Terrible Mexican Food in New York and How Mexicans Like Their Coffee

As a proud New Yorker, I gotta ask: What the fuck is up with Mexican food in this city? Sure, we're used to getting owned by California and Texas and even Chicago when it comes to getting kick-ass, cheap, regional Mexican food. But I just got back from Philadelphia, where I was able to score some mighty fine tortas and DF-style tacos that seriously kicked the asses of anything I've ever had in Manhattan. Philly, for fuck's sake! To put that in perspective for you Californians, that's like the Guatemala of the East Coast!

How can it be that in a city where just about every commercial kitchen in every imaginable cuisine is powered by some seriously world-class Mexican talent, we can't get decent, affordable Mexican food without having to go to Queens or Brooklyn or the Bronx? Sure, we've got Rosa Mexicano and Mercadito and the like — but I can't afford to spend a month's rent on one meal. All I want is a nice taquería that I don't have to traverse a bridge or a tunnel to get to. This isn't Arizona! Everyone's a damn immigrant here! So why are we being punished like this?
Deprived

Are you a proud New Yorker — or a proud Manhattanite? Because you answered your question in your pregunta. The Big Manzana historically didn't have great Mexican food (although it did have a crucial role in the development of Mexican food in the United States — you'll have to wait next year for my upcoming book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America (And Soon, the World) for the details) because Mexicans didn't migrate to the region in large numbers. That changed in the past 20 years, with the 2000 Census showing that Mexicans were New York's fastest-growing ethnic group — and that was before the Reconquista truly wrapped its mestizo hands around Gotham! You have some of the highest concentrations of people from Puebla and Hidalgo in the United States, so feast on barbacoa and cemitas poblanas (sandwiches that make hoagies seem as puny as a singular pierogi) to your panza's content in the outer boroughs — and leave the whining to Jan Brewer.

I'm a huge fan of yours and I decided that I would, at long last, ask the Mexican a question! I sat down this morning to drink my mocha and realized that I have no idea how Mexicans like their coffee. The Europeans have espresso, the Americans have McDonald's mud, but what do the Mexicans have? Help me, amigo!
Caffeine Cabrona

Café de olla — coffee from the pot, preferably lead-lined. Spiced with cinnamon and piloncillo, unrefined brown sugar usually formed into a cone from which Mexis smash off pieces. Café de olla is like a Mexican woman — spicy, sweet, caliente, perfect for late nights, early mornings, and slow, gentle blowing on its top before sipping.

SHAMELESS PLUG! Not for me, for once, but for the most-Mexican gabacho I know who's not a cousin-in-law: Robb Walsh, the Gibbon of Texas food history, recently came out with a new book, The Tex-Mex Grill and Backyard Barbecue Cookbook, and Walsh being Walsh, it's no mere grab-bag of great, easily reproducible recipes: You also get gorgeous pictures and stories on the different facets of Tex-Mex cuisine. Learn, for instance, about the curious history of the fajita, or the advent of the margarita. A great, useful read, and as I say in the blurb I contributed on the back of the book: anyone who doesn't buy it deserves deportation. Learn more at www.robbwalsh.com, and felíz grilling!

 
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texmexgal
texmexgal

OK now , if I had the back-up and the money, I would go to NewYork and open up a Taco shop with real border tacos and marachies the best kind the ones they make in Laredo TX, home of the original fajita cut, not the yes I was the 1st , that is just bull ....Anyway since in am stuck in Phoenix and can not move to New York or any other place that needs a lesson on good pure TEXMEX food from right on the south border,I just let my relatives (many Gringos) taste it when I visit them or vice versa.However that is not why I am making a comment here it goes: LOL , WHAT YOU DO NOT HAVE ILLEGAL PEOPLE IN NEW YORK, Papito en que mundo vives? estas tonto o te haces? One more thing Cafe con leche ese lo que los mexicanos toman.

Impaled Dragoon
Impaled Dragoon

In Silver City, NM there is a great Mexican food place called Don Ferdencio's (I may have spelled it incorrectly). You can get a huge, awesome carne asada burrito for four bucks; I usually only eat half at a time so I pay $2 a meal. :P They give you a green chile sauce that kicks ass. Mmmm.

Gilbertyim
Gilbertyim

Impaled Dragoon, Do you have to use ugly word to complete a sentence.

Bushyaz
Bushyaz

Oh yes and the one out here is on 9 st n washinton or central and baseline..Going tonite as a mattr of fact..LOS DOS MOLINOS!!!!

Bushyaz
Bushyaz

U need to find Los Dos Molinos Im not sure where its at but i no it's there,It not that heavy on the wallet but its fucken DELISH!!!

Chinito
Chinito

Mexican food rocks here in Phoenix. I don't got to leave my house for some of that really good food, I just go to the kitchen. We even got our lil fast food mexican food places, like Salsitas or El Pollo Loco lol

Mexicano
Mexicano

I recommend chilakiles from NoteƱo Restaurant at 7th ave and rosevelt in phx, and Ritos Burritos at orangewood and 51 ave in glendale,az the best green and red chile enchilada style burritos ..about tamales my mom's jjaja

Majkumajku
Majkumajku

arizona,by far has the best mexican food in the states.i highly reccomend El Norteno,(Nortenyo(no spanish accents on my keyboard)).7th ave. and roosevelt.or popo's on 67th ave. and indian school.thers is no mexican food in the u.s. like there is in good ol' arizona

Diana
Diana

How many delicious cheap tacos would you have to sell to afford the rent in Manhatten? Like a million. There you go.

Getthemout
Getthemout

You are owned by AZ too! We have Texans who come here and say ours is way better! By the way we are all imigrants here too. Only our are ILLEGAL!!! Damn New Yorker!

Kirs10leigh
Kirs10leigh

PLEASE ,get a dictionary (thats a book that has definitions of words) and look up immigrant." Immigrant - a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence. ",,,now get your dictionary ( yea,,like you have one,LOL) and try again,,maybe something easy this time like cat or dog.

Conserveourstate
Conserveourstate

Kirs, you and the rest of your kind will be voted out in Nov. Critisize all you want, your time will come.

Monster602
Monster602

Oh oh look out! The spelling police are here.. HAHA get a life!

GG
GG

Cafe con leche. In you coffee maker, brew Nescafe coffee with a cinnamon stick. Add milk then sugar to taste. You are right, I went to Mahattan and the closest I got to Mexican food was Chipotle. I'm from Arizona...

ExDF
ExDF

Cafe con leche. I know we are supposed to hate instant coffee, but if you're going to drink it, Mexican Nescafe is the best. And it's sold in the States. Fill a cup half with milk and half with water. Microwave to near boiling. Stir in Nescafe and sugar to taste. A chunk of chocolate makes it even better.

Sanman
Sanman

like we care what those dumb wetbacks like to eat/drink or how they take their coffee.

Lucyjazzphx
Lucyjazzphx

All I have to say is that you are an idiot, and ignorant at that. Why is it you feel so threatened by Mexicans/hispanics? Are your "shortcomings" that horrible?

Yourmama
Yourmama

Mexicans are the shortcomings. Or should I say they come here short. Short on money,dignity, respect and not to mention height!

gypsydave
gypsydave

First of all, mexican food is mainly the cheapest food in the world. Mostly beans and rice, this is also common for a great piece of the world. Ok, some places it's potatos, again cheap stuff. I gave up and came to the conclusion that "mexican resturant" is an oxy-moron. Don't let a little flash and glitz make you pay high bucks for the cheapest commodities on the market. Mexican food id cheap, fast and easy to cook, not to mention pretty damn good, mostly. Good luck...PS if you pay more than 6 or 7 bucks for a whole meal ya got took. I live in SoCal and would kill for some American food.

anyone
anyone

Your cooking probably tastes like crap, if that's your idea of what Mexican food is. That's like saying Picasso's paintings are just made of paint, so anyone can make them.

 
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