Mexican Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Meet the Man Behind the First Mexican Restaurant to Win a Michelin Star

    Last month, when the Michelin Guide bestowed its coveted stars, four Queens restaurants were included among the honorees. One of them, Casa Enrique (5-48 49th Avenue, Queens; 347-448-6040), is a first-time recipient, as well as New York's only Mexican restaurant to garner a star. Its Chiapas-born ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Does New Santa Ana Restaurant Live up to Its Sibling's Standard?

    Santa Ana Deli & Grocery on the corner of Irving and Stockholm is an excellent Bushwick taqueria. It's a place to while away an afternoon on an extended lunch break, sampling tacos and Mexican sodas. The decor is nothing more than a scuffed linoleum floor, folding chairs, and bags of dried beans, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    The 10 Best Taquerias in NYC

    Like bedfellows and debut albums, we're omnivorous in our tastes, which is why we go to different taquerias for specific tacos -- al pastor here, shrimp tacos there. You want the best cecina? Not here. You have to go to Queens. It is hard to do one thing well, and since a taco has the potential to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Why NYC's Mexican Food Moment Is Good for All of Us

    Unless you have been blindly walking around town, packing your lunch for every meal, you have, no doubt, noticed the proliferation of Mexican restaurant in this city. A new one pops up every week or so: We're witnessing refocused efforts on guacamole and burritos, verdolagas and huazontle are now fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Explore the Vegetarian Side of Los Angeleno Mexican Food at Taqueria Lower East Side

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Taqueria Lower East Side (198 Orchard Street, 212-677-3910) Neighborhood: Lower East Side Cuisine: Mexican

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Here's What to Order at Cafe El Presidente

    The quilt of melting chihuahua cheese that glues sweet al pastor pork to a gringa Madison comes on a fresh made tortilla -- not the corn kind that has finally been receiving its fair share of attention in NYC, but flour. Cafe el Presidente (30 West 24th Street, 212-242-3491), the new project from th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Horchata Brings Mexican Fanfare to Greenwich Village

    New York City is witnessing a major Mexican food moment: Horchata (470 Sixth Avenue), which opened last night in the former BLT Burger space, makes a fourth new concept touting glamorized south-of-the-border fare this spring, and it comes on the heels of El Vez, Gato, and Cafe El Presidente.

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Here's the Key to a Great Taco

    Publishers love to send us cookbooks here at Fork in the Road, and often those books come straight from the chefs at some of New York's best restaurants. So we decided to share the love, and each week, we'll feature a new book, a recipe, and a few thoughts on cooking from the authors. Check back Tue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Missing Coastal Mexican Fare? You'll Want to Find El Super

    The spring brings a swarm of new vendors to Smorgasburg, the weekend Brooklyn food bazaar that resumed its occupation of the Williamsburg waterfront and the Brooklyn Bridge Park on April 5th. El Super is just one of the new additions. The LA-style mariscos tostadas set-up comes from a wife-and-husba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Find a Verdant Quesadilla Among the Wares at Mexico 2000

    It's hard to find fault with Mexico 2000 (367A Broadway, Brooklyn, 718-782-3797), the Mexican grocery stalwart on the South side of Williamsburg in the shadow of the J/M/Z line. With a cornucopia of Mexican produce and spices, canned goods, beer, baked goods, lottery tickets, shampoo, and toilet pap ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 26, 2014

    Mission Cantina Hits the Sweet Spot for Mexico City-Style Tacos

    Danny Bowien's latest venture flaunts from-scratch tortillas

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Find Super Rare Tlales at Reyes Deli & Grocery

    Tlales, also known as chales, talitos, or biuses, are the dregs of the chicharron pot. They are occasionally sold in a commercial context by professional chicharron producers, but even still, these pork crumbles are exceptionally rare, even for Mexican-centric cities like Los Angeles.

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Celebrate Tamale Season at Tamales Mexicanos

    Unlike many foodstuffs, the Mexican tamale resists modernization. The process -- making a braised filling, mixing a dough, soaking cornhusks, assembling individual dumplings, wrapping each package, then steaming until cooked through -- is so time-consuming that it enervates even the most eager parti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Taqueria Lower East Side's Tostadas and Tacos, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Tacos and tostadas from Taqueria Lower East Side (198 Orchard Street, 212-677-3910), $3-$5.50 Want to have a beer with your meal and still spend less than 10 bucks? Head to this Lower East Side Mexican joint.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Tacos Morelos: Cheap Vegetarian Food on the Corner

    In my meat-free book, there are three components to the perfect eatery (in addition, of course, to serving tasty food): First, there must be at least two vegetarian options on the menu -- having only one is boring and makes me feel like an afterthought instead of an valued guest. Second, the food sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Venture to Tacos y Quesadillas Chilpacingo Gro. for Tlayocos

    The cadre of carts parked outside of the Myrtle-Wyckoff stop in Bushwick have gained another member: Tacos y Quesadillas Chilpancingo Gro. (Wyckoff Avenue between Gates and Myrtle) is a cart based out of Corona, Queens -- where there is an original outpost -- and it has roots in the capital city of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    A Mexican Breakfast at Sabor a Mexico

    "We don't have espresso drinks, no cappuccinos... just cafe con leche," laments the matron of Sabor a Mexico Taqueria (160 First Avenue, 212-533-4002), a modest Mexican hole-in-the-wall run by a family from Guerrero in the East Village. The four small tables are rarely filled; the occasional local c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Find the Tamalero at Broadway and Keap: The Tamales Are too Good to Share

    You might look for grooves worn into the sidewalk at the corner of Broadway Avenue and Keap in South Williamsburg: Carlos, an early morning tamale vendor, has been at this same spot almost every Saturday and Sunday for the past 18 years. He pulls up on his bicycle, which is outfitted with a rolling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    A Convincing Argument for NYC Mexican Food at Reyes Deli & Grocery

    When the New York Times released its taco issue two weeks ago, Ligaya Mishan's Hungry City column, which praised a handful of our city's finer offerings, was simultaneously heralded for highlighting the goods and scoffed at for neglecting dozens of deserving places among the Mexican cuisine cognosce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Taqueria Rancho Escondido's Barbacoa Tacos, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 14: Barbacoa tacos from Taqueria Rancho Escondido (257 West 231st Street, Bronx, 347-640-5050) Spit-roasted goat is only part of the reason why this Kingsbridge hole-in-the-wall makes some of the best tacos in town.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    La Pasadita's Spicy Pork Quesadilla, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 18: Spicy pork quesadilla from La Pasadita (Myrtle Avenue and Broadway, Brooklyn) A taco, sope, or torta might be the natural order from this Bushwick taco truck, but the quesadilla is a surprise hit.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    5 Spots for Great Tacos on National Taco Day

    In case you missed it, LA and its surroundings got their undies in a bunch this week after the New York Times published a Hungry City column declaring that NYC could go "mano a mano" with the City of Angels when it comes to tacos.

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    House Mole a Standout at Aqui En Bella Puebla Inc.

    "La mejor de Mexico esta en Puebla"--which roughly translates to "the best part of Mexico is Puebla"--reads the menu of Aqui En Bella Puebla Inc. The board is lengthy: dozens of antojitos, a long list of protein fillings for your tortas and tacos, six kinds of soup, a steam table with more options, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    In Chelsea Market, Look for the Tacos at Los Tacos No. 1

    The fast-food Mexican format that offers quick mindfully-assembled tacos, tortas, and burritos is so popular in the western end of our country, but it has yet to take hold this far east. Unlike big-branch conglomerates serving slop, these types of restaurants serve streamlined Mexican fare, and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Can the Quesadilla Maker Help a Bro to Not Screw Up Dinner?

    After browsing through the food section of a popular men's lifestyle magazine one evening, a thought popped into my head: I could really go for some homemade quesadillas.

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Santa Ana Deli Looks Like a Bodega but Sells Killer Quesadillas

    Amid Ecuadorian restaurants and laundromats that dot Stockholm Street and Irving Avenue, a Bushwick thoroughfare that has recently seen an uptick in new spots like Fritzl's Lunch Box and Verde Coal Oven Pizza, sits the Santa Ana Deli. Colorful blankets adorn the walls of this corner joint, and they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Calexico's Baja Fish Taco, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Later this year, we'll pen our Best of New York issue, our annual love letter to what's great in this town. When that paper hits the streets, you'll find our picks for the very best this city has to offer when it comes to dozens of cuisines, restaurants, dishes and drinks. Until then, you can get a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Taqueria Diana Will Bring a New Mexican Option to the East Village

    "I felt like this area had a missing hole that needed to be filled," says California native Matthew La Rue. "I don't think that it has much great Mexican food currently."

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Taqueria Lower East Side's Carnitas, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Later this year, we'll pen our Best of New York issue, our annual love letter to what's great in this town. When that paper hits the streets, you'll find our picks for the very best this city has to offer when it comes to dozens of cuisines, restaurants, dishes and drinks. Until then, you can get a ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 14, 2012

    Go Green at Sabor a Mexico Taqueria

    No, not eco. Green sauce, folks.

  • Dining

    August 22, 2012

    Tacos Cachanilla: Pass Me the Pigskin

    A visit to one of the city's most evolved taquerias

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    5 Best Things To Eat at Tacos Cachanilla

    What the hell is this? It looks like some abstract 3-D painting. [See Tejal Rao's review of Neta in photos] This week, Counter Culture sneaks into Tacos Cachanilla in the shadow of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Sunset Park. It's probably the city's most evolved taqueria and claims to mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    The Story of Tlaycoyos

    Patty's Taco Truck's fully loaded tlaycoyo Tlaycoyo, from an Nahuatl Indian word, is a central Mexican street food consisting of an oblong slab of masa dough that has been stuffed with a layer of crushed beans and cooked on a comal - a flat or sometimes slightly concave griddle.

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    My 5 Favorite NYC Breakfast Tacos

    The huevos con chorizo breakfast taco at Tacombi The breakfast taco is a Tex-Mex specialty that originated in Austin (some say San Antonio) probably in the 1970s. In both cities it is firmly fixed in the breakfast firmament, and a recent trip to Central Texas suggested you could get one in nearly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Recipe: Oaxacan-Style Tamales from Almond

    Today we bring to you a recipe from Almond, an American bistro in the Flatiron district. One of the restaurant's bussers named Antony actually acquired the recipe from his grandmother who comes from Tulcingo del Valle, Puebla. She made these tamales at her neighborhood and church gatherings. The t ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 18, 2012

    Florencia 13: Gangsters Get Their Burritos

    California expats find themselves a clubhouse in NYC

  • Columns

    March 28, 2012
  • Dining

    March 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Five Tacos Offers Some Taco Redemption

    After yesterday's sham of a taco lunch, we decided to venture out and find ourselves some tacos worth eating. Fortunately, we were successful in our quest, chowing down at the recently opened Five Tacos, a sister eatery to next door's Ten Degrees, located on the easternmost block of St. Mark's Plac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Barbuto Chef Jonathan Waxman on His New Gig at Rosa Mexicano and How to Cook the Perfect Chicken

    No question that Barbuto chef Jonathan Waxman has seen it all. His career has now spanned several decades, but his fresh, seasonal cuisine is as contemporary as ever. Oft-cited as one of the fathers of New American cuisine, he now has a gig championing food from south of the border. Waxman recently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Dorado Now Slinging Inexpensive Baja-Style Fish Tacos and More

    Lauren ShockeyDorado Taco's classic Baja-style taco​The plywood's off at Dorado, a Boston-based taqueria and quesadilla shop that's set up shop in Greenwich Village. On the menu you'll find soft corn tortillas filled with fried fish (Baja-style), grilled fish, beer-battered shrimp, chorizo, st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Dorado and Tortaria Bringing Mexican Food to Greenwich Village. Fiesta!

    Looks like NYU students and other Greenwich Village residents will be getting a pair of Mexican eateries in the new year. Opening at 28 East 12th Street (212-627-0900) will be Dorado, specializing in tacos and quesadillas. And right around the corner at 94 University Place (212-776-1830) will soon b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Dos Caminos Chef Ivy Stark on Day of the Dead Culinary Traditions: Interview Part 2

    Photo courtesy Ivy StarkCan't find good Mexican food? Talk to Ivy Stark.​ Yesterday we spoke to Dos Caminos chef Ivy Stark about her new cookbook, Dos Caminos Mexican Street Food, now available on Amazon (it officially hits stores next week). Today we shift gears somewhat as Ivy tells us wha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Dos Caminos Chef Ivy Stark on New York City's Best Mexican Street Food

    Photo courtesy Ivy StarkIvy Stark eats from the street​ Dos Caminos is one of the city's more upscale Mexican restaurants, but chef Ivy Stark has a soft spot for Mexican street food. So much so that she just wrote a book about tacos, tortas, and a bevy of other street snacks titled, appropria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Our 10 Best Bushwick Restaurants

    ​Plenty of fleecy white ricotta nicely peppered, pickled artichokes, and mozzarella on a perfect coal-fired crust, from Verde Coal Oven. Bushwick is potentially one of Brooklyn's best dining destinations. With its large Latin population, the cuisines of the Spanish diaspora are well represe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Five Great Cheap Mexican Dishes To Eat Now

    ​Don't get the delicious red guajillo chile sauce on your sleeve. It will never wash out. Ever since immigration from southern Mexico began in the 1980s due to prolonged drought, Mexican food around here has been getting better and better, as more fresh ingredients have been imported, and ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Where Can I Get Oaxacan Food in NYC?

    ​Don't expect to find any Oaxacan food here. The name? A total sham! Lauren S. asks: Where can I get Oaxacan food in New York City? Dear Lauren: This question always makes me sad. In brief, there is no Oaxacan food in Gotham. I'm not really sure why, since it would be easy enough for someon ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 26, 2011

    Cholulita Sells Smut Under the J Tracks

    Corn smut, that is. A Bed-Stuy bodega's authentic Pueblan food.

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Greenpoint's New Calexico Carne Asada

    ​Yikes! The bland guacamole tastes mainly of oregano, and it's expensive, too. Few food carts have been ballyhooed as much as Calexico's, which show up on a regular basis in Soho, Williamsburg, and Brookyn Bridge Park. In fact, they won a Vendy award in 2008. Inevitably, these purveyors of Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Toloache Taqueria Is Open

    Julian Medina lets his tacos loose.​Yesterday, Toloache's Julian Medina told us about his plans for Toloache Taqueria, his new Financial District fast-casual Mexican spot selling "guacamole and chips, tortilla soup, chicken pozole, and braised pork with noodle soup. And three different salads. ... More >>

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