An oasis of authentic Mexican in a city that has everything, La Camelia dishes up classics like fresh-made guacamole, pozole soup and traditional steak and shrimp dishes that any abuela would be proud of.Mexican food is surprisingly hard to come by in this city—at least good, authentic, home-cooked Mexican food. And trust us, we've searched. This was exactly the thought Carlos had two years ago when he was looking for a new project to work on after owning a bar in Brooklyn. After consulting with friends in the know and gathering together a slew of home-spun recipes, and finding a killer little spot on Downing Street in the West Village, La Camelia was born. Sporting bright, colorful walls, a bar full of top-shelf, hard-to-find tequilas and a menu of Mexican food that anyone's abuela would be happy to eat, La Camelia is a diamond amid the rough.
Its main dish is the Molcajete Camelia, grilled Angus steak, shrimp, cheese, salsa crude and chorizo, served up traditional-style in a large stone mortar. In our opinion, the pozole soup with hominy, corn and chicken in a zesty broth, really stole the show, though. Paired with a bowl of freshly made guacamole and washed down with a glass of wine from the international wine list or a cocktail crafted with that above-mentioned tequila collection, and we knew our search for fine Mexican cookin' was finally over.
Ceviche dl Dia, $12
Molcajete Camelia, $24
Monday - Thursday, noon to 11 p.m.
Friday, noon to midnight
Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.