La Chula Taqueria

Toloache Chef Julian Medina
Chef Julian Medina
Photo courtesy of La Chula Taqueria

Julian Medina, acclaimed chef-owner of Toloache, Coppelia, Tacuba Mexican Cantina, La Chula Taqueria, El Fish Shack and Kuxé has been creating refined Mexican cuisine for 20 years. Raised in Mexico City, Julian was inspired by his father’s and grandfather’s authentic home cooking. Trained professionally in Mexico City, Julian later came to New York City and enrolled in the French Culinary Institute, graduating with recognitions.

Since 1999, Chef Medina has created numerous acclaimed food concepts around New York City, and garnered accolades from the food media, including The New York Times and The New Yorker, as well as various high-profile television shows. In 2010, The New York Times’ food critic Sam Sifton praised Toloache’s food and service, and gave it a coveted one star. In March 2011, Julian made his premiere on Iron Chef America: Mexican Chocolate Battle.

Julian continues to open restaurants throughout New York City, including La Chula Taqueria in Spanish Harlem, Washington Heights and at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B; Kuxé in the West Village; and a second El Fish on the Upper West Side slated to open in Summer 2022. In addition, he will be extending is New York City footprint to Miami with a new concept scheduled to open in 2023.

Featured Entrée provided by Chef Julian Medina
on December 20th, 2022:

Birria Braised Beef in Red Chili Adobo Broth
Served with Rice, Black Beans, and Salsa Morita

Featured Entrées provided by Chef Julian Medina
on September 15th, 2022:

Camarón Quesadilla
Hongos y Calabacita Quesadilla

Photos courtesy of La Chula Taqueria

La Chula Taqueria

Hudson Heights: 4306 Broadway

Harlem: 137 E 116th Street

www.lachulanyc.com

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Tiny's Cantina

Tiny’s Cantina celebrates contemporary cuisine rooted in Mexican flavors and tradition while celebrating innovation, seasonal ingredients and handmade tortillas. The menu explores the flavors and ingredients from the chefs native Puebla.

Tiny’s Cantina offers a full bar that is agave and spirit focused, bringing Mexico’s most prized tequila and mescal stateside. Chef Canalizo’s signature Tiayuda was lauded as one of the “Best NYC Dishes of 2021 “ by Eater New York critic Robert Sietsema.

Featured Dish provided by Tiny's Cantina
on October 13th, 2022:

Vegetarian Chili with Red Rice

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Tiny’s Cantina

229 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

www.tinyscantina.com

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Tres Leches Café

Chef Ronaldo Felipe
Photo courtesy of Tres Leches Café

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Ronaldo Felipe inherited the art of baking from his grandmother, whom he watched prepare pastry delicacies in their kitchen as a child. After moving to New York City and trying several tres leches cakes, he knew he could improve upon them in the footsteps of his grandmother’s secret family recipe.

Ronaldo and his wife Julia opened their first shop,
Tres Leches Café, in East Harlem over a decade ago to much success. They offer a flavorful variety of tres leches cakes as well as other popular Latin desserts like flan. They recently expanded in 2021, opening their second location in the Lower East Side.

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on September 29th, 2022:

Quatro Leches Cake
Tres Leches Passion Fruit Cake
Tres Leches Guava Cake

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Tres Leches Café​

Harlem: 356 E 112th Street

Downtown: 160 Orchard Street

www.treslechescafe.com

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Toloache Chef Julian Medina
Chef Julian Medina
Photo courtesy of Toloache

Julian Medina, acclaimed chef-owner of Toloache, Coppelia, Tacuba Mexican Cantina, La Chula Taqueria, El Fish Shack and Kuxé has been creating refined Mexican cuisine for 20 years. Raised in Mexico City, Julian was inspired by his father’s and grandfather’s authentic home cooking. Trained professionally in Mexico City, Julian later came to New York City and enrolled in the French Culinary Institute, graduating with recognitions.

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Julian continues to open restaurants throughout New York City, including La Chula Taqueria in Spanish Harlem, Washington Heights and at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B; Kuxé in the West Village; and a second El Fish on the Upper West Side slated to open in Summer 2022. In addition, he will be extending is New York City footprint to Miami with a new concept scheduled to open in 2023.

Featured Entrée provided by Chef Julian Medina
on September 29th, 2022:

Enchiladas Borrachas:
pulled chicken, tomatillos, 5 chiles salsa borracha,
Mexican cheeses, crema, radish salad

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Toloache

Midtown: 251 W 50th Street

UES: 166 E 82nd Street

www.toloachenyc.com

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Chef Tacos Güey
Chef Henry Zamora
Photo courtesy of Tacos Güey

Chef Henry hails from California’s Salinas Valley, the agricultural heartland of the state, where he learned about the value and appeal of simple, fresh ingredients. His culinary career has taken him through the kitchens at Aqua, The French Laundry, Quince, and Madera in California, 432 Park Avenue and Legacy Records in New York, and more. Now, helming the kitchen at Tacos Güey allows him to combine his heritage with that fine-dining pedigree.

Tacos Güey, in Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood, is a Mexican restaurant celebrating simple, fresh dishes with quality ingredients that reflect familiar and soulful Mexican flavors without being tied to a particular region. Menu highlights include Prawn Ceviche with Tomatillo & Yuzu, Hongo Asado Tacos with Salsa Macha and Grilled Whole Fish with Marinated Cabbage. Zamora applies classical precision while riffing on tradition for a refined homage to modern Mexican food. 

Featured Entrée provided by Chef Henry Zamora
on September 27th, 2022:

Tamales de Pollo con Salsa Verde

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Tacos Güey

37 West 19th Street

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CEO & Partner, Chef Luke Thomas
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Founded in 1998, Café Habana is a Cuban-Mexican neighborhood cafe & bar famed for its grilled corn, cuban sandwiches, cócteles and other well priced eats, based out of downtown New York City & beyond.

Luke Thomas, a Welsh chef & author, and long-time friend of Sean Meenan (Cafe Habana’s Founder) as well as a Habana fanatic, became the CEO & partner of Café Habana. He moved over to New York to head up the business and follow in Sean’s footsteps. Luke’s passion for cooking came from his grandmother who taught him to cook in their North Wales kitchen when he was just knee-high, just good hearty plates of food & that’s where Luke’s passion with food remains – good times, around good food & good people.

Always living by the principle of nourishing people with authentic Latin food & drinks and connecting all walks of life within the community. A mission that’s lived from 1998 to today ~ Gracias.

Featured Entrée provided by Chef Luke Thomas
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Cuban Sandwich with Mexican Corn on the Cobb

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Midtown: 307 West 38th Street

SoHo: 17 Prince Street

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