Mexican Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Hey Chefs: Stop Putting Crap in That Guacamole

    Gringos love guacamole. Actually, almost everyone in the United States loves guacamole. We consumes millions of pounds a year, in stripmall taquerias and sceney cantinas, rolled up in chain burritos and poured from a hermetically sealed bags purchased in supermarkets, as we have a God-given right to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    How Small, Immigrant-Owned Taquerias Are Weathering the Lime Shortage

    A multitude of factors have converged to contribute to the drastic lime shortage in the United States this month. Thanks to citrus blight, erratic weather, and inner-state narco politics in Mexico, the price of the little green citrus fruits has skyrocketed, prompting the public to reconsider the ub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Find a Secret Breakfast Burrito Cache at Stan's Cafecito

    Last summer, Williamsburg climbed up the city's totem pole of burritos when Stan's Cafecito (172 Havemeyer Street, 646-626-9175) quietly opened its doors and became the neighborhood's secret cache for tortilla-wrapped breakfasts. Tucked into a tiny alcove between South 2nd and South 3rd, the space i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    At the Tiny Ines Bakery, Baked Goods and Stand-Out Tortas

    Despite its diminutive size, Ines Bakery (948 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-788-0594), a Mexican outpost near Greenwood cemetery, packs it in. On weekdays, when offices are shutting down and schools have run their last bells, the triangular standing room of the bakery fills up as tightly as the glass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Quantity and Quality at the New El Bombon

    El Bombon (75-13 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, 718-672-6500) is a new addition to the line of Jackson Heights Roosevelt Avenue eateries operating under the rumbling 7 train. The restaurant's icon is an anthropomorphic marshmallow, a sombrero-wearing, taco-clutching sweet; not a sweet, curvy lady, as "el ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    A Taste of the Mission District With B'klyn Burro Burrito

    A Styrofoam cooler of pre-made burritos dragged from dive to dive may not be the ideal format in which to sample a good burrito. Nevertheless, that's just how Pepe Urquijo, a Bay Area expat, started his business B'klyn Burro Burrito (at Don Pedro's, 90 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn) early this year, co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Naren Young on His New Cocktail Program at Empellon, Which Debuts Tonight

    Naren Young's spirits career has taken him all over the world, and he's worked both behind the stick and behind the pen, crafting drinks for patrons and stories on the industry for notable publications. His latest endeavor? He just took over the drinks program at Empellon Cocina and Taqueria, and he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Exploring La Superior's Hot, Williamsburg-Centric Scene

    Why do some $1 beer specials attract the loft-living artist while others lure in the fresh-out-of-school frat boy? What makes one restaurant popular with polo shirts and another a hit with the skinny-jean set? And why do people use three different subway lines just to get somewhere when there are so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Coppelia's Havana Salad, 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

    April 25, 2013

    Mole Poblano Goes Mainstream: Cosi's Sandwich Fail

    Cosi's bread looks like an alligator, or maybe tree bark. Those of us who fervidly celebrate the joys of immigrant cooking and its eventual assimilation into the standard American diet―think tortilla chips and guacamole, beef stroganoff, wonton soup, and IKEA's bouncy Swedish meatballs―may sti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Huazontle, a Mexican Spring Green That's Rarer Than Ramps

    While seasonal foodie rapture over ramps and fiddlehead ferns is starting up, there's another vegetable that's also having a moment--and is even harder to find. Huazontle, a sturdy edible weed from Mexico that you won't find in farmers markets, remains even more elusive. The leafy green branches hol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    A Sole Cup of Birria at Tacos El Bronco

    Those who have tasted a good bowl of birria, the Mexican soup from Jalisco made from toasted chiles and roasted goat, know it's a soup that inspires a rapture more consuming than what tweens feel for Justin Bieber. In Los Angeles there are entire restaurants dedicated to birria -- the soft simmeri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2012

    Where To Take a Middle-School Spanish Class for a Field-Trip Lunch?

    The pozole at Tacos Cachanilla could easily feed two hungry students. Whitney D. asks: I am a middle school Spanish teacher taking my class on a field trip. I was hoping we could stop afterwards to taste the cuisine of a Spanish-speaking country. The restaurant must be open during the weekday and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Q&A: Julieta Ballesteros of China Latina, Part 2 -- Let's Eat Ant Eggs!

    Yesterday, we interviewed Julieta Ballesteros about her newest venture, China Latina. She talked about the marriage of Latin and Chinese cuisine and where she gets her inspiration. Today, Ballesteros reveals that she will eat anything that people give her including one of her favorite dishes from Hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Despite the Buzz, Wahoo's Fish Taco Is Actually Kinda Meh

    Transplanted West Coasters were pretty pumped when Wahoo's Fish Taco opened its doors at 333 Park Ave South (212-466-3330) a few weeks ago, its first outpost east of the Mississippi River. The fast-casual Cal-Mex chain dates from 1988 and its branches in California, Hawaii, Colorado, and Texas soon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Rojo Guacamole at Toloache 82

    Lauren ShockeyChristmas-colored guac at Toloache 82​While doing some reconnaissance for our 10 Best Upper East Side Restaurants, we paid a visit to Toloache 82, the newest branch of the Toloache empire, which opened several weeks ago. Inspired by the colors of the Christmas season, we opted f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Happy National Taco Day! Find NYC's Best Tacos

    It's National Taco Day, apparently! While New York City might not be Los Angeles when it comes to scoring premium carne asada off the street, there are still lots of excellent taco options to try. Plenty of new spots have opened since we listed the 10 Best Tacos in New York a couple of years ago, wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Dish No. 74, Plus a Look Inside the New Dos Toros

    ​Dish No. 74 in our countdown is the crispy carne asada taco at Dos Toros. If you're accustomed to the cramped and tumultuous Dos Toros on Fourth Avenue, the new branch at Father Demo Square will tranquilize you. There are more than twice as many tables for eating in, plenty of room for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to West End, Goodbye to Café Flo

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Vai, the Upper East Side spot that just got a Soho outpost, has closed. The building is reportedly being torn down. [Grub Street] Café Flo in Astoria did not survive a four-alarm blaze that r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Where Do I Find Oaxacan Cheese?

    dishtip.comQuesillio Oaxaca​Jason T. asks: Where in NY can I get authentic Oaxacan cheese? Looking for a queso fundido made with Oaxacan cheese. Thanks in advance. Dear Jason: I concur in your appreciation for Oaxacan cheese. Even though we have few actual Oaxacans in town (and no actual Oax ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Tacos Morelos Truck Brings Tacos Placeros to Williamsburg. Double Yum!

    ​Now you don't have to go to East Elmhurst to enjoy a taco placeros, just take the L to the Bedford stop. Four years ago on an extreme taco run from Corona to Woodside on Roosevelt Avenue - intent on sampling every at least two tacos from every store, truck, and cart - my gang and I stumbled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Fany Gerson Talks About the Sombrero Effect, the Future, and Filling All Those Ice Cream Carts

    ​Yesterday, we spoke with Fany Gerson about the many things she has planned for La Newyorkina, the Mexican frozen-treats stand that she debuted in New York last summer. Today, the pastry chef extraordinaire talks about the so-called Sombrero Effect, the future, and keeping all of those ice cre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Eating Goat Eyeball Tacos in Staten Island

    ​The eyeball-popping parking lot mural was a harbinger of what was to follow. It was a gothic conclusion to a very gothic day. It started out with a trip on the Staten Island Ferry to New Brighton, to a neighborhood overlooking New York's Upper Bay that was once the site of a Revolutionary Wa ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010


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  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Nine Cuisines Missing from NYC

    positiveictafrica.wordpress.comA typical Kenyan meal featuring the staple starch called ugali and fried fish​Morgan S. asks: I've been told you can get every cuisine in the world in New York City. Is that true? Dear Morgan: Well, almost. We've got at least 80 distinct cuisines by my estimate, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Make Raymond Mohan's Grilled Sweet Summer Corn on the Cob, from Coffee Shop

    Grilled sweet summer corn... get it while it's still hot.​Last week may have felt like a wet autumn was upon us, but this week summer is back in full force. So, get thee to the Greenmarket for the last of the summer corn and use it to make this recipe for Grilled Sweet Summer Corn on the Cob b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Pix from Cascabel Taqueria on the Upper East Side

    ​Morsels to go with your micro-brew: "quesadilla authentica" on the left, gorditas to the right. Today, Counter Culture wrestles its way into Cascabel Taqueria, a micro-eatery on the Upper East Side with an excellent beer list (including bottles from Sly Fox, Goose Island, Lagunitas, and othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Make Julian Medina's Guacamole Trio from Toloache

    Guac, tres ways.​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 from jalapeño; a fruity version with pomegranate seeds, mango, sweet onion, apple, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Tacos at El Aguila in East Harlem

    ​The overstuffed tacos at El Aguila include carnitas (left) and barbacoa (right). If you're a Mexican taqueria occupying actual real estate, how do you compete with all the trucks that set up shop as soon as the sun goes down?

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Make Rosa Mexicano's Super Bowl Sunday Mexico City Hot Dog (Perro Caliente Mexicano)

    Forget football. Super Bowl Sunday is all about the food.​ Super Bowl Sunday is all about gut-bombing grub, American beer, and exorbitant advertising spots. (Oh yeah, there's also a football game involved.) Rosa Mexicano's culinary director Chef David Suarez has come up with a special dish for ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010
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    December 22, 2009

    Cookbook Tester: Antojitos by La Palapa's Barbara Sibley and Margarite Malfy

    Sauteed shrimp in a fiery salsa​Barbara Sibley and Margaritte Malfy are the co-owners-and-chefs of the two La Palapa restaurants in the East and West Villages. Antojitos, published this fall, is the first cookbook from the duo.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Incredibly Cheap Eats--Tlacoyos

    I wrote about El Centenario Grocery and Deli back when it really was a grocery and deli, with just a counter in the rear where a lone, hardworking cook turned out reliable Mexican standards, including great barbacoa tacos. Walking by the other day, I peeked inside and was surprised to find that al ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 20, 2009

    Killing Hunger at El Almacén

    Argentinean in Williamsburg offers Mexican and Italian, too

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Vegetarian Delights of NYC--Salsa Verde Tamale

    Step into Don Paco Lopez Panaderia and the warm smell of sugar and butter envelops you. The bakery specializes in dozens of different sorts of Mexican sweet rolls and cakes, and there's selection of Mexican candies, including extra-spicy Pulparindo (amazing!). But on the other side of the store, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Vegetarian Delights of NYC--Chiles Rellenos

    Tulcingo del Valle's chile relleno is a vegetarian masterpiece One of the cornerstones of Pueblan cooking is the chile relleno--a fresh, deep green poblano pepper slit and stuffed with cheese, dipped in an egg batter, and then fried. The process is tricky--believe me, I've tried it--becau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Fish Taco Food Porn

    Fish, especially cheap fish tacos, might not seem the most likely candidate for food porn, but to me they are thing of pure beauty. The crisp cabbage, the bright red and green salsas, the rainbow of trimmings. With my Baja salsa research expedition over, I'm spending Monday back in New York hungry f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Incredibly Cheap Eats--Huaraches

    Too good to throw at George BushThe quality under-$5 meal is elusive. Under-$5 snacks that can be eaten as a meal are plentiful, but a really good, belly-filling meal for less than the cost of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toll is harder to find. Thus, I submit for the Incredibly Cheap Eats record, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Fork in the Road Hates the Snake, Loves the Fry Bread

    This week, I review Ellis Bar, a Southwestern restaurant that serves food like rattlesnake and fry bread. Real Southwestern-American fare is a rarity in New York (not fake-y Mexican, but actual Southwestern). So although Ellis Bar is an odd place that does some dishes very well and others rather bad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2008

    Endless Summer: Cheap Mexican in WBurg That's Actually Good

    Today, guest blogger Araceli Cruz, an editor here at VV, tells you all about Endless Summer, a taco truck near her apartment in Williamsburg. Araceli happens to be from LA, land of taco trucks, so she knows of which she speaks. Take it away: As a native of California, I’ve inhaled as much Mexican ... More >>

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