205 Allen St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.722666 -73.989032
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
Great LES Mexican – This place represents good value, especially if you can make it for the happy hour specials. It's really small so I would advice going off peak times anyway. Weather permitting it's nice with the windows open but the sidewalk tables face Allen St which is a bit like sitting on the FDR.
overpriced and overrated little hole. – this place is the biggest rip off in the E. Village. you have to wait too long because the place is the size of a pea. the food is expensive, salty, greasy. they can lower their prices and try to make their own homemade salsas daily like they should, and maybe we would return again.
Just Mexican.. – Great place to eat if you want mexican on haight. The food is great service is fast. i would recommend this place to anyone who is up for mexican. Love it.
my belly was not nearly big enough – i went sunday night with a friend. we had squash blossom mexican-style quesadillas, duck carnitas, and scallop tacos. my friend and i are small but big eaters in the way of the restaurant compadres we are, but i still had leftovers to last a day or so. (i am fresh out and headed back soon to restock.) the wee space isn't for everyone, but i thought it worked, mate. the cash only "feature" reminds me of philly, but what ya gonna do? it's not any more hassle than finding out your cabbie is one of the few left that don't take cards. frankly, good on them for dissing the credit card merchants. nope, not a hippie, not a commie - just see the sense that such a small space NOT pay credit card fees. oh, and don't sit at the bar on a cold day or if you have a cold. they've only got the one a/c unit for the whole space, and that's where it aims. bis spater.
Reasonable food, shady service. (NOTE: THEY ACCEPT CASH ONLY) – The food and service were decent - though quite disappointing after reading so many good reviews. At the end of the meal, they informed us (for the first time) that they do not accept credit cards--only cash. The waiter then pointed to a line of TINY print on the front of the menu that was supposed to have let us know about this before we sat down without cash in our pockets. Already quite peeved, we asked where the nearest bank was and he replied that he didn't know (we looked one up and it was only two blocks away). He then slyly suggested an ATM at a bodega next door (they obviously have a "mutually beneficial" arrangement). They were not accommodating nor were they particularly friendly. In fact, they were borderline rude about the whole thing. The hassle of having to interrupt our meal to go get cash, however, was the straw that broke the camel's back. I will not be returning.
It's my favorite place! – It might be small but it's the best. I've gone there for dinner/drinks quite a few times and I've never been disappointed. The service is fantastic and the food is delightful. I actually met the owner who was behind the bar this past Friday and he explained how his wife does the cooking. I live on the Lower East Side and I brought my two out of town friends there and had a blast. We sat at the bar because it was crowded, as usual, but that really didn't make any difference. It's a great atmosphere with very friendly people. Definitely go if you get the chance! I always say I'm going to write reviews and never do but this place deserves it.
Wonderful Mexican, BYO even better – I like Taco Taco on the UES so I was happy when Mole opened downtown. I called early in the week because I wanted to do a dinner for a group of 10 people at 8 PM on a Friday night. They don't take reservations normally, but for a big group they will do a sort of prix fixe menu and give you a reservation. When we arrived, the table was all set. We brought beer, wine, and tequila; they mixed margaritas for us with their own mix, cut up limes, gave us wine glasses, etc. The menu, for $25 a person, was really generous: tons of fabulous guacamole mixed right at the table, with chips; appetizers; and big platters of tons of different kinds of meats, with corn tortillas, rice, and refried beans. They kept the birthday cake I brought in the fridge until dessert. The waiters were great and didn't rush us at all, and we had a really wonderful night!
Hands down the very best food I have had in a restaurant possibly EVER! – Husband Wife owned and run, it is obvious that this IS their baby. I went twice in a week and will tell everyone about it. Just hope that I am able to get a table next time I go in, I'm sure good news will travel fast here. Not necessarily good for large groups, or groups in general. If you want to show off and take someone to that quaint place that nobody has heard of yet go NOW!
Nick introduced me to Lupe in the kitchen who makes everything herself...delicious! Great menu! But they always have specials, ask what they are, because if Lupe calls something "special" you better believe that it is!
Traditional Oaxacan food and a cozy atmosphere bring cool crowds to this Lower East Side spot. – The Scene
Like its uptown cousin, Taco Taco, Mole provides a little taste of Oaxaca in a homey environment. The extremely narrow restaurant, decorated with Mexican tiles and exposed brick, feels more quaint than cramped, thanks to the chummy waiters and jovial groups of young downtown diners.
The menu will look familiar to anyone who has eaten at the restaurant's Upper East Side counterpart. Start off with the elote asado, grilled corn topped with a tantalizingly tangy blend of anejo cheese, chile powder and lime, or the tamal oaxaqueno, soft corn dough stuffed with creamy cheese and green poblano peppers. The pollo en mole poblano is an absolute treat, a juicy half chicken smothered in a thick mole poblano sauce that strikes the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. The pastel de tres leches, a creamy cake made with three different kinds of milk, is all sweet.
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