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Mesa Coyoacan

372 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211 40.7154977 -73.9443888
nr. Skillman Ave.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-782-8171 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

mesacoyoacan.com

Hours

Sun-Tue, 5pm-midnight; Wed, noon-midnight; Thu-Fri, noon-1am; Sat, 11am-1am; Sun, 11am-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Graham Ave.

Prices

$9-$18

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Hot Spot
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required
  • Catering

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

Another day, another haute taqueria peddling authentic-style tiny tacos, and this one draws Manhattanites two stops out on the L. Chef Ivan Garcia grew up in a borough of Mexico City called Coyoacan; the name refers to the place where the coyotes roam. At his swank Graham Avenue spot, it’s best to poach the juicy street-food items from the range of options on the menu. (Cactus salad, for example, may be popular in Mexican markets as the menu suggests, but we doubt it comes on a bed of mesclun in the old neighborhood.) Garcia’s palm-size tortillas recall Mercadito, where he was executive chef before branching out on his own (he also had a stint at Barrio Chino), but his tacos bundle simple, quality proteins: Juicy nubs of carnitas are made from Berkshire pork; beef is grass-fed. An appetizer trio of tamales—a crave dish that never seems to live up to our dream of meat in a cornmeal pouch—arrives as the moistest set of banana-leaf packets in town. Again, diminutive size appears to matter: Each flavor—chicken and mole, tilapia with salsa, and pork picadillo—combines a balanced tablespoon, or two, of filling and dough. For larger plates, moist spiced lamb steamed in a banana leaf includes a set of tortillas, and mole is properly complex. Taking more cues from his Manhattan Mexican experience, Garcia has embraced cramped seating and set up communal tables here, where two stools are stationed on an end that should accommodate one.

Recommended Dishes

Tamales, $9; tacos de carnitas, $9.

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