Habanero Blues is back! After changing the concept to American Hall, a beer hall serving classic American dishes, the Reisenbach brothers decided to bring back the Mexican cuisine in this huge and amazing space, keeping the arcade room in the colorful downstairs area. I admit that I was looking forward to having dinner there, some of the items served there being delicious and not often offered on menus, like the Esquites en Vaso, a Mexico City street style corn made with chipotle aioli, cotija cheese and cayenne pepper. Unfortunately, it was not anymore offered, but we could enjoy their classic guacamole that is quite good: well seasoned with chunks of avocado as I like it (who likes a soupy guacamole?).
A great vegetarian appetizer is their Baja Cali Cauliflower that is lightly breaded cauliflower fried until golden and served with a chipotle remoulade that has a slight kick. Eating this, I just wished it was the way my mom made cauliflower when I was a kid!
They have a nice selection of tacos (with homemade tortilla), and I just wished they offered a sampler to try several of them. For meat eaters, the Al Pastor is a must have: made with rotisserie pork marinated in adobo, and served with chipotle, the meat was tasty and not dry at all. If you do not like pork and still want meat, you can opt for the short rib tacos that are served with pickled onion, cilantro and guacamole, although I have to say that it lacked a bit of flavor. Needless to say that they also have tacos with chicken, fish or shrimp.
If you are vegetarian, they do have few options like the taco with fried avocado (avocado frito), that I was surprised Jodi did not order. No, instead, she went for the taco salad that was good but a bit boring.
I should mention that with the meal I had a margarita, classic, a must have at Habanero Blues.
And of course dessert: another must have are the churros that they surely know how to make. The dulce de leche and chocolate dipping sauce are nice with it, the former being my favorite, but even without sauce, you quickly regret when the bag they serve the churros in is empty.
So we had a good time at Habanero Blues. It is a nice place for Mexican food Midtown if you are in the area, much quieter than Mexicue!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Habanero Blues - 29 West 36th Street, NY 10018