Resolution: Dine Well Without Breaking the Budget


December 30, 2008

Tacos (most $2.50) taste resoundingly good, especially those with rajas, strips of mild roasted poblanos swaddled in thick cream, and grilled pescado zarandeado, a very welcome addition to New York’s fish-taco landscape. Quesadillas are big, deep-fried turnovers filled with sautéed mushrooms or a mash of potatoes and chorizo, then hidden under thick cream and fresh cheese ($3.50). Gorditas with requesón ($5 for two), and the torta ahogada ($7.50), a sandwich with crisp, juicy chunks of carnitas, covered with a red sauce of chiles de arból are worthy of passion.