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Mercadito

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179 Ave. B, New York, NY 10009 40.727581 -73.979218
nr. 11th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-529-6490 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price Range: $$

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    7 out of 10

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Official Website

mercaditony.com

Hours

Mon, noon-4pm and 5pm-11pm; Tue-Thu, noon-4pm and 5pm-midnight; Fri, noon-4pm and 5pm-1am; Sat, noon-4pm and 5pm-1am; Sun, noon-4pm and 5pm-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

L at First Ave.

Prices

$21-$24

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Recommended

Delivery Area

3rd St. to 14th St., Ave. D to Third Ave.

Profile

Mexico City born chef-owner Patricio Sandoval highlights the cuisine of Southern Mexico at his two tiny taquerias, one in the East Village and one on Grove Street. Each is designed with faux-worn walls and rattan placemats to conjure an Acapulco cantina of sorts. The resort-town concept feels festive, and provides a fitting backdrop for Sandoval’s boldly flavored and thoughtful variations of ceviches, botanas (snacks), and tacos. Mercadito means “little market,” but the selection here is impressive. Warm silver dollars of corn masa—like thicker, more textured mini tortillas—spread with black beans and cool crema fresca are topped with pulled chicken, skirt steak, roasted pork, or cactus leaf. Almost a dozen types of soft tacos pair fillings like crispy calamari and Manchego, and oily braised pork offset by orange segments and piquant purple onion. Diners wash down bites with individually muddled fresh fruit margaritas (a cucumber version has a chili kick). The small portions encourage sharing by cacophonous crews who retreat to the back room of the narrow East Village location; on the west side, sidewalk seating at the Grove location more than doubles the space.

Drink Up

Besides wine and beer, tequila is the only liquor served.

Recommended Dishes

Camaron ceviche, $12.50; picadas, $12; carnitas tacos, $14.50; margarita de fruta, $12.50

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