Cafe el Portal

Cafe el Portal

(Now Closed)
Mexican Restaurant$$$$
NoLita, New York
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  • Swen G.heart icon on user image
    Swen GrahamNovember 7, 2014
    Chile verde chicken enchiladas. Insanely delicious and not too heavy. Be sure to liberally coat with the green and red salsas on the table.
  • Neal J.
    Neal JosephJanuary 23, 2012
    Chicken mole verde and posole are definitely the best I've had in NYC, and the chicken mole verde may be the best I've ever had anywhere. Transcendant sauce. Wow. Prickly pear margarita also excellent
  • Irene M.
    Irene MFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    A standout dish: Mole de Pollo Oaxaqueño, a half-chicken cooked to tender, juicy perfection, swimming in mole sauce and served with a side of tortillas, rice and beans. Be hungry.
  • Alberto S.heart icon on user image
    Alberto SimonSeptember 24, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    My favorite mexican place in NYC, the red mole is to die for and the service is friendly. Great margaritas too!
  • Kirsy
    KirsyDecember 1, 2012
    Feels like homemade food! delicious. Get Chile Reyenos, Enchiladas de Mole Rojo, and tortilla chips w Guac!
  • Andrea V.heart icon on user image
    Shrimp tacos and fish tacos are killer, sadly can't say the same about the carnitas. And the cucumber margaritas are absolutely delicious!!
  • Mehgan G.
    Mehgan GallagherAugust 2, 2013
    Great food and cool atmosphere! Don't be afraid to sit at the bar for a bite. The food and service and just as good there.
  • Juliette D.
    Pepino/cucumber margarita on the rocks is the shiz. Huge glass well worth $9. Yummy guacamole but chips are straight up from a bag. Cojita cheese on the enchiladas makes me happy.
  • Kate F.
    Kate FurmanOctober 31, 2015
    Chef's taco sampler is the way to go (one shrimp, one al pastor, one fish taco)
  • Jon h.
    Jon hoffmanApril 29, 2012
    if they have the lamb shank special, get it. so tender and yummy with just enough spice to remind you that it's mexican.
  • D S.heart icon on user image
    D SicFebruary 28, 2016
    The burrito or bowl options are nice and prepared well for those trying to stick with healthy options
  • Marissa S.heart icon on user image
    Marissa StuartMarch 29, 2015
    I love it here! I'm always eager to come back! The fish tacos are my favorite.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaAugust 9, 2014
    quick service! the chicken burrito is so massive you'll have to eat it with a fork and knife.
  • John B.
    John BigbooteJanuary 7, 2014
    great enchildas. Xicala wine n tapas bar next store. @ 151B elizabeth. Try Fresh cucumber water
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group
    Limon margarita(s) on the rocks and enchiladas de mole rojo are the perfect way to get your night started! You can thank us later.
  • Brett J.
    Brett JossApril 21, 2014
    Super authentic Mexican food. Rarely crowded. Eat the mole enchilada and drink the lemon margarita.
  • Lynn F.
    Lynn FNovember 15, 2012
    My favorite authentic mexican food. Go for the mole and add extra hot sauce to your michelada!
  • Margarita M.
    Margarita MAugust 8, 2011
    Some of the best and most authentic Mexican food in the city! Had what is probably the best burrito ever here. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 5, 2013
    Decent if slightly pricey Mexican with a knack for burritos. Good neighborhood joint.
  • Candace L.
    Candace LindemannAugust 31, 2010
    I like the queso de cabra quesadilla, DH likes the mole, we both love the sangria. Best affordable Mexican food in Manhattan!
  • Debby R.
    Debby RuthMarch 28, 2013
    A real find. Wonderfully authentic.
  • Chrissy
    ChrissyAugust 24, 2012
    Enchilada Mole + Pepino Cucumber Margarita - lived up to the hype on the other tips
  • Jackie F.
    Jackie FerrerSeptember 20, 2014
    OMG you can order margs to go!!! Cucumber is DA BOMB
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PantojaJuly 30, 2010
    I know El Sombrero's been the staple spot for these, but you can get flavored margaritas on the rocks or frozen to go!
  • Official H.
    Official HankFebruary 24, 2012
    Margarita's are outstanding! Start your meal with Frijoles con Totopos! My fav!
  • Paul P.
    Paul PenningtonJuly 21, 2013
    They have margaritas-to-go and they're strong. I'm a fan.
  • İpek A.heart icon on user image
    İpek A.November 13, 2014
    Lime margarita rocks! And Tacos as well...
  • Lucio B.
    Lucio BracamontesMarch 10, 2013
    Best tacos al pastor I've had in NYC.
  • Subha M.
    Subha MFebruary 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best elote asados (roasted Mexican corn) in the city. Good Mexican food (for NYC, at least).
  • Alberto S.heart icon on user image
    Alberto SimonDecember 10, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Best pozole ever
  • #illumin8us
    #illumin8usMarch 6, 2011
    This is one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city. Complete find!
  • Claudia F.heart icon on user image
    Claudia FilthNovember 8, 2014
    Mushroom tacos! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • Rob V. B.
    Rob V. BurrMay 16, 2011
    The green salsa may just be the best I've ever had.
  • Amisha D.
    Amisha DoshiOctober 9, 2010
    Everything is delicious, but you must try the shrimp or chicken tacos.
  • Sandy A.heart icon on user image
    Sandy AlbertSeptember 1, 2015
    Come here for brunch.
  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy ShatanJuly 17, 2013
    The Mole is deep and complex!
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥September 23, 2014
    Enchiladas with guacamole!
  • Cory G.
    Cory GreenwellOctober 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Shrimp tacos and watermelon marga for her, negra and enchiladas for me. Yum!
  • Wilfredo U.
    Wilfredo UmanzorMarch 10, 2013
    Best tacos I've had in my life.
  • Jon S.heart icon on user image
    Jon SteinbackApril 23, 2011
    pepino is the best flavor. anything w cucumber, really.
  • Doron B.
    Doron Ben AvrahamMarch 26, 2010
    this little hole in the wall is surprising.excellent service and excellent food
  • Ze B.heart icon on user image
    Ze BeApril 25, 2014
    shrimp tacos and margaritas
  • Chrissy
    ChrissyMay 27, 2013
    If you have a peanut allergy - it's a no go
  • M K.
    M KApril 13, 2012
    Get the shrimp tacos. Always.
  • iOS T.
    iOS TesterJune 13, 2014
    One of my favorites places.
  • M K.
    M KJuly 18, 2012
    Margs and shrimp tacos FTW
  • Lauren T.heart icon on user image
    Lauren TSeptember 25, 2014
    Garlic shrimp
  • Natali l.
    Natali lee †March 20, 2013
    Nice cafe....
  • chris
    chrisFebruary 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    cucumber margaritas. 'nuff said.
  • Tara S.
    Tara StilesFebruary 9, 2010
    Margarita time! Pomegranate on rocks is really good!
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