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Posted by Anonymous on 11/07/2005
Started off with a blood orange margarita, which was pale light orange, so obviously not blood orange like stated. Then proceeded to have some very bland guacamole followed by a skimpy main course. I had the short ribs which is only plural b/c there were 3 little meatless bones in a giant pot. 4 bites max in a giant serving dish. To finish had the pumpkin torte with wine marinated cherries, but like other item on the menus they decided to substitute raspberries instead. On a side the steak was pretty good, too bad I didn't order that.
Posted by TheLizard on 10/07/2005
I am surprised by some of the reviews. The service was excellent, except the bill was slow to come, but not for the couple next to us, but no big deal. The guacamole was a 4 out of 5. Not perfect. Chips okay. How good can chips be anyway? Chicken as las brasas, superb. The halibut excellent. Drinks were well concocted. Atmosphere, a bit loud, but the restaurant is not intended to be quiet and it was not like we could not hear each other speak. Desert (tarta de chocolate) was very good, 4.5 out of 5. I recommend this place.
Posted by JA the mexican on 10/04/2005
7 of us had dinner one Saturday at 9:00 pm. Not too busy. No people waiting for tables. 9:15 food server asks for drinks. No greeting. 9:35 drinks arrive, one is wrong, returned for the correct one. 9:55 finish with chips, salsa and guacamole that tastes out of a can. We haven't seen the menu yet. 10:00 Menus arrive not explanations, specials or another round of drinks offered. 10:10 server goes around taking orders. We request drinks. A few tables empty 10:30 appetizers arrive. Nothing memorable, or outstanding. Just good. 10:55 main dishes arrive. A lump of shredded pork in front of me. Where are the beans? Where is the rice? Vegetables? Do you call this tortillas? Dollar coin sized undercooked, flavorless things made out of Maseca? The other dishes just the same. Everybody is appalled. Where is the waiter? I want more drinks... Moral of the story. If you want to charge a high price for Mexican food, at least offer an exceptional service, top notch side dishes (including guacamole made out of fresh avocados), and a variety of high-end tequilas, all of which this restaurant lacks. Two thumbs down.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/27/2005
Having grown up with a Mexican grandmother who, aside from being wise was excellent in the kitchen, I had high expectations for this new, upscale Mexican place. I was delighted to find a menu that experiments with classic dishes without sacrificing their integrity. The chef clearly has tremendous talent--the cochinita de pipil was outstanding as were the braised ribs and sea scallops. I can't wait to go back! The room seems to still be a work in progress, but I'm sure it will measure up to the food once the restaurant is more established.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/03/2005
I was very excited to learn there was finally a real Mexican restaurant in Tribeca. My boyfriend and I decided to try it for the first time last night. The dining room and bar area is bright and lively, if a bit noisy. I understand that the chef is trying to broaden people's perceptions of Mexican food and showcase various regional dishes from throughout Mexico. Where he falls short is in the variety offered on the menu. I didn't expect to see tacos or burritos on the menu, but I did expect to see a broader selection of appetizers as well as a greater focus on beef and vegetarian dishes. We ordered the guacamole as an appetizer which had just the right amount of spiciness. I ordered the beef with nopales (cactus pad )sauce which was a bit overcooked and not as tender as the waiter had suggested. My boyfriend ordered the shrimp in garlic sauce but was disappointed to see that side dishes do not come with entrees. Everything must be ordered a la carte. The sauce was very good but people ordering it should be forewarned that the shrimp are served with the heads and tail still attached. The server was pleasant but he never came to see if we wanted a second round of drinks. The hostess did finally come to see if we wanted a second drink, but by that time we were almost done with our meal. We did not order dessert although there were some nice options on the menu. There is no doubt this neighborhood needs an authentic Mexican restaurant and Aaron Sanchez certainly has the experience and acclaim to make this a great place. They just need to iron out the kinks with the wait staff and diversify the menu to include other regions of Mexico and maybe even include one or two dishes more familiar to non-Mexicans. I definitely want to see this place succeed.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/26/2005
Food writer's and other reviews on this site are being extremely kind to this latest Drew N. restaurant. The service was good, there were available tables, the menu seemed promising. However, the reality is that the dining room was super noisy (the hostess has obviously been hearing a lot about this as she was able to point out the three tables on the outer corners that are more quiet), and the food was flat. I had the shrimp entree (the appetizers were forgettable) and they just lacked flavor - no spicy zip and poor consistency. Out of the five things we picked out of the menu, all were passable but none were good.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/22/2005
Had dinner last night with 2 other people. Found this place totally by accident but was pleasantly surprised. Our waiter was a "10"! He was quite knowledgable yet totally unintrusive. His suggestions proved to be wonderful . The plato del mar was out of this world, as were the scallops and quesadilla, For dinner I highly recommend the short ribs. Just the right blend of spices to make it unusual but, by far, the best ribs I have ever tasted! The fish was fresh, fresh, fresh, not spoiled by tons of oil (my waistline thanks you) and served with a delightful dipping sauce that really added much to the ultimate taste. Not even the slighest complaint. Will certainly be back soon!