One thing I will never advocate for is the healthy eating trends that are going viral today. I don’t understand juice cleanses, no-carb diets, or the insane hype for super foods like acai berries and goji berries. That being said, Mexican food is one of my guilty pleasures because they definitely don’t hold back on their cheeses, carbs and deliciousness.
I was recently invited to go try out the Amigos Restaurant located all the way uptown in Morningside Heights with a friend. Upon arrival, the service was spot on. I told the waiter to “surprise me” with the food and he did just that. Below will be an in depth review of each course and some drinks that they served:
Chips and salsa with guacamole: Staple munchin’ food at a restaurant. The salsa was pretty mild but tasty, the guacamole was good but could use a little extra lime juice, and the chips were crunchy. Pretty standard starter.
Potato and cheese Flautas: These were actually delicious. Flautas are basically rolled tacos with some type of filling (ours was filled with potatoes and cheese). It was absolutely delicious and topped with a sour cream drizzle, lettuce and tomatoes.
Empanadas: Empanadas, in my view, are basically just a Spanish version fried dumplings. It’s a stuffed pastry deep fried usually dipped in a traditional chimichurri sauce. Surprisingly enough, Amigos managed to give it their own unique twist with a special red sauce. They topped it with some sliced onions and tomatoes as well.
Salmon: This dish was my favorite of the entire night. It was a nicely grilled piece of salmon on top of sautéed spinach with mangos to balance out the lime juice that you squeeze on top of the fish. This I would go back for. The fish was perfectly cooked and seasoned, which is extremely rare to find at even the nicest of restaurants.Desserts: Our final dish of the day was a warm brownie with chocolate drizzle and a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. Nothing more needs to be said about this dish if you have a sweet tooth like me.
Our drinks at Amigos were amazing. We ordered a total of five cocktails for an average of $10 each, a pretty amazing price for drinks at a restaurant. I have to give an extra shout-out to the Hot Tamale cocktail; it had tequila, fresh jalapeno lime juice, mango, with a chili salt rim [see center]. It was definitely unique. A sweet and citrus-y drink with a spicy kick; a perfect pairing with Mexican food.
All in all, I had a pretty positive experience at Amigos.
Pros: a great venue for a solid price for food and drinks
Cons: it’s a trek for most of us to get there