Looking at the modern glass-and-steel building that houses Mesa Coyoacan, chef Ivan Garcia’s culinary paean to Mexico City, you’d never guess that a warm and intimate restaurant resides within. Filament bulbs, vintage wallpaper, traditional ornaments and a staircase lined with votive candles give the space a homey Southwestern feel. It’s the perfect atmosphere in which to enjoy Garcia’s excellent and affordable multiregional fare, a worthy addition to the neighborhood and New York’s Mexican dining scene in general. An addictive appetizer of esquites melded the earthy-sweet flavor of corn kernels with a creamy, chili-spiked mayonnaise and salty bits of crumbled cotija cheese. Tangy, tomato-based seafood stew, meanwhile, provided a warming base for tender head-on shrimp, mussels and other toothsome fish. Building on the experience he gained cooking at Mercadito, Garcia also serves superb tacos: The carnitas came stuffed with juicy braised Berkshire pork, and the calamari tacos’ abundant white rings, while a touch overcooked, were perked up with a lively avocado sauce and blast of lime. One of the meal’s surprise highlights was the chiles en nogada entre, a roasted poblano pepper stuffed with pork, pears, apples and peaches and smothered in walnut sauce that seamlessly blended vegetal, meaty, fruity and nutty flavors. Don’t skip drinks or dessert: The selection of inventive margaritas (we loved the pineapple version with chili-infused tequila) and crisp churros with chocolate and salted-caramel dipping sauces are alone worth a visit. Clearly, appearances can be deceiving.
|Venue name:||Mesa Coyoacan|
372 Graham Ave
|Cross street:||between Conselyea St and Skillman Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed 5pm–midnight; Thu, Fri 5pm–1am; Sat noon–1am; Sun noon–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Graham Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $13. AmEx, MC, V|
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Average User Rating
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Hands down the best margarita I've had in all of NYC. The food isn't the biggest knock out in terms of Mexican that I've ever had but it's worth going for the margaritas and guacamole. In fact, maybe just stick with those things and you will be set! Also try to snack one of the few seats outside in front of the restaurant for great Williamsburg people watching!
This spot has great tacos and margs! I also really love the guacamole. The restaurant is on the smaller side, but I went around brunch time and was surprised that I was seated right away! This is also a really great date-night spot. Things get really romantic inside once the sun goes down and the candles are lit.
SO FREAKING GOOD. The food was amazing and the drinks were even better. I took my boyfriend here after a 10 month deploy absolutely the best first date back ever (including the crickets)