Amaranto is on a relatively quiet corner in Bushwick, and it isn’t especially hard to get into - but you’ll find some of the best Mexican food in the city here. Start off with some guacamole and a taco or two (we especially like the pork ones), but don’t ignore the larger entrées. There are some very good chicken enchiladas covered in mole poblano, as a well as a thick bone-in pork chop that comes out perfectly cooked in a pool of mole encacahuatado (made with peanuts). The space is just one room with some plain wooden tables and a bar in the corner - and while you could show up here in slippers and a Ninja Turtles sweatshirt, it works pretty well for a casual date night. Bring someone who doesn’t know about Amaranto yet, and it’ll make you seem just a little bit cooler.
More spots in BrooklynSee more
The best BBQ in New York City resides in Red Hook, in a Texas-style dining hall of sacred smoked meats known as Hometown Bar-B-Que.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new favorite BBQ spot. Situated inside what used to be an old auto body shop, this gutted garage is raging every night of the week.
Mister Dips is a little trailer in a Williamsburg park where you can pick up a burger, some ice cream, and a thing of waffle fries covered in cheese.
More Mexican spotsSee more
This casual but hip restaurant is not an attempt at authentic Mexican, but rather an inspired interpretation using Latin flavors and fresh ingredients.
Los Tacos No. 1
Some of the best tacos in New York City are hiding from you in the back of Chelsea Market. It’s time you went and found them.
As we've said before, finding quality Mexican food in New York City is like finding something on MTV that doesn't make the planet dumber. Mexico Lindo is the needle in the haystack, and we've been satisfying our Mexican cravings there for years.
Suggested by our writers
La Esquina Brasserie
Does La Esquina have the best Mexican food in NYC? No. But it is in a secret basement in Nolita, and it’s worth a trip for the experience.
Cosme is an upscale Mexican restaurant in Flatiron that’s much more approachable than it appears to be.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more