1538 2nd Avenue @ 80th Street
New York, NY 10075
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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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