• Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Here Are Your Best Bets (By Neighborhood!) for Queens Restaurant Week

    Queens Restaurant Week -- actually two weeks -- launches Monday and lasts until Halloween, and it offers eaters the opportunity to get better acquainted with this vast and super-diverse borough. (And at Queens prices -- prix fixe lunches will run you $14, dinners a mere $28.) Nearly 100 restaurants ... 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

    September 17, 2014

    Here's Where to Find an Excellent Version of the Elusive Chiles en Nogada

    For such a colorful plate of food -- roasted green peppers in an ivory puddle dotted with cardinal-red pomegranate seeds and leaves of parsley -- the chile en nogada generates a lot of brow-furrowing. The controversy begins with the dish's provenance, which can be traced to an 1821 Puebla banquet th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Where to Order the Peculiar Taco Placero

    If you've ever ordered a taco placero on a whim in one of New York City's taqueria-bodegas without knowing what it was, you may have been surprised at the result. Did I order this crumble of rice and half a jalapeño on a dry tortilla? Is the taquero out to lunch? The peculiar taco placero is a Pobl ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 21, 2014
  • 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

    August 23, 2013

    Bear Chef Natasha Pogrebinsky's Five Favorite Restaurants in Astoria/Long Island City

    When I sat down with Bear chef-owner Natasha Pogrebinsky for this week's chef interview, we talked a lot about her connection to Astoria in Queens. Her first experiences in the U.S. happened not far from where her restaurant sits, and she and her brother Alex have dug into the community with their s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    The Campechano Taco at Cuatro Vientos Is Worth Leaving the Late-Night 7 Train

    Walking down Roosevelt Avenue, you spot the boxy edges of a vehicle at about 67th Street. As you move closer, its form emerges out of the dark, a stationary white truck with big block letters that spell out "Tacos Mexicanos, Cuatro Vientos." You groan.

  • Dining

    June 5, 2013
  • 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 14, 2013

    What Do Chefs Eat at Work? From Pig-Head Pozole to Cheese Steaks, Notes on Restaurant Staff Meals

    This week's review is of Cocina Economica Mexico on the Upper West Side, where Pedro Hernandez Perez was put in charge of a Mexican kitchen after winning over David Bank and the Land Thai team with the family meals he prepared, inspired by his hometown of Puebla. To celebrate good family meals (the ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 13, 2013

    Pedro Hernandez Perez Gets Comfy at Cocina Economica Mexico

    Home-style cooking on the Upper West Side

  • 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 >>

  • Dining

    September 19, 2012

    Chiapas, NYC at Casa Enrique

    The city gets some long overdue regional Mexican fare

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: Daniel Martin-McCormick's Spin Control

    This week in the Voice, out today: Michaelangelo Matos details Daniel Martin-McCormick, the musician who is half of the rock-gone-electronic duo Mi Ami and the sole member of Ital: "He's personable, quite alert, and friendly, and it doesn't feel like a chore. He gives the sense that he's exactly wha ... 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 >>

  • 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

    May 1, 2011

    Culinary Report From Cinco de Mayo Street Festival in East Harlem

    ​Go ahead, take a bite of this delicious chile-soaked pambazo. Cecomex, the community organization that figured largely in this week's Voice cover story, sponsored this year's East Harlem Cinco de Mayo festivities. The street fair filled two city blocks, from Lexington Avenue to Second Aven ... 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 24, 2011

    No. 18: Cemita Milanesa Res at Tulcingo del Valle

    ​A cemita from Tulcingo del Valle is one hell of a meal. Cemitas are the signature sandwiches of Puebla, a region of Mexico south and east of the capital. These sandwiches are made on round seeded rolls traditionally made with cactus pulp.

  • 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 26, 2011

    Pix From Cholulita Bella Deli in Brooklyn

    ​The well-stuffed carne enchilada cemita -- reeking of papalo leaves -- at Cholulita Deli. This week, Counter Culture slides into Cholulita Bella Deli, under the J and M tracks on the border of Bushwick and Bed-Stuy. The food is fabulous, and cheap, too, mostly representing an unreconstructe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2010

    Tacos Arabes: The Inside Story

    ​A taco arabes from the El Idolo truck, seen by the greenish glow of the street lamp. "Arab's Tacos" were invented in the city of Puebla in the 1930s, the result of Lebanese businesspeople who set up shop selling a lamb-based version of schwarma roasted on a vertical rotating spit using charc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Our 10 Best Mexican Restaurants in NYC

    ​The inviting dining room of Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona, Queens. Mexican cooking has been coming of age in the city lately, and even champions of such regional variations as Cal-Mex now have lots to be thankful for. We have our upscale places, too, showcasing the gastronomic stylings of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Mexican Restaurants in NYC

    ​The tortilla soup at La Esquina is indeed exceptional, but will that be enough to catapult the café into our top 10? Our catalog of Mexican restaurants has increased tenfold in the last 15 years, offering several regional cuisines, with two southern states most prominent: Puebla and ... 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 >>

  • Columns

    August 11, 2010


    Nueva York is more Mexican than ever—so where's the great food?

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Battle of the Dishes: Fish Tacos From Pinche Taqueria and Baja Fresh

    Pinche's fish taco features a surfeit of crema and limes.​ Today is Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the Mexican army's victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. And although the holiday is celebrated predominately in Puebla (and, of course throughout the United States) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    How Do You Spell G-U-T-B-O-M-B? Pueblan Pata Cemita from La Fiesta in the Bronx

    ​ ​The humongous cemita from La Fiesta in Mott Haven is surely one of the world's great gutbombs. Cemitas are the signature sandwiches of Puebla in southern Mexico, the state from which many New York immigrants come. The hubcab-size round sandwich is made with a special roll that often ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

    Celebrate the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla with these Cinco de Mayo fiestas: Elizabeth in Nolita is hosting a Garden Party tonight from 5-7 pm featuring 50-cent shots of Tanteo tequila, 50-cent pulled pork, roasted chicken, grilled steak and veggie tacos, 50-cent scoops of Tanteo tequila ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 22, 2009

    ¡Ask a Mexican! Is That a Falafel in Your Genes?

    And the Mexican government should lighten up

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Pix from La Superior

    This week's Counter Culture covers La Superior, a Williamsburger Mexican restaurant that adapts a pan-national menu for New York tastes, a feat we dub "Goth-Mex," short for "Gothamite-Mexican." Despite a general dearth of chiles, the food is very Mexican, expertly juggling cacti, masa, and bean ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 16, 2008

    Eating Kids at Cabrito

    New Carmine cantina reverently replicates Mexican dishes

  • Dining

    May 13, 2008
  • Dining

    March 4, 2008

    A Talented Guerreran Cook Climbs Down Off the Awning

    Restaurante Taqueria Guerrero near the corner of 39th Street and Fourth Avenue

  • People

    November 13, 2007

    That New-Car Smell

    Selling autos the same way on both sides of the border

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2007
  • NYC Life

    September 18, 2007

    On the Taco Trail

    Our restaurant critic goes hunting on Roosevelt Avenue

  • Dining

    March 13, 2007

    How Green Was My Mole?

    A New Mexican café in Williamsburg excels at Pre-Columbian fare

  • NYC Life

    April 26, 2005

    My Lovely Lady 'Rita

    The story of Cinco de Mayo and the Maligned Margarita

  • Dining

    March 22, 2005


    Fill your shoe with beef tongue in East Harlem Mexican

  • Dining

    February 22, 2005

    Holy Pozole!

    Obscurely located Mexican links Red Hook and Guerrero

  • Dining

    January 21, 2003

    From Guerrero

    In Harlem, Mole Makes the Meal

  • Dining

    January 7, 2003
  • Dining

    September 24, 2002
  • Specials

    May 15, 2001
  • News

    April 24, 2001

    Toil and Temptation

    From the Car Wash to the Chicano Club, a Mexican Teenager Learns to Survive in the Bronx

  • News

    April 10, 2001

    A Link in the Chain

    Bound for The Bronx, A Mexican Teenager Says Farewell to His Family and Culture

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