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Mexican Eats: 10 Best New York Mexican Dishes of 2012

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For every skeptic proclaiming the deficiencies in our city's Mexican food offerings, there's a champurrado cart doling out early-morning cups of warmth, a pot of birria to soothe ennui, and a cook tending to salsa, to match. If you doubt the credibility, well, then you're just not looking hard enough.

It's been a great year for Mexican food, and as the community develops, second and third generations settle, and more chefs become inspired by the diversity of the cuisine, it can only get better. Here are some of the best dishes of the year, ten that would make even the most fervent disbeliever reconsider.

About the author: Scarlett Lindeman wears many hats: a food-writer, recipe editor of Diner Journal, a food/arts quarterly, and a doctoral student of sociology. E-mail her at scarlett.lindeman@gmail.com.

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