Cascabel Taqueria East Is A South-Of-The-Border Showstopper

1538 2nd Avenue @ 80th Street

New York, NY 10075
(212) 717-8226

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cascabel interior

Cascabel Taqueria East has enjoyed enormous media exposure since its opening. So much success, that it has opened a west side branch and both are in the expansion process. The spic and span, no nonsense décor and modest prices are only part of the story. Add to this warm, friendly service, knock out cocktails, served in glass jars (costing as little as $6 at Happy Hour), and modern inventive takes on authentic Mexican cuisine that is better than many of the top Mexican restaurants we visited in Mexico City.

There is a short, inexpensive and well chosen wine list and loads of excellent beers as well as flights of Tequila and Mezcal. But food is the thing and it is fabulous, as is the amazing operation, which would clone beautifully.

Cascabel is named after the deep red chili peppers the. Menu is priced for the budget-conscious but created for the foodie, and broken into five categories: “(starters), (sides), “tacos,” “ (entrees) and (desserts).

Don’t expect standard Mexi-junk food. The owners and chef are serious and what the atmosphere lacks in a fine dining experience (super-casual), it more than makes up for in quantity, quality and pricing.

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They serve modern interpretations of traditional Mexican dishes. The signature cashable tacos are made from dried corn, treated and softened in lime water, not unlike the Aztecs used centuries ago. Drinks try top-shelf drinks from the bar, or select from a wide selection of craft beers, micro brews and wine, as well as the finest tequilas and artisanal mescals.

Make sure you check out the seasonal cocktail menu regularly too. They also offer refreshing, handmade drinks, made from citrus fruits pressed in an authentic Mexican juice squeezer and mixed with seltzer and organic agave nectar. In the mood for sangria, they make it fresh daily.

Cascabel is a casual, Mexican Taqueria offering fresh, handcrafted fare, inspired by the markets of Mexico.  We’re sure you’ll love our rocking tacos!

The  house salsas and hot sauces are made to complement the food we serve.  At Cascabel, It’s not just about food.  From the moment you walk through the door, we invite you to relax with their Organic Tequilas, micro brews, and have fun piecing together your perfect meal!


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cascabel pizza

Favorite dishes range from a first rate Guacamole Tradicional con TosTadas, served mild / medium / hot (go for the latter), spiked with grape tomato puree / thai chili / garlic / lime / cilantro.

Better yet are the stars of the appetizers: GordiTas con puerco,  moist, tender and grease free heritage pork belly / chipotle honey glaze / cucumber / cilantro / masa cake. Absolutely to die for. Also loved the delicious blue crab / corn / fresh salsa / piquillo pepper aioli eloTe asado (more like elegant conch fritters). Grilled corn / mexican aioli / lime / cascabel chili / queso cotija / cilantro
rabano was cooked to perfection and succulent. Also a steal for $5.

cascabel meat entree

Of the larger dinner plates, you can’t beat the Pollo asado, 1/2 rotisserie chicken / cascabel chili / creamed corn / cilantro / corn tortillas. Like a mirror image of chicken mole, with a white sauce, crushed nuts, herbs, spices and of course chiles. A masterful chicken dish! Also wonderful is carne a la plancha, grilled yucatan achiote strip steak / house made salsa verde / refried beans / rabano / red onion / cilantro. Pretty as a picture with its garnish of fresh sliced red radishes.

There’s great espresso and what desserts: a terrific Tres leche,s fluffy sponge cake soaked in three milks and the best churros, cinnamon spiced mexican doughnut, to dip in chilli chocolate sauce you’ll ever taste.

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cascabel dessert

Packed, noisy and a “no-reservation” policy but, for really great, natural and affordable Mexican food and drink, Cascabel is a joy and belongs at the top of any foodie’s Mexican list.

Cascabel is located at 1538 2nd avenue @ 80th street and 2799 Broadway @ 108th street. You will enjoy both dining venues

Walman Report Rating: A Major


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Tequileria Maya Introduces a New Approach to Holiday Gift-Giving: Sip and Store Tequila Bottles

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This holiday season, Tequileria Maya offers a new spin on gift giving, perfect for tequila aficionados and Mexican food lovers alike.  Better than a gift card or sticking a bow on a store-bought bottle, the Sip and Store tequila program allows you to gift a bottle (or two, or three) hand-selected by Maya’s very own Tequila Librarian Courtenay Geenleaf, who says of the program, “It’s a nice touch for guests to come in, have a bottle, or bottles, or even a whole collection.  It’s a nice entertaining touch—people bring friends and family in, or clients, to enjoy their own personal collection, and they can say, ‘here, enjoy my collection.’”  It is a gift of more than a bottle—it is a comprehensive tequila experience.  The tequila will be presented by one of Maya’s passionate experts, along with an explanation of the bottle’s elements and origins.  The bottle will then be available to Sip and Store in one of Maya’s personal Tequila Lockers for up to three months, allowing lucky recipients to appreciate their tequila at leisure, and to sip to taste—bottles are served with a choice of housemade sangrita or a craft-your-own margarita kit for only $10, or, for tequila purists, straight or on the rocks.

The varied and sophisticated selection will appeal to anyone with a true appreciation for tequila.  Choose from one of eight unique, luxury varieties: the spicier Don Julio Blanco, the smooth, rich Partida Reposado, the Limited Edition Richard Sandoval Inspired Herradura Double Barrel Reposado, the ultra-premium Clase Asul Reposado, and the small-batch artisanal Ilegal Reposado Mezcal. Whether your loved one is a tequila snob, foodie, or simply has a palate for adventure, Maya has a bottle with their name on it—literally.  

Personal Bottle Gift Packages can be purchased through Maya’s website at  Upon purchase, Maya will send you the official bottle tag to present as the gift.  All the recipient has to do is show up, show their ID, and sip! Guests can enjoy personal bottles with tapas and tacos at Tequileria Maya and then bring the party to the dining room to pair their tequila with a dinner of classic Mexican fare.  The personal bottle program is also available at Maya’s sister restaurant, La Biblioteca, located on Third Avenue at 40th Street, via their website

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