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. Inside the bustling graffiti room that clings to the sand of its 80s incarnation, the waiters of Alcatraz stalk tacos from the order counter at a speed that would impress an athletic coach. Alex Stupak tacos are simple and are served on paper plates with side dishes that come in takeaway containers. Tortillas made with Indiana corn that are nixtamalized (the kernels are cooked in lime water and peeled) and pressed at home every day are thin and elastic, with a delicate sweetness of corn.
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 team behind Colonie goes from American farmhouse cuisine to regional Mexican cuisine with this 60-person canteen in Dumbo.
The team prepares market-driven south of the border dishes, reinforced with ingredients prepared from scratch, such as homemade sausage and hand-pressed tortillas made with traditional corn. 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. 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). Customers come to Oxomoco at Greenpoint for its modern aesthetic, a huge skylight, a cascade of hanging plants and a decorative bar, but it's Oxomoco's exclusive menu offerings that keep them coming back time and time again.
This Michelin star restaurant, specializing in various regional cuisines from all over Mexico, is perhaps best known for its tacos, which can be filled with all kinds of dishes, from beetroot sausage to soft-shell crab and lamb barbecue. However, make sure you don't overlook their other colorful offerings, such as trout aguachile and shrimp ceviche toast, all made in their signature wood-burning oven. With its elegant interior and intense pink awning, Ruta Oaxaca del Astoria may take a playful approach to its dining experience, but its authentic Oaxacan food is, without a doubt, delicious. The restaurant is especially known for its drinks (its offer of 2-for-1 brunch cocktails is unbeatable) and for spreading its dishes with delicious mole.
Be sure to try their shrimp side dishes, which are served in half a sliced pineapple, as well as their chicken fritters. Unlike some of the fanciest restaurants in Manhattan, the serving sizes here are generous and you're sure to leave satisfied. 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. The Mexican food scene in Los Angeles is a force in and of itself, and you can try it right here in New York, thanks to Lupe's East L.
La Morada, in the Bronx, is a family-owned, community-focused Mexican restaurant that specializes in indigenous Mexican cuisine from the Oaxaca region. While Fonda's East Village branch was permanently closed during the pandemic, its Chelsea and Park Slope locations, along with a new branch in Tribeca, continue to serve Mexican food by chef and cookbook author Roberto Santibañez. Tacos Güey is a modern Mexican restaurant located in Flatiron that offers an updated version of traditional Mexican cuisine. Amaranto, in Bushwick, Brooklyn, has a very informal atmosphere, but don't be fooled: this small, one-room, open-design place has some of the best Mexican dishes Brooklyn has to offer.
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). 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. Enrique Olvera's elegant haute cuisine dishes, impeccable, expensive and fresh from the market, are among the most coveted in New York cuisine. 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.
If you've ever been involved in a serious conversation about burritos in New York City, taking a trip here is a must. 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. .