By Dane Feldman
Photos by Dane Feldman.
Amigos is a Mexican bar and restaurant located on Broadway between 112th St and 113th St in Manhattan. The spot is popular amongst Columbia students on a budget and locals alike for its good food and great deals. Think $5 margaritas at all times, not to mention unlimited tacos and sangria on Mondays for just under $20. Oh, and there’s more where that came from.
I have been to Amigos twice now. The first time was on a Tuesday and I partook in the “crazy quesadillas” deal: unlimited quesadillas and margaritas for $19.95. The second was for brunch.
As I said previously, the food at Amigos is good. In fact, even if it weren’t for the insane deals, I would still dine here. The deals are an incentive to stop into Amigos over somewhere else, but the food itself entices patrons to return time and time again.
I’ve mentioned before that I love Mexican brunch and the Amigos brunch menu is a damn impressive one. Guacamole can be ordered mild, medium, or spicy and it comes in three flavors: classic, pineapple and pomegranate, and papaya and mint.
If you’re not interested in guacamole for breakfast, you might instead be curious about the countless other items on the menu. Customizable chilaquiles and breakfast quesadillas, tacos, and burritos are offered as well as salads, soup, short ribs with eggs, burgers and tortas, and eggs cazuelas.
What kind of brunch would it be, though, if I didn’t consume some eggs benedict? Luckily for me, Amigos offers three kinds: classic (which I’ve reviewed several times from various other restaurants in the area), south of the border, and Mayan benedict.
I, of course, was torn between the latter two. In the end, I chose the Mayan benedict (pork carnitas, poached eggs, avocado, salsa verde, and crema nata on an English muffin) over the south of the border (chorizo, poached eggs, and cascabel salsa on an english muffin). It was the right choice. The pork was absolutely fantastic: sweet, salty, and tender. The eggs were poached perfectly, the salsa was delicious, and the potatoes on the side with peppers and onions were great too.
For brunch, Amigos offers a special for $9.95. The restaurant calls it “all you can drink,” but be warned that there’s actually a maximum of five drinks. That’s okay, though. For the price, I can’t complain too much. The special includes bloody marys, sangria, mimosas, and Bud Light on draft.
I haven’t tried the sangria yet, but the margaritas are great and only $5 a pop. Just keep in mind that margaritas aren’t included in the bottomless special (unless of course you go for dinner on a Tuesday).
Amigos is a huge space decorated in a way that pays homage to Mexico. It’s a great spot to go with just one friend (or date) as well as a huge group. The wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, but if they’re a bit busy you may need to do some flagging down to keep your bottomless drinks and food flowing.
The food at Amigos is truly good enough that even it weren’t for the specials, I believe the spot would be popular. The fact that the specials are so impressive just makes this place even more worthwhile regardless of the day of the week or the time of day.