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A Guide to Authentic Mexican Restaurants in Hoboken + Jersey City

by Victoria Marie Moyeno
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Cinco de Mayo has become a universal celebration. While we enjoy authentic Mexican fare and hang traditional Mexican decorations, it’s important to keep in mind that Cinco de Mayo originated on May 5th, 1862 through the Battle of Puebla Day. It marks the Mexican army’s victory over France in the Franco-Mexican War. Cinco de Mayo is an opportunity for everyone to commemorate and celebrate the rich Mexican culture and heritage that have helped shape the country’s diverse identity. So if you’re looking for a way to celebrate and honor this year’s Cinco de Mayo, read on for the list of authentic Mexican restaurants in Hoboken and Jersey City.

Hoboken

Baja Mexican Cuisine | 104 14th Street

A traditional Tex-Mex destination since 1987, Baja Mexican has no shortage of savory dishes. Some of Baja’s best-sellers are chile con queso with chips, the fajita salad, the Burrito Texano, fresh guacamole with chips, and the grilled skirt steak quesadilla. Other delicious options include the ceviche, caldo de Camarones, the caldo xo-chili, and a whopping eleven options of quesadillas. Vegetarians have at least ten dishes on the menu to choose from, including enchiladas de espinaca, chimichangas and vegetables, fajitas, tacos, and burritos.

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Orale Mexican Kitchen | 1426 Willow Avenue, Hoboken + 341 Grove Street, Jersey City

Orale

Orale’s epic decor is just as popular as its dishes. The restaurants serve up a range of options from hearty dinners to delicious brunches, or a quick bite for when you are on the go. With a large cocktail lounge boasting the authentic Mexican experience serving signature cocktails full of flavor and with a fiery bite, Orale quickly became a fan favorite after it opened in 2013. Orale has outdoor seating in Hoboken and Jersey City, in addition to the spacious dining rooms.

 

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Jersey City

La Brujeria | 200 Summit Avenue

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Roberto Islas has been a resident of Jersey City for over 22 years and has worked in the Jersey City culinary scene his entire career. Roberto and Chef Santos Xochiua worked collaboratively to create a very authentic menu, staying true to real, original Mexican flavors that they feel a lot of places in the area don’t always stay true to. Plus, everything on their menu has some “Brujeria” in it, of course. The menu features items like birria, carnitas, chorizo, flautas, and tostadas, among other dishes.

Los Cuernos | 499 Washington Boulevard

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The owners of Taqueria Downtown and Taqueria Downtown Catering Co. decided to take their expertise to the next level by opening this upscale, massive Mexican restaurant. You can find all the Taqueria Downtown favorites featured in this spot plus other dishes like Cecina (a salted flank steak with chilaquiles), picadillo (ground beef simmered with peas and potatoes), and seafood options including red snapper with grilled tomatoes, bell peppers, capers, olives, and onions, or a garlic grilled shrimp dish over Mexican rice.

El Gallo De Oro | 360 Ocean Avenue

For old-fashioned, delicious tacos with no extra twist, this is the spot. The tacos are generously packed with meat and the prices are modest. Other dishes to consider are the enchiladas verde de pollo, carnitas soft tacos, and the taco salad with chicken. The guacamole and chips are homemade with fresh ingredients. Don’t forget to ask for the spicy sauce.

Los Tres Chilitos | 456 Central Avenue

Los Tres Chilitos

This popular restaurant is known for Mexican comfort food, large portions, and low prices. Some of the popular menu items are the chicken gorditas with chipotle sauce, pollo flautas, and pollo enchiladas. Another fun treat is Las Tlayudas, a huge crunchy corn tortilla topped with lettuce, black refried beans, cream, Oaxaca cheese, shredded cheese, avocado, pico de gallo, and diner’s choice of meat.

Mezcal Kitchen | 665 Newark Avenue

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With choices like Mexican-style corn on the cob, quesadillas, tacos, molcajetes, tostadas, burritos, and enchiladas, this is a go-to for Mexican fare. Try the carne asada tacos, fish tacos, or the pollo burrito. Other dishes that are sure to be a hit are the flautas (four crispy rolled tacos topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sour cream, and cheese with rice + beans), as well as the mole enchiladas (three stuffed tortillas topped with cream, queso fresco, onions, radish, cilantro, avocado, and mole sauce with rice and beans).

Mi Mariachi Taqueria | 213 Sip Avenue

Mi Mariachi Taqueria is serving up classics like burritos, enchiladas, chilaquiles, and 11 taco options. Some of the taco options include classics like carnitas, al pastor, carne asada, and others like barbacoa de chivo (pulled goat), lengua (tongue), and campechano (a hearty taco). Try the shrimp fajita, Mexican sausage huarache, or one of the Mexican breakfast platters like the huevos rancheros.

Molcajetes Mexican Restaurant | 520 West Side Avenue

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With nine quesadilla options, you can’t go wrong. Some of the quesadilla options are quesadilla con barbacoa de res (steamed beef with cheese on a homemade tortilla), and the quesadilla con hongos (mushroom and cheese on a homemade tortilla). Don’t stop there, there are twelve burrito options including carnitas and basa fish options. Some of the main dishes include steak over salad and grilled basa fish with rice and beans.

My Mexico | 720 West Side Avenue

My Mexico

Some of the sought-after menu items at My Mexico are the steak tacos, tinga nachos, carnitas tacos, and the camaron burrito. For refreshments, My Mexico serves up traditional Mexican drinks like horchata (rice water), and tamarindo (tamarin). Choices of shakes include platano con chocolate (banana + chocolate with milk), banana + papaya, and strawberry, among other options.

Pico Taco | 418 Baldwin Avenue

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The cooking at Pico Taco is similar to Greek gyros — slices of marinated meats are stacked tightly on a long skewer and cooked under a broiler. Some of the popular menu options are birria de res tacos, fish tacos, and huevos rancheroes, among other items like Mexican sodas and aguas frescas.

Sol Azteca Restaurant | 328 Montgomery Street

Sol Azteca Restaurant

With an emphasis on fresh salads, there are plenty of options for vegetarians who want to indulge in some Cinco de Mayo fun. Some of the salads include the Kitchen Cafe Salad (mesculin, romaine mix with marinated shredded carrots, cucumbers, cabbages, tomato, avocado, with chicken, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, balsamic vinaigrette) and Spanish Portobello mushroom salad (spinach, portobello mushroom, tomato, cucumbers, marinated shredded carrots, cabbages, smoked Gouda cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette to complement your protein). Some of the unique tacos include the grilled cactus, grilled veggies, chipotle chicken, and beef tongue.

Tacos Victoria | 324 7th Street

Known for authenticity, this Mexican restaurant is a hidden gem. Some of the popular menu items are the chicken, steak, shrimp, and al pastor tacos, carne asada burrito, chicken flautas, and tamales. Other unique menu items that’ll impress your guests include lamb tacos, Cajun steak tacos, beef tongue tacos, a tilapia burrito, a fried pork bowl, and Mexican sausage chilaquiles.

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Taqueria Downtown | 236 Grove Street + 354 Grove Street

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This Mexican spot is best known for carnitas, steak, and chorizo tacos, strong margaritas, and homemade guacamole. Other tasty options include soup, chicken tamales, and chicken flautas. This spot is perfect for a fun celebration like Cinco de Mayo or a date night indoors.

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