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179 Ave. B, New York, NY, 10009
nr. 11th St.
Mexico in the East Village
By kathandace on 4/24/2007
On the tail end of a kick@ss vacation to Mexico a few months ago, I turned to my boyfriend and said "thank god we have Mercadito around the corner from our apartment, or I'd never get back on the plane." Seriously, this place is so incredibly good. The pineapple guacamole is heaven. Tacos are tiny but filling and delicious (my favorite is the tilapia, huitlacoche, manchego taco). Seafood chile rellenos were amazing but sadly, I haven't seen it on the menu since the summer. Fingers crossed, I'm hoping they put it back on. Wine list is terrible, but most people go for the ten million kinds of margaritas- what can I say, I'm a wine girl, so I order Cava, which goes great with ceviche.
Cant get enough
By Wino on 12/4/2008
My boyfriend and I go to Mercadito at least once every two weeks, either for their amazing margaritas (tres citrus!) or for an entire dinner. Most times that we only go for drink we end up getting at least an order or mango quacamole or ceviche. The food here is to die for, especially the mahi mahi tacos! It never disappoints. The space is small and sometimes if just going for drinks its uncomfortable to wait in the cramped hallway near the bar, however we always do bc its worth it. The manager knows us now and is very hospitable. The waiter service can vary but overall its worth the trip.
By mfc14 on 1/26/2009
We had an incredibly nice and attentive server, and an overall excellent experience. Despite the fact that I was about 1/2 an hour late, the host sat my party without me - contrary to most restaurant's rules. Upon arrival, I got a delicious, refreshing, not too sweet margarita. My partner in crime and I split two taco dishes - the mahi mahi and the steak. Both were really good. The mahi mahi was hot and crispy and delicately spicy, and the steak was a nice interlude, a more mild dish but flavorful none-the-less. After we took care of our check for dinner, we loitered for about 20 minutes, not rushed out by our server or anyone else in the least. When we decided to stay for one more drink, we were happily served, despite our worries of annoying our waitress with the request. All in all, a great experience! (The only drawback being that the space is very small, and sometimes gets a little smokey with the open kitchen right in the middle of the room. )
By slandry on 1/22/2008
This is a hidden gem in Alphabet City! After not being able to get into the trendy Death & Co. for dinner on a saturday night, my husband and I happened upon Mercadito on Ave B & 11th. We got seated right away in the tiny yet very cozy and romantic restaurant. The restaurant only seats about 14 people, with a small bar for 8 people, but its very cozy and very romantic. It is dimly lit with candles and has french doors in the front that look out onto Ave B. The food was phenomenal! The guac is excellent and the flavors were authentic mexican. The menu included various types of tappas to share such as little gourmet tacos (pork & chicken mole, Tiplapia) to other well known mexican dishes. Every little bite was so flavorful and so unique! The Maragaritas were yummy and so potent (be careful)...made with top nitch tequilla. The service was great...the wait staff and host are very friendly and accommodating which is sometimes rare in nyc. Great date spot..I can't wait to go back! (reminded us of our vacation in Cabo)
By CD682 on 8/21/2009
Found this place on this website, and have been going there ever since, staff is very friendly, food is amazing, make sure to try to fish taco's and Red Snapper, Great Drinks, not many places make the michelda as good as mercadito, you have to try it if you like spicy mexican beer ! if going there on the weekend make reservations ahead of time !
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