New Yorkers have restaurateur Cristina Castañeda to thank for this special Mexican spot with a spirited, warm and welcoming atmosphere. Lime green, yellow and other hues decorate the dining room, which also features a mini loft and an amply stocked bar. The tequila selection is a perfect companion to the Jalisco cooking. It's not your typical Mexican menu: think of everything from delicious and messy shrimp ajillo with hollandaise to torta ahogada with birote salado, pork and oregano-spiked tomato sauce.
Every item offered here is an amalgam of smoky, sweet and unique flavors. The dessert selection is concise, but don't miss the nutty-creamy avocado mousse paired with ginger-flavored shaved ice and an achiote meringue.