Wednesday, November 26, 2008

La Palapa

Mabel and I had an early dinner at La Palapa tonight.

Strangely, we've been trying to make an effort to eat out more, to try to save time on cooking and shopping. But I'm not completely convinced. I think I might have gotten too used to cooking on my own. I tend to feel a little ripped off after eating out at a place like this.

I mean, it's a mediocre Mexican place, and mediocre isn't a bad thing. It's just what it is, that is, mediocre. The prices are what restaurant prices are, but I just don't feel great about it. There are so many places like this. I don't know how they can all survive.

Also, this place has a bento box special. A Mexican bento box. Don't get me wrong. I think bento boxes are the cat's meow, and they sometimes pop up at asian fusion places. But at a Mexican place? I don't know. All I can think about is that creature from The Second Coming with a shape with lion body and the head of a man. What's going to happen next?

La Palapa
359 6th Ave (btn W 4th Street and Washington Pl)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-6870


Joshua said...

In my opinion, the quality of a Mexican restaurant is often inversely proportional to its price. Expensive places tend to be bland while cheap places often use fresh ingredients and can be awesome.

(The Fresco/Fresh Tortilla joints - greasy spoon chinese takeout spots in disguise - don't count. They're usually gross).

The litmus test of "do people from this ethnicity actually eat here" is also good.

David said...

I think that is probably right for the most part. There's a place that we like at Bleecker and Lafayette called Pinche Taqueria. That place is pretty reasonable and it's really good.

I think the Fresco/Fresh Tortilla joints count, too. They're kind of greasy, and my stomach is a bit weak the next day, but it tastes good and there's plenty of flavor. I forgot about those places. There's one in our neighborhood. Maybe we'll check it out this week.

Now that I think of it, all the Fresco/Fresh Tortilla places I've ever seen are run by Chinese people. I wonder where this Asian-Mexican connection is coming from.