For all you folks who love an out of the way surprise (and those of you who live in the neighborhood), don't miss El Huipil, a brand new lovely and cheap Mexican spot, owned by a young couple, Megan and Jesus. Megan's a New Yorker, Jesus is from Guerrero, and they live in Harlem, but they found this spot and renovated it into a bright airy space decorated with artesania brought from Guerrero.
Jesus's mom, Dona Lola, makes all the spices and seasonings, the salsas, the mole, the pozole, the beans, from scratch. Everything is super fresh, the guacamole made when you order it. It is like stumbling into one of those family-run loncherias you find in Mexico. Don't miss the quesadillas (not your average quesadillas, must be guerrero style) stuffed with potatoes and chorizo, or potatoes and epazote if you're veg. In the mornings they have Mexican hot chocolate or atole, and tamales.
I want these guys to make it because they're serving the best food in the neighborhood; business has been slow cause they're in a tough location, so go check it out. You won't be sorry.
You can find El Huipil at 116A Sullivan Street between Van Brunt and Conover. Their number is 718 855 4548, and they're open Mon-Thurs from 11 to 8, Fri and Sat from 11 to 10, Sunday from 12 to 8. No credit cards, but they do serve beer.