Wednesday, February 24, 2010

☞ EAT: Cafe Ollin Serves Up Authentic Mexican

When we first covered Cafe Ollin in East Harlem last year, we had a suspicion that it might be one of the best authentic Mexican eateries in town. Recently, the small, hole-in-the wall restaurant made it to list of top ten Mexican restaurants in the entire city. Folks rave about the cemitas which are Pueblan sandwhiches stuffed with a variety of meats, lettuce, tomatoes, chipotle, papalo, avocado and topped with oaxacan cheese. The lower photo is that of a soft taco which has the same ingredients and the real difference here is that the fresh sliced avocado replaces the guacamole and the oaxacan cheese that finishes it off. The prices are cheap, the service BYOB, the interior kitschy and the views consist of a housing project across the street so its really a mix of the most casual side of city. Cafe Ollin is at 339 East 108th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue. The closest subways are the six train at 103rd or 110th Street. Photos by Ulysses.

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