Tortilla Flats is my new favourite place in the world! It might have taken this prominent place because it offered Bingo, tequila Bingo I later found out. As a Bingo virgin I got totally carried away while the rest of the restaurant was hammering tequila shots. This place is seriously crazy. All you need is a big fat plate of nacho’s with beef chilli cheese, Margherita’s, Corona and lots of tequila. Perfect place to go with a group of friends. 767 Washington Street, between W 12th and Jane St | West Village | (212) 243-1053 | $ | Website
Ok so apart from the fact that we were sitting next to Prince Harry, I really enjoyed this restaurant. It all starts with the entrance, a peep show/porn shop facade on Old Compton Street. Then, when you head downstairs, you enter the restaurant which feels like a cosy candlelit sort of cave. It’s divided in 3 different areas. Tim Burton inspired wall art on one side, bar in the middle and a dining room with randomn upside down piano on the other. The busy bar area serves amazing tequila based cocktails. Food is Mexican and we opted to share loads of different small plates. My absolute favourite was the Scallop Ceviche! A few things on the menu are the same as the Bodega Negra Cafe, but the restaurant is definitely the more expensive option. Lastly, I really loved every single song the dj played. It’s rather loud though, so probably not a such a good place to bring your parents. It’s also a great place for a late night dinner and drinks. We were not kicked out until 2am! If you want to check it out yourself, make sure to reserve a table. They are booked up for weeks ahead. 9 Old Compton Street | Tube: Leicester Square | 0207 758 4100 | Website | £££
Soho’s newest opening. Elsje and I couldn’t resist checking it out when we heard the creative minds of The Box and La Esquina in NYC were behind this one! It basically consists of 2 different areas with 2 different entrances; the cafe and the restaurant.
So let’s start with the cafe, it’s very laid back and easy. We didn’t book ahead and were seated at the bar where we were very impressed with the friendly barman who helped us decide on drinks and food. But we were even more impressed by this one particular dish: Tuna, Chipotle, Avocado & Jalapeno tostaditas. Wow! Really good.. Nice new Mexican addition to the Soho area. Prices are reasonable too. 16 Moor Street | +4420 7758 4100 | Tube: Leicester Square | Website | ££
Stay tuned for our next post on La Bodega Negra’s restaurant!
If you fancy something simple and inexpensive on a weekday, and you love Mexican market/streetfood, this is just the place to go. You can’t make any dinner reservations so you have to either be on time (before 7pm) or wait and have a drink at the bar. Wahaca is a chain and I quite like the one on Wardour Street best. The interior is so cleverly done, it’s fun and fresh. Food is lovely. I especially like the street food dishes to share and the MSC Ceviche Tostadas in particular. Perfect with a Corona or a home made Mojito. 80 Wardour Street | Tube: Piccadilly | £ | Website
This is a ‘crazy’ cozy little Mexican restaurant in Notting Hill, set over two floors. They have a dining area on ground floor level with just a few small tables. Colourful couches and plastic stools, friendly staff and really good Mexican dishes (we loved the Hot Green Jalapenos Quesadillas). Don’t expect to have a quiet dinner here; the music can be quite loud and the choice of music questionable…
However, the place is always buzzing and their House Classic Margarita is something you should definitely order.
When I saw this little restaurant for the first time I didn’t really understand what all the fuzz was about (in other words; why everybody that knew I was going to NY would never talk to me again if I didn’t order the grilled corn in Nolita’s Cafe Habana…)
I waited to be seated for 40 minutes (that’s how curious I was) and ‘Oh Yeah’ was it worth the wait… A Quesadilla de Pollo and a bottle of white Rioja later I was addited to Mexican kitchen thanks to the delicious dishes in this unpretentious little place… 17 Prince St at Elizabeth Street | Tube: Prince Street | New York | +12126252001 | $ | Website
This is one of the coolest places I have been in New York. Seen from outside you wonder if you are at the right location because it looks like a regular snackbar. Inside the ‘snackbar’, you will feel lost for a moment until you notice the funky looking doorman that checks if you’re on the list. He will then allow you to take a narrow staircase down, walk through a kitchen to finally arrive in the basement/bar.
Cool place if you’re craving Mexican food. Start out with a Corona and order the Botana (nacho’s with crumbled cheese, guacamole, salsa, pickled jalapeños and beans). The rest of the menu is really tasty too. Staff is mostly Mexican and atmosphere is relaxed; not a place to spend an entire evening but more appropriate for a bite and a Margherita. 139 Westbourne Grove, tube: Notting Hill Gate – £