Mexican Food and Cooking

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    September 24, 2014

    At Cafe el Presidente's New Breakfast, the Tacos Trounce All Others in the City

    There are a pair of pineapples sitting in the window of Cafe el Presidente (30 West 24th Street, 212-242-3491), Tacombi's new outpost in the Flatiron, and their spiny visages are an invitation to the breakfast service recently rolled out. It is a pleasant spot to be early morning, when sunlight pour ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    Here's a Taste of the Breakfast at Cafe El Presidente

    At 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the streets of the Flatiron district are bustling with suits, tourists with sky pointed cameras, and bike commuters, who weave through the chaos at an occasionally terrifying clip. Breakfast for most of these early risers comes in clutched paper cups from corner rolling ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    Here's What to Eat at Taqueria Tehuitzingo's Ninth Avenue Offshoot

    Early this year, Taqueria Tehuitzingo (578 Ninth Avenue, 646-707-3916) opened an offshoot of its Tenth Avenue bodega in a diminutive stall on Ninth. The splashy font of signage catches the eye of travelers pouring out of Port Authority, filling the spot's five tiny tables for post-expedition plates ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    A Reason to Go to La Mesita, a Perpetually Empty Bushwick Mexican Joint

    La Mesita (1513 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-366-8700), a perpetually empty Mexican restaurant that opened in Bushwick last year, seems to be suffering from similar pains that plagued the space's former occupant, a Latin American rotisserie chicken joint called El Asadero: It's overshadowed by other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Six Restaurants That Opened This Week In NYC

    When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: the team behind Rosemary's brings us a Southern French restaurant, fresh mini donuts are being served up in Harlem, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Here Are the 20 Best Derby De Mayo Events in NYC

    Break out the festive hats, it's about time to bet on some horses and hit a fiesta. And a slew of venues all over the city are ready to accommodate your antics, whether you're planning on donning a sombrero or a floppy bonnet, whether you'll be drinking margaritas or mint juleps. Here are the 10 be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    On an Ever-Changing Strip of Real Estate, the Nachos at Taqueria Diana Have Staying Power

    No street seems shift as constantly at St. Marks Place in the East Village. If you keep up with the revolving door of real estate that is the stretch between Cooper Square and Avenue A, you seen the evolution of ramen shops, slice joints, and automats. If you don't stroll down the street for a few w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    El Toro Blanco: A Proustian Ride Through the Taco Bell Drive-Thru

    El Toro Blanco (257 Avenue of the Americas, 212-645-0193), a swank Mexican cantina from the owners of Lure Fishbar and Burger & Barrel, opened in the fall of last year on a prosaic stretch of Sixth Avenue. Dressed in orange, black, and red with leather banquettes and ochre wooden beams, it channels ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    El Atoradero Gets a New Home, Continues to Crush It

    Last time we checked in with Lina Chavez, the El Atoradero (800 East 149th Street) bodega owner who fashions some of the city's best carnitas, she was still dragging a cauldron into the center of the room every weekend to cook. Now, she has a proper restaurant right next door: She took over the Mexi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Mexico City Expats Will Be Happy at Sembrado

    Over the summer chef Danny Mena of Hecho en Dumbo made his second foray into cosmopolitan Mexican cuisine with Sembrado (432 East 13th Street, 212-729-4206) in the East Village. The space is slim and sleek, with brushed metal chairs, an exposed brick wall, and a mural of dark, psychedelic flowers at ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    Tasting the Mexican Specials at Fritzl's Lunch Box

    Fritzl's Lunch Box is a cheery American luncheonette smack in the middle of Bushwick that opened early this year. Chef Dan Ross-Leutwyler is an alum of Roberta's and Fatty 'Cue, and he has a knack for making de rigeur American food--roasted beets, grilled cheese sandwiches, and caesar salad, for ins ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013
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    June 25, 2013

    Empellón Taqueria's Skirt Steak Tacos, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Later this year, we'll pen our Best of NYC 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 tast ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013
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    April 29, 2013

    The EV Finally Gets an SF Burrito Mojado

    Taqueria Cancun's burrito mojado is a gigantic carne asado burrito drowning in sauces. In San Francisco's Mission District, where the burrito as we know it was invented, the ultimate form is known as the burrito mojado ("wet burrito"). An overstuffed flour-tortilla burrito is smothered in all the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Some of the City's Best Nachos, in an Unexpected Place

    No lack of cheese on this version of New York's favorite bar snack. Nachos is a quintessential Tex-Mex dish that was invented in the border town of Piedras Negras in 1943 by Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya, but it's now on the menu of nearly every family-style chain restaurant, fast food establishment, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    The Story of Pozole

    This beautiful bowl of green pozole is Dish #2 in our countdown. We're nearly at the end of 100 Dishes to Eat Now, our tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue! Many of us are familiar with the pork-and-hominy stew called pozole that's available as a weekend special at taquerias in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2012

    Fish Tacos from Florentina's Restaurant, Dish #53

    Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in every day (weekends, too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: Beef Hot Pot at Hou Yi, Dish #55 | Cellophane Noodles From Spicy Bampa, Dish #56 | Natu Kodi Biryani ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    How to Make Scallop Aguachile From Gran Electrica

    [See More Recipes: Boozy Sparkling Watermelon Punch from the Smith | How to Make the Whipped Green Eggs from Paprika] Here's a recipe for scallop aguachile from Gran Electrica chef Sam Richman. At this Mexican restaurant in DUMBO, Richman (formerly of Jean Georges) serves market-driven dishes inspi ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2012

    Love the Beans, Hate the Beaner

    One of the greatest stories I ever worked on involved neo-Nazis and burritos

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    April 17, 2012

    What's Angelo Sosa Up To at Anejo Tequileria?

    The best dish we tried was the scrumptious beef taquitos. Angelo Sosa - the season seven Top Chef contestant who ended up in second place - opened Anejo Tequileria in Hell's Kitchen as chef and partner this past January, focusing on aged tequilas and similar Mexican fermented products. Fork in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Cemita Versus Torta: Your Mexican Sandwich Primer

    Peeling back the top of a sandwich from a Mexican bodega can sometimes cause momentary confusion. "Where's the pickled jalapeno? What's this green stuff?" is all too common a refrain. Here we clear up the difference between the two most popular Mexican sandwiches, the cemita and the torta, and where ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    Goat Town Brings Puffy Tacos, San Antonio Style, to NYC

    The puffy tacos on Mexican Mondays at Goat Town An old friend of mine, Julie Farias, recently took over as chef at Goat Town, an East Village bistro. Julie was born and raised in San Antonio, and with her assistance, I made a trip there a couple of years ago. The Central Texas city is one of the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Tepito's Quesadilla Is Full of Shroomy Cheesiness

    Lauren ShockeyCheese, please​First Avenue near 13th Street has seen a lot of restaurant turnover recently. In addition to the just-unveiled Sao Mai and BaoBQ, there's a new Mexican restaurant on the block called Tepito (228 First Avenue, 212-777-7980). As the East Village Local notes, the eate ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Dia de los Muertos: Let's Go Eat for the Dead

    Maya's Margarita del Diablo: Just what your late family members might drink?​ Most people gear up for Halloween parties as October comes to an end. With all of the costume planning and candy eating going on, it's easy to forget about that other spooky holiday, Dia de los Muertos. The family-f ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Cheap and Filling Veggie Fare at Aussie-Inspired Tuck Shop

    ​ This Aussie-inspired mini-chain is best known for its cheap and filling meat pies, hearty things perfect for a quick meal before or after a night of drinking in the East Village. Its vegetarian options are no less tasty (or cheap). Take the vegetarian chili. At only $6, it has a flavor and c ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Roberto Santibañez Discusses His New Cookbook, Truly Mexican, and Espouses His Love of Mexican Cuisine

    Andrew GrantRoberto Santibañez is truly Mexican​Park Slope restaurant Fonda has become a popular dining destination for authentic Mexican cuisine. So its patrons should be very excited that its chef and owner, Roberto Santibañez, has just published a comprehensive cookbook called Truly Mexi ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Sietsema's 10 Favorite SXSW Austin Area Restaurant Recommendations for New Yorkers Heading to the Festival

    ​Migas at Cisco's is a "don't miss" Austin dish if ever there were one, served with your choice of tortillas or piping hot homemade biscuits. (Ask for both.) Last year I made some Austin restaurant recommendations for friends traveling to SXSW, the yearly music and interactive extravaganza i ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    The Early Word: El Camion

    Lauren Shockey​The East Village has its fair share of Mexican cantinas, but you can't really ever have too many tacos and tequilas in life, can you? So over the weekend we headed to Avenue A to check out the month-old El Camion.

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    January 24, 2011

    Make Marcus Samuelsson's Spicy Mexican Chili, from Red Rooster Harlem

    Red Rooster's answer to chili (and chilly).​It's cold outside. Damn cold. Experts say one of the best remedies for this weather is a steaming bowl of hearty, meaty chili. And by experts we mean Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem. He shares the recipe for his Spicy Mexican Chili and urges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Day of the Dead Dishes; One-Pot Meals

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Meet the Merchant Brooklyn Wine Exchange Wednesday, November 3 at 6 p.m. Ever wonder where your wine comes from? No, not the vineyard -- the wine merchant! He or sh ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Dish #100: Flor de Calabaza Quesadilla at Zaragoza Grocery

    ​Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now: Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes--old standbys and new finds alike--compiled daily. Today's pick: The flor de calabaza (squash blossom) quesadilla ($3.50) at Zaragoza Grocery in the East Village.

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    June 30, 2010

    Taqueria de los Muertos Has a Mean Tongue Burrito

    Taste the tongue.​If you're not already a fan of this place purely for its name's sake, then the tongue burrito at Taqueria de los Muertos is sure to win you over. Overstuffed with rice, cheese, beans (traditional pinto or black), pico de gallo, and tender slices of tongue, it qualifies as a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Dear Grub Street: I May Be Loco, but the Food Rocks at El Cantinero

    ​Compare these carefully constructed nachos -- invented by Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya near Eagle Pass, Texas, in 1943 -- with the anarchistic frat-house rendition. In today's Grub Street, blogger par excellence Daniel Maurer questions my review of El Cantinero, an ancient margarita mill catering t ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    The Early Word: Dos Toros

    Not a burrito: Dos Toro's steak taco​ Dos Toros, a new Cal-Mex taqueria just off Union Square, is owned by Leo and Oliver Kremer, two brothers from Berkeley who wanted to bring Mission-style burritos to New York. Oddly enough, Leo is also the bassist for Third Eye Blind. Neither brother has an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Our Ten Best--Tacos

    Rough-hewn corn tortillas constitute our connection with Mexico's remote past, when women slaked tiny ears of corn with lye procured from blackened seashells to make masa. To put in those tortillas, they made chile-rich sauces, while their husbands sojourned in search of wild boar, crunchy insects, ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Pix from Xochimilco

     Xochimilco's $11 steak special, in which freshly grilled cactus paddle provides extra lube. Served with rice and cheese-dusted beans (click to consume) This week Counter Culture zooms in on Xochimilco, a profoundly good Sunset Park taqueria named after Mexico City's answer to Coney Isl ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 17, 2008

    Got Rattlesnake? Ellis Bar Does.

    This Fifth Avenue spot brings a mixed bag of real Southwestern food to New York

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    July 16, 2008

    Our Man Sietsema and the Kid

    Our Man Sietsema reviews Cabrito.

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    May 14, 2008
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    March 27, 2007
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    March 19, 2007
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    April 26, 2005

    My Lovely Lady 'Rita

    The story of Cinco de Mayo and the Maligned Margarita

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    July 6, 2004

    Seafood Aria

    In midtown, something fishy and cheesy this way swims

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    April 8, 2003
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    March 18, 2003
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    March 4, 2003
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    August 27, 2002
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    August 20, 2002
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    July 23, 2002
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