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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Why on earth are we reviewing a famous department store restaurant? Because it’s hilarious, that’s why. Nowhere else will you find such an entertaining mix of blown-out 55-going-on-22 moms, burnt-out post-college city natives, and people who think they look like celebrities but most definitely aren’t.
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Jajaja is a vegan Mexican restaurant on the LES. Is it the best Mexican in the city? No. But if you’re a vegan, you’ll probably be into it.
The Empellón in MIdtown is bigger and fancier than either of the Empellóns downtown, and it’s good to know about if you work in the area.
Lalito is a Mexican-ish spot in Chinatown, with a funky menu and good vibes. Hit it for dinner, or even lunch if you’re on jury duty.
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