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Móle review: best Mexican in the city!


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Móle review: best Mexican in the city!

oliver_selwyn | Aug 10, 2007 01:28 PM

While I've contributed to this board (and should more often), I've never submitted a restaurant review because frankly there are people who are better at it. That said...

My wife and I lived in Texas for 20+ years, spent 3 weeks in the Yucatan and like many people on this board, haven't found the Mexican they were looking for in NYC. We have a couple standbys but nothing we'd steer people to. And now we're going to sound like a couple of Moonies, because if you like Mexican - you must eat at Móle! Nick (the owner) only buys/cooks from whatever is best in the the market.

What a difference that makes - we started out with the guacamole, made table-side (for us bar-side) which was a nice touch. The avocado was so fresh it almost fell apart under the attention of our waiter. We can't stand the toothpaste style guacamole presented in so many substandard Mexican places. Lets just say the guacamole, was fantastic and leave it at that.

Because at Móle there is one problem - the sauces are so delicious (and you may well get some complimentary) you may find it difficult to finish you entradas. One stellar example was the lime-ancho chile sauce that we had along with their salsa. Both were complex enough to keep you thinking, thick enough to keep you happy and abundant enough to cause difficulty with your next course.

I had the Guajillo Sauce Braised Rabbit in Parchment, while my wife had her "litmus test" for Mexican, Enchiladas with Green Salsa. ...And my Rabbit probably made it into the top 10 meals I've had in my life. Such complexity in the Guajillo Sauce: deep smoked chile notes, cinnamon, tomatoes, orange? cumin? and the rabbit was just falling off the bone. And my wife refused to share her Enchiladas with Green Salsa as it was the best she ever had. I'll assume it was good then. We talked for a bit with Nick and he was very friendly. What else do you need - go already!

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