FOOD AND DRINK
Where to Grab Great Mexican in New York
There are so many dining options when it comes to eating out in New York that it can be hard to know where to begin. You've been there – so overwhelmed by the options before you that you wind up hunkering down in your hotel for room service or making a grilled cheese on the fly. So let’s narrow it down a bit for you: Mexican food. Some folks might say New York doesn’t have any good eats when it comes to Mexican cuisine. These folks are fools, as our picks will soon make clear.
If you know where to look, New York and the boroughs are rife with places to get your fix. If you like spice, traditional fare, or maybe you’re feeling more adventurous, there’s a Mexican joint in the city to suit your needs.
Cafe El Presidente
Cafe El Presidente is the kind of place you'll try once and then promptly plot your return. If you’re into tacos, their tacos al pastor are drool-worthy and delicious. They do a phenomenal brunch on the weekends, with homemade pastries like jalapeno biscuits that melt in your mouth. Be sure to try their homemade tortillas, and use your time eating to watch the chefs work in this open kitchen style eatery.
30 West 24th Street, 212-242-3491
In our humble estimation, tomatillos do not get the fair shake they deserve in most Mexican restaurants. Barrio Chino pays due reverence to their yumminess with specialities like their Enchiladas Verdes, which are tart perfection. Located on Broome street, this once “hidden gem” is now a popular haunt. They don’t take reservations, so expect a little bit of a wait when you arrive, then enjoy a tasty margarita at the bar.
254 Broome Street, 212-228-6710
Blink and you may miss this small, Williamsburg Mexican restaurant that sits in the back of a Mexican grocery store. Don’t let the slightly strange storefront or hilarious name put you off, though. Because if you do you’ll miss out on sampling maybe the best flautas ever consumed and enough inexpensive beans and rice on the side to feed you for a week. Not to be missed.
367 Broadway, Brooklyn, 718-782-3797
The Black Ant
As the name might indicate, this isn’t a dining experience for the squeamish – that is, unless you don’t bat an eye at eating your guacamole with a side of ant salt. This upscale Mexican restaurant prides itself on its use of ancient and rare spices – including, yep, ground insects – in their cuisine. Located in the East Village, this mysterious dining experience is perfect for your inner gustiary adventurer.
60 2nd Avenue, 212-598- 0300
What do you call a restaurant with three locations in one city? A chain. Well, there may be a Fonda in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, but the experience is anything other than run of the mill. All three prime spots boast a delicious menu (fajitas, you guys, ah, the fajitas) including their in-house heirloom corn tortillas. They are basically mana – make sure you order enough stuff to dip them in, though eating them all by their lonesome works too!
40 Avenue B, 212-677-4096