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Mexican Restaurants In New York City

Mexican Restaurant Review in the Broadway Theater district In New York City

Hell’s Kitchen
679 9th Avenue (At 47th street)
New York NY 10036
Phone: (212) 977-1588

Frequently, when people think “Mexican” they think of low-end dining, where ultimately everything is covered in salsa and cheese and you can barely decipher the ingredients. Places like that, we cannot deny, are a dime a dozen. Luckily, we have found a spot just west of the theater district that not only has the ambiance of a trendy downtown eatery, but serves fresh, Mexican food… just not quite the way you (Or any Mexicans you might know) are familiar with.
Welcome to Hell’s Kitchen, literally - (Not to be confused with all the other establishments in the local area that use the name "Hells Kitchen", including the usual mis-understanding between this spot and "44 X Hells Kitchen" which is nice, but no star in our book)
This intimately-spaced, chic-looking, brick-walled, restaurant located on 9th avenue is a great way to get amped-up for your night out at the theater. Though it was a bit loud, going with a small group meant being able to sample many fun dishes and test the exotic drinks. The complimentary corn bread and black bean dip were excellent (someone commented they wanted to be buried in a vat of it) and was well suited with the key lime martini ($9). A few of our favorite appetizers included the must-have duck Gorditas, ($10) the Portabella mushroom roll ($7) and the barely seared tuna tostada on a bed of guacamole and pineapple. The pork entrée ($19) was beautiful and quite tasty with shredded pork surrounded by pan juices and chunks of fresh avocado. Next to the volcano of pork was a spring roll-esque goodie filled with cheese and spices. The sea scallops ($21) were huge and cooked perfectly while the grilled shrimp entree ($19) had jumbo shrimp resting on an edible wafer-thin lily pad of fried tortilla. By the way, holy mole! The breast of duck ($22) arrived in a sea of mole sauce, and we couldn’t stop dunking. The desserts were a great way to end the meal and for $7 you had your choice of six very different but very fabulous choices. We couldn’t get our spoons out of the warm chocolate cake served with rich vanilla ice cream. The menu here is constantly changing and every night there are specials which only make decision-making more difficult… but in a good way.

  • Accepts all major credit cards
  • Reservations recommended but not mandatory
  • Open Tuesday-Friday 11:30am-3:00pm (lunch) Sunday-Wednesday 5:00pm-11:00pm, Thursday-Saturday 5:00pm-midnight

Rosa Mexicano
61 Columbus Avenue (At 62nd street)
New York, NY 10023
(212) 977-7700

Beautiful two-story Rockwell-designed location with a stunner for a bar and a guacamole to die for make Rosa a great stop pre-theater (particularly good for Lincoln Center)
Recommended dishes: Guacamole (made to order),Enchilada Con Mole, flight of Tequilas
Price Range: Lunch: appetizers ($7-$14), entrees ($12-$18)
Dinner: appetizers ($8-$16) entrees ($19-$26)

 
 


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