After scientists revealed UFOs were actually full-grown tortillas, people everywhere filled swimming pools with guac and beans to catch and dissect the floury creatures. Nab a tender baby disc with today's Groupon that salutes Authentic Mexican Restaurant Week, which is sponsored by Sabores Auténticos de México and takes place September 16–30. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get $50 worth of authentic Mexican cuisine at La Palapa on St. Mark's Place in the East Village.
- For $25, you get $50 worth of authentic Mexican cuisine at La Palapa on Sixth Avenue in the West Village.
- For $12, you get $25 worth of contemporary Mexican cooking at Papatzul on Grand Street in SoHo.
A palapa is a palm-thatched sun haven found on beaches in Mexico. True to its namesake, La Palapa offers cuisine that is at once a haven from ordinary Mexican fare and an effective tool for blocking the sun. For lunch, start with a palate-pleasing appetizer such as plátanos con crema (sweet plantains with cream and house-made queso fresco, $6.95) before moving on to the famous Mexico City–style tacos ($5.95 each), which can be filled with eight delectable flavors, including al pastor (pineapple-chile rubbed pork). Later eaters can hang a fang on dinner entrees such as pato al mole negro oaxaqueño (grilled duck breast in rich black mole infused with 26 magical ingredients) or camarones al mojo de ajo (shrimp sautéed with garlic, red tomato rice, and slow-cooked black beans). Lubricate throat pipes and conversations and complement the meal with a tangy selection from the cocktail catalogue.
Papatzul's menu offerings include filling lunch options, such as a Papatzul chipotle burger served with crunchy yucca fries ($10). Launch a dinner adventure with an order of ceviche Maya, made with tuna, shrimp, habanero peppers, and jicama root ($12), followed by the creatively concocted namesake Yucatan enchiladas filled with boiled eggs and served with two contrasting sauces ($17). Snag a fresh-made dessert capable of making sweet teeth sing and area dentists cringe, such as crispy churros served with a delicate cajeta mousse ($8).
To commemorate the bicentennial year of Mexican independence, Sabores Auténticos de México is sponsoring Authentic Mexican Restaurant Week. Each featured restaurant will be cooking up delicious special meals from September 16–30. Along with the regular fare, both La Palapa locations will be featuring a literary/historical menu that pays tribute to female artists and writers in Mexican history. An exclusive prix-fixe menu will be available at Papatzul ($35 per person). Visit any restaurant for lunch or dinner during the week and enter for a chance to win a trip to Mexico, the country famous for being shaped like a mermaid's tail.
Each Groupon is valid for dine-in only and can also be used for brunch at either restaurant.
- This bright and cheerful restaurant is one in a fleet of Mexican restaurants that reveal the regional glories of Mexico rather than the familiar one-dimensional margarita-fueled Tex-Mex dishes. The fascinating menu shows off all sorts of complex flavor combinations based on traditional Mexican ingredients. – New York Times
- Although Amezcua was schooled in classic French cooking and has worked as a chef in New York for the past fifteen years (Savoy, Il Buco), this is his effort to provide something homier—something evocative of how you’d be received in someone’s house in Mexico City, where he is from. – Kate Julian, New Yorker