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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Though it's a roving taco truck, Tacos El Vagabundo's (Queens Plaza at 40th-41st Street, Sunnyside, 347-276-4522) presence in Sunnyside, Queens is abiding. Every night of the week "The Vagabond" parks on Queens Plaza between 40th and 41st Streets, operating as a nighttime rapid-fire hot-line of burr ... More >>
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How lush was my taco? At the invitation of Serious Eats Mexican-food expert Scarlett Lindeman, I visited a newish taqueria in Sunset Park in the shadow of the looming Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn's largest Roman Catholic cathedral. The place is called Tacos Cachanilla, and one of the lures ... More >>
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 >>
Can a renowned pastry chef make a decent taco?
Lauren ShockeyThe 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.
Back Forty's PozoleBack Forty's One-Pot Dinner Series debuted last month and is slated to run through March. The idea was to feature one, soul (and body)-warming meal each cold-weather month, like Brazilian feijoada or Cajun gumbo. But November's Pozole Verde was popular with patrons that the ... More >>
Downtown Bakery on the left, Puebla Mexican Food on the right! Nearly two decades ago, as the first big wave of southern Mexican immigration was making itself felt in NYC, two old and not particularly good Italian bakeries on First Avenue in the East Village were transformed into Mexican-It ... More >>
Nueva York is more Mexican than ever—so where's the great food?
A thumbnail of San Antonio Tex-Mex cuisine: chilaquiles, puffy tacos, fajitas, and steak ranchera. The West Side of San Antonio, Texas is the heartland of the city's Tejano population, a barrio whose Spanish traditions go back to the Alamo and way beyond. Nevertheless, denizens of this colo ... More >>
A little taste of summer At the corner of 47th Street and Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park, a woman at a cart is frying up gorditas stuffed with chicharrones, and fashioning rolled tacos and elotes, ears of corn slathered with mayo, cotija cheese, and chile powder. Big jugs of homemade green salsa ... More >>
Luis Arce Mota's new restaurant, Ofrenda, opened in the West Village last week serving homestyle Mexican cuisine, which means you won't find a single quesadilla on the menu. Not that there's anything wrong with quesadillas, says Mota. He just wants to introduce New Yorkers to other aspects of ... More >>
What's with the crazy colores?
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 >>
Chorizo huarache El Comal is a spacious, shiny taqueria and jugueria with one long kitchen open to the room, where a woman is stationed at the grill, patting out all manner of antojitos. A broken Spanish/broken English conversation yielded the information that the restaurant is new, although ... More >>
An East Coast Chicano suffers
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesJuly 11, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 38Tortilla Flat, Mexican Food130 Seventh Ave. South-Sheridan Square, 224 Thompson StreetMenuSoup (cup) .25Tacos, beef or chicken .35, Mexican sausage .40Two Tostados and Beans (chicken or beef) .90Chicken & Rice ... More >>
The Oaxaqueno tamale When I first moved to New York from Los Angeles, I despaired of finding a good taco, or good Mexican food in general. Then I started exploring Sunset Park, Jackson Heights, and the Red Hook ballfields, and realized that New York actually does have good tacos, and Mexican seafo ... More >>
Fish tacos made with skate The word on Chowhound and Serious Eats about the month-old Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona, Queens, has been rapturous. The reason for all the fuss? The tortilleria is the first known New York establishment to make its own nixtamal and grind it into fresh masa (corn dough) ... More >>
A tale of two tamales, one red and one green (click to explode) Not sure how when it happened, but East Harlem's 116th Street has become of paradise of Latin street vending. At $2 for two, the tamale meal you see above constitutes one of the city's most formidable Incredibly Cheap Eats. Purchas ... More >>
New Carmine cantina reverently replicates Mexican dishes
Restaurante Taqueria Guerrero near the corner of 39th Street and Fourth Avenue
Getting his goat
The melting point of dairy products, and other border disputes
Black magic women
Our Man finds the "entire peasant diet of El Salvador" in Washington Heights
Our restaurant critic goes hunting on Roosevelt Avenue
A New Mexican café in Williamsburg excels at Pre-Columbian fare
Our rollicking crew checks out a couple of Brooklyn taquerías
Flay outflayed by Sonoran hash house east of Union Square
Are lard, eggs, and fish tacos the new health foods?
Obscurely located Mexican links Red Hook and Guerrero
Pan-Mexican fare replaces H at Bushwick's premier park
Former delis bring Mexican country cooking to Clinton
East Harlem Beats Sunset Park
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