El Maguey y La Tuna

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Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
Lower East Side
California transplants turn up regularly at this out-of-the-way Lower East Side joint and proclaim it to have the best South-of-the-Border eats in Gotham. Stark white-tiled walls, ten tables and a single sombrero tacked over the kitchen door function as decor: a mostly Mexican clientele packs the place for excellent moles, enchiladas and tortillas sopped in kick-ass, hangover-busting menudo (tripe stew), which is available on weekends only.
Venue name: El Maguey y La Tuna
Address: 321 E Houston St
New York
Cross street: between Attorney and Ridge Sts
Opening hours: Tue–Thu noon–11pm; Fri–Sun noon–midnight
Transport: Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey–Essex Sts
Price: Average main course: $12. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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