I don’t typically gravitate towards chain restaurants. There’s nothing wrong with them, I grew up eating at Fridays, Applebees & Chilis. As a spoiled New Yorker today it’s not my #1 pick. However, I think some value can be found in their consistency & corporate nature. That being said, I went to Mexicue with friends for brunch and was pleasantly surprised.
I guess Mexicue is more of a mini-chain. They have 3 locations in NYC . The décor is polished but casual; a great place to drink with friends and be loud in a large space. They have a sprawling cocktail list happily weighted in tequila. The menu is a generous offering of Mexican, BBQ, and Tex-Mex favorites. The ingredients feel fresh, high end, and the dishes made with them are executed well. They have the food you crave in this environment like burritos & tacos. Their queso dip & guacamole are both executed perfectly. The tuna ceviche nachos were topped with perfectly chilled tuna sauced in a creamy, spicy chipotle sauce. The brunch dishes were excellent, try the chiliquiles or the huevos rancheros. When this much tequila, meat, and avocado are involved you’d have to be a monster to not be happy. Here’s what we had:
Tuna Ceiche Nachos – avocado, fresh lime juice, cilantro, watermelon radish, creamy chipotle sauce
Chilaquiles – eggs, cheese, avocado, cilantro
French Toast w/ blueberry & powdered sugar
Huevos Rancheros – avocado, corn, clack beans, cheese, egg, cilantro
Smoked Chicken smoked chicken, creamy chipotle sauce, lettuce, pico de gallo, and cotija cheese.
Cajun Shrimp – slaw, sliced mango, salasa verde, jalapeno mayo, cilantro
Smoky Carnitas smoky carnitas, white cheddar, crispy tortilla strips, corn salsa, creamy chipotle sauce
Address: 225 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010
Phone: (646) 922-7289