I’ve walked by Papatzul numerous times while shopping in Soho, and after all these years, I finally checked out this fun and lively Mexican spot.
Dulce Vida: Tequila combined with passion fruit and peach agave. This drink was excellent and well-made. The passion fruit flavor really stood out. A favorite!
Watermelon Margarita: A happy hour specialty. The margarita was quite strong and good.
Complimentary Salsa + Antojitos/Appetizers
Salsa (left): A bit bland for me.
Totopos con Guacamole (right): Guacamole with chips were absolutely delicious. The guacamole tasted fresh and light. I would come back to Papatzul for the guacamole alone. A favorite!
Sopes con Chorizo: Corn masa cakes with chorizo, and refried beans, and then topped with cream and queso fresco. This was my first time trying sopes, and I loved Papatzul’s version. The dough was soft and the texture of the masa cake was flaky. The flavors came well together in this delicious appetizer. Loved the presentation. A favorite!
Tacos de Pescado Estilo Baja: Fish tacos – get them beer battered or grilled, we opted for beer battered. I had high hopes for the Fish Tacos which received rave reviews on Yelp, however the fish wasn’t seasoned enough, additionally, the flavors on top took away from the flavor of the fish. Something was missing, perhaps the tacos needed a little salsa verde.
Enchiadas Rojas de Pollo Gratinadas: Chicken enchiladas with salsa roja and melted Chihuahua cheese. The chicken enchiladas were good, but the sauce was underwhelming. I wonder if I could have requested a mole sauce instead. Overall, good dish, but not too flavorful. Also, keep in mind the enchiladas do not come with sides, you need to order them separately.
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Papatzul
FAVORITES: Dulce Vida Cocktail | Guacamole | Sopes con Chorizo | Black Beans & Rice
VERDICT: 3.5 / 5
Although the food was pretty mediocre, Papatzul is a fun, lively atmosphere in NYC's Soho district. The appetizers, in particular, were delicious, and I especially loved the Guacamole and Sopes de Chorizo. I regret not trying the Tlacoyos de Pollo, Ceviche and Esquites Izquitl, perhaps next time. This is the kind of place I would come back to with a bunch of friends and take full advantage of their Happy Hour menu along with appetizers. I can see this place getting really packed and noisy on weekend nights. Be sure to try the Hibiscus Margarita which was highly recommended to us by our waitress. Salud!
Food: Average-Good | Drinks: Good | Décor: Fun/Loud/Casual | Service: Average | Value: Excellent (Happy Hour); Average (no sides with entrees at a casual spot)