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179 Ave. B, New York, NY, 10009
nr. 11th St.
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)
NOT kid friendly at all
By sunchild on 7/16/2007
Contrary to what it says... this is no place to take your child(ren). The front room is so crowded, our party of 3 could not figure how to be seated without moving two tables and three chairs (and there was only one other couple sitting down then). There is no place for strollers and no place to turn around. However, the marg i had was fantastic and the gauc wonderful (we tried the taster... the one with mint is amazing.) The fish tacos looked nothing like they do in this photo! A small over deep fried glance of fish, dumped with a ton of coleslaw. You can not mix and match... it's four of a kind now. Service was fantastic and fast (because we had a kid maybe?) There is no way 4 tacos are worth 13 bucks... nor the marg in the highball glass, worthy of 10.
Good food & drink, clueless wait staff & manager
By BernardSD on 6/1/2007
We knew we were in trouble when our waitress asked us if we wanted any dessert and we hadn't yet received any of our dinner order. Could be a fluke thing that our ticket got "lost", but then we had to remind the waitress again that we had more food coming from the kitchen. That said, the food is good for sharing and the drinks are great, spicy cucumber margarita was excellent. The tapas-like presentation (that other people seemed to be enjoying) is fun for a group setting. The food would be a 10 if it only was served hotter, which is strange considering the food seems to come out as it's ready. It was just barely still warm in most cases. By the time we went to leave, their computer was down and we waited another 20 mins for them to add up our bill. All said and done, we were there for 2 1/2 hours! Recommended, but keep on top of your waitress.
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.
I dream of... tacos!
By Graciefully_Me on 4/25/2005
Have a craving for mexican, but can't decide what you want? Mercadito's dishes come in small plates of 3, and you can order up any assortment of tacos. Though the wait a little long, and the waitstaff disorganized, the food is beyond worth it. The front of the restaurant is cramped, able to seat probably 14 or so, plus maybe another handful at the bar. However, there is a back room, but you lose the ambient of the 'little market'. The waiter was very knowledgeable of each dish, and made the best reccomendations. Next time, I'd be tempted to just let him order for me, it was that amazing. Oh, and hey, it doesn't break your wallet!
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