Hecho en Dumbo
354 Bowery (3rd/4th st.), East Village
Hecho en Dumbo is a smart eatery. While it started in Dumbo in 2007 (hence the name), it moved to its current location about 1 year ago and seems to be very successful. It offers a mid-range Mexican menu with a combo of takes on street food and contemporary Mexico City dishes. According to its website, Hecho wants transcend rural and antiquated Mexican stereotypes, and it does with fantastic results. It has a slightly trendy vibe, with a large bar and bar crowd, but is also welcoming and informal.
We went for a late Sunday brunch and got in after the rush. Spud was excited by the free pastry starters with jelly and butter. The menu looked so great, that tough decisions had to be made. We had Migas ($9) (scrambled eggs mixed with tortillas, jalapenos, etc), which were very good, but definitely too small of a portion. I don’t need a platter, but if your main dish is eggs, it should be more substantial. But it is on the breakfast section, so maybe the dishes are smaller, but it’s unclear. We had the Quesadillas de Huitlacoche ($10), which was a fried almost puff pastry filled with Oaxaca cheese and the huitlacoche. It was tasty too, and it was a good thing we shared, because the light and heavy dishes balanced each other. We also had the cabbage salad ($6) with apples and tiny pumpkin seeds which was refreshing. We tried all 3 house-made Aquas, which are non-alcoholic, but very good.
So while I wasn’t blown away with any individual item, it all worked together for a nice brunch. Our server was very attentive as well. I would like to go back and try lunch or dinner. There are so many options, both comfortable and unusual, that there is something for everyone. While there are plenty of hole-in-the-wall and high-end Mexicans eateries in NYC, Hecho en Dumbo does a nice job of straddling the line and providing a little something for everyone.