NYC Restaurants

Geronimo
1600 3rd Ave (90th St)
New York, NY, 10128
(212) 369-0908 Map

Cuisine: Mexican

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Cititour Review:
My home base of the East 90s is so starved for new restaurants that any arrival to the neighborhood is literally cause for celebration. The relatively small Sfoglia has been packed from day one, and now – thanks in part to a slew of excellent reviews – a dinner reservation can take over a month to obtain. The brand-new Turkish eatery, Peri Ela, just down the block on Lexington Avenue, had a half-hour wait for a table on a recent Saturday night.

On the other hand, there were plenty of tables to be had on two recent visits – one for brunch and one for dinner -- to Geronimo, a month-old Mexican eatery on the corner of Third Avenue and 90th Street. Which isn’t too say the restaurant isn’t attracting a young and lively crowd; it’s more that this space, the former Big City Grill, is quite huge. The owners have installed a certain amount of kitschy Mexican décor to give the restaurant some character, but it ultimately maintains the feeling of what it was – and still is – which is a glorified sports bar.

Atmosphere aside, the eating is pretty decent, the portions quite large, and the prices decidedly reasonable. The $9.95 brunch special comes with a small cocktail, and we discovered that the breakfast burrito with home fries and the grilled chicken, bacon, lettuce, and tomato wrap accompanied by good-enough French fries, were mighty filling and plenty tasty.

Our dinner started out nicely enough with a very fine Cadillac margarita, followed by the house-made guacamole prepared tableside. Our server took great care in putting the ingredients together and actually heeded our request to make it spicy. (Even some of the best Mexican places in town seem to think Americans don’t mean spicy even when we say it!). The texture was perfect for dipping the warm chips (which arrived slightly tardy). Our biggest regret was that our entrees arrived so quickly, we hadn’t quite finished devouring every last bite.

As for the mains, the kitchen also gets brownie points for cooking the steak rare -- as requested – in my companion’s steak enchiladas. Unfortunately, the flavor of the meat got slightly lost in the too-generous helping of cheese that encased the rather gooey preparation. My grilled chicken tacos al carbon – two very large specimens – were quite pleasing, served alongside plenty of guacamole (pre-made) and sour cream for added flavor and moisture, as well as a really good cheese sauce.. Both dishes were served with good yellow rice and black beans. Fish and seafood lovers also have plenty of options, including crab cakes, shrimp in garlic sauce, grilled salmon and mahi mahi.

By no means is Geronimo a destination restaurant, but for those of us who live up in the area, it’s a welcome addition.
Review By: Brian Scott Lipton

Neighborhood: East 90s & Up

Entree Price: $15-20


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