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Authentic Mexican Tapas? Just a Nibble

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by Laura Grimmer
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Insider Tips

If you’re wondering about volume here, the Ceviches and Botanas are plentiful enough to provide 2-3 small portions each, while the Mar and Tierra are best eaten by oneself. For two people, I’d recommend a Ceviche and a Botana, and then each person get his or her own Mar and/or Tierra. The joy of La Popular is that if you’re still hungry, it’s easy enough to order more.

When in doubt, trust Chef Andres’ recommendations. The dishes are creative without being scary, and the ingredients are all incredibly fresh and authentic.

Happy Hour is currently a 2-for-1 drink special from 3-6 p.m. It’s a perfect way to kick off your evening, heading there after work (or maybe evening skipping out of work a tad early) before a fashionably late dinner.

Many other reviewers have fixated on the Chapulines, the fried crickets. I didn’t bother. I mean, it’s a fried bug. Plus, I’d been forewarned that the little legs can get stuck in your teeth. I preferred to sample the other authentic Mexican dishes, and I was delighted with what I found. That said, the salty Chapulines did sound like a great side dish with a beer.

Antojeria La Popular also serves house-made cocktails, sangrias and a nice selection of wines and Mexican beers. There’s also the ever-present weekend brunch where they serve the traditional Mexican hangover breakfast called Chilaquiles. That sounds like it’s worth a shot.

There is a walk-up window in the works for quick orders, and the lunch specials are fast and fabulous.

Recommended:
Distrito Federal
Tabasco
Guerrero
Sonora
Zacatecas
Agua del dia
Happy hour


Antojeria La Popular
50 Spring Street (just east of the 6 Spring Street subway)
New York, NY 10012
(646) 476-3567
www.lapopularnyc.com


Tapas at other EDGE Destinations

Traveling to another EDGE destination? Check out some of our other favorite picks for innovative Mexican cuisine.

Oyamel
401 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-1005
www.oyamel.com

Cuchi Cuchi
795 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 864-2829
www.cuchicuchi.cc

Taqueria Los Anaya
4651 W. Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 731-4070
www.taquerialosanaya.com

Nuestra Cocina
2135 SE Division Street
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 232-2135
www.nuestra-cocina.com


Laura Grimmer is a private chef and trained sommelier based in New York.


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