LA-style mex in NYC

As you may know, I’ve been having some not-so-great NYC food experiences since returning from London. I didn’t take my own advice about going to Grupo or Lil’ Frankie’s for great pizza and ended up on my second day back in one of those touristy, world-famous pizza spots downtown. I’m not gonna say which one, because it doesn’t even deserve a mention in my blog. If you can’t get the pizza to my table while it’s still hot, then you’ve got serious problems. Third day back, I was in desperation mode. I needed to eat something great. Lupe’s came to the rescue.

I know they call it Lupe’s East L.A. Kitchen, but I’m not going to try to vouch for the legitimacy of that claim. I’m sure you can get better Mexican in east L.A. But I live here, and this place is conveniently just off Soho. Actually, I’ve always thought the location nearby the Holland Tunnel was a bit odd, but it was a perfect night, the windows were open, and these drinks really hit the spot.

I did take one risk at Lupe’s — I didn’t order the absolutely amazing spinach & cheese enchiladas that I normally get. I branched out and got these chipotle shrimp enchiladas, and they were pretty darned perfect. As far as I’m concerned, they’re a great value too, especially when you take into account the relaxed vibe at Lupe’s. It’s a place where you just want to sit back and chill out.

The chicken enchiladas suiza were awesome too, but then again I don’t think I’ve ever tried a bad dish at Lupe’s. I’m not sure why I hadn’t been there in so long, like maybe 3 years. I’ve got to put it back on my “list.” It was really nice to run into an old friend, artist Nancy Cohen, there too. She has an art exhibit opening up in a few days that you might want to check out.

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