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Casa Mezcal

86 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002 40.717909 -73.990116
at Broome St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-777-2600 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price Range: $$

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  • Critics' Rating: ***

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    7 out of 10

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    1 Reviews | Write a Review

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Official Website

casamezcalny.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, noon-1am; Fri-Sat, noon-4am; Sun, noon-1am

Nearby Subway Stops

F, J, M, Z at Delancey St.-Essex St.; B, D at Grand St.

Prices

$9-$21

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Take-Out
  • Delivery after 10pm
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery Area

Grand St. to 14th St., FDR Dr. to West Side

Profile

If the test of any respectable Mexican restaurant is its guacamole, Casa Mezcal almost scores high marks but fails by serving stale tortilla chips. It’s a pattern: Appealing shrimp tacos are counteracted by fish tacos so tasteless and fishy that they are inedible. Chapulqueso—melted cheese with grasshoppers—suggest an exciting, high-protein adventure. The grasshoppers are crunchy and surprisingly well seasoned, but they are drowned in enough congealed cheese to make you wonder if the kitchen is trying to disguise their presence. After you pull enough spiky severed legs and bits of exoskeleton from your mouth, you remember you’re eating bugs. One star of the menu is the mole de pollo Oaxaqueño—the tender chicken falls from the bone, and the dark-colored sauce is deceptively light-tasting, with a balanced sweetness. Legend has it, upon hearing that the archbishop was arriving in Puebla, panicked colonial nuns combined the meager contents of their spice cabinet—chili peppers, chocolate, nuts, and spices—and marinated an old turkey in the concoction. In what may be a deliberate hat tip, the taxidermied turkey is a prominent feature above the bar. Yes, the chocolate mole is good enough to serve to an archbishop, but hopefully he skips the rest of the menu and heads to the upstairs club for a drink.

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