Formerly located in Williamsburg, this modest Mexican restaurant on the Lower East Side kept its clientele and then some with its affordably priced food and fun-loving atmosphere. The kitchen focuses on the cuisine of Puebla, although the menu has been Americanized enough to attract a diverse crowd of longtime locals and newly imported 20-somethings. Casual, filling fare like burritos, enchiladas and sizzling fajitas are served along with entrees like jumbo shrimp in garlic sauce and grilled carne asada. Diners looking for something a little more authentic might want to take a peek at the specialties of the house, which include mole dishes like mole poblano and adobo (pork in a smoky red mole sauce). Stop by when it's somebody's birthday or a holiday and you just might get a round of tequila shots brought to your table otherwise there are plenty of Mexican beers like Negra Modelo and Bohemia. The space itself is small and festive, a few tables with checked tablecloths and an explosion of colorful Mexico-themed decorations.—Keith Wagstaff
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