Well, Cinco De Mayo might be over, but there will always be a time and place for Mexican/Southwestern food. It’s called all the time, and almost anywhere. And one of those places is at Agave in the West Village.
I was actually there for Cinco De
Drinko Mayo, which sounds like an anxiety attack. But, surprisingly, once you get past the bar (which on any other day I’m sure is much more tame and civilized), and toward the back dining areas, you’ll step into dimly lit, cavernous rooms. I was really pleased that with all the craziness around us, the room was relaxed and the service was attentive. To start, I ordered the Acapulco Spice (house made jalapeño infused tequila, cointreau, fresh lime juice, jalapeños). I’m a spicy margarita enthusiast, and I really enjoyed this one. Great kick and not too sweet, which, I find, is the perfect combination if you’re trying to avoid a hangover.
Then, I ordered their Pescado Tacos (market fish special with charred pineapple pico, smoked paprika). I also happen to be a fish taco enthusiast (what can I say, I’m an enthusiastic person), and I enjoyed their version. What I did like here was the pineapple pico, it added a touch of sweetness that was really nice. Also, it was refreshing to have the fish as-is and not deep fried in a heavy batter, allowing the tacos to really exude more of a freshness. The one thing I would say, is they might want to double up on the tortillas. The ingredients are generously put onto each tortilla, which is great, but it weighs it down and about half way through they pretty much give out and break.
Location: 140 Seventh Avenue South, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, the drinks are great and the back dining rooms have a great atmosphere.
Would I recommend it? Yes. When a Mexican restaurant can hold it together well and not lose their $#!& on the busiest Mexican drinking/dining day of the year, I’m a happy camper.