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Mercadito

179 Ave. B, New York, NY, 10009
nr. 11th St.
212-529-6490

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7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 6
"Recommended"

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Amazing

By CD682 on 8/21/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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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134 out of 256 people found this review helpful.

Hidden Treasure!

By slandry on 1/22/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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)

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136 out of 273 people found this review helpful.

Surprisingly Great

By mfc14 on 1/26/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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. )

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130 out of 259 people found this review helpful.

Cant get enough

By Wino on 12/4/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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115 out of 239 people found this review helpful.

Mexico in the East Village

By kathandace on 4/24/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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246 out of 530 people found this review helpful.

I dream of... tacos!

By Graciefully_Me on 4/25/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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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303 out of 613 people found this review helpful.

A screw in my taco!!!!!!!!! :-(

By AllyF on 9/23/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I used to LOVE this place. Unfortunately last time that I was there w 2 mexican friends, I got shrimp tacos, the first one was excellent, but for my surprise, while I was picking up the second one to eat it, I felt something sticking out from the tortilla. So I found A SCREW!!! A 2” black screw IN my taco!! First I thought it was some kind of like shell from the shrimp but when I opened the taco to see what it was I found the screw!!!! I was so disgusted, thank god i didn't bite it, because maybe I wouldn't have swallowed it but I could've broke my tooth!! When the waiter came because he saw something wasn't ok, I told him I found a screw in my taco, so he called I guess the manager, he apologized and went to the kitchen, he came back and explained to me that there was a loose counter in the kitchen so one of the screws must've fell in the food!! They were really sorry and they did apologize, but they only gave me a free drink.

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121 out of 242 people found this review helpful.

Great Food/ Poor Service

By MexicaliLeo on 11/6/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

I actually am updating this review, because my iniital review was of Mercadito Cantina (same owner, same block). Since then I have been to Mercadito proper and while the food was of the same great quality, the service almost had my date and I walking out. We were 2 of 4 people sitting at the bar in a totally empty restaurant on a weekday. It took almost 15 minutes for anyone to ask us what we wanted and after ordering those initial drinks we had to wave down the bartender (who was 2 feet away) for anything else we wanted each and every time. The other main difference between the two venues is that this one actually serves tequila... In my opinion, stick with the Mercadito Cantina, the trade off in alcohol is worth the better (albeit not great) service.

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91 out of 187 people found this review helpful.

NOT kid friendly at all

By sunchild on 7/16/2007

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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224 out of 472 people found this review helpful.

Nice place, too bad I was rushed out the door

By superad13 on 5/22/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

I went here for dinner with a few friends. The food was great, especially the guac. The restaurant is really small but in a good way. Everything was fine, until we were practically thrown out after we paid our check. I was not at all impressed with the rude service.

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