Festival Mexicano

Lower East Side
Sandwiched between a bar and a lounge, this humble joint, brightly adorned with colored blankets on the walls, is often overshadowed by its nearby South-of-the-Border competitor El Sombrero. And though its sleepy service and air-conditioner-free digs might not attract its rival’s margarita-fueled party-goers, you can sate your hunger’s rumble here with crunchy fried tortillas topped with moist ground beef and shredded Muenster cheese or a bowl of soothing Ranchero chicken soup topped with creamy avocado wedges. Entrees tend to be lackluster takes on Tex-Mex fare, such as chicken enchiladas, which, though daubed with a smooth-tart tomatillo sauce, are overwhelmed by a pool of cheese and bland chorizo tacos. Still, portions are gargantuan and you can indulge your sweet tooth with piquant Mexican hot chocolate.
Venue name: Festival Mexicano
Contact:
Address: 120 Rivington St
New York

Cross street: between Essex and Norfolk Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–11pm; Fri, Sat 11am–midnight
Transport: Subway: F, J, M, Z to Essex St–Delancey St
Price: Average main course price: $11. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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