Category Archives: MEXICAN

El Maguey y La Tuna, Lower East Side, NYC

El Maguey y La Tuna, Lower East Side, NYC

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

I was recently invited for a press dinner at El Maguey y La Tuna, a family run Mexican restaurant on the Lower East Side.

Dressed in simple yet homey surroundings, El Maguey y La Tuna is exactly the kind of place at which I would have hoped to find the BEST Mole Poblano I have tasted in New York City!

There is a reason why this dish is so good here. It is hand made from scratch over several days by Mama Cortez who doesn’t even use as much as a blender to aid her art.

Preserving family recipes is what makes El Maguey y La Tuna a rather unique spot. Every dish on their menu has a reason for being there. The origins could be from a grandmother, aunt or uncle or a favorite post-hangover remedy (that’s where the Chilaquiles come in).

The daughter Maria, who usually handles the front end of the restaurant, is equally adept at cooking and managing the kitchen when she is needed to do so. Here, everything is a family affair.

El Maguey y La Tuna offers a wonderful selection of food from rural Mexico in a place that tastes and feels like home. They have a full-service sit-down bar with specialty cocktails such as Jalapeno Margaritas, Dessert wines and Mexican Beers. They also offer Brunch on weekends for $11.95 which includes a cocktail! 

With food so good, people so authentic and a price point so reasonable, I don’t see why El Maguey y La Tuna will not be on my multiple return list!

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Margarita with Jalapeño

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Ponche

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Taquitos Al Guacamole

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Chiles Rellenos

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Tacos de Pescado

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Mole Poblano

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Maria’s Mole Rojo

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Pinto Beans and Rice

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Chilaquiles

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Black Beans and Rice

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Homemade Mexican Chocolate Cake

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Banana Pinata

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Restaurant Information


* Restaurant Name
El Maguey Y La Tuna Mexican Restaurant
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Lower East Side / Mexican
* Street Address
321 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
* Phone
(212) 473-3919
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Dos Toros, West Village, NYC

Dos Toros, West Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Burrito with habanero sauce and quesadilla

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Pancho Villa Taqueria, San Francisco,CA

Pancho Villa Taqueria, San Francisco,CA

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

Must try: The salsa bar, any burrito

 

There is a reason why the Espinoza brothers Taqueria has been thriving in the wildly competitive Mission District of San Francisco for many decades now.

 Pancho Villa hits a home run when it comes to satisfying that burrito craving that one often gets. Delivering authentic, fresh Mexican food in huge portions has garnered this spot a huge fan following and several awards over the years.

 The line is out the door starting pretty early in the day. Service is helpful and pleasant and the digs are clean enough. What rocks is the fresh salsa bar they have the back of the restaurant, which serves up some of the most unique and tastiest salsas, I have had.

 Pancho Villa has all the ingredients in being the a cut above it’s competitive rest.

 

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* Restaurant Name
Pancho Villa Taqueria
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Mexican
* Street Address
3071 16th Street , San Francisco, CA 94103
* Phone
(415) 864-8840
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Crema, Chelsea, NYC

Crema, Chelsea, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆ 1/2

Service: ☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Fit for: Lunch Spot, Brunch, Dine At The Bar, Outdoor Dining

Dishes not to miss: Salsas de la casa, Quesos Flameados, Burrito de Atún

 

Chef Julieta Ballesteros, of Mexicana Mama fame, has traded up to Crema in Chelsea, where she serves upscale, refined Mexican cuisine.

This eatery is a place to try delightful combinations of carefully composed plates. Ballesteros has put a lot of thought into the creation of each dish. At Crema, one experiences combinations of Mexican flavors that are rare and very pleasing to the palate. Read the rest of this entry

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Maya, Upper East Side, NYC

Maya, Upper East Side, NYC

 

Food: ☆☆☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Fit for: Groups, Vibrant bar scene, Spicy food.

Dishes not to miss: Tostadas de Atun, Mole Poblano, Calamar Maya

Special notes: Happy Hour at the Tequila Lounge is Monday to Sunday 5 – 8 PM with special bar bites priced at $3 each.

 

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Mesa Grill, Gramercy/ Flatiron, NYC

Mesa Grill, Gramercy/ Flatiron, NYC

Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

I recommend: Cremini Mushroom Quesadilla, the Grilled Mahi Mahi and the Warm Banana Cake.

 

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Chiles & Chocolate: Oaxacan Kitchen, Park Slope, NYC

Chiles & Chocolate: Oaxacan Kitchen, Park Slope, NYC

 

I was intrigued by this little restaurant that was dedicated to my two favorite foods of all time – chilies and chocolate.

So of-course I had to trek over to Park Slope to check out this charming joint, that has carved out a niche of its own. This tiny restaurant can only seat about 16 people at a time. Its very informal and the server was very friendly. Read the rest of this entry

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Tortilleria Nixtamal, Corona, NYC

Tortilleria Nixtamal, Corona, NYC

 

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