The brand was founded by three friends in Tijuana who intended to bring authentic Mexican cuisine to New York. The menu isn't extensive, but what they do is exceptionally good, and Los Tacos aren't. 1 is one of the best for tacos and quesadillas. Upper East Side — 1735 2nd Ave Lincoln Center — 61 Colombus Ave.
You can literally taste the regions and cities that chef Cosme Aguilar's menu explores, and many dishes pay homage to his mother's memory with recipes from his childhood. Piaxtla's tender chicken enchiladas with mole can cause you to faint, thanks to an unexpectedly sweet but intoxicating sauce, with dark chocolate, raisins, almonds, cloves, cinnamon, chilies, garlic and sesame. Named after her beloved 83-year-old grandmother, Carmen “Titita” Ramírez Degollado, the “matriarch of Mexican flavor” and owner of the legendary El Bajío in Mexico City, Casa Carmen is a new restaurant by the duo of brothers and co-owners, Santiago and Sebastian Ramírez Degollado. With two chefs and a team of “mayoras” (esteemed older women) overseeing the menu, their traditional Mexican food focuses on recipes learned and improved by Titita.
Choose typical dishes such as Pickled Duck Toast (pickled duck toast with refried beans and lettuce), Banana Empanadas with Beans (banana empanadas with charred chipotle sauce) and Pescado a la Veracruzana (rotating selection of fish, guero peppers, olives, capers and tomato sauce). Casa Carmen is the only place outside of Mexico where you can try some exclusive dishes from chef Carmen Ramírez Degollado's El Bajío restaurant empire. This exclusive place in Tribeca focuses on the traditional Mexican food that can be found in Veracruz, Puebla and Oaxaca, and all of which is served in a room with an earthy decor that makes you think you're in a hacienda-type resort. Order the refreshing ceviche with just the right amount of acid, the toast topped with shredded duck and the chicken dipped in a pleasant and sweet mole de Xico that is made with only 37 ingredients.
As you leave, you'll see a large common table that seems to host a council of supervillains (or, you know, a birthday party), so think about this place the next time you need to host a large group dinner. Mariscos El Submarino has several great raw seafood options, but a meal at this Jackson Heights Mexican restaurant isn't complete without an order of mixed ceviche. This huge bowl of prawns covered with jalapeño, fresh whitefish, and tender octopus is marinated in a creamy homemade sauce and then topped with several perfect slices of avocado. And it will transport you to a quiet seafood cabin next to the beach in Puerto Escondido.
While you're here, don't miss its black aguachile. This smoked seafood dish gets its color (and name) from a mix of charred green and red chilies that you'll see speckled in a loose sauce based on water and lime. Both dishes are accompanied by flat and crunchy tortillas so you can prepare your own toast with sour tilapia, shrimp, octopus and creamy slices of avocado. This small bar in the basement of Williamsburg serves glasses full of sweet and smoked mezcal and has a food menu with grilled shrimp, crispy tacos filled with smoked tuna and refried beans, chunky guacamole topped with macha sauce and other dishes that make us feel closer to Mexico City than geographically.
Come here for a drink or Happy Hour as soon as possible. It's not exactly a bar, not a full restaurant, but Aldama is worth it. Especially for a sensual date night or a meeting with friends where you both look handsome (and you know it). La Morada, in the Bronx, is a family-owned, community-focused Mexican restaurant that specializes in indigenous Mexican cuisine from the Oaxaca region.
Its eclectic menu includes public favorites, such as lobster tacos and surf and grass fajitas, so if you want delicious Mexican food prepared with advanced culinary techniques, Empellón is the ideal place. With eleven locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, this Mexican chain's famous Al Pastor tacos, known for their thinly sliced Mexico City-style pineapple dressed with pork, are very accessible to New Yorkers. The truth is that you can find really delicious Mexican food all over the city, whether it's a taco de birria in a truck under a subway track above the ground or in a restaurant with a tasting menu where you'll find some of the best ducks and corn of your entire life. Tacos Güey is a modern Mexican restaurant located in Flatiron that offers an updated version of traditional Mexican cuisine.
If you've ever been involved in a serious conversation about burritos in New York City, taking a trip here is a must. At Mesa Coyoacán, chef Iván García's favorite regional Mexican place, driven by products, organic ingredients and proteins from grass-fed animals, are mixed into classic dishes inspired by his childhood in Mexico City. As Casa Pública approaches its fifth anniversary, the restaurant's dedication to regional Mexican home cooking continues to transport diners to Mexico City (interior design inspired by art deco and all that). In the Houston and Greene space that hosted Burger %26 Barrel for about a decade, you'll now find this Mexican restaurant full of seafood with food from the chef behind Oxomoco and Speedy Romeo.
Mexican cuisine in New York City has come a long way in the last half decade, and has expanded more and more as the different regions of Mexico are increasingly represented in the city. Mexican food on a rooftop simply isn't rivaled, and that's what you'll find at Cantina Rooftop in Midtown. .