I'm a sucker for nice, inviting restaurant decor and when this new restaurant opened up right by the 74th Street station, with its loud mango colored exterior and pseudo-rustic Mexican interior, I knew I had to try it. My husband and I chose to go this past Sunday for lunch. It was about 12:30pm and completely empty. This made us pause a bit (is there something about this place that we should know about?) We bravely ploughed ahead, thinking, "maybe it's just new and undiscovered." I'm so glad we did! We both had a delicious meal here that I would say is hands-down the best Mexican in this neighborhood.
We started with the complimentary tortilla chips and dip. The chips were kind of salty but the gaucamole dip you could tell was home-made and tasty. We ordered a guacamole appetizer just to see what they would come up with. It was a good portion (for two) with chips embedded in the guacamole, edges up. I don't eat guacamole too often so I'm not an expert but I have to say it was wonderful! My husband, who's from Texas, said it could have been spicier.
My husband ordered the chicken enchilada suiza and it came out piping hot on a huge plate- three enchiladas in a row over a green sauce. His dish came with plain rice and beans. I ordered the pork chop dish (forgot the actual name) and the huge plate included two pork chops with seasoned rice, beans, guacamole, and tortilla wraps on the side. Aside from the guacamole, the sides were forgettable, but the pork chops themselves were done perfectly! Charred black on the edges and juicy throughout! I couldn't make out the seasoning but it made it really delicious. I sampled my husband's dish and it was the best enchilada I ever tasted (I've had my share of them)- the green sauce was a little overpowering (it was a sour sauce) but he was able to scoop some of it to the side. All in all, the meal was pretty delicious. We were there for about an hour and during that time, the restaurant filled up some. Everyone who came in spoke Spanish and to me, that says something about the place- this is definitely not some gentrified version of a Mexican place that is trying to cater to non-Hispanics (you know what I mean, the Indian equivalent would be Jackson Diner).
Given that we found great grub there, I wonder why it isn't more packed on a weekend (it's possible it is packed on a Sat night- haven't checked yet.) It does charge much higher prices than some of the other Mexican places in the nabe but it is offering better quality cooking. Our tab, by the way, came out to $25 total for lunch, which would make it less attractive to the average folk wanting a cheap bite. The menu could also be a little longer but they had tempting dishes listed that I would love to try out some other time, like the red snapper dish. I encourage all of you to try it out- I can't believe I'm the first to post about it! I would hate to have this place go out of business when we have so few really good Mexican restaurants here.
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