Taqueria de Mexico, once a reliable West Village neighborhood joint that could be depended on to serve above-average-to-good Mexican chow, has closed.
As I walked home from the subway Friday night, paper covered the windows, along with signs saying "Gracias, amigos, we will never forget the last 12 years." Workers were pulling equipment out for salvage or resale.
Once upon a time, I looked forward to meeting friends there for dinner, and usually ordered taquitos al pastor, lovely little pork tacos with fresh pineapple and cilantro.
In the last few years, though, the place had been on a decidedly downhill slope. It was once run by the same folks who own and operate the much better Mi Cocina, but there were apparently (I am led to understand) management and ownership changes in recent years, and they weren't for the better: portion sizes got smaller and the quality of food and service decreased even as prices rose.
And so, a place that formerly bustled with traffic, ranging from families from the neighborhood to doctors and staffers from nearby St. Vincent's, saw its business dwindle away.
At this point, I don't think they'll be mourned by, well, anybody. I'm trying to find out what's going into that space...
P.S. Former coordinates:
Taqueria de Mexico
93 Greenwich Ave (near Bank St)
New York, NY
http://www.taqueriademexico.com/ (server now down)