NYC: Mexican Restaurant

Old Jun 1st, 2006, 02:39 AM
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NYC: Mexican Restaurant

We need some recommendations for a really good Mexican restaurant! We would prefer in Midtown or Soho.

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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 04:05 AM
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Midtown-2 locations of Rosa Mexicano.

Dos Caminos in Soho (and another just south of midtown on Park Ave. South) and Suenos in the flatiron district.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 06:04 AM
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Another vote for Dos Caminos. Very good margaritas and they make your guacamole fresh at your table.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 06:37 AM
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mexico lindo is one of my personal faves. it's on 26th and 3rd. there is also mercadito on approximately ave b and 11th? very authentic mexican (i prefer rosa mexicano or mexico lindo) but the real reason you go there is the cucumber margaritas!!
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 06:53 AM
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I also like Zarela's on 51 (?) and 2nd Ave.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 07:03 AM
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Particularly if the weather is good and you can sit outside, the SoHo Dos Caminos is a good choice.

For delicious, "high end" cuisine, try Maya on First Avenue in the 60's.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 07:48 AM
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There's a new Rosa Mexicana on 18th street between 5th & Bway. We went on a Tuesday night and sat for almost 4 hours, having a liesurely meal and margaritas. It's very roomy and pleasant and the guacamole is the best. I'm sure it's packed on the weekends though.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 07:49 AM
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You can check menupages for comments (on almost any restaurant) and also to view menus. You can search by location and type of food.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 07:57 AM
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It's not midtown or SOHO, but Mercadito on 11th and Ave B is awesome. It's a tiny little gem of a restaurant, and they food is excellent. They have amazing fish tacos and margaritas. Check out the menu on menupages. There is also a location on 7th Ave S and Grove which I haven't yet tried.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 08:31 AM
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For a more casual place, I love Cosmic Cantina on the LES (if you find yourself over there!). It's on 3rd Ave. and 13th, and it's fantastic and affordable. The focus is on Northern California-style food with lots of fresh ingredients (often organic).

They actually started in North Carolina, and I used to eat there all the time when I was in college. Needless to say, I was thrilled when they opened the NYC store.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 08:48 AM
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You also might enjoy THe Rio Grande, on 3rd AVe and 37th St. The restaurant is the entire first floor of a large apartment building and the food is very good, and even better drinks.

Have a great time.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 09:11 AM
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I was going to mention Mercadito as well, but didn't primarily due to the location.

Also, when I've dined there (twice), it's been incredibly loud & crowded, even by New York standards. I'm used to it, but it was REALLY bad and I fear would not be pleasant for visitors.

The back room, down the stairs, is better than the front in terms of noise & crowd.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 04:43 PM
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It seems like most of the votes go to Rosa Mexicano and Dos Caminos.
I will check out the Menupages, thanks!
Are these places on the more casual side?
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 05:27 PM
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Yes, both are casual. During happy hour on good weather days, the SoHo Dos Caminos is very much a scene, however, so one should dress accordingly.

(Please, for the love of all things holy, no fanny packs! ha ha)
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 05:54 PM
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Another vote for Dos Caminos and another request for no fanny packs!
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 06:04 PM
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Don't worry, I'm not packing a fanny pack!
Thanks for the tip!
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