As you know by now, I find it very difficult to find proper Mexican food in NYC. I am therefore on a constant search for Mexican restaurants in the hopes of finding non-fancy, real, delicious, authentic Mexican food at reasonable prices like you will find everywhere in Southern California. This place, alas, does not offer such...
However, the bartenders make great margaritas and it is a fun place to hang out for a drink or two in the summer. Pick a table by the open wall or sit at the bar. Skip the food on the menu and enjoy the fresh chips and three salsas that come in a ceramic boat, and also order the guacomole, if so inclined. I love to ask for Corazon tequila for the maragaritas I order here, and of course, I get the rim salted.
316 East 86th Street (bt. 1 & 2 Ave)