An Upper West Side Mexican restaurant you shouldn’t miss

UWS Eatery Named 1 Of Best Mexican Restaurants In NYC

An Upper West Side spot was recently featured on a list by an Eater NY critic of the 30 best Mexican restaurants in NYC. Find out which.

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Posted Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 11:45 am ET|Updated Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 7:23 am ET
An Upper West Side eatery was included among a recent list of the 30 best Mexican restaurants in the city.
An Upper West Side eatery was included among a recent list of the 30 best Mexican restaurants in the city. (Shutterstock)

UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — Mexican food lovers living on the Upper West Side can rejoice as Eater NY named a neighborhood eatery as one of the 30 best in the cuisine across the five boroughs.

Eater NY critic Robert Sietsema recently published “NYC’s 30 Essential Mexican Restaurants” and one eatery from the Upper West Side made the list.

“Look back 35 years, and NYC’s Mexican restaurant scene was dominated by sizzling fajitas, cheese enchiladas, and nachos; the city now boasts restaurants specializing in many regions, rivaled in this country only by Los Angeles,” wrote Sietsema in the article for his list.

Sietsema named El Mitote, which is located at 208 Columbus Avenue near West 70th Street, among the best Mexican restaurants in New York City.

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Here’s what he had to say about the eatery:

“Owned by Cristina Castaneda, El Mitote (named after an Aztec dance) partly focuses on the street food of her hometown of Guadalajara, but mounts a menu that includes classic Mexican fare from around the country. An early afternoon brunch served every day might include wild mushroom tinga tacos, huevos rancheros or chilaquiles, and this stunning red chicken pozole every bit as spicy as it looks, served with a crema-painted tostada on the side.”

El Mitote’s menu includes esquites made with steamed corn, Mitote mayo, Cotija cheese, epazote, fresh lime juice and sea salt, along with tacos, quesadillas, flautas, tostadas, salads and salsas.

On the home page of its website, the owners of El Mitote write that the restaurant is a “marriage of classic Mexican street-food with a contemporary flair in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.”

Earning extra Upper West Side points, the owners also write — “We feel so proud of being part of our neighborhood: WE ARE UPPER WEST SIDE.”

You can find out more about El Mitote on its website.

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