Sun-Thu, noon-11:30pm; Fri-Sat, noon-midnight
J, M, Z at Essex St.
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More New Mexican than straight-up Mex, La Flaca serves a distinctly southwestern take on south-of-the-border favorites. The space has an air of sun-baked rusticity, from the tanned-and-tattered walls to the mismatched stump stools lining the entryway. With the exception of a few gringo oddities—shrimp cocktail served in a Clamato-filled martini glass—the menu sticks to middle-priced combinations of Mexican staples. The specialties here range from fried-egg-topped enchiladas to a tomato-heavy puréed-salsa starter. Although La Flaca operates as a full restaurant, it straddles the line between proper eatery and rowdy saloon, with loudness, late hours, televised sports, and daily happy-hour specials.