We are always on the lookout for good pre-theater dining, and our good friend Bill, who lives nearby, recommended a fabulous Mexican restaurant called Toloache. We whole-heartedly second his recommendation.
The restaurant is very popular, so I would recommend reserving way ahead. We had called the day before, but we were still only able to get seats at the bar. Not a bad consolation prize, especially since the signature hibiscus-blueberry margaritas are very delicious, indeed.
We started with the guacamole. It was freshly made and chunky with just enough spice.
The accompanying salsa was very good: smoky and spicy. Here’s the open guacamole bar:
We ordered a few small plates, but there are bigger entrees like steaks and enchiladas, too.
The tortilla soup had smooth and smoky broth, nice crunchy chips, melting cheese and a fresh avocado garnish:
It was very close to my ideal, but just a little too tomato-y to be perfect. Still, very good.
We also shared tacos al pastor:
Chunky pork and cubed pineapples. Means it wasn’t cooked traditionally on a spit, but it still had delicious flavor and spices.
We also shared a truffle-hongo quesadilla:
Super! Cheesy, earthy and crispy tortillas. Yum!
I am really looking forward to going back to try more of the menu. For now, a big thumbs up for a casual, fun restaurant that’s really convenient for pre-theater dining.
The 411 on Toloache:
Excellent traditional Mexican in a casual, bistro-like setting that’s very convenient for pre-theater dining. Try the signature Toloache margarita, made with hibiscus and blueberries, and sample small plates such as tacos and quesadillas, or settle in for a full meal of enchiladas or steask. 251 W. 50th between Broadway and 8th Ave., Manhattan. 212-581-1818. toloachenyc.com