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Tierras Mexicanas hit the spot.

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Tierras Mexicanas hit the spot.

Clyde | Jan 20, 2004 04:08 PM

I saw the rec for this place down below on the board and checked it out last night. Needless to say, it was right on the money.
I ordered the chips and salsa (2.50 with 2 different fresh salsas(tomato/tomatillo) and fresh chips) and the Skirt steak with.. cheese enchilada with mole, some kind of spicy chili pepper mash and sauteed onion and poblano garnish (12.95). Bonnie had the guacomole (6.50?) and 2 flank steak tacos (6?). Rice and beans served separately on the side, family style.

We also drank a bit too much: I had four EXTREMELY tasty and strong margaritas, she had three at 7/piece. They werent the regular margaritas (6.50) but one step up ithink with a splash of cointreau. Im a big complainer of the quality of margaritas in NYC but these were definitely above average.

The owner/bartender/waiter finished the meal with free dessert and pleasantries (crepes with mexican caramel and vanilla bean ice cream). I dont think hes used to a couple ordering as much as we did and drinking as much as we did!

The chips and salsa were WELL worth it.. the salsas are obviously fresh and the flavor, sublime with hints of garlic and the right amount of cilantro and seasoning. The guac was incredible. Noticeably fresh. It rivals anything ive had at other places (La Palapa, Hells Kitchen, Rosa, Mama, etc.) and it, again , was perfectly seasoned. I say this because too often Mexican food (and restaurant food in general) is salted improperly and it kills the dish. A goiod sign is the fact that there were no shakers on the tables at Tierras. The chips were unsalted and paired well with the guac.
My entree was spectacular. The owner (who I swear looks like hes 25) suggested medium rare, but i corrected him and went rare. And it was cooked perfectly rare and butter-tender. It couldve used a bit more charring on the outside but im being nitpicky. BTW- it actually was a SKIRT. How many times have you ordered and gotten slices of flank or a hanger and wanted to get into an argument with the chef. The mash was quite unusual and bursting with spicy garlic flavor. None of the food was "hot-spicy" per se but as we paused between bites, we both felt the creeping heat of the peppers.

Alas, the tacos were a bit of a disappointment. Two fresh tortillas, sandwiched with melted cheese and these folded to hold slices of flank with onions and peppers in the middle. Exceesively dry and ordinary. It couldve used SOMETHING inside. In fact, my friend asked for some sour cream and the waiter/owner/bartender (this place is SLOW, we were the ONLY table for an hour) paused and said "sure Ill get that for you". It never came. But that mistake is easily overlooked.
Bonnie gobbled up the free dessert, abit too sweet for my tastebuds (most latin desserts are), but she enjoyed it immensely.

Two other small issues: The dining room is freezing. We both left our coats on until the margaritas kicked in. Secondly, We arrived at 7 and the place was EMPTY. When we left at 9:15 they had two other tables.

I hope this place stays open because bottom line, it was a great meal at a great price: $71/ before tt- the majority of it on strong margaritas.

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