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251 W. 50th St. New York, NY 10019 | West 50s | 212-581-1818

Location Description:

Named after a plant (also known as moonflower) used by the Aztecs to prepare poultices and induce hallucinations, Toloache is Mexican restaurant with a wood-burning oven at its heart, from which fly a very good quesadilla featuring fresh huitaloche, queso fundido (Mexican fondue), and suckling pig, the latter with a crunchy piece of skin on top, though you must order extra tiny tortillas to go with it. The margaritas are diverse and generally delicious -- we liked the Frida Kahlo margarita, purple, fruity, and decorated with hibiscus. But while the traditional guacamole was good, the version labeled "frutas" and containing apples, mangoes, and peaches, was a misstep. A solid choice for a pre-theater dinner, with a pleasing, upbeat ambiance and generally good service.

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  • Cuisine(s): Mexican
  • Hours: Sun-Mon 11:30am-10pm, Tue-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-12am
  • Price: $$$$
  • Serving: Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Parking: Garage
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Features: Business Dining, Delivery, Private Party, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly

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    It's definitely a hurdle. That is, avoiding bread in a city obsessed with all things leavened -- pizza, pancakes, artisanal breads. Sure, you can go to regular restaurants and adjust your...
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    It's Cinco de Mayo this week and so you might be inspired to whip up a guacamole for the occasion. Julian Medina of Toloache suggests you do three: a traditional version with a touch of heat...

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