Dos Caminos Restaurant: Mexican Food Done Right

When we visit Manhattan, it’s easy to walk up to the nearest hot dog vendor and woof down our lunch or dinner or grab a bite to eat at a deli. Most times, however, I want to visit a restaurant that I cannot visit in my local area. Enter Dos Caminos Mexican Restaurant. The ambiance is stunning, the food better.

And there’s over 100 types of tequila.

Curiosity piqued? I thought so.

Where is Dos Caminos Restaurant?

Happily, Dos Caminos has four locations in Manhattan:

  • Meat Packing District : 675 Hudson Street at 14th Street, New York, NY 10014
  • Park Avenue: 373 Park Avenue South at 27th Street, New York, NY 10016
  • SOHO: 475 West Broadway at Houston Street, New York, NY 10012
  • Third Avenue: 825 Third Avenue at 50th Street, New York, NY 10022
We had the pleasure of dining at the Third Avenue location. We were staying in a hotel on the Upper East Side and walked to it. Easy peasy. 

The Nitty Gritty: How’s the Food?

Let’s get straight to it. One word: delicious! 
Dos Caminos offers authentic Mexico City-style dishes and sauces. Translation: Mexico City-style features including quesadillas and house-made guacamole. 

The Apps

If you adore guacamole like we do, an order of the house-made deliciousness is a must. We ordered the traditional style but, for those that are a curious, the restaurant does offer Chapulines– grasshopper guac with pasilla oaxaca chiles. Yep, cooking with insects is a definite tradition in Mexico. 
Ceviche is a common appetizer in Mexican cooking and Dos Caminos has three styles of it: Tuna Chino-Latino, Red Snapper de la Calle, and Baby Octopus. My highly food curious daughter had never tried baby octopus and seriously loved it. Actually, both Mr. Locke and The Kid told me that of the three styles, the octopus ceviche was their favorite. 

The Main Courses

Delicious and flavorful using traditional Mexican herbs and spices, each of our main courses offered beautifully-melded flavors and just the right bit of heat. The kitchen is happy to adjust the spiciness- all you have to do is ask. 
Knowing that Dos Caminos is known for its Mexico City-style quesadillas, we couldn’t visit without at least one of us ordering one. Oaxacan style, the open-face shrimp quesadilla was loaded with marinated shrimp, Mexican cheeses, oven-dried tomatoes, and smoked wild mushrooms. 
Let’s talk tacos. Dos Caminos has eight styles ranging from the traditional fish taco to the surf and turf. I’m a chicken kind of gal, so my order of tacos pollos was right up my alley. With marinated chicken, pinto beans, and a tasty salsa supreme, the tacos weren’t spicy, but instead flavorful and the chicken cooked to perfection. 

Check out those surf and turf beauties. Grilled marinated skirt steak and Tecate battered rock shrimp with bacon guac and sriracha aioli.

Something Sweet

From decadent desserts to decadent cocktails, Dos Caminos had the perfect ending to an amazing meal- dessert!

 I love flan, and the Dos Caminos spin on the traditional Mexican dessert used almond milk and honey-roasted papaya was on the side.  Delicious decadence, I say!

If you know what Tres Leches cake is, you know it’s a rich, creamy cake made from three types of milk. If you’ve ever had a piece, you’ve undoubtedly wanted another. If you’ve never tried it, here’s some encouragement. The cake is packed with vanilla pudding, and the fresh raspberries and just a hint of caramel crunch balance out the decadence of the condensed and evaporated milk.

You Did Say There’s Tequila, Right?

You betcha! With well over 100 types of tequila ranging from spicy to floral, Mr. Locke couldn’t leave without trying Casamigos– the fabulous creation from none other than George Clooney. Using a brick oven to roast the agave and an 80 hour fermentation process, the tequila actually supports the Sudanese Satellite Project. Smooth enough to not be buried with salt and lime, the tequila is perfect for sipping alone.

Not a straight out of the bottle tequila fan? Dos Caminos makes unusual and traditional margaritas as well. This beauty? A Grilled Grapefruit Margarita.

Ambiance and Service

Dos Caminos on Third Avenue offers three seating choices: Main floor, downstairs, and seasonal outdoor. The main floor has a hip, cool vibe and on select nights brings in a live DJ to spin. Like things a little more intimate and calm? Ask for a table downstairs.
As for staff and service? Let’s just say our water glasses never emptied and everything (and I mean everything) came to our table right on time.

Hungry? Just typing up this review is making me want to pack my suitcase and head back into the Big Apple for another visit! We had an amazing visit to Dos Caminos and I’d recommend it to any one, any where.

 Happy Eating!

Disclosure: I was hosted by Dos Caminos and BR Guest Hospitality to give you fine folks the scoop on what makes this restaurant so great. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and all opinion are my own!

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