Taco Sueño serves a menu of authentic Mexican cuisine, fueling lively meals in the restaurant's cozy dining room or filling carryout orders for at-home appetizing. Limber up out-of-shape taste buds with an order of jalapeños rellenos ($3.50)—house-pickled peppers stuffed with tuna—or a bowl of fresh guacamole served with chips, warm tortillas, or a T-shirt cannon for delicious airborne delivery ($5.75). A collection of tacos calms hands-on hungers with grilled beef, homemade chorizo, and other fillings topped with guacamole, onions, cilantro, and your choice of salsa ($2.25 each, three for $6). Supplement satiation with Mexican entrees such as a trio of tasty enchiladas ($9.95) or milanesa de pollo, a chicken torta topped with Oaxaca–style cheese, avocado, and a warm blanket of refried beans ($7.95). Patrons get around tortilla allergies with refreshing bowls of sopa de verduras ($4.75)—a savory mushroom-and-squash soup—or ensalade de aguacate, featuring diced avocados, tomatoes, and onions tossed in a lime-juice vinaigrette ($6.95).
Like many New Yorkers, Bruce Beck arrived in the city after studying theater; like many more still, he stayed for the food. Since joining the industry in 1979, Bruce has opened his own chocolate shop, written two cookbooks, taught chefs at The New School in Manhattan, and opened two restaurants—including the Mexican-inspired eatery Taco Sueño and its successor, Yucatán.
At the latter restaurant, chefs complement their familiar tacos and burritos with specialties such as pollo dorado a la Yucatán—a crispy half-chicken with chile habanero dipping sauce, pineapple slaw, and fries. At the full bar, mixologists prepare classic cocktails such as the margarita, a drink made to taste like the Caribbean's fruity, salt-rimmed waters.
After accruing more than 10 years of culinary experience in restaurants' kitchens and back offices, the restaurateurs behind Mexico Magico set out to create a dining experience that replicated both the atmosphere and flavors of traditional Mexican restaurants. They execute this vision by using preternaturally fresh ingredients imported from the future to forge pan-regional entrees, including Oaxaca-style red snapper and flame-kissed steaks. The kitchen crowns entrees with mole sauces, house-made salsas, and guacamole made fresh daily from haas avocados, lending a piquant touch to dishes such as the pollo asado, a grilled chicken breast marinated in parsley.
Inside the vibrant restaurant, authentic Mexican fare shares the sensory stage with live mariachi music. The menu sizzles with such Southwest classics as deep-fried taquitos ($5.95), chalupas covered in guacamole ($5.95), and caldo de pollo, where rice and noodles see who can hold their breath the longest in a chicken-broth reservoir ($4.95). Feast eyes and fill forks with tender steak fajitas ($18.95) or grab a plate of chicken simmered in chocolate mole sauce and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds ($15.95). Mix and match your own combo plate by marrying a starry-eyed tostada and burrito ($9.95) or opt for the beef quesadilla combo special, which amalgamates a beef-filled tortilla, guacamole, rice, and beans in your mouth’s chemistry set ($11.95). Tipplers can fuel up with potent potables from the full bar, including icy frozen margaritas.
Nachos, flautas, guacamole, and quesadillas—these are some of the top contenders for most popular dish at Metate Authentic. You'll find all four not only inside early, messy prototypes of the piñata, but also on the Metate Fiesta appetizer platter. The starter represents Metate's menu at large, an impressive spread of traditional, freshly made Mexican dishes. And, true to the eatery's name, each incorporates authentic spices, peppers, and seasonings, from the dried artisanal chilis and chocolate atop chicken and rice in the mole poblano to the chipotle sauce over filet mignon medallions in a dish of filete al chipotle.
Voted Best of Westchester by Westchester Magazine four years in a row, Tequila Sunrise of Westchester serves a menu of upscale, traditional Mexican, including guacamole prepared tableside, juicy fajitas, paella, and more. Start with a signature cocktail from the full-service bar, such as the Wilson margarita, a blend of Sauza tequila, fresh-squeezed lime and orange juice, Cointreau, and Grand Marnier ($9). Entrees swim in to the undersea tune of risotto de mariscos, sautéed jumbo shrimp and diver sea scallops nestled alongside zucchini, carrots, and manchego cheese on a bed of corn risotto ($24), or tap to the earthier beat of al pastor tacos braised shredded pork, pineapple, and cilantro embraced in warm corn tortillas, with rice and beans ($15). The 200-seat dining room is ideal for birthday parties, weddings, and professional football games. Tequila Sunrise features mariachi bands, live music, and several inebriated ghosts.