Mariscos el Veneno | Ukrainian Village/East Village | Mexican/Southwestern, Seafood | Restaurant
Standout mariscos in the style of the west-coast Mexican state of Nayarit.

Our Review

Marine paraphernalia decorates the walls and ceiling of this small storefront, which draws a Mexican-gringo mix for fish and shellfish estilo Nayarit—that is, in the style of the Maryland-size state on Mexico’s west coast. Crunchy whole tortillas with fiery salsa, also typical of the region, and complimentary marlin ceviche tostadas got our meal off to a great start. La Copa Veneno, a giant seafood cocktail of light tomato sauce chock-full of shrimp, octopus, and oysters and crowned by avocado was one of the best I’ve had, though I’d recommend a smaller serving if you plan to eat anything else. We were very happy with two house specialties designed for sharing: chapuzon del mar, a platter of tender octopus, oysters, and shrimp with sweet slivered red onions in a piquant russet-colored sauce, and a half order of charola de langostino, slightly tough but tasty shell-on langostinos bathed in butter and spices. Of the platillos, a crispy whole fried huachinango estilo Nayarit—red snapper topped with saucy shrimp and onions and served with french fries, rice, and salad on the side—was quite a meal for well under $20. Other options range from first-rate fish tacos to a whole stuffed lobster for two to a blow-out dinner for six. My only regret: several items were not available, among them a Nayarit fish stew called zarandeado and camarones momias ("mummy shrimp," stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon).

Anne Spiselman

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