While I am on a trip to the West Coast, I thought I would leave you with a few of my favorite Mexican restaurants in NYC.
You know, while I am eating REAL Mexican food.
I can’t help it, I’m smug when my carnitas are better and cheaper than your carnitas.
Best Guacamole – Dos Caminos
This guacamole is among the best you can get in town. Made fresh each day, it contains buttery avocados, spicy jalapenos, a hefty dose of cilantro, and enough salt to make the bright notes of the lime juice sing. The portions are large and the accompanying salsas make this a great happy hour snack. Be aware that it will cost you – one portion costs about $12. NYC restaurants get away with murder…but it’s damn tasty murder.
Best Tacos – Cascabel Taqueria
The lengua tacos with braised veal tongue, spring onion, garlic oil, serrano chilis are a fantastic introduction to tongue. The tacos combine tender, succulent tongue with spicy chiles and enough garlic to make you sit up and take notice. If you like brisket, you will love this taco.
Best Mexican Breakfast – Cookshop
This decidedly un-Mexican restaurant makes some of the best huevos rancheros in town. Because I can’t say it any better than I already said it:
“A huge ceramic platter came to the table so hot that its contents were still bubbling inside. A thick layer of molten cheese covered perfectly baked eggs, with solid whites and delightfully gooey yolks. Tender black beans, spiced ranchero sauce (a zesty, tomato based sauce similar to enchilada sauce), and the slight heat of jalapenos. Freshly fried tortilla chips that offered crunch, bracing pickled onions that offered freshness, and lime creme fraiche that cooled the palate. Onions, garlic, cumin, and a smoky heat pervaded the dish without being overtly sharp or pungent. This was bright, deep, hearty, and satisfying.”
Best Off the Beaten Path Reccomendation - Tulcingo Del Valle
This recommendation comes straight from one of my best friends, Kate. She is a longtime resident of Arizona, a lover of Mexican food, and if she says that the place is good, it is GREAT. Straight from the horse’s mouth:
“Tulcingo Del Valle has delicious food for excellent prices – we are talking suburban prices. The chicken flautas are second to none in New York City, with quality meat, cheese sprinkled throughout and red and green sauce drizzled all over. Needless the say we practically licked our plates clean.
Don’t be fooled by the appearance of the restaurant, it is divided into two sides. One of which looks like a deli (it took about 5 minutes of me creeping outside of the restaurant before I figured it out.). The other side is a regular dining room- phew!
So next time you are looking for the perfect pre theatre Mexican spot, or if you are certain you were Mexican in a past life and craving your native cuisine, go to Tulcingo Del Valle. “
What are your favorite Mexican dishes in NYC?