I've been in NYC now for about 8 years now and as a San Diego-native (who is Mexican) I've been sad to not have San Diego-style Mexican food...and it's finally here and not at the Rosa Mexicano prices!
Highly recommend Jalapeno on the upper west or actually Lincoln Square on Columbus between 68th and 69th. I had the Chile Relleno tonight and it was really really good. Not too much breading and the crema was awesome. I've had other meals here but tonight I finally realized that I had not been ablet to find this food in NYC before. Also the only place where I have found real Carne Asada tacos....why is it that there is no Carne Asada in NYC?! Also awesome tacos de barbacoa and the salsa is really good too. My husand (the gringo) loves the carnitas.
If you are a displaced so-cal native in NYC check out Jalapeno. It tastes like home. I had to share. :)
61 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023