AboutEating my way through the Big Apple and around the world.
Always in favor of extraordinary flavor versus saving a few calories, I’m constantly seeking the best restaurants, recipes, and random little food finds. This blog chronicles my discoveries, most of which are located in New York City, the foodie heaven I am fortunate to call home.
I am an editor at Zagat, but all opinions on this blog are mine and have nothing to do with my employer.
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Food truly is an art form. Ancho-crusted tuna and yucca cakes in smoky peanut sauce.
Sadly, my meal at Hell’s Kitchen, a tiny Nouvelle Mexican restaurant, was super rushed (all thanks to me). But it’s a great spot for pre- or post-theater dining, just be sure to make reservations several days in advance.
Blockheads will always be one of my favorite restaurants in this city, and is probably the place I’ve frequented the most. It was even the site of my 23rd and 24th birthday celebrations.
They have delicious Mexican food and drinks for cheap. This plate of two tacos and rice and beans? Nine dollars. (!!!) Margaritas are $4. And an all you can drink mimosa brunch (including entree and chips and salsa) is $10. How can you go wrong?!
The Upper East Side haunt is my favorite, but there are locations all over the city and most have outdoor seating. Yay summer!
I rang in my 25th year this weekend with a surprise party at Mercadito. Unfortunately I was so shocked with the surprise that I could hardly focus on tasting the food. But it was all beautiful, and the stand-out shrimp and mahi-mahi tacos were incredible. I can’t wait to go back under less excitable conditions!
Appropriately, we finished the meal off with Crumbs cupcakes. (Thanks Fuzz!) Much love to Spencer and my wonderful friends and sisters for making this one of my best and most delicious birthdays ever.
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Ed. Note: I am often asked for restaurant recommendations, so I’ve decided to compile my (hopefully helpful) advice and turn it into a little blog series. Enjoy!
Date in the West Village: Drinks, followed by dinner (preferably Mexican)
One of my go-to spots for great margaritas in the West Village is La Palapa. Site of my annual birthday margarita, 2008. La Palapa is great because not only do they have some of the best frozen margaritas in the city, but they’re two-for-one until 7. This also usually includes free chips and a trio of delicious salsas. Besides some of the appetizers, I’ve yet to try the food, but I remember liking the gauc. For what it’s worth, the cuisine looked amazing.
My other West Village Mexican mecca is Benny’s Burritos (a division of Blockheads). The food is cheap yet delicious and the drinks are… well, cheap and delicious! I mean, $4 for a frozen margarita. How can you go wrong? I recommend throwing in an extra buck and splurging on the “flower bomb” (may or may not be the exact name, but it’s what I’ve come to call them): half frozen margarita/half sangria. Limit two.
Finally, Agave is a sleek little Mexican restaurant/lounge if you’re looking to take things a step up. Again, fantastic frozen margaritas and innovative food. It’s more expensive than the other two options, and I’m not sure the food quality makes up for the price difference, but there are definitely more options here than just your “standard” Mexican fare.