NY – Of course it doesn’t have to be Cinco de Mayo to find a reason to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. But here are our suggestions for how to at least dine Mexican for one whole day!
1. Tehuitzingo Deli & Grocery for Breakfast – Huevos Rancheros, Eggs with Chorizo and Chilaquiles are just a few of the incredibly fresh and reasonably priced breakfast options you can find at Tehuitzingo, a small Mexican Deli in Hell’s Kitchen. This unassuming little mart delivers, but if you happen to walk in to pick up your order, you might be tempted to take a seat at one of their 14 stools in the back for some of the most authentic and reasonably priced Mexican in town. Tip: make sure to check out all of their insanely delicious salsas that are lined up on the side bar.
2. Habana Outpost for Brunch – Brunch at Sean Meenan’s Habana Outpost in Fort Greene Brooklyn is well worth the trek. Not only is it New York’s first eco-eatery — run on solar power for electricity and even the blenders are bike-powered, but it’s also a community gathering place. While this location is seasonal, it enjoys the same menu as its city sister and offers outdoor seating, live music, movie nights and even a flea market. Tip: you must splurge on the infamous Mexican-style corn which is fire-roasted, covered in mayo, cotija cheese and chile powder!
3. Tres Carne for Lunch – What does the lunch experience at Tres Carne have in common with Space Mountain at Disneyworld? They both have long lines and during the lunch hour at Tres Carnes, the line goes straight out the door and down the block! But the food is worth the wait at this new Mexican/Barbeque hybrid taco joint specializing in Texas style smoked meat (like 16 hour smoked brisket, BBQ Smoked Shoulder and Chicked Adobe), all served as either burritos, tacos or in a gluten free friendly rice bowl.
4. El Toro Blanco for Dinner – While you won’t spot a huge assortment of traditional dishes here, you may spot a celeb or two at this trendy, retro-style Mexican West Village hot spot that serves surprisingly hearty portions and over 100 selections of tequila. Arrive early to snag a a seat at the bar for a tequila tutorial or reserve a table for the freshly made guacamole that’s prepared to your liking right before your eyes. Among our favorite dishes are the Fundidos (Mexican cheese and green chile fondue) and the Enchiladas de Pollo. Delicioso!
5. Mayahuel – Late Night Cocktail – There’s yet another unmarked door in Manhattan, but this one leads to a sexy underground Mexican den established by Philip Ward and Ravi DeRossi, the mixologists behind Death & Company. This East Village tequila and mescal bar has an innovative cocktail menu (no surprise) and is dramatically lit by stunning red stained glass and dark cozy nooks that make it an awesome date night locale, if not a perfect spot to hang up your sombrero for the night.