Let’s be honest, New York gets hated on constantly about its Mexican food. It may not compete with the Southwest, but there is good Mexican food in Nueva York. You just need to know where to go.
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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.
372 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 782-8171
The Black Ant
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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.
60 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (212) 598-0300
East Village, Park Slope, Chelsea
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Fonda offers “cantina style” Nuevo Mexican cuisine. Try some queso fundido with chorizo, a mango margarita or their guacamole, which is made to order.
East Village: 40 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009 (646) 854-8581 Park Slope: 434 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 369-3144 Chelsea: 189 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (917) 525-5252
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If it’s a San Francisco, Mission-style burrito you crave, then head to Dos Toros. Founded by two Bay Area transplants, the burritos are the size of your forearm and just as big on flavor.
137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003 (212) 677-7300
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Chavela’s offers Mexican comfort food at its best. You up for some crab taquitos or tacos de nopales? Wash ’em down with a cucumber margarita or spicy michelada.
736 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718) 622-3100
La Lucha NYC
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Are you a rudo or tecnico? If you like your Mexican street food with a side of Lucha libre kitsch, then this is the place for you!
147 Ave A, New York, NY 10009 (212) 260-0235
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If the sight of this tinga platter doesn’t make your mouth water and make you head straight to La Esquina in SoHo, then you are on your own.
114 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012 (646) 613-7100
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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
Hecho en Dumbo
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This spot in the Bowery started off as a fin de semana pop-up in Dumbo, hence the name. The scene may be a little too hip, but what keeps people coming back are the delicious antojito-style plates.
354 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 (212) 937-4245
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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
Puebla Mini Market
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Enough of the fancy stuff. For tortas you have to check out Puebla Mini Market in Sunset Park. There are over 30 kinds of tortas to choose from and they all start with beautiful bolillos.
3908 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232 (718) 435-3326