By Chef Julian Medina
I'm very proud that Mexican cuisine is being celebrated in New York City and that the food I grew up on is so prevalent here. We are seeing a boom in the Mexican craze and I love that so many chefs and restaurateurs are taking their own stab at creating amazing food.
Los Tacos No. 1
I love to order the Adobada (marinated pork) or the Quesadilla de Asada.
Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011 | T: 212.256.0343 | www.lostacos1.com
El Paso Taqueria
When I come here I always order the Chilaquiles.
64 East 97th Street, New York, NY 10029 | T: 212.831.3104
Rosarito Fish Shack
My favorite thing to order is the Hamachi Ceviche.
168 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 | T: 718.388.8833 | rosaritofishshack.com
This is certainly a modern Mexican restaurant I enjoy, especially when I have the Carnitas de Pato (delicious braised duck tacos).
35 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010
T: 212.913.9659 | www.cosmenyc.com
When I'm craving Tex-Mex, I head to Canyon Road on the Upper East Side for classic Huevos Rancheros.
1470 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10021
T: 212.734.1600 | arkrestaurants.com/canyonroad
OFF BEATEN TRACK
La Caridad 78
They have great Cuban food that is really fresh and authentic. Make sure to get the Mondongo and the Mangu de Chicharron... they are heavenly.
2199 Broadway, New York, NY 10024 | T: 212.874.2780
Papatzul & Hecho en Dumbo
I enjoy having drinks at these two place. They both have a great happy hour.
Papatzul | 55 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013 | T: 212.274.8225 | papatzul.com
Hecho en Dumbo | 354 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 | T: 212.937.4245 | www.hechoendumbo.com
Latin / Mexican Groceries | El Tepeyac Grocery
I typically buy all my ingredients at here and love that they have everything I need.
1621 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029 | T: 212.987.5034 | www.eltepeyacgroceryonline.com
Mexican Spirits | Astor Wines & Spirits
Mezcal is very hot right now and Astor Wines has a great selection to choose from.
399 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003 | T: 212.674.7500 | www.astorwines.com
Chef Julian Medina
All of my restaurants offer unique, elevated fair to customers with an authenticity that can't be beat. We take great pride in cooking with the best ingredients we can get our hands on and of course, supreme service and an experience that is unforgettable.
Toloache locations are situated in great neighborhoods and have regulars that come every single week.
251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019 | T: 212.581.1818 | Book a Table
205 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012 | T: 212.420.0600 | Book a Table
166 East 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028 | T: 212.861.4505 | Book a Table
83 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038 | T: 212.809.9800
Coppelia is a latin diner open 24-hours a day, which is really fun and offers hungry patrons a chance to sample hearty Latin dishes with extreme flavor at all hours of the day and night.
207 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011 | T: 212.858.5001 | coppelianyc.com
Both locations of Yerba Buena are beautiful and give diners a completely different feel than any of my other restaurants.
Tacuba Cantina Mexicana
This my seventh restaurant and is an energetic, cantina-style spot in Astoria and we have been very blessed to be graciously welcomed in the neighborhood. At Tacuba, ceviches and cocktails offered in fruit are fan favorites along with much of our menu.
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