Mexican Restaurants in Paterson

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La Fortaleza Mexican Restaurant's menu brims with quality ingredients and salsas made fresh throughout the day. Staff members prepare each appetizer of guacamole at the table, pulverizing the verdant michoacáno avocados, onion, and cilantro in a traditional stone molcajete. Cooks stuff cheeses and the customer's choice of chicken, steak, or shrimp inside a 10-inch flour tortilla before frying the creation to create a golden brown chimichanga, and the arrachera al anafre's flame-kissed skirt steak arrives with a side of tender cactus instead of the customary ficus plant. After sautéing shrimp in onions and butter, chefs douse the camarones a la diabla with a salsa hot enough to make penguins evolve. La Fortaleza Mexican Restaurant's dining room surrounds guests with a kaleidoscope of green, pink, and orange walls that sport Mayan-inspired murals.

361 Midland Ave
Garfield,
NJ
US

Chevys serves up Mexican fare in Texas-size portions, with salsa and tortillas made from scratch daily. Begin by ordering a bowl of guacamole to witness a server capture, skin, and gut a live avocado right at your table before hand-mashing it into fresh guacamole. From there, let your taste buds tango across tender tamales wrapped by hand each morning, or play mad scientist and suture together an electrified monster plate from enchiladas, tacos, grilled chili rellenos, tamales, and chimichangas ($10.29 for any two, $11.99 for any three, $12.99 for any four). Seafarers, meanwhile, will want to try the grilled fish tacos—a mélange of grilled fish, chipotle aioli, lettuce, and pico de gallo, warmly embraced by the floury flaps of El Machino tortillas and topped with a sprinkling of crumbled cotija cheese ($10.99). To keep the hot peppers and piquant salsas from singing the sinuses, douse your mouth-flames periodically with drinks such as the Kraken fruit punch, black spiced rum coupled with spicy mango and orange juice ($8.75), or the Blue Agave margarita, a mixture of El Mayor Reposado tequila and blue Curacao ($6.75 regular, $11.50 grande).

365 State Rt 3
Clifton,
NJ
US

Armed with an array of more than 20 fresh ingredients, the cheerful culinary wranglers at Moe's create scrumptious southwestern food for carnivores and vegetarians alike. After perusing the menu, grab tasty tortilla canvases and watch as your edibles are crafted into burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and nachos.

852 State Rt 3
Clifton,
NJ
US

The cooks at Tito’s whip up a menu of fresh, inventive Mexican fare, customizing dishes to diners' desires for a personalized meal within a colorful, relaxed atmosphere. Giant burritos enswathe savory sustenance, such as grade-A steak ($8.95) and blackened salmon ($8.95), within 12-inch tortillas. Or quell shell cravings without licking a conch's home with an order of twice-wrapped tacos ($3.50+), food satchels that boast both an internally crispy shell and an externally soft covering. Tito's also carries an array of other Mexican staples, including nachos ($6.95), cheesy quesadillas ($6.25), and a taco salad brimming with veggies, salsa, and—for an extra cost—your choice of meat ($6.95+). Conclude Latin American–style feasts by slurping on a nonalcoholic margarita slush ($3.75/small, $7.95/pitcher) or covertly grazing on the tassels of neighboring Mariachi horn players.

166 E Ridgewood Ave
Ridgewood,
NJ
US

El Norte Restaurant’s owners use their more than 35 years of experience working at restaurants in Texas and Northern Mexico to create authentic Mexican dishes to their exact specifications. Surrounded by Aztec-inspired paintings and sombreros hung on the walls, diners dig into pork carnitas, enchiladas suizas, and bowls of chopino. Whether bellied up to one of the restaurant’s two bars or seated at a table blanketed by a colorful tablecloth, guests enjoy the serenades of a mariachi band or the sound of a live harp player politely ordering a burrito. On weekends, karaoke and DJ-fueled dance sessions take over the restaurant’s spare room.

10 US Highway 46 E
Lodi,
NJ
US

Ivan López, head chef and owner of Casa Piquin, dishes up modern Mexican cuisine that fuses techniques he honed in French kitchens with authentic flavors he learned to weave as a chef in Mexico. Ivan ensures the freshness of his vegetables by purchasing them himself before crafting colorful salsas and sautéed fajita bell peppers worthy of being served in an eatery whose name means "House of Peppers." Signature molcajetes—traditional hot lava-rock bowls—cradle marinated and grilled mixed vegetables, meats, and seafood, and traditional dishes are sauced in a choice of five salsas, from a rich, sweet salsa mole made with dried peppers to a piping salsa arbol that lights mouths aflame so molars can lead campfire sing-alongs. Pitchers of sangria cool down mouths, as does flambé-fried ice cream, which is torched tableside.

537 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair,
NJ
US