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Cantina by Casabel

Map & Directions 1542 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10028
  • Mexican, Seafood
  • Sun-Thu 11:30am-12am, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Parking


Village Voice's Description

Inspired by the gourmet cooking of Chicago's Rick Bayless, the menu presents authentic regional fare of Mexico at the taqueria level of endeavor. The tacos themselves--two to an order--are scrumptious, simply dressed with cilantro and onions and mainly featuring long-braised meats (homemade chorizo, however, is our favorite). The spice-rubbed rotisserie chicken and cudgel-size beef rib are other superlatives, and you can't go wrong with almost anything on the micro-brew-oriented beer list. The place is mad cramped, so try to go early or late, and you may be delighted or repulsed by the Mexican wrestler motif.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Try the cemita poblano, a whopping handful of shredded pork, cheese, avocado, mango and aioli, which is served only at lunch. The secret and critical ingredient is papalo, an herb similar to cilantro.

  • Eater on 07/28/11

    Excellent Mexican food, good prices, cool setting. Negates the need for longtime staple Maz Mezcal. [Eater 38 Member]

  • Cheapism on 01/12/11

    Come here for tantalizingly cheap Mexican cuisine. Go for the chorizo tacos - $8.50 for two – or the Cemita Poblano for $9.50.

  • Village Voice on 11/22/10

    Inspired by the regional Mexican cooking of Chicago's Rick Bayless, Cascabel is filled with scrumptious surprises, from the taco stuffed with homemade chorizo to the massive chile-braised beef rib.

  • The Corcoran Group on 10/07/13

    Start your meal off with a Watermelon Basil Margarita, an order of guacamole, followed by the Carnitas tacos and Baja Fish tacos.

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