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Posted by So Cal Gal on 07/21/2006
My husband and I are both from Southern California and desperately in miss the Mexican food from back home. I had given up on ever finding good Mexican food in New York (or anywhere outside of Southern California, for that matter). The enchiladas and tacos are scrumptious. And their margaritas rock! It may cost a little bit more than back home (which lets face it, it's dead cheap), but it's still not expensive and definitely worth every penny. I have recommended it to everyone I know.
Posted by FooDee on 05/13/2006
Not knowing so much the difference between SoCal, E. L.A., etc., etc., I loved this place. Rustic, tiny spot with a definite "day of the dead" decor theme. My friend wolfed his wet chicken burrito (although it initially appeared swimming in cheese, it was actually part sauce, and seriously yummy). My grilled shrimp soft tacos were simply delicious, with fresh, oceany tasting shrimp and a nice onion/tomato pico di gallo type relish. The salty beans and tender rice were a great balance. One snag is they left the asparagus out of my Montecito salad, which I only noticed post-consumption. They graciously brought a little plate of sauteed asparagus out w/ my entree (I never did find out how they left out one of the main components of the salad, but whatever). Vegetables are sorely lacking in the mains; they would do well to add a nice calabazitaz, nopales or huitlacoche to the sides options. Otherwise, it's a hands-down go-to joint.
Posted by mrb on 05/02/2006
It took me two years to find truly good mexican food in LA, but I have finally found it at Florencia 13! Their fish tacos, hard shell tacos and guacamole are all incredible. Excellent margaritas too. I go there at least once a week now. Definitely highly recommended!!
Posted by PR Girl on 04/21/2006
I wish I could say I loved it as much as I loved the names of the burritos (all local places ie: the malibu etc.); however, this was more east LA style than Manhattan or Hermosa beach. For those of you that are familiar with the locations you'll understand. For those that arent-- the food is okay but not great for the price. I went when they had just opened so hopefully they've managed to work out some of the kinks. As for the service, it's well managed. This is a family restaurant living out the american dream. I wish them the best of luck....just dont use this place as representation of what true so cal mex is about. Cheers!
Posted by Big Dave on 01/20/2006
This is a small charming place with good food and friendly people. The food portions are fine, neither too big nor too small. My only issue with this place - and it's not a huge issue - is price. Two entrees and two beers for a pre-tip total of $48. No appetizer or desert. Entrees range from $13 to $18. Considering the sides are rice and beans, $15 for two fish tacos seems high. But I guess rents are high and it is NYC so what can you do? It just seems to me that I used to be able to get this meal for $30. And I still do - in Brooklyn.
Posted by Mrs Delgado on 01/18/2006
Being from southern Cali born and raised I was shocked to see Florenica 13 in New York City. My husband and I were greeted by the very kind staff, the owner Ralph sat with us out side as we ate the most amazing burritos. The food was just like being in East Los Angeles again. Authentic homemade and generous portions. The atmosphere was great, the staff was welcoming. We have been recommending this place to everyone since we visited in October and look forward to eating there this week as we return to NYC. We can't get enough of the Big Apple or Florencia 13.