187 Columbia (Degraw/Cobble Hill W.) 718.643.5400. Alma is tucked quietly away in Red Hook (and even hidden upstairs in a pub). However, the long walk from the subway on Smith St is well worth the wait. Alma has one of the best views (if not the best) of the city on its heated deck. Simply magnificent skyline of Lower Manhattan. Oh, and the Mexican food is pretty decent too.
77 Saint Mark's Place, NYC 10003 212 777 2573 - If you're looking for a recommendation for a Mexican restaurant in the East Village, this is the wrong post. I came hungry. I left hungry. I told the waitress that I'll have the same as the fellow opposite me, she comes out later with a plate to share. OK, I understand the confusion. I ask again. After the plates are cleared she comes out later asking who wants desert. I ask where my dinner is. I tell the manager what I think of the ship he's running.
The Manhattan User Guide recently picked their favorite Mexican food places:
• Alma, 187 Columbia [Degraw/Cobble Hill W.] 718.643.5400. Get a view of downtown Manhattan from the roof deck of this Carroll Gardens favorite as well as Gary Jacobson's imaginative pan-regional Mexican fare.
• Kitchen/Market, 218 8th [21st/22nd] 212.243.4433. Chilhuacle negro peppers, herbs and spices, habanero hot sauce, and tortillas are some of the 400 products offered here to prepare authentic Mexican food at home.
• Maya, 1191 1st [64th/65th] 212.585.1818. Green mole braised lamb shank and pan-roasted salmon enchiladas are just two of Maya's first-rate dishes, courtesy of chef Richard Sandoval.
• Mexicana Mama, 525 Hudson [Charles/W. 10th] 212.924.4119. The chicken mole alone would make this tiny, crowded spot one of the most popular Mexican restaurants in the city, but everything's good.
• Mexican Radio, 19 Cleveland [Kenmare/Spring] 212.343.0140. While we like the offshoot up in Hudson, NY even better, this joint's a good time, fueled by potent margaritas.
• Sueños, 311 W. 17th [8th/9th] 212.243.1333. Sue Torres turns out vibrant and interesting south-of-the-border fare in the old Alley's End space.
• Zarela, 953 2nd [50th/51st] 212.644.6740. You can always count on a joyful noise at Zarela Martinez's, along with absolutely delicious cooking.
You don't need to know who Malcolm Lowry is or be able to locate Cuauhnahuac on a map to enjoy the over 40 tequilas available at the cantina called Under the Volcano, 12 E. 36th [5th/Mad] 212.213.0093.