Best Mexican Restaurants in the U.S.
Tortilleria Nixtamal, Queens, NY
In a city obsessed with its often-validated Mexican food insecurities, there are bright spots. Downtown Bakery, Mesa Coyoacan, and even taco truck El Idolo serve as ample ammunition against the battle cries of natives of California and Texas. But Tortilleria Nixtamal in Queens makes the city’s best case. Partner Fernando Ruiz’s restaurant sources produce from Mexico, doesn’t overcomplicate toppings beyond cilantro and onions, serves homemade salsas, and makes its own tortillas from nixtamal (dried corn soaked in lime solution then ground) on machinery hecho en Mexico.