My reluctant return to NYC means that I now have to get used to the restaurants again (poor me, my life is so hard - ha!) I have a few outstanding meal dates and I intend to sort them all out this week. Especially since I'm now 11 on urbanspoon and fast approaching 10!
I had a date with my mentee and when she selected Mexican food, I was thrilled. There are lots of options for Mexican food on Ninth Avenue close to my office so it was only a matter of picking one I hadn't been to or blogged about. After perusing the options on urbanspoon, I settled on El Centro. The reviews weren't stellar but they were pretty good. When we arrived around 6:15 it was empty in there, but within a half hour the place was packed! We started with an order of guacamole.
It was quite good, but apparently a little too spicy for Ms. D. They also served it with their house made salsa which was awesome!
I tried not to fill up too much on the chips, salsa and guacamole but it was so good! Ms. D ordered the Chicken Enchilada.
Quite the presentation, no?! She was quite pleased with her meal but the portion was quite large so she didn't finish it all. I ordered the Shrimp Fajita.
Steamy presentation - that's part of the fun in ordering fajitas! They were quite good and accompanied with rice and beans. As well as peppers, 3 corn tortillas, guacamole and sour cream (which I stayed away from).
El Centro definitely exceeded expectations. The food was good and not too expensive. The decor is interesting - especially the table tops and the service was great. If you're in the mood to explore the many restaurants on Ninth Avenue, you should definitely give this one a try.