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T+L's Definitive Guide to Mexico City

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The hottest tables right now.

Pujol: It may have opened in 2000, but Pujol, in Polanco, is still the city’s most innovative showcase for Mexican cuisine. Though chef Enrique Olvera is serious about using market ingredients and newfangled techniques, he has fun, too: there will be tacos, but they will be filled with baby lamb, avocado-pea purée, and hoja santa, an aromatic herb. $$$$

Quintonil: The newest hit in Polanco is a bright room where 31-year-old Jorge Vallejo creates dishes that look like floral arrangements and taste unexpectedly delicate. Huauzontle, a broccoli-like vegetable, is fried and served with tomato salsa and a crumbly cheese from Chiapas; curlicues of chilacayote squash and charred tortillas are drizzled with mole. $$$

Contramar A high-ceilinged, blue-and-white dining room is the setting for long, loud, convivial lunches, especially on weekends. Fashionable locals come here to see and be seen, but the food is better than you’d expect. The ideal meal: oysters and pescado a la talla, grilled porgy painted with green and red sauces. $$$

Romita Comedor: The top two levels of an early-20th-century mansion on Álvaro Obregón have been turned into a theatrical greenhouse-like space with checkerboard floors and a retractable glass roof. The food takes a backseat to the scenery, but you can’t go wrong with the taco del río, made with langoustines in a tomato-and-morita-chile sauce. $$

Belmondo: Stylish members of Roma’s creative class line up for tables at this unpretentious year-old café with Midcentury chairs and industrial light fixtures. The menu is straightforward: salads, pitch-perfect sandwiches (try the grilled cheese with caramelized onions), and a well-edited list of wines by the glass. $

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$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150


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