Try international twists on traditional ingredients at the Restaurant at La Purificadora, a loftlike eatery with unfinished walls and long wood-plank tables designed for communal eating. Enrique Olvera, the CIA-trained chef-owner of Mexico City’s celebrated Pujol, designed a menu whose standout dishes include duck-confit-and-caramelized-onion chalupas ($7.90), tequila demi-glace-topped Angus skirt steak ($15.40), and jumbo shrimp with chipotle hollandaise sauce ($24.50).
Dine in the outdoor courtyard of the Nuevo Museo Universitario Interactivo at La Casa de los Muñecos, whose sprawling menu offers eclectic plates with uniquely Mexican touches, like crepes filled with huitlacoche and bathed in salsa poblano ($8) and grilled chicken lasagna with mole ($8). For a taste of classic Poblano fare, try the pipián verde (chicken in roast-pumpkin-seed sauce, $11.60).
Taste five kinds of house-made moles served over pork, chicken, or duck ($10.50) at El Mural de los Poblanos, where classic fare meets creative flourishes. Here, the chile relleno ($7.85) is a dried ancho chile filled with smoky goat cheese. Peruse the impressive list of 25 tequilas, and be sure to try the refreshing cucumber martini ($5.80)