Around 103 and up to 106 on Lexington the homogenizing affects of property development took hold some time ago, though with newly gutted out store fronts on 106 and Lexington now, I predict that this trend is creeping.
Still the best nachos and sensational prices for fun and food, in a radius of some distance that as large than a coffee plantation in South America, can be found in the places that have been there and represent local property owners, and cater to the local Mexican population.
Once a Thai restaurant takes root, then my prediction it is sure to match the storefront settings of Fort Greene, Cobble Hill, transplanted to some extent to a section of this ethnic enclave of Manhattan.
The support the local places, and their owners is ethical, to stem to onslaught of homogeneity, that makes urban neighborhoods duplicated from LA to Chicago to North East. Also to preserve ethnic and cultural diversity within the city.
Thus stated, some time, I visited El Paso on 116 street (also just below 104 Street, at 1643 Lexington Ave ), identical, a budding Mexican chain of sorts, and only sampled the bottled Carte Blanche beer. These places do express the added capital, and diversity that has grown in the area, and are not really in the same market as the local places.
It will be interesting to see what will happen with this transformation in this area.
Still, the best buys and tastes are found at the places that have been in the area a long time.
Some recommends, La Fogata Bar at 2104 2nd Avenue and live songs almost nightly at Santa Maria just above 104 on Second Ave.
I recommend the nachos at Jaguar on 108 and Lexington.
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