Mexican restaurants for families in New York City · 1. Another Michelin flare, the Oxomoco wood oven, produces fantastic fish, barbecue and “chorizo” tacos made with beetroot, not to mention one of the best steaks we've ever eaten inside or outside of restaurants specializing in meat. We've always liked their frozen drinks (despite the cold season, the apple cider and apricot and blueberry options are perfect for the season) and there are also many other cocktails, wines and beers available. The owners of Bar Henry expanded to Queens with this Mexican restaurant with capacity for 40 people, specializing in regional cuisine from Cintalapa, Chiapas.
The brothers Cosme and Luis Aguilar pay homage to their late mother with traditional dishes, such as mole de Pollo and the Cochinito Chiapaneco (pork ribs marinated with guajillo), which are based on their recipes. The spot painted white leads to a garden in the back. This Cosme spin-off is more informal than the big hit of Flatiron, with a smaller but delicious menu. Start with guacamole and chilaquiles, add a couple of shrimp, eggplant or suadero tacos, dive into the selection of three sauces and you've prepared a feast.
Imbued with Mexico City's all-day restaurants, the 60-seat space features elegant black and oak furniture, a bar with white terrazzo tiles and green vegetation that covers the walls. The Bronx's Mott Haven neighborhood, which can be easily accessed by subway from every corner of the city, has become a hotbed of Mexican restaurants in the last decade and not just the Oaxacan jewel La Morada, which is also on this list. Santa Clarita was founded in 1971 as a Puerto Rican and Dominican restaurant, but it was transformed into a Mexican one with a charming taco window, a more formal indoor dining room and a relaxing porch that connected them. The shepherd cylinder that turns in the window is particularly good, but tacos dorados (tacos rollados), enchiladas, or anything with shrimp are also recommended.
El Mitote, which is named after an Aztec dance, focuses partly on street food in Guadalajara, the hometown of owner Cristina Castaneda, but it also offers classic Mexican food from around the country. An early afternoon brunch that is served every day can include tinga tacos with wild mushrooms, Ranchero eggs or chilaquiles, and an impressive bowl of red chicken pozole, as spicy as it sounds, served with cream-painted toast as a side dish. It's exactly the type of establishment you'd easily find in the capital of Mexico (the owner, José Luiz Díaz, is from Mexico City) or, sometimes, in Los Angeles, but not in New York. New York City is now home to an incredible variety of Mexican establishments, from small taqueria shops to full-fledged restaurants, offering regional food from Yucatán to Sinaloa, as well as high-end places where exciting culinary inventions are being produced.
But what makes this rather large part of Queens especially dear to him is the sense of community and Mexican pride that has taken root ever since immigrants from Oaxaca, Guerrero, the indigenous region of Mixteco and, above all, Puebla, began flocking to New York in the mid-90s. The following is his guide to some of the best Mexican dishes on Roosevelt Avenue, with a little information about taco literacy, so that you too can delve into this immigrant cuisine that conquered a country. The first place on Álvarez's list is a blue food truck where each of the 19 cakes on the menu is named after the Mexican soccer teams. This East Harlem gem specializes in standard Mexican food, with a nod to Mexico City and a special touch to the cuisine of the southern states.
Mexican food on a rooftop simply isn't rivaled, and that's what you'll find at Cantina Rooftop in Midtown. The brand was founded by three friends in Tijuana who intended to bring authentic Mexican cuisine to New York. Part of a group of three restaurants on the same block owned by a pair of Guatemalan sisters, Brenda Castellanos and Ana Prince, Antojitos del Patron is a cozy café that offers homemade corn-based Mexican food. Fans of Mexican food are faced with the eternal question of where to find a good barbecue on the weekends; La Estancia de la Espiga is the best answer.
For Angelenos and San Franciscans who long for home, New York has a couple of Cal-Mex locations, the most important of which is Lupe's East L. It's a hot and sticky day in August in Corona, Queens, and a taco teacher, a chef from Puebla and a food expert from Queens are looking inside the Tortas Neza food truck and analyzing owner Galdino Molinero's every move. .