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Mercadito

179 Ave. B
New York , NY , United States http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com/
(212) 529-6490

Mexico City—born chef Patricio Sandoval reinterprets traditional Mexican cuisine using local ingredients at this East Village taqueria. Part of a small national chain, the Avenue B Mercadito (Spanish for “little market”) is housed in a narrow, thatched-roof space with colorful Mexican paintings and rough-hewn wooden tables. Portions are small to encourage sharing, and the menu includes fresh ceviches, botanas (snacks), and inventive tacos, like the rosemary-marinated skirt steak with potato, avocado, poblanos, tomato crema (cream), and Manchego cheese. The late night all-you-can-eat taco deal is especially popular, as are the fresh fruit margaritas and red sangria tinged with cinnamon.

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