My vacation to Mexico has almost come to an end and I’ve really enjoyed all the delicious food that Mexico has to offer. I love the all the rich and spicy flavors of Mexican and Latin American inspired food and also eat it in New York often. At least once a week because most Mexican restaurants in New York City are relatively affordable and with such a huge Latino population there are so many Latin American inspired restaurants to choose from. Now I must say, the food at most of the Mexican restaurants that I’ve visited in New York are at least as good as the Mexican food I’ve eaten here in Mexico. With so much competition, I guess the standards have to be high in order to survive in a city with over 30.000 restaurants to choose from.
Since most of the Mexican and other Latin American restaurants I’ve been to in New York, have pretty similar menu offerings (taco’s, burrito’s, quesadilla’s, fajita’s, enchilada’s, empanada’s, tostada’s guacamole etc) and they all taste pretty much the same to me (I am not an expert in Mexican/ Latin food) I decided to not discuss them all in detail repeating myself over and over again. Here an overview of my favorites so far, based on either the food (more special taco’s, burrito’s, quesadilla’s etc.), ambiance (great) or good value for money.
1. ABC COCINA (38 East 19th street, between Broadway and Park Avenue S. Flatoron, Union Square)
$$$ Food ***** Ambiance *****
One of the many restaurants of the Jean- Georges Vongerichten imperium. This fusion Latin-American inspired restaurant uses only organic ingredients. You can’t go wrong with any of the dishes but my personal favorite is the Savory Glazed Short rib Taco’s, habanero relish and frizzled onion, $20. Make a reservation in advance.
Savory Glazed Short rib Taco’s @ ABC Cocina
Market vegetables, brown rice and salsa verde @ ABC Cocina
Grilled beets, pimento cheese, cherry and herbs @ ABC Cocina
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