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Mexican Restaurants in New York that will Blow Your Mind

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.

Mesa Coyoacan

Williamsburg

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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

East Village

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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

READ: 13 People and Places Keeping San Francisco’s Latino Roots Alive

Fonda

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

Dos Toros

East Village

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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

Crown Heights

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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

East Village

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La Esquina

SoHo

Monday Lunch calls for the Tinga platter. Guaranteed to start your week right! #LaEsquina #nyc #lunch #foodporn

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Rosa Mexicano

Manhattan

Hecho en Dumbo

NoHo

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Pampano

Midtown

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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

Sunset Park

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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

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You Can Order A ‘Taco Vacuna’ And ‘La Cura’ At This Covid 19-Themed Taqueria

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You Can Order A ‘Taco Vacuna’ And ‘La Cura’ At This Covid 19-Themed Taqueria

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Pandemia. Brote. Vacuna. La Peste. Although you may find these terms in a glossary about the Covid-19 outbreak, that’s not what these words actually refer to. Instead, they’re options on the menu at a Mexican taqueria called “Tacovid: Sabor Viral”, a perhaps surprisingly very successful Coronavirus-themed restaurant.

Although to many having a Covid-themed taqueria may seem morbid or disrespectful or perhaps gross – I mean who wants to order a plague taco? – the taqueria is making light of a very serious situation with humor. Something that several other businesses have done since the pandemic began.

”Tacovid: Sabor Viral” is the Mexican taqueria going viral – pun intended – for its Covid-themed menu.

Ok…virus-themed tacos don’t exactly sound appetizing. Especially, as we’re still in the midst of a very real pandemic. But one 23-year-old man in the Mexican city of León, who was forced to close down his dance studio because of Coronavirus, is counting on a Covid-themed restaurant – and so far he’s been surprised by its success.

Brandon Velázquez converted his dance academy into a taquería at the end of July, and given that Mexico and the rest of the world was – and is – in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic decided to call it Tacovid Sabor Viral.

“I had to close my dance academy during the pandemic [but] then an opportunity arose to return to the same place, however, people still did not go out for fear of getting infected.” he told the newspaper El Universal.

“I had always wanted to open a taqueria and, at the end of July, the opportunity to do so occurred. It was how I took advantage of the moment to create this business with a coronavirus theme,” he added.

Items on the menu are named after – you guessed it – the Coronavirus and don’t sound like anything you’d willfully choose to order.

The young entrepreneur detailed the name of each dish, taking full advantage of the Coronavirus theme.

“We have around 12 different dishes, among them are the ‘Tacovid’; we have ‘Forty’, ‘Quesanitizing’, ‘Pandemic’, ‘Outbreak’, and many others. The price varies depending on the dish you order,” he told El Universal.

In addition to themed dishes, the servers also fit the Coronavirus-theme.

When the pandemic hit Mexico, the government urged Mexicans to observe “su sana distancia” and the now common mascot – Susana Distancia – was born.

“In the restaurant, a waitress dressed as a nurse with the name of ‘Susana’ takes orders and works the tables, referring to the healthy distance campaign that was implemented as a precautionary measure,” he says.

To his surprise – and honestly mine as well – the taqueria has been very successful.

Brandon told El Universal that he’s been pleasantly surprised by the support he has received from customers. “I’m surprised because we have had really good sales, despite the circumstances, we have had a lot of support by the community and we’ve already expanded to have two locations.”

“Customers are funny about the theme we are using in the business, and they are delighted with the dishes we are offering. They enjoy it and have a good time,” added Brandon.

Things are looking so good for Brandon and his Covid-themed taqueria, that he’s looking to expand the food business and add new dishes to the menu. “There is always the idea of new names for other dishes that we want to include in the menu.”

Brandon also said that he’s looking to build out a business model so the restaurant could expand to other parts of the country as a franchise.

Apparently, people are really into Covid-themed foods, as this isn’t the first place that a shop as cashed in on the pandemic. Back in April, a panadería was selling out of Covid-themed baked goods so quickly, they couldn’t keep the shelves stocked.

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New York Attorney General Files Lawsuit To Dissolve The National Rifle Association

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New York Attorney General Files Lawsuit To Dissolve The National Rifle Association

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The New York attorney general has filed a lawsuit to completely dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA). The lawsuit is the latest in a series of events weakening the controversial organization since the Parkland shooting.

The NRA is facing a lawsuit because of its financial misdealings.

New York Attorney General Letitia James started a domino effect of lawsuits involving the NRA AG James is suing the organization because of its financial misdeeds focusing on corruption and misspending. The allegations, AG James claims, undermine the organization’s ability to claim to be a nonprofit.

AG James’ lawsuit is bringing attention to NRA’s Wayne LaPierre’s use of funds.

AG James’ lawsuit is pointing out various tax violations and is currently a civil case. However, the New York AG is not stopping there. If criminal issues are discovered, AG James will follow through.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” she said during a press conference. “If we uncover any criminal activity, we will refer it to the Manhattan district attorney. At this point in time we’re moving forward, again, with civil enforcement.”

The NRA is denouncing the charges claiming they aren’t relevant.

AG James made investigating the NRA part of her campaign in 2018 and referred to the organization as a terrorist organization.

“The foreclosure crisis is not behind us, students debt is a major issue, health care is a challenge since they repealed the individual mandate, people are having a difficult time with premiums that have increased and are often times deciding to go without medicine because of the costs, resulting in premature death and gun violence,” AG James told Ebony Magazine during her campaign. “The NRA holds [itself] out as a charitable organization, but in fact, [it] really [is] a terrorist organization.”

Shortly after AG James filed her lawsuit, Washington’s attorney general followed suit.

AG Karl Racine is going after the NRA for misusing charitable funds. Essentially, the NRA is being accused in Washington of taking money meant for educational programs and spent them on themselves. The Washington lawsuit and New York lawsuit are honing in on the NRA’s years of fraudulent use of funds. It comes at a time when the NRA is already fighting for its life after the teenagers of Parkland launched a successful campaign in slowing and reversing the organization’s growth in the political sphere.

READ: Florida Passed Their First Gun Safety Measure In More Than 20 Years And The NRA Has Already Filed A Lawsuit

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