Restaurants

Top Choice Mexican in Queens

Tortilleria Nixtamal

The red-and-yellow picnic benches at this lo-fi gem are never short of a roaming gastronome, here for super-authentic Mexican snacks. The secret weapon is the Rube Goldbergian machine, which transforms additive-free…
Mexican in Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

Cosme

Mexican gets haute at this slinky, charcoal-hued newcomer, home to chef Enrique Olvera and his innovative takes on south-of-the-border flavors. Subvert culinary stereotypes with the likes of delicate, invigorating s…
Mexican in Midtown

El Parador Cafe

Back in the day, the far-flung location of this Mexican stalwart was much appreciated by philandering husbands. The shady regulars may have gone, but the old-school charm remains, from the beveled candleholders and …
Mexican in Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

Tacombi Café El Presidente

Channeling the cafes of Mexico City, pink-and-green Tacombi covers numerous bases: from juice and liquor bar to taco joint. Score a table, order a margarita and hop your way around a menu of Mexican street-food deli…
Mexican in SoHo & Chinatown

Tacombi

Festively strung lights, foldaway chairs and Mexican men flipping tacos in an old VW Kombi: if you can't make it to the Yucatan shore, here's your Plan B. Casual, convivial and ever-popular, Tacombi serves up fine, …
Mexican in Queens

Casa Enrique

Don't let the unassuming facade of Casa Enrique fool you: this upscale eatery has a Michelin star and serves some of the best Mexican food in New York City. The menu is full of traditional Mexican favorites—chile re…
Mexican in Queens

Tia Julia

Legendary food truck Tia Julia is justifiably famous for its cemitas, Mexican sandwiches stacked high with string cheese, chicken cutlet, chipotles and the refreshing herb pápalo. Its piled-high tacos are pretty imp…
Mexican in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

El Aguila

Get messy over cheap and cheerful chicken, tongue and bistec (grilled steak) tacos at this no-frills, tile-clad taqueria. Tasty alternatives include tamales, tostadas, tortas (sandwiches) and veggie burritos, all se…
Mexican in SoHo & Chinatown

La Esquina

This mega-popular and quirky little spot combines three places really: a stand-while-you-eat taco window, a casual Mexican cafe (entrance on Lafayette St) and a dim, slinky, cavernous brasserie downstairs requiring …
Mexican in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

Empellón Taqueria

Chef Alex Stupak has transformed the all-important avocado into the most inventive and flavorful guacamole in town. He’s also dropped the ‘Tex’ from Tex-Mex, creating imaginative south-of-the-border fare that is who…