Lupe's East LA Kitchen
110 Avenue of the Americas (at Watts St.)
New York, NY 10013
Mexi-Cali diners can be found in almost every neighborhood in LA and San Francisco, but they're a rarity in New York, which is why Lupe's on the corner of Sixth Ave and Wells has stayed around for so long. The food doesn't try to be anything other than what it is (Americanized Mexican comfort food), and all the entrees, be they burritos, enchiladas, or meat and seafood plates, are served with a side of rice, beans, and salad. The interior is as unpretentious as the menu, with Formica tabletops and pink-and-blue painted booths. And then of course, there are the house-made margaritas, served just the way they should be: cheap and strong.