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Posted by ErnieG on 09/03/2005
This is definitely real Mexican food! I grew up in a Mexican household and have spent a lot of time with my family in Guadalajara, Mexico, and let me tell you, this is real central Mexican cooking. The seasonings of the Mole and Pipian are right on. The yellow rice is like it should be-- obviously cooked in chicken broth and hints of tomato (not like some other places that only color the rice yellow). The chorizo is a little milder than I prefer. The prices are low. Of course, the restaurant atmosphere is not luxurious-- it can be described as a little hole in the wall-- but like many good ethnic restaurants, the cooking more than makes up for the ambience.
Posted by Columbia student on 08/27/2005
Read previous reviews and were impressed. We discovered the complete opposite. The food was poor to say the least. Bland, and poor presentation. I was surprised and disappointed when i received my chicken still on the bone with very little meat. I would not recommend this restaurant.
Posted by Veleno on 08/04/2005
I can't deal with how good they are. Where else can you get REAL Mexican food- not Tex-Mex or Ortega taco shells- REAL Mexican food, so cheap? Does it mean anything that every restaurant that has opened up in the adjacent storefront has gone out of business in months? There is definitely a non-foodie element that comes here, usually just hopelessly ordering burritos, and never daring to get anything else, but this is a place for people who know about food. I have happily worked my way through almost the entire menu , and while I'm not going to try the brain taco, I'm happy it's there. This is real food by real people. And the random jukebox is perfect. I heard that their fax machine was DONATED by a customer so he could fax in his orders. Alambres, TORTAS, Tamales- You can't touch this place. The best Mexican in Manhattan, HANDS DOWN.
Posted by Sam on 05/30/2005
I have been here eating regularlly for 7 years since I 'discovered' the hole-in-the-wall with $2.50 quesadillas! The Rent and Prices have gone up, but the quality remains the same, and it's still a bargain! The Burritos and Quesadillas are to die for, the chips are home-made and wonderful! The authentic mexican dips and salsas are unlike any I have had anywhere else. The special cheese they use is imported from Mexico and is more like a mozarella, very different than what you have had anywhere else. The daily specials are unique and phenomenal, such as Chicken Pipian (Pumpkin seed sauce). The owner is there to check the operations almost every evening. The place may feel like a dive, but it transports you to a REAL Mexican Taqueria for a meal. I love it and crave it regularly!
Posted by Jon on 05/23/2005
My wife and I have gone three or four times now. The tacos, tamales, and tortas are excellent, some of the best I've had in New York City (especially the tortas). Their tortilla chips and the avacado salsa are really wonderful (and spicy!). I'd skip their burritos though, they are just big and not all that tasty. It's definitely a dive, but always packed and fun.
Posted by uws on 05/13/2005
I get delivery from here regularly. There are a few things I dont like about the service. 1) it has taken up to an hour and 40 min for delivery during dinner time, for just one burrito. 2) it's always so loud on the other end of the phone and I have to yell my order & they have put me "on hold" for a long time and forgot about me. Foodwise, they are a great value. I order a taco sometimes and a side of tortillas and split one taco into three. I don't like that they don't regularly have pinto beans tho (it's a toss-up). And the cheese can be overwhelming. I would prefer cheddar cheese.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/10/2005
I want to like this place but both times I have been I have not been impressed. I don't like how the grill is right by the door b/c my hair smelled smoky and like food for the rest of the night. The giant chicken burrito I got the first time was decent, but when I got two tacos (chorizo and carne enchalada) the second time the meat did not taste fresh. Maybe I just don't get it, but I don't trust that grill....too many meats are cooking at once....