2009 Readers’ Poll: Best Mexican Food

It’s time for the 3rd Annual Midtown Lunch Readers’ Poll. Your nominations are in, and between now and the end of the year I’ll be asking all of you to vote for the best Midtown Lunches in a whole range of categories. You can only vote once per category (so choose wisely), and official results will be posted after the new year.

Who says New York City has terrible Mexican food? Well… actually… I do. But there are a few gems to be found in Midtown… like the El Rey del Sabor cart (which went from one cart to three this year), and Las Poblanitas. But are they strong enough to take down the big three chains (Chipotle/Baja Fresh/Qdoba). And of course there is the Sombrero Cart, which is arguably the least Mexican of them all… but the people have spoken! (Sadly the best places are over on 10th Ave. which is way out of bounds.) Here are the nominees for Best Mexican Food in Midtown.

Vote for your favorite, after the jump…

Vote for your favorite Midtown Lunches in these other categories:
Best Sweets
Best Fried Chicken
Best Sandwiches
Best Sit Down Chinese Food
Best Street Meat
Best Chinese Fast Food
Best Midtown Happy Hour
Best Latin Food
Best Coffee
Best Falafel
Best Fast Food Hamburger


  • I know you guys in New Yawk City keep lusting after our Southen’ and Mexican food, but you just have to understand that ‘Best Mexican Food’, just like ‘Best Fried Chicken’ ain’t gonna happen in “The Unhappiest Place in America.”

    Qualified Southen’ chicken fryers and genuine Mexican cooks just don’t see the need to move to NYC and be ‘Unhappy’, when the folks in Louisiana are the ‘HAPPIEST’ folks in the country — LOL.

    So, keep on scarfin’ up those ‘Black Label’ burgers, those wonderful pizzas, and all those bowls of PHO.

    And keep telling yourselves how GOOD they taste, and you will have a GREAT culinary holiday.



  • Just how unhappy does one have to be to constantly denigrate a city’s worth of people and food blogs to boost one’s own esteem? I’m sure between that and the assorted follow-up posts about one’s bank account, proximity to local regional cuisine that’s better than what can be found in NY, and not to mention monologue’s reminiscent of Stuart Smalley, one might be able to believe such a facade of “happiness”.

    I just hope I never feel have to feel that unhappy.

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    Make no mistake about it, you’re pretty sad.

  • So do I, Adam. But who is Stuart Smalley?

    By the way, YOU guys voted in the New York Times’ poll. I didn’t get a chance to vote, so to blame ME (or my ‘esteem’ [sic]) for your ‘unhappiness’ seems a bit outlandish.

  • Baja fresh is so much better than Chipotle.

  • I should know, I am a chihuahua.

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    Sad to see Pampano Taqueria not on the ballot.

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