Diego’s Mexican Grill
Neighborhood: Hell’s Kitchen
Venue: Mexican Restaurant
Rating: 4 Stars
I thought Diego’s Mexican Grill was great. It’s not often that you find a Mexican Restaurant in New York City that can stand up to a Texan’s standards, but Diego’s did just that. I’m not saying it was all that and a bag of chips, but it definitely can hold it’s own as one of the better Mexican spots in Manhattan. And as far as Mexican restaurants in Midtown go, it is certainly hard to beat.
Diego’s Mexican Grill does what you expect from a Mexican Restaurant living up to its billing. First, the free chips and salsa were a welcomed sight.
Second, I ordered the guacamole on the understanding that their “hot” guac was some of the best in the city. Perhaps I am spoiled by some of the guac I have had in no-name restaurants across Texas, or even by the excellence of the spicy guacamole at Rare View Rooftop, but Diego’s guacamole left much to be desired, and it’s inability to live up to the hype is maybe the only reason I will not give this place a 5-star rating.
Third, when I had arrived at Diego’s, 7pm had just come and gone, and I was afraid that I was going to be paying full-price for margaritas all night long. Much to my surprise though, happy hour, according to the menu, almost never ended at this spot, so as long as you don’t go on a Friday, it’s a safe bet that you will drink at a discount.
Lastly, I had the Bistec Tampico. It turned out to be one of the best steak dishes I have ever had at a Mexican restaurant. The steak was cooked to my liking–a nice medium-well–and the flavors, spices, rice and salsa that accompanied it were all well above par.
So, if you ever find yourself in Hell’s Kitchen looking for some Margaritas, salsa and all other things- Mexican, this is your spot–or at least it’s my new one.