La Taqueria Downtown serves strong margaritas and the area’s best Mexican food in a low-ceilinged space where you’ll want to spend hours ordering rounds of drinks and tacos while listening to The Beatles on the speakers. The only catch is that everyone else wants to spend a few hours here as well, so waits can be as bad as they are at Razza up the street.
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La Esquina has a few locations around the city, and the one in Midtown is especially useful for something quick before or after a Broadway show.
Lupe’s East LA Kitchen
Lupe’s is a California-style Mexican restaurant on a corner in southwest Soho. It feels like a fun diner, and it’s where you go for casual enchiladas.
Zaragoza is a longstanding Mexican deli in the East Village where you can get a couple of tacos, tamarind candy, and a jar of green enchilada sauce.
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Razza is a wood-fired pizza spot in Jersey City that’s well worth a trip from New York. Or from anywhere else.
There's nothing memorable about the Mexican food at Rosie's, but it's a nice enough space for a margarita and guacamole.
Bread And Salt
Bread And Salt is a BYOB pizza spot in Jersey City that serves some of our favorite slices around NYC.
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