2/21/2012 01:46:00 PM

New York's 7 Best Mexican Restaurants

This week, we have Mexican cuisine on the brain - holy guacamole! A slew of recent openings offers different takes on the cuisine of the country, from high-end East Villager Empell√≥n Cocina to more casual Tortaria near Union Square. Will either of these Mexican joints rank among the city's best? Take a look at the top seven south-of-the-border joints from our 2012 New York City Restaurants Survey, and let us know what other eateries you think should be ranked in the comments.

14 comments :

  1. Seriously? Where's Hell's Kitchen, which features authentic regional Mexican cuisine and top-shelf margaritas made from scratch with blue agave tequila and fresh fruit purees.

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  2. Rosa Mexicano still delivers some deliciously authentic cuisine, with new additions to the menu seasonally, great drinks,in beautiful and festive surroundings, all these many years later!

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    1. And their pink margaritas are the best !!

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  3. Crema? Really? That is one of the worst restaurants I've ever had the misfortune to dine in.

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    1. You should try the Chilaquiles for brunch.. they are amazing.

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  4. To me, the list should include Cafe Frida on Amsterdam Avenue. Their grilled strip steak Tampequeno is amazing.

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  5. Thank you for once more ignoring Queens. Great food, no wait.

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    1. I wonder why? No reason to ever travel there except or the Tennis

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    2. that's the answer of a real ignorant who does contempt the unknown. Mexican food in Manhattan? Probably better in Queens. Mexican food, in general, is not expensive but in the Manhattan bad and expensive, loved by cheap Margarita swallowers. John D. Searle (West Village)

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    3. While its true that the Mexican food in Queens is inexpensive and not bad- it in no way compares to the restaurants on this list. It always makes me laugh when people try to defend boroughs other than Manhattan and get upset when they are left off any "Best of NYC" lists. Truth is- NO ONE comes to New York from outside the city to hang out or dine in Queens or the Bronx - unless they are going to a Mets or Yankees game.

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  6. Toloache on the Upper East Side is no equivalent to the pleasant staff and service in their Midtown location. Staff is aloof and haughty, service is only fair, noise level is incredible, and the food is passable - certainly run-of-the-mill Mexican. Only the drinks are redeeming - so close the kitchen and expand the bar of this overpriced boite-in-a-sombrero.

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  7. Mi Nidito Fresh and healthy Mexican food moved from 852 8th ave to 789 9th ave.The sizzling Fajitas they serve besides other authentic dishes are really awesome.Also there menu offers wide array of choices including Vegetarian Vegan and Gluten free options.And,with over 25 different flavors of Margaritas---Especially mango, strawberry and raspberry.You should definitely try it out.

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    1. Delicious food and The best Margaritas in NYC.

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  8. Worst list of best restaurants I've ever seen. Missing names include: Hecho en Dumbo, Pulqueria, La Lucha, etc...

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