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179 Ave. B, New York, NY, 10009
nr. 11th St.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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)
Avoid this place
By tothemaxx on 1/24/2008
Went here last night after hearing some good things about this place. I should have probably stayed away from the moment when I made a reservation for 6 people 1 night ahead of time and was told "sure, no problem." For larger parties, they seat you in the back, which has an ever-so-nice urinal aroma. Being lazy, we didn't bother leaving but normally I would have walked out of the place. The service was good but the food wasn't particularly fetching. Ceviche was ho-hum, not particularly exciting. The margaritas were nothing special and somewhat bland. We had the baha fish tacos, tacos al pastor, and the cactus leaf tacos. The fish tacos were actually pretty great but the pork in the pastor was dried out and the cactus was rubbery. Despite the good reviews, you're better off avoiding this place.
Nice place, too bad I was rushed out the door
By superad13 on 5/22/2008
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.
Waste of time and energy
By olid99 on 8/20/2008
The restaurant completely lost our reservation and did nothing to accomodate us when we were there. We were told "it should only be 5-10 minutes" three times and finally got fed up and left. I get the sense that they did not lose our reservation but rather did not have the guile to just admit that they were full. Like other bullsh*t NYC restaurants, the policy at Mercadito is to take more reservations than they can honor in order to ensure that they get business. Considering we tried to eat here on a Tuesday, I can only imagine how many frustrated customers wait for their "reservations" on a weekend. Save your money and eat at Papaya Dog instead.
Great Food/ Poor Service
By MexicaliLeo on 11/6/2008
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.
By iREALLYloveNY on 12/4/2008
LITERALLY- this restuarant smells like a bathroom or urinal or something! The food is extremely overpriced for what it is and the margaritas are just not right! Our service was ok but to be honest the restaurant smelled so bad I am not sure why we stayed. Tacos, burritos, whats coming out of your bathroom!
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