

          Noche Mexicana, a small hole-in-the-wall place on 101st and Amsterdam makes a good mole, but only at dinner. My opinions on this one confirmed by several visiting students from Mexico City whom I took there for a homesickness cure and who were well pleased.

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            JulesTei Nov 29, 2013 12:20 PM

            I love the mole at ... Mole. I've been to the LES and WV locations and it was delicious at both.

            1. sgordon Nov 30, 2013 11:26 AM

              Cafe El Portal's is always solid. And the chef is a 70-year-old Mexican grandmother, so, y'know, that earns it extra points.

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