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The 12 Hottest New Restaurants in Mexico City

Where to find soft shell crab tostadas, whole suckling pig, and every kind of taco imaginable

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Today, Eater returns to Mexico City to take a look at 12 buzzy spots from the past year. For this installment, food and travel writer Natalia de la Rosa offers her picks for the hottest drinking and dining her city has to offer.

“Chefs from all over — either Mexican expats working in kitchens abroad or up and coming chefs from the U.S. and Europe — are finding their way to Mexico City,” says de la Rosa.

Among her picks, a Sinaloan seafood stall at the San Juan Market, a midcentury-inspired cocktail bar, and a lunchtime bistro with epic views.

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Carmela y Sal Restaurante

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With Carmela y Sal, Gabriela Ruiz — whose first restaurant, Gourmet MX, is located in the southern state of Tabasco — brings her culinary vision to the city’s corporate district of Palmas. Cacao, banana leaves, plantains, coconuts, and other tropical ingredients from her home state come together harmoniously in dishes like the “Christmas” suckling pig and the orange peel-fed lamb confit. Ruiz’s cocktails — which feature spices, flowers, and fruit — are a delightful surprise.

Octopus Tiradito at Carmela y Sal Restaurante
Photo: Carmela y Sal/Facebook

Nom Polanco

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Hidden away down a small alley in Polanco, Nom is an intimate speakeasy-style bar and restaurant that fits 16 people per sitting. The omakase menu changes daily according to ingredient availability, and features dishes like hamachi and clam with yuzu vinaigrette and wagyu short-rib dim sum. Reservations are a must, and you can choose between a five-course menu at lunch or the longer nine-course dinner version with optional wine pairings.

Steal at NOM placano
Photo: NOM placano/Facebook

Noso Restaurante

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Spanish-style haute cuisine has a new haven in Mexico City: Nosso. An elegant dining room and well-curated wine cellar are built around a small but outstanding menu, where the amuse-bouche (an Ell Bulli-style spherified olive) pays tribute to the molecular trend of the early 2000s. Still, most of Nosso’s tasting menu dishes and a la carte options feel current, including a perfect lobster, Spanish-style rice, and an oxtail stew to come back for.

Bull tail at Noso Restaurante
Photo: NOSO/Facebook

Restaurante Lur

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This is the most recent opening from chefs Mikel Alonso and Gerard Bellver of the temporarily closed Biko. Like its older sibling, Lur features an elegant crossover between the Mexican and Basque food traditions, but here, the feel is less fussy — homey, even. Roast beef tostadas or grilled pork chops are go-tos, delivered with a refined level of service.

Potato Gnocchi at RESTAURANTE LUR
Photo: RESTAURANTE LUR/Facebook

Molino El Pujol

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If you dropped the ball on making those Pujol reservations, go to Condesa to get a glimpse of Enrique Olvera’s magic. This is strictly a tortilleria, but you can still try small bites like a blue corn avocado taco, corn water, bean stew, and the best corn on the cob you’ll ever have — the chicatana (flying ant) mayonnaise is the same version featured on Pujol’s tasting menu.

Tortillas at Molino El Pujol
Photo: MolinoPujol/Facebook

Café Milou

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Café Milou is a petite brasserie located on a quiet Condesa street. The classic French menu is simple, but all dishes star local ingredients, from the pork rillettes, terrines, and trout confit to heartier options like roasted chicken or bone marrow with capers. The charcuterie and cheese selection are musts, best enjoyed with a glass from the mostly French wine list.

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La Guerrerense

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This was one of Anthony Bourdain’s favorite seafood stops in Ensenada and, as of last year, you can find its mind-blowing tostadas in Mexico City too. Sabina Bandera, the mastermind behind Baja’s most acclaimed seafood cart, prepares her marvels with some of the city’s freshest seafood — the fishermen come to her before everybody else in town. The most popular tostada combinations are sea urchin ceviche topped with clam, fish pate with scallops, and sea snail ceviche, but feel free to explore the menu — it’s all good. Note: La Guerrerense is open for lunch only.

Clams at La Guerrerense
Photo: La Guerrerense/Facebook

Cercano Comedor

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This small Condesa restaurant has become a favorite lunch destination among locals, who come for its peerless view of Parque Mexico and informal bistro-style menu with wine pairings. Take in the vistas over octopus and clam stew or the creamy rice with wild mushrooms.

Cercano Comedor
Photo: Cercano Comedor/Facebook

Taqueria Orinoco

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For a late-night taco binge, go to Taquería Orinoco, which specializes in northern-style tacos characterized by quality beef and huge flour tortillas. Skip the al pastor taco and go straight to the steak with cheese and the chicharron (pork skin) tacos, or, even better, the pirata: a big flour tortilla taco with melted cheese and rib eye. The terrific tacos pair well with Orinoco’s five house-made salsas and the smashed fried potatoes.

Sartoria

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Nested just a few steps away from one of the most beautiful plazas in the Roma neighborhood, Sartoria is currently the Italian restaurant for Mexico City. Chef Marco Carboni — an alum at Massimo Bottura’s Francescana — has created a vibrant and contemporary trattoria executing classic Italian dishes with top ingredients from Mexican producers. The menu’s essentials include octopus carpaccio, seafood risotto, and handmade gnocchi paired with a wine list featuring remarkable Italian wines at fairly good prices.

Tortelli at Sartoria
Photo: Sartoria Official Website

Downstairs, a midcentury-inspired cocktail bar features craft cocktails and nibbles like soft-shell crab tostadas or beef tartare. Upstairs, the dining room and terrace create a lovely frame for dishes that feature seasonal ingredients from towns like Texcoco and Puebla. Meroma’s deftly prepared duck breast with roasted carrots is a highlight, along with the deliciously simple heirloom tomato salad.

A dish at Meroma
Meroma
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Mariscos Don Vergas

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Located inside downtown’s iconic San Juan Market, Mariscos Don Vergas puts a spotlight on Sinaloa-style seafood. The owner hails from that northern coastal state and brings all of the produce as well as seafood, like clams, shrimp, snails, crab, oysters, and more, from Sinaloa each week. The resulting menu is not a set list of dishes, but rather the catch of the day prepared as a series of ceviches, aguachiles, stews, and tacos. Don Vergas is only open on weekends and holidays. Follow it on Instagram to see the current calendar.

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Carmela y Sal Restaurante

With Carmela y Sal, Gabriela Ruiz — whose first restaurant, Gourmet MX, is located in the southern state of Tabasco — brings her culinary vision to the city’s corporate district of Palmas. Cacao, banana leaves, plantains, coconuts, and other tropical ingredients from her home state come together harmoniously in dishes like the “Christmas” suckling pig and the orange peel-fed lamb confit. Ruiz’s cocktails — which feature spices, flowers, and fruit — are a delightful surprise.

Octopus Tiradito at Carmela y Sal Restaurante
Photo: Carmela y Sal/Facebook

Nom Polanco

Hidden away down a small alley in Polanco, Nom is an intimate speakeasy-style bar and restaurant that fits 16 people per sitting. The omakase menu changes daily according to ingredient availability, and features dishes like hamachi and clam with yuzu vinaigrette and wagyu short-rib dim sum. Reservations are a must, and you can choose between a five-course menu at lunch or the longer nine-course dinner version with optional wine pairings.

Steal at NOM placano
Photo: NOM placano/Facebook

Noso Restaurante

Spanish-style haute cuisine has a new haven in Mexico City: Nosso. An elegant dining room and well-curated wine cellar are built around a small but outstanding menu, where the amuse-bouche (an Ell Bulli-style spherified olive) pays tribute to the molecular trend of the early 2000s. Still, most of Nosso’s tasting menu dishes and a la carte options feel current, including a perfect lobster, Spanish-style rice, and an oxtail stew to come back for.

Bull tail at Noso Restaurante
Photo: NOSO/Facebook

Restaurante Lur

This is the most recent opening from chefs Mikel Alonso and Gerard Bellver of the temporarily closed Biko. Like its older sibling, Lur features an elegant crossover between the Mexican and Basque food traditions, but here, the feel is less fussy — homey, even. Roast beef tostadas or grilled pork chops are go-tos, delivered with a refined level of service.

Potato Gnocchi at RESTAURANTE LUR
Photo: RESTAURANTE LUR/Facebook

Molino El Pujol

If you dropped the ball on making those Pujol reservations, go to Condesa to get a glimpse of Enrique Olvera’s magic. This is strictly a tortilleria, but you can still try small bites like a blue corn avocado taco, corn water, bean stew, and the best corn on the cob you’ll ever have — the chicatana (flying ant) mayonnaise is the same version featured on Pujol’s tasting menu.

Tortillas at Molino El Pujol
Photo: MolinoPujol/Facebook

Café Milou

Café Milou is a petite brasserie located on a quiet Condesa street. The classic French menu is simple, but all dishes star local ingredients, from the pork rillettes, terrines, and trout confit to heartier options like roasted chicken or bone marrow with capers. The charcuterie and cheese selection are musts, best enjoyed with a glass from the mostly French wine list.

A post shared by Café Milou (@cafe_milou) on

La Guerrerense

This was one of Anthony Bourdain’s favorite seafood stops in Ensenada and, as of last year, you can find its mind-blowing tostadas in Mexico City too. Sabina Bandera, the mastermind behind Baja’s most acclaimed seafood cart, prepares her marvels with some of the city’s freshest seafood — the fishermen come to her before everybody else in town. The most popular tostada combinations are sea urchin ceviche topped with clam, fish pate with scallops, and sea snail ceviche, but feel free to explore the menu — it’s all good. Note: La Guerrerense is open for lunch only.

Clams at La Guerrerense
Photo: La Guerrerense/Facebook

Cercano Comedor

This small Condesa restaurant has become a favorite lunch destination among locals, who come for its peerless view of Parque Mexico and informal bistro-style menu with wine pairings. Take in the vistas over octopus and clam stew or the creamy rice with wild mushrooms.

Cercano Comedor
Photo: Cercano Comedor/Facebook

Taqueria Orinoco

For a late-night taco binge, go to Taquería Orinoco, which specializes in northern-style tacos characterized by quality beef and huge flour tortillas. Skip the al pastor taco and go straight to the steak with cheese and the chicharron (pork skin) tacos, or, even better, the pirata: a big flour tortilla taco with melted cheese and rib eye. The terrific tacos pair well with Orinoco’s five house-made salsas and the smashed fried potatoes.

Sartoria

Nested just a few steps away from one of the most beautiful plazas in the Roma neighborhood, Sartoria is currently the Italian restaurant for Mexico City. Chef Marco Carboni — an alum at Massimo Bottura’s Francescana — has created a vibrant and contemporary trattoria executing classic Italian dishes with top ingredients from Mexican producers. The menu’s essentials include octopus carpaccio, seafood risotto, and handmade gnocchi paired with a wine list featuring remarkable Italian wines at fairly good prices.

Tortelli at Sartoria
Photo: Sartoria Official Website

Meroma

Downstairs, a midcentury-inspired cocktail bar features craft cocktails and nibbles like soft-shell crab tostadas or beef tartare. Upstairs, the dining room and terrace create a lovely frame for dishes that feature seasonal ingredients from towns like Texcoco and Puebla. Meroma’s deftly prepared duck breast with roasted carrots is a highlight, along with the deliciously simple heirloom tomato salad.

A dish at Meroma
Meroma
Photo: Meroma Official Website

Mariscos Don Vergas

Located inside downtown’s iconic San Juan Market, Mariscos Don Vergas puts a spotlight on Sinaloa-style seafood. The owner hails from that northern coastal state and brings all of the produce as well as seafood, like clams, shrimp, snails, crab, oysters, and more, from Sinaloa each week. The resulting menu is not a set list of dishes, but rather the catch of the day prepared as a series of ceviches, aguachiles, stews, and tacos. Don Vergas is only open on weekends and holidays. Follow it on Instagram to see the current calendar.

A post shared by Don Vergas (@donvergasmariscos) on

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