Wednesday, April 27th, 2022:
NYC's 28 Essential Mexican Restaurants.

Sofrito Lovers,

Mexican food is one of my go-to comfort foods.  There is nothing more enjoyable and soothing than a nice taco de lengua (beef tongue) paired with a hot, steaming bowl of Pozole rojo.  So, if you're like me, then you know that good authentic Mexican food is a hop, skip, and jump away, you just have to know where.  Robert Sietsema, of, has compiled a list to help you find your own relaxing bowl of sopa (soup).

From time to time, publishes these "Essential Restaurant" lists, and usually the lack of uptown representation is disappointing and infuriating.  But, this time their "Essential Mexican Restaurant" list is spot on!  Their recommendations for Mexican eateries in Harlem, The Bronx, and El Barrio (East Harlem) are some of my favorites.  I highly recommend Las Delicias Mexicanas in El Barrio and La Morada in the South Bronx because the food is spectacular and inexpensive-awesome combo, right?

So, if you're in the mood to explore the Mexican culinary contributions to our fair city, then look no further.  The list below will have you eating cuisine from Puebla to Oaxaca and everything in between-trust me, you'll love it!

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

NYC’s 28 Essential Mexican Restaurants

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by Robert Sietsema Updated Apr 21, 2022, 1:27pm EDT

Look back 40 years, and NYC’s Mexican restaurant scene was dominated by sizzling fajitas, cheese enchiladas, and nachos, but the city now boasts restaurants specializing in many regions, rivaled in this country only by Los Angeles. That shift can be credited in part to the severe 10-year drought that plagued the Mexican state of Puebla, forcing residents to relocate here, and immigrants from states like Guerrero, Morelos, and Michoacán followed. New York City is now home to an amazing array of Mexican establishments, from tiny taquerias to full-blown restaurants, featuring regional fare from the Yucatan to Sinaloa — plus higher-end spots where thrilling culinary inventions are occurring.

Here’s our choice collection of New York City Mexican restaurants, including many classics along with new ones that appear on this list for the first time. Two quintessential food trucks are included, along with every size, type, and price point of restaurant.