This past weekend I happened into El Maguey at 321 East Houston.
The atmosphere of this place, and the guests, bring you quite some distance from the usual Mexican restaurants in NYC, and the food will transcend the palid, and give one something a bit beyond what one expects from Mexican food on offer here.
The tortillas are handmade in house as are the mole. The mole selections give one some indication of regional flavors, such as the dark negro Oaxaca, the roasted pumpkin seed mole, and the Rojo from Guadalajara.
I sampled the Negro from Oaxaca, and it was very good.
The soup one must try is a stew f beef stomach and other items, not too thick, called Pancita. Spicy and very good, and I had a small bowl of it, and wish I had the full order of it for about just under $8.00.
Nachos are claimed to be one of the voted best in NYC and though I was not pleased with my pick, I must say going back and trying something more to my like is worth the effort in nacho quests. I had the spicy pork and the meat chucks just was not what I like with nachos, but the preparations are good, and selections are also with beef tongue.
The place is one in a small catagory down home authentic places of latin and mexican, so check it out.
El Maguey y La Tuna
321 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002