Mesa Coyoacán

1 372 Graham Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211


Before Ivan Garcia was tall enough to stand over the kitchen counter, he used to climb onto a chair and watch his grandmother and mother prepare large meals for their family. He eventually started pitching in, and by the time he left Mexico City, Ivan had a degree in culinary arts from Ibero-Americana University to supplement his more informal education. At Mesa Coyoacán, he recreates his family’s recipes with signature dishes such as chiles en nogada—a Poblano pepper stuffed with shredded pork, organic chicken, apples, pears, and peaches, and blanketed in walnut sauce and pomegranate seeds. Though the complexity of the entrees could be distracting, as Time Out warns, diners shouldn’t skip dessert or drinks. Sweets include churros with chocolate sauce, and aside from the impressive selection of blanco, resposado, and anejo tequilas, there are specialty cocktails such as a habanero margarita that was featured in GQ for its impeccable fashion sense.

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