(Photo from Yelp)
Papatzul was recommended by New York Magazine, so I decided to give it a try. The first thing I should note is that it’s colorful and conveniently located in SoHo near Osswald. They have a big, cheap happy hour during which you can order good drinks for $5. If that doesn’t cheer you up, you can look at the intricate metalwork on the walls. The one my dad and I were sitting under features birds in a tree.
They have interesting sodas, Jarritos natural soda. I ordered one made of tamarind. (A tamarind is a pod fruit that comes out of the tamarind tree. Tamarind is popular in Mexico, though indigenous to Africa.) The guacamole was mild, but good. I wasn’t a fan of the dry, makeshift coleslaw.
For an entrée I ordered Torta de Aguacate y Queso Panela: an avocado and panela cheese sandwich with beans, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and thick cream. It was decent, very fresh. The yucca fries were oversized and also very fresh. My dad ordered the Alambre de Res: soft tacos with seared hangar steak, sautéed onions, peppers, and cheese. He said it was fantastic and deserved 10 stars.
My favorite dish was the Flan de Naranja: flan with orange glaze. It was creamy, good, and had strawberries and mango pieces on the side. I wouldn’t call Papatzul’s offerings the best Mexican food, but it’s okay.
My Rating: 7
Chef: Thierry Amezcua
Recommended Dish: Flan de Naranja
Atmosphere: Cheerful, colorful, trendy. It will make your day.
Clientele: Parties, the happy-hour crowd
Price Range: $15-40 per person
55 Grand St
(between Broadway & Wooster St)
New York, NY 10013