There are many “Mexican” restaurants in the NY area, many of which are actually Tex Mex. Cantina Mexicana is authentic Mexican, family-owned with excellent, authentic regional Mexican dishes, like an Enchilada mole (they list chicken, but you can pick your preference, and if you know...what’s good for you get the Carne Enchilada). The mole is slightly sweet and has a little heat. You will NOT want to ruin it with any hot sauce. Save the salsa verde for the tacos el pastor, with pork marinated in pineapple then sautéed. The tacos are excellent, with soft, hot flour tortillas, garnish and lime.
I almost forgot the beginning of the meal. Fresh salsa with a slight tang (yes, the way it should be) and a plate of queso fundido with chorizo and mushrooms (it works). Wash these down with their margaritas. They are generous and potent. El Presidente is popular, but we like the Chamengo and Jalarita (Jalepeno flavored, but not too much. We did not get the posole, but people rave about it. By the taste of everything else, we expect it’s very good.
We have been coming here and ordering out during the pandemic. We have always been impressed with their tacos but this was the first time eating in. We loved the atmosphere and the staff was incredibly attentive.
And it was a steal.More