Though coveting thy neighbor's wife or underground sprinkler system is beyond the pale, longing for a mouthful of their cuisine is an understandable desire. Today's Groupon satisfies desires to eat from the table of our nation's neighbor: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale Mexican cuisine and drinks at Sueños on West 17th Street.
Sueños' seasonal menu springs from the fertile mind-fields of executive chef and owner Sue Torres, a Culinary Institute of America graduate whose culinary expertise has won recognition from the New York Times' Diner's Journal blog and an appearance on The Martha Stewart Show. Start with a snack of organic greens with strawberry vinaigrette ($10) or grilled corn on the cob highlighted by chili aioli and queso cotija ($5). Main courses include duck-confit tacos accompanied by a slaw of jicama and ancho-plum barbecue sauce ($24) and organic chicken enchiladas served with your choice of salsa verde, salsa ranchera, or mole poblano ($18). And on Sunday and Tuesday nights, customers can personalize their own taco and tostada ($35 per person; minimum of two diners required). Starting with your choice of three ingredient options—which can include tequila-flamed shrimp, tamarind-glazed hanger steak, and grilled vegetables—sign your name with toppings of pico de gallo, guajillo-chile rice, and more to create a custom-tasty treat, before closing with a dessert sampler of guava empanadas, churros, dulce de leche, and chocolate mulato. If all the spices accidentally give you the power to fold space, marinate your tongue in a cooling south-of-the-border specialty cocktail, such as Suzy's Smokin' Margarita ($13), or the juicy flavors of the wine list's reds, whites, and more.
Taking a seat amongst Sueños' deep blue bar, peach-colored courtyard, or magenta-tinted dining rooms will make guests feel like they've stepped into one of Frida Kahlo's paintings, minus the creepy, moustachioed woman that's always in them. Further enhancing the appropriately dreamlike atmosphere of Sueños is a fountain flowing peacefully inside a small glass-enclosed oasis, a raised platform where you can watch the cocinera prepare fresh guacamole, and where high school teachers make frequent appearances and assign you calculus tests you didn't study for. Reservations are recommended.
Not valid for catering, take-out, or prix fixe menu.
- I never have a bad time at Sueños, and I find myself sending friends here with some frequency, because there’s no surfeit of Mexican restaurants that don’t feel like insistent (to the point of overbearing) and somewhat clichéd fiestas, and Sueños is indeed nothing like those places. – Frank Bruni, New York Times' Diner's Journal blog
311 W 17th St.
New York, New York 10011Get Directions