Mesa Coyoacan is named after the Mexico City neighborhood where Chef Ivan Garcia grew up. They’ve got chilaquiles, sopes, chiles en nogada and tacos, which come three per order on delicious handmade tortillas.
The Black Ant is a contemporary Mexican restaurant that takes traditional ingredients and adds a twist. They’ve got fries made out of nopales, guacamole with chunks of mango, and, if you’re craving something crunchy, fried grasshoppers with chile and limón.
There are three locations of Rosa Mexicano to choose from: East 50s, West 60s and Flatiron. The food is referred to as “upscale,” which pretty much is code for pricey, but if you can spare the lana it may be worth it. Just make sure you’re in the mood for crab, duck or lamb.
Flatiron: 9 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003 (212) 533-3350 Upper West Side: 61 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023 (212) 977-7700 Midtown East: 1063 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022
If you’re ready to spend some cash, Pampano has two different spaces. One sells upscale coastal Mexican cuisine, another space has tapas and cocktails and the third space is a “secret” lunch-only Taqueria.
209 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017 (212) 751-4545 and 805 3rd AveNew York, NY 10022 (212) 751-5257