Caliente Cab Co. in the West Village
Caliente Cab Co. has several locations all over New York, but the one located on the corner of Bleecker Street & Seventh Avenue is the original one.
The atmosphere is a lively one – loud music, lots of TV screens – bright mexican decor. It has a great outdoor seating area.
The menu offers standard Mexican fare: fajitas, tacos, empanadas, quesadillas, etc. They’ve also added their own Mexican twist to other classic menu items such as burgers, calamari and spring rolls. So there’s pretty good variety.
One thing they’re famous for is their Guacamole de Molcajete (avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeños, lime and spices). I ordered it, hoping that it was as good as they claim, because it isn’t cheap. $7.95 will get you a small portion with just enough homemade chips to eat it with. My opinion: it was really good, but not expectacular. Fresh avocado for sure, and you can taste the hint of jalapeño pepper, that was a nice touch. More chips would’ve been nice. We also had the Chips and Salsa ($2.00) the salsa portion was just as big as the guacamole was. The salsa was a bit watery, but tasty.
For our entrees, we ordered the Tostaco Salad (lettuce, beef or chicken, refried beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and cheddar cheese) for $12.95, and the Mission Burrito (chicken or Taco Beef, Mexican rice, Cheddar cheese, refried beans,salsa, tomatoes, guacamole and sour cream) for $13.95. With the burrito you can choose flavoured tortillas for an extra .75 cents.
With both entrees the portions were decent, and the food was good, but again, a bit generic for my taste. I was expecting more flavour from my salad, and I ended up using the leftover salsa in order to give it more taste. I also used salt, and I never use salt on my meals. The burrito was good, the meat was a little tough, but still good.
This restaurant is also famous for their frozen drinks (Margaritas, Coladas and Daiquiris) we ordered the Pina colada. It was very good and plentyful! Great drink.
You can find Caliente Cab Co. on twitter @CalienteCab