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Posted by Big Andy on 02/26/2012
We ate at Mercadito Grove for a friend's celebration. The restaurant was very small and had a cramped feel. Food portions were small and the platters were not well prepared. Also, the booze was not loaded up well and did not have enough alcohol. Service was lazy and inattentive. I won't be back anytime soon.
Posted by B on 01/02/2011
Make sure when you go for brunch that you are very clear which drinks come with the fix prixe (not when the bill comes, as we did). I'm not saying the customer is always right (the manager: "she told you which drinks; there are witnesses), but we felt like we were on trial. Obviously we misunderstood something, but he was extremely rude and unprofessional. Won't return.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/06/2010
Mercadito used to my favorite. Not so sure what happened. Ceviches - the shrimp used to have so much flavor, now it's overwhelmed with an abundance of orange. The fish ceviche was, however, better than I remembered and the fish was very fresh. The pork in the pork tacos seemed overcooked and would have been extremely dry and chewy if not for the sauce. Margaritas even seem to have slipped and taste overly sweet. What happened? If you're paying this much for Mexican food, you should go someone better - this place got a little too big for its britches.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/31/2009
Nothing else is great aside from the people watching on 7th ave. The steak tacos worked out to $4 each and were bite-sized with nothing distinctive about the flavor. The avocado in the guac was not ripe - and it is summertime! The staff was nice but there is no service bar so you can't have a drink while you wait. Overall this is another mexican on 7th ave south selling outside seating with a side of margaritas.
Posted by babers on 04/18/2009
I'm not sure how this place has gotten such rave reviews on their margaritas. Mine tasted like lime juice from concentrate. The service, save from the busboy, was perhaps the worst I have encountered in the city for years. Nobody came to take our order and even though waiters came around every so often, no one waiter committed to our table. The place is actually cute and intimate, so you'd think the wait-staff would be present and attentive. Quite the opposite. Needless to say we're not planning on a return visit.
Posted by NYCEATSALOT on 04/16/2009
I recently went to Mercadito and had a fantastic time. We had the guac tasting and numerous different margaritas and I found all to be interesting and very fresh. We did the taco tasting because I happen to love them very much and I think at the exception of the beer battered fish I thought they were all very good. Great ingredients, many varieties and some serious salsas to go along with them. Definitely a great restaurant to go with groups but go to the EV spaces for more space. Will definitely be back.
Posted by nycfoodie on 03/25/2009
If you are looking for the best fish tacos in Manhattan, this is not the place. If you are looking for the best fresh juice and tequila margaritas, run, don't walk, to Mercadito Grove. We went to Mercadito Grove for a late afternoon brunch on Saturday. We were greeted promptly and lucked out with a cozy corner seat. The Guacamole de Naranja, was delicious, if overpriced, and the accompanying homemade style chips were light and crispy. The fish tacos were very flavorful but the batter was soggy and overall the tacos had little textural quality The margaritas (both the Pepino and the Mercado) were outstanding. They use fresh squeezed juices to make these gourmet-ish margaritas. However, they are 10$ and served in a small bar glass (like a double old-fashioned size). We will probably make a point to return to this particular Mercadito (there are several) but would definitely stop by for fresh margaritas and designer guacamole if we find ourselves near one...