There is a Mexican gem on the Upper East Side of NYC, and that gem is Cascabel. I had read great things about this spot, and finally checked it out Saturday afternoon. In fact, I think everyone should check it out. It's not a huge space, but the food is worthy of a trip.

Start with one of their agua frescas (homeade sodas). I had the lime, which was refreshing, great, and absolutely perfect for a hot Spring day.

Their taco special for brunch of Carnitas De Puerquito ($12) was excellent! Slow roasted suckling pig with cumin spiced guajillo chili puree, black radish, red jalapeno, shallots, and cilantro roasted tomatillo salsa had amazing flavor and texture. These were truly fabulous tacos!


The Elote Asado, grilled corn, mexican aioli, lime, cascabel chili, queso cotija, was mind-blowing! This was probably the best corn I have ever eaten! Amazing. It lingered through my mind all weekend, I could not stop thinking about it. You must go to Cascabel and try this corn asap, trust me!


So for fabulous Mexican on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Cascabel is a gem that you must check out. Go for the tacos, stay for that corn!

1542 2nd Avenue (bet. 80th and 81st)
New York, NY 10028