Our 2015 Mexican hotspots are all that and a side of guac. Check out the roundup.
Enrique Olvera's contemporary take on Mexican cuisine marries dishes rooted in traditional flavor and technique with the local bounty of seasonal ingredients, bringing a fresh face to the New York City foodie scene. Flatiron's new crown jewel is the perfect post-workday destination for a casual dinner or round of craft cocktails.
35 East 21st Street between Park Avenue South and Broadway
2 La Esquina
Cleverly masqueraded as a corner deli, La Esquina is a go-to for downtown diners -- those who can charm their way past the doormen, that is. Head to the café for a bite or take it downstairs for a celebrity-studded subterranean speakeasy experience. Go for the Mezcal Medicina with Fidencio mezcal, ginger agave, citrus, and scotch spritz paired with a costillas de puerco for good measure.
114 Kenmare Street at Centre Street
3 Bodega Negra
Reservations at Dream Downtown's alluring cornerstone are a hot commodity, and for good reason: with killer décor and an even more impressive tequila roster, Bodega Negra has quickly become a crowd favorite. The Tudor-style warehouse keeps diners on their toes, turning out creatively composed dishes and cocktails day in and day out.
355 West 16th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues
4 Tijuana Picnic
Behold the latest bi-level beauty brought forth by the team behind Indochine and ACME. Tijuana Picnic’s retro vibe and inventive Asian-influenced Mexican fare join together for a true downtown experience behind closed (and cleverly hidden) doors. Enter the main floor, a backlit dining area surrounded by spacious booths with a runway of communal tables as a centerpiece leading to a small bar in the back. With a range of antojitos and pintxos to large family-style plates, there’s something for every appetite and palate. Go for the “puerquito” - a pork chop marinated in coconut milk served with thai chimichurri - and a trio of mako shark skewers.
151 Essex Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets
5 El Toro Blanco
It comes as no surprise the bar is always packed at El Toro Blanco, what with five different variations on a margarita under one roof. The after work crowd flocks to El Toro Blanco for this very reason, and generally stays for the eats. We don't blame them.
257 Sixth Avenue between West Houston and Bleecker Streets