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Upper East Side
The graffitied murals and kitschy Day of the Dead trinkets help foster a spring-break vibe at this UES cantina. A blaring ’90s soundtrack and collegiate clientele finish the job. But despite the fiesta vibe, much of the food is comparatively dull—a disappointment given the pedigree of consulting chef Julieta Ballesteros (Crema). A far-too-mild mole sauce does nothing to enhance bland chicken enchiladas, and the underseasoned fish tacos barely register on the palate. Smaller plates, however, satisfy, especially the queso flameado, a savory baked Chihuahua-cheese dip, and the tasty banana-and-chocolate dessert empanadas. Unlimited cocktails at weekend brunch ($14) promise to turn your meal into a party—if not a particularly classy one.
Venue name: MXco
Address: 1491 Second Ave
New York

Cross street: at E 78th St
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 4pm–midnight; Thu, Fri 4pm–1am; Sat 10am–1am; Sun 10am–11pm
Transport: Subway: 6 to 77th St
Price: Average main course: $16. AmEx, MC, V
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