Two seating areas—one an informal taquieria with a 10-stool counter and pool table and the other with sit-down service and strolling mariachis—make up this café offering spit-roasted tacos, grilled salt-dried beef, carne asada, homemade soups, and fresh squeezed juices. Open every day 9 am to midnight.
Manufactured mixes are the worst thing that ever happened to margaritas. Sickly sweet and artificially flavored (and sometimes even frozen into anti-freeze-green alcoholic Slurpees), these instant hangovers are still poured in the average Mexican restaurant. Not so at Little Mexican Cafe, where the margaritas are made with only the canonical three ingredients: pure, sweet Triple Sec; leathery tequila; and tart, freshly squeezed limejuice. This perfectly balanced trio, highlighted by a lick of salt, succinctly illustrates the modernist edict, less is more. And best of all, cheapskates take note: at only $6, you can even have a few.
Part pool hall, part restaurant—and always wonderful—this cheerful New Rochelle Mexican serves every type of taco under the sun. Chorizo, carnitas, pollo, carne asada, lengua (beef tongue), cesina (salt dried beef)—all great, and all a bargain at only two bucks per. Even with such profusion, we do have our favorite: try LMC’s taco al pastor, chili-spiked pork roasted under a pineapple. In it, tender shreds of spiced pork are folded into a soft tortilla with chopped cilantro and onions. It’s a bit of Mexico City in Westchester, and absolute heaven.