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Mexican

Cilantro is the kind of casual Mexican restaurant where busboys bring a basket of chips (mixed with fried plantains) to your table as soon as you sit down. The slightly greasy, salt-dusted chips come with a small side of salsa, but the real move is to put in an order of guacamole right when they arrive, so you don't have to go too long without the fresh and creamy mash that lands perfectly on each corn triangle. Order a margarita and go through another round of chips as you wait for your entrée, which could be a Southwestern speciality like chipotle shrimp or chimichurri steak but should be a chicken and blue enchilada or tequila-marinated shrimp fajita. Most mains come with a side of rice and beans, which might feel unnecessary given the chip-fueled feast you just inhaled, but who cares when you're three margaritas in.

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Cilantro

Cilantro NYC

Cilantro is the kind of casual Mexican restaurant where busboys bring a basket of chips (mixed with fried plantains) to your table as soon as you sit down. The slightly greasy, salt-dusted chips come with a small side of salsa, but the real move is to put in an order of guacamole right when they arrive, so you don't have to go too long without the fresh and creamy mash that lands perfectly on each corn triangle. Order a margarita and go through another round of chips as you wait for your entrée, which could be a Southwestern speciality like chipotle shrimp or chimichurri steak but should be a chicken and blue enchilada or tequila-marinated shrimp fajita. Most mains come with a side of rice and beans, which might feel unnecessary given the chip-fueled feast you just inhaled, but who cares when you're three margaritas in.