Tag Archives: Mexican Restaurants

Cosme – Mexican Cool in Hot New York

Seemingly forever, with a few notable exceptions¹, Mexican cuisine outside of Mexico has been little more than a reduction of a few, formulaic dishes, utilizing Mexican or Mexican-like ingredients that were locally available. That was indeed a major shame, as Mexican cooking […]

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Albert Adriá and Paco Mendez Make Mexican Magic in Barcelona – Part Two – Hoja Santa

“Genius” is one of those words that gets bandied about, perhaps a bit too freely, in many cases diluting its meaning. One definition of the word from The Oxford English Dictionary is,
“A person who is exceptionally intelligent or creative, either generally […]

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Albert Adriá and Paco Mendez Make Mexican Magic in Barcelona – Part One- Niño Viejo

The magic of Mexican food depends a lot on the indigenous ingredients of Mexico and has, until recently, outside of a few special places in the United States (e.g Rick Bayless’ Topolobampo and Frontera Grill), been extremely difficult to reproduce […]

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Mission Cantina – ¡Viva “El Bowien!”

Chef Danny Bowien has had the Midas touch when he turned to producing his version of Chinese food, first in San Francisco and then in New York City at his Mission Chinese Food Restaurants. He has now extended that touch to […]

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Paxia – Daniel Ovadía’s Passionate Paean to Mexico

On the second day of the inaugural Mesamerica Congress in Mexico City in July, the ambitious and talented young chef Daniel Ovadía gave his presentation on using traditional Mexican ingredients in new ways. His approach was heartfelt and artistic, but the most emotional […]

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Amaranta – Terrific in Toluca

Who says fusion cooking is bad? Anyone who thinks that has never experienced the cooking and foods of Mexico. Mexican cuisine is a glorious example of how wonderful fusion can be when given enough time, ingenuity and skill to make […]

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Bringing the Sea to Mexico City – Part 2: MeroToro

Chef Jair Telléz already had a successful restaurant, Laja, in a small village in the Valle de Guadalupe (Mexico’s premiere wine region) just outside of Ensenada – when he was lured to the major metropolis of Mexico City by Gabriela […]

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Brunch at Empellón Tacquería

Empellón Tacqueria is the Mexican restaurant run by former WD-50 and Alinea Pastry Chef Alex Stupak and his wife Lauren Resler. He runs the savory kitchen, while she handles the pastry side. When it opened last year, Stupak and Resler’s approach was […]

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El Empiezo de Empellón

I must admit, I went to Empellón with and still have mixed feelings about the place. I mean, Alex Stupak is (or was) one of the very best Pastry chefs on the planet, let alone New York City! Sure, I […]

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