Authentic Mexican Tapas? Just a Nibble
If you’re wondering about volume here, the Ceviches and Botanas are plentiful enough to provide 2-3 small portions each, while the Mar and Tierra are best eaten by oneself. For two people, I’d recommend a Ceviche and a Botana, and then each person get his or her own Mar and/or Tierra. The joy of La Popular is that if you’re still hungry, it’s easy enough to order more.
When in doubt, trust Chef Andres’ recommendations. The dishes are creative without being scary, and the ingredients are all incredibly fresh and authentic.
Happy Hour is currently a 2-for-1 drink special from 3-6 p.m. It’s a perfect way to kick off your evening, heading there after work (or maybe evening skipping out of work a tad early) before a fashionably late dinner.
Many other reviewers have fixated on the Chapulines, the fried crickets. I didn’t bother. I mean, it’s a fried bug. Plus, I’d been forewarned that the little legs can get stuck in your teeth. I preferred to sample the other authentic Mexican dishes, and I was delighted with what I found. That said, the salty Chapulines did sound like a great side dish with a beer.
Antojeria La Popular also serves house-made cocktails, sangrias and a nice selection of wines and Mexican beers. There’s also the ever-present weekend brunch where they serve the traditional Mexican hangover breakfast called Chilaquiles. That sounds like it’s worth a shot.
There is a walk-up window in the works for quick orders, and the lunch specials are fast and fabulous.
Agua del dia
Antojeria La Popular
50 Spring Street (just east of the 6 Spring Street subway)
New York, NY 10012
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