For her birthday, Jodi wanted to go for Mexican food. I asked some of my colleagues who suggested some places. The problem with these: they did not have guacamole! So, I finally found Habanero Blues on Opentable. When we arrived, I realized that we passed so many times in front of it, but the crowd was a bit of a deterrent...Fortunately, on a Monday night, it was not a problem: the place was not that crowded and kind of quiet, until approximately 8pm when the music started (or at least started to be more noticeable) and people started to arrive. Habanero Blues is quite big and has a rustic and warmth feel to it, thanks to the omnipresence of wood (I respect it). I also love the steel sheets that added more charm to the dining room.
I started the meal with a cocktail and picked "El Burro" (the donkey), a delicious drink, quite refreshing, made with Bulleit Bourbon, ginger and fresh lime juice.
We then got the long awaited guacamole and chips. Quite good, I found it small though...
Then we had tacos. When I checked on their website, they were proposing tacos by the piece, but, they just changed the menu and were not proposing that anymore at the restaurant. When I asked the waiter, he gracefully told us that we could arrange for us to prepare whatever combination we would want. So, we chose:
The pescado frito tacos that is fried sea bass, pickled onions and cilantro cream:
Chorizo picado taco made with homemade spicy sausage (I did not find it spicy):
Avocado frito taco that is fried avocado, my favorite taco! The outside is crispy and the inside melting in your mouth.
All these tacos were delicious, the avocado one being my favorite for sure, followed by the fried fish and chorizo. None of these were bland and I loved the different texture. Proposing to create your own sampler is a great idea and I hope they will continue on that path.
Last was dessert, with our all time favorite: churros. They came in a bag, dusted in brown sugar and cinnamon, and served with dulce de leech and a chocolate dipping sauce (I preferred the former).
These churros were fantastic: crunchy, I could have eaten another bag of it. It was a good way to end a perfect meal. Habanero Blues is definitely a great Mexican spot Midtown: I would certainly go back there!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Habanero Blues - 29 W 36TH ST NYC, NY