3.5
NYC

Dos Caminos Meatpacking

Perfect For: Outdoor/Patio Situation People Watching Scoping Hot Girls/Guys Wasting Your Time and Money

We’ve purposely left the Dos Caminos empire untouched up until this point. Calling them out for their overpriced and underwhelming food is almost too easy. It’s not entirely their fault that Mexican food in this city isn’t the best, however, they’re certainly public enemy #1. Plenty of people love Dos Caminos, and good for them. They’re not the ones you should be taking restaurant advice from.

Even though you may not choose to dine at Dos Caminos, Dos Caminos inevitably chooses you. Office happy hours you didn’t plan, random birthday parties you need to show face at, or perhaps an utter lack of options, as was the case for us before a Highline Ballroom show. Turns out, the Meatpacking edition is the biggest bust yet, making it impossible to ignore any longer.

As we’re all well aware, the Meatpacking District, especially during summer, is completely out of control. It seems to get more ridiculous with each passing hour and begs the question: Is this sh*t for real?

As usual, the food on a recent visit was a snooze and service laughably bad. We sat outside for a solid 15 minutes before finally flagging down a server. They must hire anyone with a resume claiming they spent spring break at The Oasis Cancun as this is a terrible operation.

This Dos Caminos is a microcosm of everything that’s wrong with the Meatpacking District. Who knew a bad restaurant could be Perfect For so many different things. Whatever, at least it’s entertaining.

Food Rundown

Guacamole

OK, I’ll admit it. The guacamole is really damn good. It’s their bread and butter and literally the only single memorable thing about this place besides that feeling of resentment when the bill comes. When you’re with a big group, they’ll come out and prepare it tableside. Everyone enjoys a good show. Too bad this one ends here.

The Rest Of The Menu

Think back to the last time you ate at Dos Caminos. Can you remember what you had? Didn’t think so. That’s because the food is numbingly average. Empanadas, ceviche, quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, fajitas...over the course of the last decade, we’ve sampled a good portion of the menu and can’t recall anything that impressed us. Whole Foods makes a better chicken taquito. You can find them in their frozen foods section. Also, there’s a reason why the mahi mahi in their pescado tacos is drowning in smoked chili aioli. If you tasted it alone, you might just gag (it’s that bad).

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