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Paquitos

143 First Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.72808 -73.985002
nr. 9th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-674-2071 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price Range: $$

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Hours

Sun-Thu, 11am-midnight; Fri-Sat, 11am-12:30am

Nearby Subway Stops

L at First Ave.; F at Second Ave.; 6 at Astor Pl.

Prices

$8-$10

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

Houston St. to 20th St., Ave. C to Broadway

Profile

New York's an international foodie's gold mine—save for decent, authentic Tex-Mex. Most of the city's Mexican-American eateries don't even approach what can be found on every other corner in cities like Dallas and Austin, where tamales and taquitos are as ubiquitous as our bagels and pizza by the slice. Paquitos in the East Village is one welcome exception; they've got the goods to stave off a hungry Texan's homesick yearnings. Lively Ranchera music warms a dusk-orange dining room, whose barebones trimmings are enlivened by Day of the Dead oil paintings. A competent Tex-Mex menu focuses squarely on the traditional—quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and fajitas—with few surprises. Bland tortilla chips and flat salsa are inauspicious, but many entrees have bang: Charbroiled strips of beef lend strong, smoky heft to soft tacos double-wrapped in fresh corn tortillas; cheese-smothered chicken enchiladas plays a sweet mole against the brighter flavors of fresh tomatillo sauce; and spicy jalapeños, green peppers, and onions give the grilled fajitas picantes plenty of punch. A meal here may not merit a letter home to San Antone, but Paquitos' take on Tex-Mex is a Texas two-step in the right direction.

Recommended Dishes

Real tacos Mexican style, $3.26 each; spinach enchilada, $8.66; enchilada con pollo and mole, $8.17

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