On The Infatuation's first visit to Hecho En Dumbo in 2010 exactly five years ago, things were kind of a mess. The service was lacking, the food was below average, and the crowd was full of sloppy drunk people probably hoping to get into Tenjune later in the evening.
So why go back? In the first half of the decade that's passed since that first trip, a few things have happened. One, Mexican restaurants - high end places, party time spots, and taco shops - have proliferated throughout the city. And two, the NoHo strip of Bowery where Hecho is located has only become an even hotter hotbed of restaurant activity.
We can report that things are still kind of a mess. The food still isn't very good, especially when compared with some of the newer spots, the portions are small, and as far as the service goes, I'm pretty sure the servers would rather be at Tenjune. It's so dark in there, maybe no one notices? The scene is still tables of girls drinking, but just fewer of them. The limited availability on OpenTable on a given night might lead you to believe this place is packed, but at 9:30 on a recent Friday, tons of tables were empty. Also, when did $13 become the STANDARD price for guacamole?
If you do want to have a good time eating tacos and sort of expensive guacamole in downtown Manhattan, there are so many good places to do it! Try The Black Ant or Tijuana Picnic, where the food is actually good and everyone around you doesn't have that look on their faces that says, "Well, this was on OpenTable, so... here we are?"
Better $13 chips and guac can be had elsewhere. You can do it!
A little piece of octopus with a sliver of...burnt cheese on top? By the time we figured out what this was, we'd already eaten everyone's single allotted bite.
Short rib tacos that come with a side of bone marrow. A bone marrow can't save below average tacos.
A big plate of lamb that you get to put into your own little tacos, which is a challenge because it's so hard to see anything. There are some good parts but a whole lot of tough chewy ones.