Ok, went to a brand new Mexican place in the East Village last night and it was pretty teriffic. Mercadito touts itself as authentic Mexican (LOTS of ceviche. That's Mexican?? OK...) The menu is largely tacos and ceviche, but amazing. Think three little tacos al pastor, pork rubbed with chile, diced grilled pinaepple and salsa. Or smoked mahi-mahi ceviche with grapefruit and chiles. The quesadillas are really more like little empanadas. Really inventive and tasty.
The carmelized plantains were incredible. The only thing I didn't like much were the chocolate flan and the rice pudding. No surprise since I like neither dessert (grew up in Miami and NEVER understood flan). Your mileage will no doubt vary.
It was the official opening night to the public, which means no liquor or credit cards quite yet. I'm sure that'll be fixed in short order. (They do, after all, have a wine rack, they're just not serving it yet.)
This is teeny, cute and cheap. Everything's little plates for $7-8 each. Dinner for three including a couple bottles of San Pelligrino came to around $71 before tip.
The owners include Darin Rubell (yeah, yeah nephew of Steve Rubell.) Don't hold the antics of Uncle Steve against him. He and his partner are cranking out great, great food. Definitely going back. Ave B between 11th and 12th.