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San Loco Mexico
Posted by Crazy for loco on 07/31/2012
I've been going to this place for nearly 25 years. It's not a Mexican restaurant so bring down your expectations. Good selection and the best flavored meats for a place of this nature. Chipotle chicken is amazing. The beef is savory. Matter of fact, I dare any of these whiny critics to find better below 14 St. The closest is la esquina but you will find that it is a completely different style. Go to Jackson heights if you want the most authentic.
Posted by brian on 10/03/2011
Although the cooks are Mexican, the menu is not. Nothing is cooked to order for any dish. There is not even a hot grill in the kitchen. They do all the cooking in a big batch. When you order, the cook spoons some warm slop and awful vegetables onto a tortilla and maybe sticks it in a microwave for a few seconds. Seriously. So now we arrive at the only good reason to eat at San Loco: they are open until 4:00 or 5:00 AM unlike any other Mexican restaurant in the area. The full bar with reasonable prices is a nice bonus. And they are better than those Korean operated pseudo Mexican places you find in Midtown. However, if you find the taco truck that has been parking on St Marks lately, go there because it blows away San Loco and is open just as late.
Posted by Ernest M. Skinner on 08/20/2009
Each time I return to this place, which is rare, I am reminded of why I stayed away: they're cheap. Not inexpensive. Stingy. The most insulting to anybody's intelligence is the one quarter of a thin sliver of hard, unripe tomato that is put on one's food. Taco Bell puts a big scoop of fresh diced tomato an everything for a fraction of the price. This is not a rare earth metal, it's a tomato. Don't insult your customers when you've got a reasonably decent thing going, and don't charge them another buck to give them another piece of tomato the size of a quarter.
Posted by Alphabet City Resident on 05/27/2009
I have been going to San Loco for 3 years now and I have yet to be disappointed. Strong drinks, friendly service and cheap food, (Rice and Bean Guaco Loco is great for vegetarians) keep me coming back. They also have the cleanest bathrooms in the East Village.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/22/2008
I checked this place out after trying to find the closest Mexican food joint near my work. Saw a sign in the window about City Search Best Mexican Restaurant, and got excited. Food was prepared quickly. The salad portion was huge. BUT...my burriot tasted rather odd. Not odd-odd, but not that Mexican-flavor-I-was-looking-for odd.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/29/2008
at 3 am... i want nothing else. the margaritas are awesome, the tacos are awesome, they will accommodate your order no matter how weird, and the food is fast, filling and delicious. what more do you need?
Posted by Anonymous on 12/24/2007
I travel often to Mexico and have been going there for years and I've never had anything there that tastes like the stuff served up at San Loco. I don't know what it is--it's not Mexican, and it's pretty lousy.