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Posted by NYvisitor on 12/08/2008
I stopped at Toloache because they didn't have a waiting line (Monday night). The top shelf margarita was excellent, a great deal for all of you tequila aficianados (no frozen frufru, it was herradura and grand marnier!). I had the tuna which was cooked medium rare perfectly and the sauce was spicy but not overbearing. I plan to go back this weekend.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/09/2008
Food was great, small plate portions are small and pricey! The constant up sell by the waiters was extremely annoying and harrassing at points throughout our meal which does not make for a pleasant dining experience when you are continually asked to order more expensive items off the menu. We ordered the guacamole to start, the waiter tried to get us to order the guacamole trio, when we said "no thank you", he said "well then you should get two orders of guacamole for your table, not one". Also when ordering a Corona, our waiter said - "oh come on, have one of our Margarita's" - to the tune of $14 each! I think I know what I want to order and do not want to be told what I should be ordering so the restaurant can make a bigger profit! Would not return to Toloache solely because the up sell was really obnoxious.
Posted by local on 10/07/2008
I think Toloache is at a disadvantage b/c Americans are so used to getting very large portions at Mexican restaurants,. So much so that when you get small portions at restaurants like Toloache, people can feel a little ripped off. Although I appreciate having smaller portions, I wish the prices at Toloache reflected that. For example, to get barely a cup of guacamole for $11 is a little stingy. The $15 grilled shrimp salad was tiny - truly an appetizer portion, even though I was assured it was entree-sized. I had two small tacos the other night for $15 with no sides or even any accompanying salsa. I don't know... the food is always tasty (I love the lobster tacos! And the paella. And the carne asada), but if this is just a Mexican small-plates, tapas-style place, just call it out so people don't feel like they didn't get what they were expecting.
Posted by New York Mystery Book Club on 05/09/2008
When I reserved a table at Toloache I was a little hesitant because the hostess required me to give her my credit card info. to reserve a table for six. She was polite and helpful but I usually don't have to do that just to reserve a table. Then, when I got there the place didn't look like much from the outside. However, I am glad to say that my misgivings were unfounded. The reastaurant is quite nice. The decor was warm and beautiful. The best part though was the food. We all ordered different things and really enjoyed them. I had the fish tacos. They were delicious. Each ingredient married beautifully but remained distinct at the same time. I will definitely go back. Just a warning though, the portions are small. I would not have been full if I didn't also order a side of black beans and rice. All in all though, we had a great time.
Posted by Donna on 04/09/2008
I went on a Thursday night after work and really enjoyed this place. It was empy when we walked in about 5:45, but they wouldn't seat us without a reservation. After complaining a little, they relented and gave us a table near the door. The quality of the food was fantastic! I had the beef "ceviche," and the salmon, and the flan for dessert. The service was good, no upselling at all, they left us alone to enjoy ourselves. I really like the size of the portionsthis is the size they should be, in my opinion. But the prices are a little high. The two of us each had a cocktail, an app, an entree, and shared one dessert. Total bill came to $125, before tip. I'll go back for the great food, but have to save up for it. Too expensive to be a spur-of-the-moment type place.
Posted by Ray on 02/25/2008
This was our first time at Toloache . We were there Saturday night at with my fiancee and we sat upstairs. We had hamachi sevice,trio guacamole and foie gras tacos. Second course we had a paella and the fish special. For us the food was perfect. (Have to say Hamachi a little small but I know it is expensive to buy).Cooked right and served beautifully. Service top notch. Our server was attentive and the manager/host made sure we had our food and drinks on time for the theater. Thank you Toloache now you are our fav new restaurant
Posted by Victor on 02/08/2008
Toloache serves small portions of good (but not great) Mexican food at absurdly high prices. The portions were laughably small, Lilliputian even. The prices were steep, especially for Mexican food, which tends to be one of the more reasonably priced cuisines in New York City. We ordered a trio of ceviches that contained maybe 3 ounces of fish yet Toloache charged a whopping $27 for it. My pollo toloache chicken breast entrée was made with perhaps 1/3 of a chicken breast (with a bonus hunk of bone, cartilage and sinew), but it cost $22. Drinks also range toward the high end, with many costing $11 - $14 each. The wait staff was relentlessly aggressive in their efforts to upsell patrons on everything. The waiter and the waitress repeatedly tried to push us to order more and/or costlier items on the menu, whether it was water (sparkling or bottled?) or booze (you sure you don’t want another drink?), appetizers (don’t you want anything else?), entrées or desserts. It was outright rude and utterly disgraceful. Needless to say, I never will return, and I encourage you to learn from my mistake in having gone here in the first place.