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New York’s 9 Best Mexican Restaurants

May 2, 2012 11:00 AM

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In New York, Mexican food bears the unique responsibility of having to prove it’s authentic. We say that if you work your way down our list, you’re guaranteed to hit innumerable sweet spots. After that, we dare you to assert that New Yorkers don’t get the good Mexican food L.A. does. Those days are over—we can kick out the cynics, and let in the romantics. By Anna Van Lenten.

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Don Pancho

492 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 782-1696
Burritos are enormous and stellar—the cumin of the fajita comes through and the glorious flavors in the shrimp and the chicken mole burritos will paralyze you with indecision about which one to consume. Lush, fresh guacamole and homemade chips mean business. Don’t skip the chimichangas either.

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5 Burro Cafe

127 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 875-5515

Everyone wishes they had the perfect neighborhood Mexican spot — 5 Burro is it. Thankfully open for lunch, 5 Burro offers their full menu for lunch, with minor changes like two tacos instead of three. This will still definitely stuff you full of delicious food inexpensively, with enough for leftovers to take home. Try anything with the ‘tasty pork & cilantro’ because, as the name suggests, it is tasty. VERY tasty. Each platter comes with rice, beans, healthy scoops of sour cream, guacamole, and refreshing pico de gallo for you to garnish your tacos, though they don’t need any additions to be delicious. If you’re feeling daring, try a mini-margarita – each garnished with a cute toy – for $5.

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Tacos Matamoros

4508 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
(718) 871-7627

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Chille relleno. Carne Asada. Any of the taco choices. Chips ‘n guacamole. All brightened with lime-soaked onions and cilantro, radishes, limes, pico de gallo, red and green hot sauces. Enough said—go!

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Taqueria Tlaxcalli

2103 Starling Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
(347) 851-3085

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Find outstanding chips and salsa here (no small thing), and extraordinary burritos bursting with flavor and roasted cheese. Fantastic mole, tacos, and tostadas too. Once you’ve tried all the standards, get the Tequila chicken, whose spice and Tequila notes sing. And, a wonderful dessert: an empanada filled with strawberry and cheese, and ice cream on top.

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Tortilleria Nixtamal

104-05 47th Avenue
Corona, NY 11368
(718) 699-2434

Inviting and succulent fare here. Nixtmal’s fish tacos are splendid little pockets of fried fish, onions, cilantro, tomatoes and lime wondrous-ness. Posole is awesome — abundantly seasoned, gratifyingly hearty. Because the masa is made fresh from house-ground corn, both the tamales and tortillas have a corny fragrance unique to Nixtmal.

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Taqueria el Fogon

1050 Flushing Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 497-7445

Ample portions of delight fit for a queen. Extremely tasty tacos al pastor are redolent with seasoned heat. Nachos come replete with avocado and radishes scalloped over their magnificent cheesy goodness, and the scrumptiously messy egg or chorizo chilaquiles—well, if you haven’t had this dish, here’s the place to try it.

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La Estrellita Poblana

2231 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
(718) 518-7425

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We adore Estrallita’s steak, al pastor, and chicken tacos—and recommend piling on every sauce from the tray they bring you. It would be a crime to overlook the green chicken mole enchiladas, which just about left us gobsmacked. Guacamole was delicious, and the grilled shrimp will give you the moans–the good kind.

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Cabana

1022 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(212) 980-5678

Cabana’s multiple locations make their Nuevo Latino cuisine super accessible to anyone in the mood for their unique mixture of Latin cuisines. With a rather reasonably priced lunch menu – items run no more than $12, and include empanadas, crisp shells filled with your choice of beef, shrimp or chicken, or ropa vieja, that classic dish of shredded beef, onion, bell peppers and tomatoes; all lunch dishes come with your choice of soup or salad. There’s even “churrasco” on the lunch menu; for $12, you receive a tender skirt steak that has been marinated in garlic and fresh herbs, its own pot of chimichurri to slather on it, and cebollitas (grilled green onions). Be sure to pick up some breath mints though – the garlic in that will be enough to knock anyone out.

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Taco Mix

234 E 116th Street
New York, NY 10029
(212) 831-8147

The tacos al pastor will knock you sideways. Gorgeous pork is hand sliced off the wheel and served with pineapple, cilantro, onions and a kicking sauce. Add a squeeze of lime and some radishes and you’re rolling. The cheese quesadilla is unimpeachable, the huaraches are great, and the sopa de pastor authentically brilliant.

By Anna Van Lenten, http://avanlenten.tumblr.com/

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