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Back in Margaritaville

Just as the original Miracle Grill says adios, Manhattan is entering a new Mexican moment. Here are the most recent arrivals from south of the border.


El Centro  

  1. 1. Mexicana Mama Centro

    47 E. 12th St., nr. Broadway; 212-253-7594

    As tiny as its West Village forebear and equally devoted to pork tacos and barbacoa beef burritos.

  2. 2. Pio Maya

    40 W. 8th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-254-2277

    A loose affiliation with Park Slope’s Los Pollitos II reveals itself in moist rotisserie chicken, tasty tamales, and fresh green salsa.

  3. 3. El Centro

    824 Ninth Ave., at 54th St.; 646-763-6585

    This spinoff of the nearby restaurant Hell’s Kitchen focuses on Mexico’s myriad street foods, from tacos to tamales, plus various versions of chilaquiles, posoles, and burros.


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