55 Grand St.
New York, NY 10013
Papatzul +

Jesse Reed


  • Sun-Wed 12pm-11pm, Thu-Sat 12pm-12am
  • $$; $$$
  • Business Dining, Delivery, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
The name refers to a pale nutty mole of toasted pumpkin seeds poured over enchiladas stuffed with scrambled quail eggs. Papatzul is New York's only real cognate of Chicago's Frontera Grill, an informal place that specializes in well made regional Mexican fare at prices that fall short of wallet shrivelling. Other admirable dishes include duck enchiladas in a dark, chocolate-laced mole (not mole poblano, but a variation), and a generous heap of guacamole freshly smashed in a metate, the three-legged mortar made of volcanic rock. The margaritas are strong, well formulated, and do not plop out of a machine.

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