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El Original

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Photograph: Courtesy El Original TXMX
Photograph: Courtesy El Original TXMX

Time Out says

New York was flooded with queso during the great Tex-Mex surge of 2015, thanks in part to this cavernous Hell's Kitchen eatery from blogger and Homesick Texan author Lisa Fain, along with co-owners native Texan Michael Ginsberg and Michael Barett (the Tippler). Fain cut ties with the restaurant in late 2015, and the owners have since brought in a new executive chef Miguel Franco to serve up his take on the Southern comfort fare. Across a 7,500-square-foot stretch of barn-wood wainscoting, twinkling strung lights and pedal-steel guitar licks, the kitchen dispatches Tex-Mex classics like slow-stewed beef frito pie, a giant chimichanga (fried burrito) and a new short-rib burger topped with spicy chile, refried beans, queso and a fried egg. 

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Time Out New York contributors


735 Tenth Ave on the corner of 50th St.
New York
Cross street:
between 49th and 50th Sts
Subway: C, E to 50th St (Eighth Ave)
Average main course: $21. AmEx, MC, V
Opening hours:
Mon–Thu 7am–midnight; Fri, Sat 7am–1am; Sun 7am–10pm
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