Mexican Reaches The Next Level
By Leah & Alesa/
Walking into Quetzalcoatl will change your
perception of Mexican food. It’s distinct and hard to
define, somewhere in between classic and gourmet, cultured
After years of serving delicious traditional Mexican food
at Oaxaca, a small, casual restaurant on New York Avenue,
its owners, Alex and Maria opened Quetzalcoatl a few months
They decided they wanted more space, and a place where they
could fuse together their passion for cooking and giving people
a place to enjoy wonderful food.
The name Quetzalcoatl is derived from Aztec traditional beliefs
of the different levels of human consciousness. The Quetzal
is a beautiful bird with long feathers and a Coatl is a serpent.
Together the two animals represent the different perceptions
of the world, from the ground to the sky.
“It represents the ability for humans to change from
one level of perception to another,” said Alex.
It was a new challenge for Alex and Maria to open up a second
restaurant. It brought them to a new level in their lives
where they are now playing a much bigger game that they want
to share with more people.
At Sunday brunch and during Wednesday evenings, a mariachi
band entertains guests and Friday and Saturday evening a salsa
dancer gives free lessons from 10 to 11 p.m. before the tables
are moved to the sides and the crowd starts dancing into the
Alex and Maria also share their love for food with guests
at all hours of the day. Alex gives great background on all
of the dishes and provides you with a sense of knowledge about
what you are eating. The menu serves breakfast through dinner,
with Mexican specialties running through each course.
First we tried a classic Mexican meal, Tamales Oaxaquenos,
with chicken and mole sauce, wrapped in banana leaves ($12.95).
The tamales are as authentic as it gets on this side of the
border, a common meal that is also available wrapped in cornhusks.
Other classic dishes include burritos prepared with a variety
of items, from rice and beans ($8.25) to vegetables ($10.75)
to chicken or beef ($10.75) pork ($10.95) to lamb ($11.95).
At $3.25 each, the Mexico City tacos, open face tacos with
a choice of meat, topped with lettuce and sour cream give
you a great taste of what people are eating on the streets
of Mexico. The Al Carbon (grilled steak) option is prepared
in an amazing sauce.
Our favorite dish is the Chile En Nogada ($16.95) a green
chile filled with a delicious meat stuffing, in this case,
filet mignon, and covered in a walnut sauce and pomegranates.
296 Main Street
Village of Huntington
Atmosphere: Artistic Mexican décor
Cuisine: Authentic Mexican
Price: Inexpensive to Moderate
Mon–Thurs: 10 a.m.–10 p.m., 10-11 p.m.
Friday: 10 am.–11 p.m., 11-midnight Drinks only
Saturday: 7 a.m.–11 p.m., 11-midnight Drinks only
Sunday: 7 a.m.–10 p.m., 10-11 p.m. Drinks only