Next time you’re heading to a show or find yourself in New York’s Theater District, Toloache makes an excellent spot for drinks, a small bite, or filling dinner. This upscale Mexican restaurant is the brainchild of chef Julian Medina, a mentee of Chef Richard Sandoval who possesses an impressive culinary resume throughout New York’s top Mexican restaurants. Medina combines the flavors and inspiration from his native Mexico City with expert skills gained through formal training at the French Culinary Institute.
Appetizers are a must-have at Tolache, and don’t be shy about over-indulging. Diners highly recommend the guacamole. There are three types to choose from — mild, medium, and hot — with the medium highly recommended for its playful combination of flavors that include pomegranate, mango, and Thai basil. The Queso Fundido is another favorite with its mushroom additions. Most diners go for tacos; although small in size, they’re big on flavor. Try the Costilla & Tuetano made with beef short ribs.
Tastetful Mexican decor, including many panels of painted tiles, and a lively atmosphere make Tolache an enjoyable experience. It’s popular among theater-goers, and the staff is respectful of time constraints. Make a reservation to ensure table availability when you want it.