Between kids running around like outlaws in the old west and everything being slightly too expensive, hotel restaurants get a bad rap. But Xochi, located inside the Marriott Marquis downtown, is one of the best restaurants in the city and should be on your shortlist the next time you’re planning a celebratory dinner or brunch. This Mexican spot specializes in Oaxacan food, so expect mezcal cocktails, mole, and lots of fresh masa. Xochi is open all day, but if you come later, make sure to get the pato crujiente with duck chicharrones, along with the mole sampler.
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