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#1 Post by Glenn L e v i n e » June 23rd, 2015, 6:22 pm

Recommendations anyone? We are kicking around a few days end of Feb 2016 for anniversary as we never get enough city time, and yet can't really leave home a far distance secondary to our then 6 y/o.

Three restaurants fairly regularly make world's top 100: Pujol, Quintonil & Biko. Interested to hear about them and any other gems, dives AOK in our book.

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#2 Post by Jon A-K » June 23rd, 2015, 10:30 pm

I recommend the Saturday street market in Polanco for street food - there's good street food all over the city, but the stands here have some of the best I tried, and there are several stands so you can get a nice mix. And if you see an orange barrel of tepache, get a cup of that to drink. I haven't been to the restaurants you mention, but all three are in Polanco so maybe you could hit the street market for a Saturday lunch and then one of the restaurants for dinner. It's a great city for food!

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#3 Post by Glenn L e v i n e » June 24th, 2015, 4:56 pm

Thanks Jon. Love markets and carts so that will be useful information
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#4 Post by John Liotta » June 24th, 2015, 5:21 pm

I would recommend the St. Regis and Pujol. I have friends who live there and I can gather an extensive list of street food/small restaurants if you like. Another city destination to consider is San Miguel de Allende.
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#5 Post by Glenn L e v i n e » June 25th, 2015, 7:20 am

Thx John. The St Regis there is older, still nice though? We are considering San Miguel de Allende as well.

You have dined at Pujol?
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#6 Post by P. Willenberg » June 25th, 2015, 12:37 pm

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:Recommendations anyone? We are kicking around a few days end of Feb 2016 for anniversary as we never get enough city time, and yet can't really leave home a far distance secondary to our then 6 y/o.

Three restaurants fairly regularly make world's top 100: Pujol, Quintonil & Biko. Interested to hear about them and any other gems, dives AOK in our book.

TIA.
Glenn, Do you know Nick Zukin? If not, I recommend you buy him dinner next time you're in Portland in exchange for bending his ear on Mexico. He's very knowledgeable. Here's a link to his thoughts on Mexico City on the Portland food board he mods.

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#7 Post by Alan Rath » June 25th, 2015, 4:11 pm

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:We are considering San Miguel de Allende as well.
Talk to Frank Murray, he goes there regularly:

http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/vie ... &p=1656426

Personally, Mexico City is just to big for me, though I haven't been there in 20 years. I'd prefer some place a bit smaller, like Oaxaca.
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#8 Post by Glenn L e v i n e » June 25th, 2015, 4:13 pm

Frank and I have spoken. Growing up in Brooklyn & LI and living in a town of 2800 I like the big city.
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#9 Post by Alan Rath » June 25th, 2015, 9:15 pm

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:I like the big city.
Will you please go to Seoul for me? And then Tokyo? ;) Nothing I hate worse than the concrete jungle...
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#10 Post by Corey N. » June 26th, 2015, 9:20 am

Glenn:

One of my dearest friends lives in Monterrey, MX so I passed on your query. His reply:
Well they should stay in the Polanco area, there are couple of good hotels. My favorite Las Alcobas, then W, J Marriot and Intercontinental!!!

Restaurantes: Dulce Patria, Anatol, Contramar, Mercado Roma very different, Pujol, Puerto Madero, Tori Tori, Bond… around Polanco and Condesa there are great small restaurants and nice walk.
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#11 Post by Glenn L e v i n e » June 26th, 2015, 10:17 am

Alan Rath wrote:
Glenn L e v i n e wrote:I like the big city.
Will you please go to Seoul for me? And then Tokyo? ;) Nothing I hate worse than the concrete jungle...
Can't go overseas until Solly is older. Non starter. You want out of the jungle and need some sand just drive N, 75° on the beach this weekend.
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#12 Post by Jon A-K » June 26th, 2015, 12:05 pm

Corey N. wrote:Glenn:

One of my dearest friends lives in Monterrey, MX so I passed on your query. His reply:
Well they should stay in the Polanco area, there are couple of good hotels. My favorite Las Alcobas, then W, J Marriot and Intercontinental!!!

Restaurantes: Dulce Patria, Anatol, Contramar, Mercado Roma very different, Pujol, Puerto Madero, Tori Tori, Bond… around Polanco and Condesa there are great small restaurants and nice walk.
Hope that it helps.

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I'm sure this is good advice if you're looking for the very best hotels, but personally I'd rather stay in Condesa/Roma than Polanco. Just a matter of preference. A quick Google image search of each gives a feeling for the difference between these neighborhoods.
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#13 Post by Matt Thomas » June 26th, 2015, 8:24 pm

My fiancee and I are going in September. We have some of the same restaurants on our list. I will make sure to update this thread after our visit.

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#14 Post by Matt Thomas » December 16th, 2015, 7:44 pm

We ended up eating at Pujol, which I thought was amazing. Second best meal of my life (only behind Cyrus). I thought everything was fantastic. I particularly loved the corn dish and the octopus dish. We got a tour of the kitchen, which was really cool. One of the best dining experiences of my life.

Equally enjoyable were the tacos. We ate a lot of tacos and street food. I love the range that Mexico City has. You can eat amazing for $4 and then get one of the best meals of your life for $125/person.

We also ate at Eno, which was a really delightful cafe/bistro. I remember leaving Eno after having spent something like $22 for two people. We had eaten at Buvette not too long before. I believe our bill at Buvette was $80. Mexico City is such a great value. I have recommended Mexico City to many friends after our visit.

We also did a cooking course, which was a super fun day. We toured a market, learned about ingredients, and then made a mole. I'm not a huge fan of mole and wasn't super excited about the cooking course, as I consider myself to be a pretty good home chef, but did it because my fiancee wanted to. We had such a great time. They did such a good job of explaining traditional Mexican ingredients, techniques, and recipes, I loved it. And then on top of that we tried a bunch of Mezcals.

We had an amazing time in MC and I can't wait to go back.

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#15 Post by Nolan E » December 17th, 2015, 8:40 am

What's the wine scene like there? I ask in terms of internationally representative lists, national/local wine pride/quality and overall consumer awareness of wine as a component of a great meal.
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#16 Post by PeterJ » December 17th, 2015, 10:49 am

Rick Bayless may not be the unanimous choice for a tour guide but there's enough crossover to places mentioned already to give this a look:

http://www.rickbayless.com/my-very-idio ... favorites/
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#17 Post by Matt Thomas » December 17th, 2015, 4:11 pm

PeterJ wrote:Rick Bayless may not be the unanimous choice for a tour guide but there's enough crossover to places mentioned already to give this a look:

http://www.rickbayless.com/my-very-idio ... favorites/
We ate at Azul Historico, De Mar a Mar, had cocktails at Limantour, and ate at the markets.

I would recommend all of those. We did not eat at Maximo, but plan to on our next visit.

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#18 Post by Matt Thomas » December 17th, 2015, 4:12 pm

Nolan E wrote:What's the wine scene like there? I ask in terms of internationally representative lists, national/local wine pride/quality and overall consumer awareness of wine as a component of a great meal.
Didn't have any wine, so can't comment on the lists. Did cocktails with meals and lots of tequila/mezcal. We did buy a bottle from Baja, but have not tried it yet.

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#19 Post by Glen Gold » July 22nd, 2019, 8:52 am

Any updates on must-eat or must-see or must-do for Mexico City? We're going between Christmas and New Year's and probably staying in Condesa.

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