Food & Drink

120 flavors of Mexican fire water

Fuego Cocina fancies itself a "temple of traditional Mexican cuisine", so immediately grab your most reform Jewish friends and storm its first floor Tequileria, where the more formal atmosphere of the dining room above is eschewed for a tile bar that snakes end-to-end, reclaimed barn wood walls printed with skull-y Day of The Dead designs, and embossed leather banquettes for drinking like an emboss.Ensure your own skull is pulsing the next morning with over 120 tequilas available in flights of three, poured into drinks like frozen hibiscus margs and Corona-Ritas, or used to fuel nine house specialities like the jalapeno simple syrup/ gin/ cucumber Gherkin Fresca, and the prickly pear puree Cacti Frio, which if consumed too quickly, will stick it to you with a brain freeze. The taco list is similarly impressive, with two-per-serving options like spit-roasted pork w/ pineapple serrano salsa, slow-cooked beef short ribs w/ cucumber & radish, goat prepped "jalisco" (a street-style spit roast method), and braised beef tongue, whose preparation hopefully involves less spit.And if you're in the mood for something a little less grounded, get sea-fed with the Coctel de Mariscos w/ shrimp, octopus & tilapia in a spicy tomato sauce, or down Michelada oyster shooters, aka your most Orthodox friends, who really don't like shellfish.