NileGuide Expert Says:

A favorite of families since 1957


Av. Cuitláhuac #3102, (between Nilo & Av. Clavería) in the Azcapotzalco/Tlalnepantla
02080 Mexico City, Mexico


+52 (555) 396-7090


Opened in north-central Mexico City's Colonia Clavería in 1957, Nicos Restaurant is a pillar of what's now called the Slow Food movement. Chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo continues the family tradition of serving locally sourced authentic regional Mexican food. Nicos is a relaxed, friendly place that attracts upper middle class families to its light-filled, open space where colorful mosaic dishes rest atop bright blue circular mats on white tablecloths. Among the standouts on the menu are guacamole prepared tableside, sopa ranchera de elote – broth with corn and flecks of goat cheese, pork shank served with tortillas, and "empipianadas" de guajolote, a quirkily named (empanada = stuffed pastry, pipian = pumpkin seed sauce) turkey turnover that is delicious whatever it's called. Nicos also promotes Mexico's wineries and artisanal breweries including wines from the oldest vineyard in North America, Casa Madera, founded in 1597. Nicos is one block from Parque de la China.

Reservations: /nicos-mexico
Prices: MX$300-500/US$30-50 per person, including wine
Payment: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express
How to Get There: Metro Refiniria, Cuitlahuac, Tacuba
Services: restaurant, bar, food and wine festivals, restrooms

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