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Burrito Loco
166 W 4th St.
b/w 6th & 7th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

Many years ago, one of my clients had recommended Burrito Loco for its authentic Mexican fare. I've dined there regularly ever since. The food is still good, but after 25 years, Ji.. >

Yola's Cafe
524 Metropolitan Ave.
b/w Union & Lorimer St.

$$$$$

1

Start off with some horchata Yola's Cafe "I'll take a horchata." I didn't plan on ordering horchata—I tend to stick with the flavorless and free tap water—but about hal.. >

Barrio Chino
253 Broome St.
b/w Orchard & Ludlow St.

$$$$$

3

3

I was craving one of the chewy German pretzels at Cafe Katja, but the place was closed for a private party (I really should've called ahead). "Where should we go?" I asked my disap.. >

Chiles & Chocolates
54 7th Ave.

$$$$$

2.8

2

A Molť-less brunch at Park Slope's Chiles & Chocolate yields mixed results... >

Rosa Mexicano
9 E 18th St.
b/w 5th Ave. & Broadway

$$$$$

3

Dining with a kids at Rosa Mexicano. .. >

Bonita Restaurant
338 Bedford Ave.
b/w S 2nd & S 3rd St.

$$$$$

3

1

Bonita, owned by the same folks that own Marlowe & Sons and Diner, had terrific fish tacos, a fine heritage pork burrito, and creamy, well-spiced guacamole. The chicken in the chic.. >

Pio Maya
40 W. 8th St.
bet 6th Ave. & MacDougal St.

$$$$$

3

7

I did something I'm not proud of tonight. I may have offended everyone around me. What did I do? I... ate on the subway. (A while ago, the MTA was considering fines for this, but a.. >

Taco Taco
1726 2nd Ave.
b/w 89th & 90th St.

$$$$$

3

2

My friend Stephanie introduced me to some new running buddies who are actually more in to brunch than running but hey, can't blame them. We met at Engineer's Gate and ran the inner.. >

Maya
1191 1st Ave.
b/w 64th & 65th St.

$$$$$

3.5

1

It sometimes feels tougher to find good food in Midtown East and Upper East Side; thankfully came across Maya as a great place to meet up with friends on a recent weeknight and get.. >

Great Burrito
100 W 23rd St.
at 6th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

I donít really eat burritos in New York. Itís something Iíve weaned myself from, not because Iím a snob but because I just canít find any made the way Iím accustomed to (and no, I .. >

Taqueria y Fonda la Mexicana
968 Amsterdam Ave.
b/w 107th & 108th St.

$$$$$

1

On a quest for a taste of LA, J and I descended on Taqueria y Fonda Saturday afternoon. This Mexican dive serves your standard burritos, tacos, enchiladas and tortas (Mexican sand.. >

The Bigger Place
61 Warren St.
at W Broadway

$$$$$

3

1

THIS MEXICAN KITCHEN, formerly known as The Little Place, was forced to close what was its Tribeca lunch counter in the aftermath of September 11. Six months later, its owners purc.. >

Chipotle
680 6th Ave.
b/w 21st & 22nd St.

$$$$$

3.2

6

So, yesterday was the big day.† I returned to Chipotle, after a yearlong, self imposed absence- and had a burrito.† It was not terrible, but it was not worth waiting in a 20 minute.. >

Cilantro
1321 1st Ave.
at 71st St.

$$$$$

1

2

I ran the Naples - New York Park to Park race this morning in Central Park as part of Team in Training. Lon and Ice came to cheer me on in my second race ever. This was my first ex.. >

Rancho Alegre
204 Garfield Pl.
at 7th Ave.

$$$$$

5

1

Oye, donde esta comida mexicana buena en la barrio de Park Slope?? Or some other attempt at a spanish search for good Mexican food round here! Mezcal is ok, Miracle Grill has goo.. >

Alma
187 Columbia St.
at Degraw St.

$$$$$

2.9

2

1/2 Iím still not al fresco crazed or warm weather loving and I still kind of hate eating outdoors (which is hard to reconcile with my love of street food and blazingly hot countri.. >

Mary Ann's
1503 2nd Ave.
at 78th St.

$$$$$

2

2

Mexican. Always a favorite food choice (I just can't deal with the question of "what is your favorite food?", doesn't work for me, there's too many....) Mary Ann's is always enjoy.. >

Juanita
2401 Central Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

There's a kind of frenetic energy that comes with eating dim sum in Monterey Park. It stems from the collective sound of chatty friends, energetic toddlers, and two-dozen metal car.. >

Cafe el Portal
174 Elizabeth St.
b/w Spring & Kenmare St.

$$$$$

1

there are those places in new york that insistently keep popping up on your radar. for me, cafe el portal was one of those. A & i originally passed it ages ago, when he was poi.. >

Centrico
211 W Broadway
at Franklin St.

$$$$$

3.3

3

1/2 Sometimes Iím hesitant to try upscale takes on humbler dishes. Thatís one of the reasons why Iíve never been to Chinatown Brasserie, despite Joe Ngís dim sum pedigree. But my r.. >

Puebla
47 1st Ave.
b/w 2nd & 3rd St.

$$$$$

3.1

1

I am not Jesse Post. By that I mean Iím not some renowned Internet food critic from Brooklyn. Rather, Iím just your run-of-the-mill finicky eater/stand-up comedian from Brooklyn. W.. >

Dos Caminos Soho
475 W Broadway
at Houston St.

$$$$$

4

3

Winette and I planned to celebrate the first days of 2007 with a night of drinks and laughs. I know, you're thinking, "Those girls celebrate every night like its new year's." That'.. >

Yummy Taco
245 Flatbush Ave.

$$$$$

2.8

1

Itís common knowledge that the great swashbuckler Hernan Cortes brought to the New World a host of diseases that ravaged the docile and noble South American tribes such as the Iroq.. >

Benny's Burritos
93 Avenue A
at 6th St.

$$$$$

3

3

A small cafe offering a wide range of Mexican entrees - including nachos, quesidillas, tacos and enchiladas - as well as their namesake burritos.† The options at Benny's are impres.. >

Crema
111 W 17th St.
at 6th Ave.

$$$$$

2

I love going to New York because it focuses my thoughts and helps me better understand some of the major trends in the food business. On many occasions, I meet colleagues from arou.. >

Dos Caminos Park
373 Park Ave. S
b/w 26th & 27th St.

$$$$$

3.3

7

Went to the Dos Caminos on Park for my friendís 30th. Iíve been meaning to try this upscale Mexican place for a while, so was excited to learn that was where weíd be dining. For th.. >

Papatzul
55 Grand St.
at W Broadway

$$$$$

4

2

Mexican is a food you donít just happen to have for dinner. Itís a food you seek out on purpose; it's inspired by a specific craving. You wake up, youíre going about your day, and .. >

Dos Caminos Third Avenue
825 3rd Ave.
at 50th St.

$$$$$

3

1

As Iíve mentioned before, I occasionally have the privilege ó and, yes, it is a privilege ó to dine out in Manhattan with my nephew Gavin, who is 6, and his sister, Bella, who is 4.. >

Bagelfeller
36 W 48th St.
b/w 5th & 6th Ave.

$$$$$

1

There are very few things I wonít eat.† In fact, Iíll pretty much eat anything that a culture deems worthy of eating.† And to prove it, I present to you this story involving a very.. >

Tacobite
905 Lorimer St.

$$$$$

2.7

2

Every time I go jogging I pass the same scraggly-bearded homeless man sitting out front of Bagel World mumbling to himself. All you Carroll Gardeners out there know who Iím talking.. >

Burritoville
141 2nd Ave.
b/w 8th & 9th St.

$$$$$

4

2

Last week, I ended up at Mo Pitkinís House of Satisfaction for an afternoon CMJ showcase. The only thing I know about Moís, is that whenever I mention to someone that the place is .. >

La Esquina
106 Kenmare St.
at Lafayette St.

$$$$$

2.9

4

Last year, I celebrated my birthday at the downstairs La Esquina. My guests and I had to walk through the door marked with an Employees Only sticker, down the stairs and past the k.. >

Pequena
86 S Portland St.
at Lafayette St.

$$$$$

3

1

tonight i went to an m.s.57 ďreunionĒ and went out to dinner here with liz, lynn, jeanette, tasheena, and lynnís boyfriend afterwards. there is much less to say about the food at p.. >

Cafe Mexicano
671 Union St.
at 4th Ave.

$$$$$

3.5

1

Cafe Mexicano on Union Street near 4th Avenue is such a small place you would easily walk right by if not for the few outdoor tables. It's easily overshadowed by the larger Mexican.. >

Original California Taqueria
187 Ct St.

$$$$$

2.2

1

With all the exciting-at-first-but-in-the-end-really-mediocre dining that happens in BoCoCaTown, itís nice to have a cheap and delicious taco joint to rely on. At least two nights .. >

Blockheads
499 3rd Ave.
b/w 33rd & 34th St.

$$$$$

2.8

3

Sometimes youíre not in the mood for beer or for amazingly intricate drinks. Or many times you want to go somewhere that starts the night off just right (or youíre leaving work and.. >

Pampano Taqueria
805 3rd Ave.
b/w 49th & 50th St.

$$$$$

1

When Chipotle opened up in the bottom of my building I spent a full week lamenting how bad Midtown (and even New York in general) had become for†finding good Mexican food.† Of cour.. >

Cafe Condesa
183 W 10th St.
at 7th Ave. S

$$$$$

4.6

2

A few months ago, I visited tiny, eight-table Cafe Condesa, which had just opened. I was amazed at how low the prices were (entrees were in the $8-$12 range) for such high-quality .. >

La Oaxaquena Restaurant
1969 Amsterdam Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

We always point to this restaurant when we would drive by from the west side highway. One lazy Saturday, we finally stopped by for an early lunch... >

Tacos Matamoros
4503 5th Ave.

$$$$$

3.3

3

Towering above Brooklyn like a miniature Schlossberg, Sunset Park was THE place to find cooler temperatures and natural breezes in yesterdayís disgusting pre-thunderstorm climate.†.. >

De Guerreros Taqueria
719 5th Ave.
b/w 22nd & 23rd St.

$$$$$

3

2

Iím writing this up really quickly before dashing to Penn to catch my beloved Acela, but I wanted to make note of the most successful (in terms of attendance) $20/D dinner yet befo.. >

El Paso
134 W Houston St.
b/w MacDougal & Sullivan St.

$$$$$

1

Last night was the first time Iíve seen Alvin since Iíve been back from my extended time away from nyc.† I took him to the place the gang and I went to for my birthday last year [w.. >

Enid's
560 Manhattan Ave.
at Driggs Ave.

$$$$$

2.9

2

Remember when some bitch called me fat on my own blog entry? I had eaten at Egg in Williamsburg, and I left hungry. I was annoyed and that person was annoyed that I was annoyed. An.. >

Mercadito Grove
100 7th Ave. S
at Grove St.

$$$$$

5

1

Next time, just shove a tortilla chip in my mouth and mug me. Damn the Times. Those summer drinking articles just made me thirsty for margaritas in the sun. Six of us headed to Mer.. >

El Paisa
324 Suydam St.

$$$$$

3

1

Bullet Bushwick.Ē††At least, thatís what my friend Izzy used to call it.††It was usually as a punch line to some kind of commentary about how his financial circumstances would lead.. >

Tehuitzingo
695 10th Ave.
b/w 47th & 48th St.

$$$$$

3.1

1

Are these the best tacos in New York, or maybe just Manhattan? With such a large and diverse Mexican population, the city has no shortage of authentic and fantastic taquerias, many.. >

Taqueria DF
709 5th Ave.
at 22nd St.

$$$$$

1

I have disparaged the Mexican food of New York City for the last time, quite possibly. A visit to the recently-reviewed-in-the-Voice De Guerreros Taqueria, has put my qualms about .. >

El Centro
824 9th Ave.
at W 54th St.

$$$$$

5

1

Pegboards, bright yellow pegboards covering nearly the entire north wall of the restaurant! Glimpsed through the taped windows about a week before the restaurant opened earlier thi.. >

El Nuevo Amanecer
117 Stanton St.
at Essex St.

$$$$$

3.3

1

Continuing my search for a great and decently priced restaurant in the L.E.S., I and my roommate, along with another friend, went to El Nuevo Amanecer, at the corner of Stanton and.. >

Ixta
48 E 29th St.
b/w Park & Madison Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

I had a good ten dollar lunch at Ixta yesterday: Excellent chunky guacamole made with ripe avocados, served with greaseless homemade tortilla chips; a very tasty, well-seasoned bla.. >

El Bocadito
79 Orchard St.
b/w Grand & Broome St.

$$$$$

3

2

Okay people, let me ask you this: How many of you reading this review are nurturing a dream? Really. Be honest. How many of you have a dream somewhere tucked back in the dusty rece.. >

San Loco Mexico
111 Stanton St.
b/w Essex & Ludlow St.

$$$$$

3.7

1

San Loco's got some hot sauce. In a fit of intoxication in the Lower East Side on Stanton Street, I ordered a small burrito with what is known as 'The Stupid Sauce.'.. >

Bright Food Shop
218 8th Ave.
b/w 21st & 22nd St.

$$$$$

3

2

Another almost lost entry from NY. One rare day we have a bit of free time at work so we venture out to the REAL Chelsea where there're lots of nice restaurants and boutiques... >

Tulcingo del Valle Restaurant
665 10th Ave.

$$$$$

3.3

1

Good news!††This entry is (more or less) my 75th food-review entry in this blog.††If it were a wedding anniversary, youíd be downright amazed that I was still alive Ė now I know ho.. >

Zaragoza
215 Avenue A

$$$$$

3.6

1

Say, did you see the amazingly huge moon in the sky? I noticed it last night after eating a mind altering bowl of beef stew at Zaragoza. I read about the tiny store in the Village.. >

Big Enchilada
28 E 12th St.
b/w 5th Ave. & University Pl.

$$$$$

3

1

Justin drops some onions y cilantro on an enchilada from The Enchilada. I had a few bites and man, that thing was good... >

Taco Chulo
318 Grand St.
b/w Havemeyer & Marcy Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

That hand right there is the appendage of Nick Lindauer, the man behind the best hot sauce site around. We met up for dinner so I could review Taco Chulo and he could review a bott.. >

Snack Dragon Taco Shack
199 E 3rd St.
at Avenue B

$$$$$

5

2

The picture says it all. There are radishes on my fish taco... >

La Ceiba
173 Avenue A
at 11th St.

$$$$$

3.4

1

Manhattan has a shortage of quality, cheap Mexican food, it seems. The Suizas Enchilada (chicken) from La Ceiba is a notable exception... >

Rey Azteca
6229 Roosevelt Ave.

$$$$$

2

1

Queens is the borough just adjacent to Brooklyn with a bit of a non-specific boundary. At least few people seem able to agree on exactly where the boundary between Queens and Brook.. >

El Sombrero
108 Stanton St.
corner of Ludlow St.

$$$$$

3

1

An argument could be made, I think, that thereís no better example of the bizarre style of gentrification in the Lower East Side than the continued existence of the Puerto Rican-ru.. >

San Marcos
12 Saint Marks Pl.
b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

I've been to a lot of establishments that serve frijoles. This, I have never seen... >

Zona Rosa
40 W 56th St.
b/w 5th & 6th Ave.

$$$$$

2.8

2

I decided to head up to Central Park today, given that it was yet another gorgeous fall day here in New York. I didnít actually go I the park though, just stood at the southern edg.. >

Chango
239 Park Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

It has been a bit nasty in New York the past couple of days due to the aftermath of Wilma. I just stayed in on Monday but even though it was still nasty I figured I better get out .. >

Castro's
511 Myrtle Ave.

$$$$$

2.8

1

Following up on a recommendation in New York Magazine's article about South Williamsburg, I ventured out to Lodge Saturday night. I was doing housework until 11pm. Lodge is open un.. >

Mexican Radio
19 Cleveland Pl.
b/w Spring & Kenmare St.

$$$$$

3

1

I met the Mysterious Chinese Woman and her even more mysterious mother in Chinatown for dim sum. After they both disappeared into a lavender poof of smoke I was left on my own. I h.. >

Mexico Lindo
459 2nd Ave.
at 26th St.

$$$$$

1

I took a day off yesterday to recuperate from my travels but headed out today to get back at it again. New York is always such an experience after you have been away for awhile. Yo.. >

Caliente Cab Co
61 7th Ave. S
b/w Morton & Bleecker St.

$$$$$

2

I took the subway up to 33rd because I wanted to visit a bar that I had heard about but had somehow missed, Joshua Tree. As I headed over there I saw, to my surprise, a new Calient.. >

Harry's Burritos
241 Columbus Ave.
at 71st St.

$$$$$

2.7

1

Went to dinner last night, as kind of a pre-game for a surprise party at Suede.Our prereqs were dinner had to be close to the club we were going to (to make and not break the surpr.. >

Mercadito
179 Avenue B
b/w 11th & 12th St.

$$$$$

3.2

4

I decided to take a swing through the East Village this afternoon. Got to love this place, always something happening. I ran into the Drop Dead Festival... >

Nopal del Este
210 Avenue A
at 13th St.

$$$$$

1

I decided to take a swing through the East Village this afternoon. Got to love this place, always something happening. I ran into the Drop Dead Festival... >

Rancho El Girasol
221 1st Ave.
at E 14th St.

$$$$$

1

After a fairly, shall we say, intense day yesterday I decided to take it somewhat easier today... >

Mama Mexico
2672 Broadway
at 102nd St.

$$$$$

3

1

Went to the colorful Mama Mexico on the UWS for Halloween, and who would have thought that Halloween at a Mexican place would be fun...but the whole wait staff was decked in costum.. >

Tortilla Flats
767 Washington St.
at W 12th St.

$$$$$

1

Went to T. Flats with some friends and decided I probably wouldn't go back for dinner unless it was a) Cinco de Mayo b) like half of the people there celebrating a 21st bday (wait .. >

Iguana
240 W 54th St.
b/w 8th Ave. & Broadway

$$$$$

1

Another day, another block. I hit three bars on a single stretch of 54th Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway. I had a fairly decent day, right up until the end... >

Itzocan Bistro
1575 Lexington Ave.
at 101st St.

$$$$$

5

1

Two squares, one square with mushrooms, a Sierra Mist, a large cone of rainbow spumoni, a watermelon ice... >

Mo's Caribbean
1454 2nd Ave.
at 76th St.

$$$$$

2.1

1

Ah, Jimmy, you let me down. And at the worst possible time. I was supposed to meet some people from out of town for a drink today. They had been following my blog and were visiting.. >

El Moderno
519 Metropolitan Ave.
at Union Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

I figured I would head back to Williamsburg again because I keep hearing about new places. I am still going to go back later in the day pretty soon because I saw two places that we.. >

Rocking Horse Cafe
182 8th Ave.
at 19th St.

$$$$$

2

Back in the city after a bucolic extended weekend in the burbs. I had a great time out there but was worried I was losing my finely honed drinking skills. I figured I better just j.. >

Tequila's
245 W 14th St.
b/w 7th & 8th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

Well, the day wasnít a failure, I just failed at what I set out to do. I was going to go to the Chelsea Brewing Company, one of the few places in New York that actually brews their.. >

Radio Mexico
259 Front St.
b/w Dover St. & Peck Slip

$$$$$

1

You know how much I love Mexican food and can't ever pass up an opportunity to eat at a Mexican restaurant. GG was in town today. He was staying near South Street Seaport, close to.. >

La Palapa
359 6th Ave.
b/w W 4th St. & Washington Pl.

$$$$$

3

4

I decided to go out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo by heading to La Palapa Rockolaís sister restaurant and bar on St. Markís place. This is actually the original with the one on the we.. >

Itzocan Cafť
438 E 9th St.
b/w 1st Ave. & Avenue A

$$$$$

3.3

2

Butternut squash shrimp bisque with saffron, tequila shrimp burrito, dulce de leche, Jarritos grapefruit soda.. >

El Huipil
116 Sullivan St.
b/w Van Brunt & Conover St.

$$$$$

3

1

Have you ever received a rave recommendation for a restaurant from a friend you would trust with your babies, and you go, only to be direly disappointed by lackluster fare?† I've c.. >

Cafe Habana
17 Prince St.
at Elizabeth St.

$$$$$

2.6

1

I met a couple of my girlfriends for dinner tonight at a hot boite in NoLita called Cafe Havana. Is there any restaurant in this neighbourhood that's not happening?! Standing at th.. >

Suenos
311 W 17th St.
b/w 8th & 9th Ave.

$$$$$

3

3

An authentic Mexican ambience and high quality, innovative Mexican cuisine are hard to come by in Manhattan. Suenos, located in the heart of Chelsea, serves up both with oodles of .. >

Tio Pepe Restaurant
168 W 4th St.
b/w 6th & 7th Ave.

$$$$$

3.5

1

Ah, springtime in New York, just perfect for spending time in dark bars. At least my dermatologist will be happy that I am staying out of the sun... >

Agave
140 7th Ave. S
b/w Charles & W 10th St.

$$$$$

3.2

1

Ah, a nice sunny day and daylight savings time. Perfect for a late afternoon, early evening stroll in Greenwich Village... >

Uncle Moe's
14 W 19th St.
b/w 5th & 6th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

It's really hard to find cheap Mexican food in Manhattan but one place that has become my favourite for a mid-week burrito at lunch is Uncle Moe's on 19th street between Fifth and .. >

Noche Mexicana
852 Amsterdam Ave.
b/w 101st & 102nd St.

$$$$$

3.3

1

Since its churros and hot chocolate were reviewed somewhere last winter, I have wanted to go to Noche. The pros and cons kept see-sawing me, though. The reviews weren't so good. It.. >

Hell's Kitchen
679 9th Ave.
b/w 46th & 47th St.

$$$$$

3

1

Yes, the rumors are true. Yesterday was my b-day. And, yes, once again I turned 25. How many times have I celebrated my 25th now?...Oh my, I've gotten so old I can't remember... >

Mojo
309 E 5th St.
b/w 1st & 2nd Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

When Lower East Side hot spot Wyanoka closed in January, fans of chef Chris Santos were bereft. Support groups formed. Lucky for us, he resurfaced at Mexican Sandwich Company in Pa.. >

El Rincon Familiar
651 5th Ave.
b/w 18th & 19th St.

$$$$$

Uncle Moe's
341 7th Ave.
b/w 9th & 10th St.

$$$$$

Pacifico
269 Pacific St.
at Smith St.

$$$$$

Lobo
218 Court St.
at Warren St.

$$$$$

Good Friend
437 5th Ave.
b/w 8th & 9th St.

$$$$$

Nuevo Mexico
489 5th Ave.
at 12th St.

$$$$$

Pedro's Restaurant
73 Jay St.
at Front St.

$$$$$

3

Elora's Restaurant
272 Prospect Park W
at 17th St.

$$$$$

3