Calexico is a California-style Mexican place where you can get jalapeño poppers and/or a burrito in a bowl with extra “crack sauce.” As you probably guessed, it isn’t the absolute best Mexican food in the city - but it’s good for a quick, casual meal when you don't actually feel like using your own kitchen. It’s also perfect for an inexpensive night out with a friend or two. There are several locations in the city, and this one on the Upper East Side has a big bar and plenty of tables.
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Doc Watson’s is an Upper East Side bar with sidewalk seating and a small beer garden in the back.
Shúkos Somasdiez Guatemala
Shúkos Somasdiez Guatemala is a food truck on the UES where you can get a quick lunch or fries covered in grilled steak, mayo, and salsa dulce.
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La Lupe is a counter-service Mexican restaurant in Bushwick with some of the best tacos in the area and a space where you’ll want to hang out.
El Diablito Taqueria
El Diablito Taqueria in the East Village is one of the best places in downtown Manhattan to find birria.
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Sushi Seki Upper East Side
Open late and always excellent, Sushi Seki Upper East Side is our favorite sushi restaurant in NYC. Sit at the counter and order piece by piece.
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