CHICOJULIO

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Love, love, love margaritas and tacos, well, all Mexican food for that matter. So, I went to check out CHICOJULIO on the Upper West Side.

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This Cantina-style restaurant offers live music, and, when I was there, it was by way of a three-piece jazz band. Not necessarily what you’d expect from a Mexican restaurant, but actually a really nice surprise and touch. The aesthetic is clean, yet vibrant in color, and definitely goes with the tasty selection of food and drinks. For a beverage, I ordered The Smokey Cucumber (Blanco Tequila 100% Agave, Fresh Cucumber and Lime Juice, Egg white, Agave nectar, Chili infused Mezcal). I really liked this, the drink was smooth, with a refreshing crispness from the cucumber and lime, and followed by a little heat and smokiness from the chili and Mezcal. 

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To start, we had their Guacamole (made to order with tortilla chips). You can choose your preferred level of spice, which I really liked. The chips had a great crunch, and went very well with the rich, creaminess of the guac.

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For my entree, I ordered their Trio Taco De Atun (Seared sesame crusted tuna loin, white cabbage, chipotle aioli, lemon zest, served on corn tortilla). This was so good. The portion is really generous for such an affordable price, and the ingredients are fresh and abundant. I loved how substantial the rare tuna was, and how flavorful and delicious the whole dish was. 

The Shorts:
Name: CHICOJULIO
Location: 768 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, the food and drinks were great and the ambiance was very fun and charming.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. I recommend going for dinner on a night when they have some live music, it makes everything a bit more vibrant.

Bar San Miguel

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Behind a large, almost Medieval looking, wooden door, you’ll find a cozy, dimly lit Mexican restaurant with lots of calaveras throughout. I visited  Bar San Miguel in Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn for dinner. 

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To drink, I ordered the Aldama (Jalapeño infused tequila, Avocado, Lime, Agave nectar, Green Chartreuse). Right off the bat, the fact that this drink had jalapeño tequila and avocado caught my attention. And, it definitely delivered. It has a really nice kick, followed by a slight sweet and smooth finish from the avocado and agave. 

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To start, we had Guacamole y Totopas (house made chips with guacamole). The chips were nice and crisp, and the guac was thick with zesty pieces of tomato and onion. 

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For my entree, I got their Fried Fish Tacos (with red onion and cherry tomato salsa). I really enjoyed these. The tortillas were warm and soft, yet still substantial enough to hold the weight of the fish and all its accouterment. The fish had a crisp batter, with a flavorful, flakiness to the meat.

The Shorts:
Name: Bar San Miguel
Location: 307 Smith Street, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. The atmosphere is really cozy and warm and the food is tasty.
Would I recommend it? Yes. Perfect if you want to just grab a drink at the bar, or enjoy a meal at a table. Even though the cold weather is approaching, they have an outdoor patio in the back. So, remember that when Spring hits.