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“Who needs Chipotle & Taco Bell, when Mole brings Mexican food to life...”

Mole Restaurante Mexicano & Tequileria
Ranked #2,254 of 13,618 Restaurants in New York City
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Central American, South American
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Good for: Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: West Village
Sydney, Australia
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227 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Who needs Chipotle & Taco Bell, when Mole brings Mexican food to life...”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Had a weeknight dinner at Mole, and was very pleasantly surprised... The food was fresh, tasty and creatively put together. Great atmosphere, although a little squeezy (and it was cold/windy by the front door).

Called before heading to the restaurant & was told that a table would be available with no booking necessary. Then arrived about half an hour later & had to stand waiting for 15-20 minutes until a table was free...

Having seen good reports of the fish tacos, we tried them for starters. They were nice, and were served with two deliciously spicy sauces. The delicate flavours & textures of the fish were a bit lost in the generous salad & stronger flavours of the sauce... However, the lamb tacos (with meat from Australia) were divine!! These little bad boys came with both gravy/chick pea sauce along with some delicate chilli sauce that was a perfect match to the stronger meat flavours. The lamb was a little dry & stringy.

Surprisingly the desserts were quite good also, and are a pleasantly sweet chaser to the margaritas.

  • Visited May 2014
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Rome, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Amazing Mexican with really cool atmosphere!”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

There are many places to eat Mexican food in NYC, however finding somewhere with the edge on the others is difficult as many of them are good, however this is excellent.

The atmosphere is low lighting, comfortable, friendly and efficient. Nice wait staff, cute and polite. The food is plentiful, so consider sharing appetizers, especially the guacamole. Main courses are well presented and of excellent quality. The fish dishes were particularly popular with my fellow guests although the beef dish I had was wonderful, the meat literally melted in my mouth.

This is obviously a very popular restaurant, with queues forming outside, so either get there early or late or be prepared to wait on weekends....

  • Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic place!!”
Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

it's a small place and the atmosphere is great, nice and busy. We have sat at the bar to eat the last couple of times and love it - the barman is very attentive and good fun. The staff work hard and the food is fantastic - definitely order a bowl of guacamole whilst you are looking through the menu. our favourite Mexican in NY and we will keep on going back every time we visit.

  • Visited December 2013
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Sweden
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85 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Great place!”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

A New Yorker recommended this restaurant to us, as his favourite.
We started with Margaritas and they were just as Margaritas should be, but better! Then we had Chimmichangas and Quensilladas. The guacamole was the best I ever tasted. It was not grinded to a mass but chopped into small peaces with lots of taste and a little "chunk". Fantastic! Also the salsa sauce was great. I can´t find out anything bad at all so say about the restaurant. The staff was really friendly and nice too.
I love to get back to Mole soon but living in Sweden makes it a little difficult.

  • Visited April 2014
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Nashville
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“Great Surprise”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

We recently spent four days in Chelsea in NCY. On our first day I asked my wife what she wanted to do for dinner and out of no where (we're in NYC for heavans sake) she decides she feels like Mexcican. I pull up Tripadvisor and find reviews for Mole in the East Village. However we are staying at an apartment in Chelsea which is a little north and on the west side of downtown. I notice there are several locations for Mole including one in West Village only four blocks from us, so on a Saturday night at 6:30 we walked over with no reservations.

Fantastic experience! We got lucky because the place was busy, but being NYC we must have been a little early for dinner so we were seated immediatly. Twenty minutes later and it would have been a much different seating story.

Stephen our, waiter was prompt with both a smile and menus.

We both didn't know what we wanted to drink and I'm not a Margerita fan. Stephen suggested the Sangria. We both said yes, and after taking our first sip...WOW! This was not your average Sangria. Delicious and it had a nice kick. (we came back for happy hour two days later just for the Sangria, but that's another fun story)

The food was excellent. We both shared the made-to-order guacamole and it was very good.
Then I had the Carnitas, pork chunks with pico de gallo and salsa verde and my wife has Carne Asada, marinated and grilled skirt steak with a cheese enchilada. I don't know which dish was better. It do know that the portions were generous and as authentic as anything you will find. This is not american mexican. Yum!

I give this restaurant, (can't speak for the other locations) five stars because of the service, drinks, food, ambiance and price point.

  • Visited March 2014
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