F&F: Móle (West Village)

April 13th, 2010 by Vanilla Ice

PX This presents THE F&F REVIEW

Hey, sorry we couldn’t make it to "Friends&Family," we were out of town/ had to work/ not invited. We’re really glad we finally managed to come by, though— it’s so nice to see you!
What’s that? You would still like us to take the time to fill out the F&F survey, because you’d love to take advantage of all our vast experience, knowledge, insight, and expertise as long as we’re already here? Because you invited 75 people to F&F, and afterward all you got was 41 "Congrats[es]!" 22 "Awesome[s]!" 3 "Ciao[s]!" and 9 "Best of lucks[s]!" ?
Of course, we’d be honored. Oh ha, yesss, we’ll be honest— brutally honest even, ha ha! After all, that’s what friends & family are for!
No no please, don’t send anything more, we’re stuffed, we can’t breathe, you’ll have to roll us out of here, ha ha ha… !


Móle (West Village)

What was your first impression?
It’s busy!

Please rate the Bar:
Cute. Small, but comfortable enough, considering. And the bartender is friendly and adept.

Please rate the drinks/ cocktails/ wine:
Ugh, sorry— I never to think to look at a wine list in a Mexican restaurant; I always forget. The cocktail list is typical, lots of margaritas in various incarnations. Decent selection of beer, and prices reasonable overall.
But don’t let ’em fool ya— the "Happy Hour" margarita ‘special’ is decidedly less impressive than its full-price compadre. To quote the little lady sitting at the table behind me, "I’ve had four of these and they’re doing nothing for me!" (She did, however, almost stumble and fall down right after that, so— maybe keep that in mind.)
Nice spicy Bloody Mary.

Please rate the Dining Room:
Small and simple, but charming. An astute use of the spare square footage. Warm and welcoming, a great neighborhood joint.

Please rate the BOH:
Good. A healthy mix of the authentic classics, plus a few of the gringo favorites— something for everybody. And, tableside guacamole– hooray! olé!
Good timing, ingenuous presentation, proficient execution. Not particularly inventive, but— so what. Here, have another margarita.

How was the staff?
Very good. Warm, hospitable, casual yet deft. Our waiter was especially endearing— even though he was "probably drunk" (his words). Just kidding.

What did you eat?/ How was the food?
Guacamole Spicy : Excellent. Hellooo, other Mexican joints? This is how you make guacamole. I mean, ya know— it’s not rocket science, come on now.
Ceviche "Special" : OK. Different; more shrimp than fish. Flavorful, though. And the shrimp (although small) is fresh and well-prepared.
Elotes : Delicious. Fire-grilled. Tender, juicy, yummy. Yes, aioli— but not slathered with it, thank goodness.
Quesadilla "Mexican Style" – Spicy Pork : Good. Tasty. Love the ‘deconstructed’ presentation.
Taquitos – Beef : For the die-hard gringo in me. Nice. Better than Taco Bell! Is that side of mole sauce for me or the quesadilla? Whatever, it’s delightful.

What did you like?
The guacamole was my favorite.

What did you dislike?
The table was really small.

What was your last impression?
Aww, good for them!

Would you come back?

Thank you, and hope to see you soon!
Thank you, and have a good night.


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