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Pujol During Layover at MEX?

not true -- the new metrobus has alternate busses that go from the airport to centro, where you can pick up the metro easily. its $30MXN pesos and you will have it to yourself w/an armed transit police guard onboard and including more guards at all the stops. very quick and enjoyable. get a tarjita df at the machine next to the exit at terminal 2, walk past the cabs and you will see it in the loop right there. or you could walk out, take a left and walk to pantitlan for a direct metro subway connection, just follow the crowds. either are easy to do and much quicker and more reliable than cabs.

Mar 13, 2014
mrnyc in Mexico

Off to Mexico City for 11 days!

i hope you keep reporting back!

i went last month see my thread below:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/930291

dont forget to try pulque somewhere. duelistas is best for visitors.

ps - the ministry of education was my very favorite site to visit over my week stay.

Mar 13, 2014
mrnyc in Mexico

Dinner for 2 CLE: Lolita or try something new?

i would head to chinatown. szechuan gourmet will have something, if you dont mind spicy. even if you do, a hotpot is always fun to share. i only went once so am not expert on the place, but you hv better luck finding interestng meat cuts there than catonese places. as a backup, siam is another longtime favorite.

btw you might reverse you ordering m.o. to save a bit more $. that is, order two apps and split one main. that what my spouse and i do to save $ or if we dont want so much food.

i hope you report back on how its going!

Mar 02, 2014
mrnyc in Great Lakes

Outdoor venue Cleveland-Akron

highly rec the stanford house in peninsula in the valley. i stayed there a few times back when it was a hostel, loved it, beautiful setting, but looks like it still may be able to be rented out these days:

http://www.conservancyforcvnp.org/spa...

Mar 02, 2014
mrnyc in Great Lakes

Going to Oxford , OH next Fri. from Det. area

ahem. i may be a beegee alum, but aren't you forgetting the diner to end all diners elephant in the closet? kewpee in lima. if anything is a must visit, that is. ;)

Mar 02, 2014
mrnyc in Great Lakes

Steak in Columbus, Ohio

the top and arnold go together like ham and eggs.

Mar 02, 2014
mrnyc in Great Lakes

What are the Most Happening Places to Hang Out in NYC

highly rec ciccio on 6th ave in soho. have a negroni or wine and some tasty, great italian. all the ladies i know love it. cute, small and hip, but not hustle bustle or showy.

Mar 02, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Khe-Yo. Your Laotian Fix

now this is a tip! after 4pm got it ;)

Mar 02, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Halal food in NYC is disappointing

for one thing, gyro white sauce is yogurt not mayo.

Mar 02, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

"Best" happy hours

well in my wv neighborhood, around w14st and 8th ave, we have the art bar and mckennas, both of which offer 2-4-1 and have pub food. the former is for the weak tap beer selection and the latter is for any drink you like. also, the crooked knife aka ck14 has an excellent happy hour and the best food of the bunch by far. flights and merchants nearby in chelsea have similar deals, as does legends, where you can get great schezuan food and hotpots.

Feb 23, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Upscale Bar for After Work Drinks

wallflower in the west village is the latest craft leaning cocktail bar in the area. i had something with coconut that was quite tasty, sorry wasnt paying attention, but they have plenty of crafty libations. good food too. i hope to hear more reports, but i would return. in the cursed w12 & w4th space, so good luck to them.

Feb 23, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

help me with these uniquely mex city chow items

cant edit the titles anymore? hmm. oh well, see my report below and thx again folks for all for your recs.

Feb 23, 2014
mrnyc in Mexico

Cocktails before Scarpetta tomorrow evening

yeah i know and me too, i just like more reliability for standard drinks like those. the longtime bartenders at jane st tavern who know me make the stands the best in the area for me, but thats because we gave a mind meld (results even there may vary if they dont know you and your preferences lol!)

Feb 23, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Cocktails before Scarpetta tomorrow evening

yeah i know and me too, i just like more reliability for standard drinks like those. the longtime bartenders at jane st tavern who know me make the standards the best in the area for me, but thats because we have a mind meld (results even there may vary if they dont know you and your preferences lol!). again, its really not a great area in general to get a guaranteed great drink for various reasons.

Feb 23, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Stone Street - Any Recos?

financier for treets and ulysees for oysters and thats about it.

Feb 23, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Cocktails before Scarpetta tomorrow evening

i am saying decent is about tops for drinks there. i prefer the martinis around the corner at the homestead steakhouse bar, but really both are hit and miss and not consistent unless you walk it through, which i find annoying. depends who is working. the area is really not a effortlessly good drink neighborhood altogether.

Feb 23, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Mexican Street Food in Front of Our Lady of Guadalupe on 14th Street

this is my block lol! everything is fine, but nothing ever stood out to me. not only that but its funny to see this pop up after i just got back yesterday from a week in mexico city. i do love being able to run down and grab sunday breakfast though and i usually go for tamales. sometimes there is more food, among many other stands of religious items, for particular holidays, so best if you can time one of those days.

Feb 23, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Cocktails before Scarpetta tomorrow evening

i am going to ditto the drinks are not good there and i live across the street so am quite familiar lol! i would highly recommend going to the bar at the top of the standard hotel for your pre-dinner quaff. views are a bonus.

edit - i see you went to tippler yes its kiddie central, but still a nice place. hit or miss drinks, mostly miss. glad you got a good one and enjoyed it. scarpetta has remained pretty solid.

Feb 23, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

So how's that late-night beef ramen at Takashi?

ive eaten there several times (good yakiniku, but pricey) and wasnt even aware of this ramen offer, so good to know - thx!

Feb 23, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Chelsea (Market) Lately

love sushi from lobster, its a staple to go. we ate the same as you at c&p and enjoyed it as well. that said, not a fan of anything else you mentioned. somebody mentioned ronnybrook, love them as well. i shop a lot at the exchange & italian market, but thats about it for me.

Feb 23, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

well easily my favorite is louie & ernies, but thats in the bronx. i'll stick with joe's for manhattan. i like my typical slice joint, village pizza, on my block just fine too. and yes some of those dollar slice joints hit the spot sometimes.

Feb 23, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

help me with these uniquely mex city chow items

just got home, thanks for your help everyone. here's the report:

centro:
el maguey for pulque. i had tarro mugs of strawberry and peanut. my first pulque, they were delicious. i had curado style, apparantly they only have fresh pulque sporadically. el maguey is a bar w/great 2nd floor atmosphere w/dj & live rock band playing mex&us pop hits. i had a bolo of tasty dark draft beer too. fun & relaxing on my final night and pulque is definately something you must try in mex city. apparently pulquerias used to be on every corner, but they are rare now.

la mascota - this is the classic cantina bourdain loved and rightly so. i went on a sunday afternoon, which is perfect, but really anytime is. solo men stand and eat and drink at the bar, while couples, groups, families sit and mariachis stroll in and out. the cantinero just brings on the 8 daily botana specials until you say no mas. i had caldo tlapeno, which was hands down the winner, tostadas de ceviche, veracruz style filete de pescado and a sincronizada and was ready to burst. the owner, cantinero and my new local amigos at the bar chatted me up and we worked it all out in our so-so spanish and english, until drinks were flying around and i had to leave lol! highly recommended. if i had to pick just one place to eat it would easily be here, just a fantastic, friendly and fun atmosphere and serious botanas that change daily. you know its true when even the cooks and staff are smiling and laughing in their work. set meals as well.

la bipo/pasaguero - i had quesadillas here, machaca con queso and flor de jamaica con queso. they bring out a variety of salsas to dip them in. very tasty when hot.

las ramblas (across calle motolina from pasaguero) - i had a decent pavo ahumado (smoked turkey) torta here because that is their thing. i really wanted to try one and it was fine, but not amazing or anything.

centro cafe - was my coffee spot on calle bolivar. tiny, low-key, relaxing, cool staff and fine coffee.

dona yoli - upstairs in a market bldg, behind the zocalo and near plaza loreto. i had red pozole with pork. you get an absolutely scorching hot salsa sauce on the side to add. they have comida corrida set meals too. absolutely delicious, but you might share one both for two people with tostadas, because after having a bowl solo i didnt eat for the rest of the day!

el huequito - just excellent tacos al pastor at this mini-chain. in fact wow were they good, especially when compared to our typical middle eastern/greek gyros in ny ha! chorizo was tasty as well. very speedy service. i would say 1-2 tacos are a quick snack and 3 or more a meal. full of locals, huge menu and lots to try.

next to el huequito (on bolivar) were two other delicious standouts i tried on other nights, a ceviche tostada stand run by a cool guy with various super fresh choices that he adds a little green salsa with a kick to, and a sprinkle of cotija. pretty much the perfect eat and go snack, or you could make a meal of trying several of them and be very very happy.

the other place was a classic stand nearby called tacos cucuyo. they have all the meat in a huge bubbling caldron, pull out your order, chop it up, dip the tortilla in the pot and warm it up, add some onions and salsa and whoomp there it is. you can add other salsas, radishes, etc yourself and order the grilled onion as well. basically, it a typical, perfect taco stand.

pharmacies, oxxo or 7/11 convenient stores are all around centro for bottled water, razors, which i forgot to bring, and stuff like that. banks, money exchanges and of course plenty of shopping too.

teonochtitlan pyramids - i didnt eat here, but on the bus back i saw some interesting stands that i read about, but forgot about. they are outside just left (south) of the northern gate that you could walk down to. they looked shady and relaxing for sure, which you are going to need after your visit. busses come along until 6pm that take you back to indios verde and autobus del norte stations, where you can get the subway, so no reason to feel rushed after hiking all over the pyramids.

xochimilco - i was able to try a tlapique style tamal here by one of the docks, it was fish and i gad a green salsa. very filling and good, but not as unique as i thought it would be. i had also had pancita at one of the dozen or so competing stands in the market that was just awesome. walking down pancita row was quite an experience, where the proprietors all try to convince you there version is best. frankly, they all looked the best lol! i love my sopas and this was very delicious, in fact i was ready to burst. it's a long ride down to the xochi aztec canal area, but well worth the effort for food fans. the mercado had an eye-opening array of produce, meats, herbs, seasonings, vendors etc., but unlike merced mercado for example, its easily manageable.

coyoacan - i had a flat oaxaca style chicken breakfast tamal just outside of the train station and it was great. no atole, but they had warm horchada and that hit the spot as i walked.

coyoacon mercado - i had a couple mixed seafood tostadas here. they have several irresistible ceviche tostada stands to choose from that you will not be able to resist and you shouldnt.

el jarocho - excellent, historic and atmosphere coffeehouse that roasts right in front of you. they have food too. a must visit after visiting frida kahlo's casa azul and trotsky's abode. save yr sweet tooth for next door > churreria de la republica - for treats like churros azucar and churros rellenos. beware like any donuts, these are addictive when so warm and fresh!

san angel - i rested up and recharged the iphone at barbacoa de santiago on the plaza san jacinto. its a mini-chain with decent barbacoa and other choices. i just wasnt up to fonda san angel across the street, but i did have a couple margaritas later at the san angel inn after visiting diego y frida's studio. afterward i got coffee at starbucks on altavista. you have to ask for milk they dont have it out. strangely restful as set below the almost american suburban style altavista shopping street.

condesa - there is only one place as far as i am concerned - tacos hola for veggie tacos. a spinach and nopales mix was my favorite. they open early, so best to go before noon i think. if i am dreaming about one meal on the trip, it was tacos here.

roma - nonsolo in front of plaza cabrera for a glass of wine and a panini and to recharge the phone. another mini-chain, was nice to rest, great staff, but nothing memorable, including the wine and drink choices.

later, while waiting for gallerie omr to reopen after their afternoon luchtime siesta, i went to la covadonga, just above plaza rio, and stuffed myself with paella. highly recommended old school spanish place, although it just reminded me of la nacional across the street from my place back home in ny and made me thankful for it lol.

well thats mostly it. obviously this was just dipping a toe into the mex city food scene, there is so much to see, do and of course eat, i cant wait to go back.

Feb 23, 2014
mrnyc in Mexico

Odeon? Les Halles?

exactly. order anything but beef at les halles and its good. i always order chicken paillard at odeon. their version has eggplant croutons which i like. both of these places are best at lunch.

Jan 20, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

internet dating... eek! help with bars and cafes

i will second upright. besides coffee, they have beer, wine and food too and a nice long bar. good stuff and nice staff.

Jan 20, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

help me with these uniquely mex city chow items

i forgot to add camotes. sounds like a nice snack.

what about pambozo tortas? are they only available weekly street markets like sullivan or can you get them at places like torta been too?

Jan 06, 2014
mrnyc in Mexico

Anyone else here go to Cleveland's Westside Market?

i'll just add pizza bagels and pierogies.

i havent eaten at the wsm diner in awhile, how is that doing these days?

Jan 05, 2014
mrnyc in Great Lakes

Where Do Italians Eat in NYC

you are confusing italian food with old school italian-american food.

Jan 05, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan
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seeking nice and quiet village restaurant rec

i would definately not rec cluny. that is full of 20-30 somethings and crowdy.

Jan 05, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Low-end recommendations

i really like cachapas y mas just below the gwb bus station. its fast food venezuelan. they have a website with the menu. good for a filling lunch. not great nor particularly super authentic but tasty enough.

Jan 05, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

help me with these uniquely mex city chow items

yes i have been reading his blog its helpful but a little broad. i only have a week and cant travel hours out to Barbacoa Santiago in Querétaro, great as it looks. i was hoping chowhounders familiar with mex city could chime in with their recs too.

Jan 05, 2014
mrnyc in Mexico