178 Kent Ave
(Corner of North 4th St and Kent Ave)
Let me just start off by saying that I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on food. I’m a slightly below average cook who solves every food-related issue by drenching it in hot sauce. I also don’t know nearly as much about Mexican food as my fellow guest-blogger, Nadia, does (you should read her posts!). That being said, I love stuffing my face at local establishments and going home with a full stomach, so I’ll speak to both of those things below.
Back in December I moved to Williamsburg. As most people know, Williamsburg is chock full of great restaurants, which makes it a little overwhelming to pick a place to eat. I’d rather have 5 places to choose from than 50. Anyway, the first time my family came to visit me in Williamsburg, I spent more than an hour browsing Urbanspoon, TimeOut NewYork, Zagat, etc. trying to find a good place (I hate doing this because it just makes you hungry and everything looks good online). I was able to pick a place on Bedford Ave (which will be praised in a later post), but as a novice to the area my plan to “show up and grab a table” was NOT going to happen. With over an hour wait, and growling stomachs, it was time for plan B: “find the closest restaurant”.
With three locations in Manhattan, Móle opened their Williamsburg branch about a year ago on the corner of North 4th and Kent Ave. I could go on about the décor, but I honestly don’t care about that type of stuff and won’t waste your time trying to describe it. How about this: it’s a nice place, not too fancy, but nice enough for a date.
They have a solid drink menu with an array of Mexican cocktails, mezcals/tequilas, sangria and Mexican beers. If you get there early, drinks are 2-for-1 before 7pm. I had a margarita and Dos XX, which was a standard, safe bet. I did notice, however, as I skimmed through the drink menu that they serve a drink called “Sex in a Mexican Prison”. Not sure I want to try that one…
Alright, the reason we came here was to eat, so I’ll focus on that. First, and most importantly, I should mention that the portions are enormous and there is no reason to go crazy with the appetizers. We started with chips and guac (I love the word “guac”). The tortilla chips are homemade and guac is made RIGHT in front of you:
The guacamole was great and it was fun to watch them make it, but here’s the part I really want to talk about. I’ve now been to Móle three times and every time I’ve ordered the fish tacos. They are AWESOME and ENORMOUS. I’m not even sure this picture does it justice:
I guess you’ll just have to trust me when I tell you there are 3 tacos underneath all of that. There’s no way you can eat the tacos “as is”, so I’ve found the best strategy is to create smaller, regular sized tacos. There’s actually 2 tortillas for each taco, so you can easily create 6 tacos if you put in the time. It might get a little messy, but it’s worth it and that’s what napkins are for. One more very important point: the 2 dipping sauces on the plate are amazing. Both are have a fair amount of kick. My amateur analysis concludes that one is a chipotle sauce and the other is some type of cilantro based sauce, but who cares, they’re really good.
I can tell you that the other entrees are enormous as well. The burrito takes up the entire plate (literally) and there is no chance you’re going to eat it with your hands. Even the tortas, which I helped finish, were well above average size (see below).
The portions at Móle reminds me of Honey I Shrunk the Kids when they find that giant Oreo.
To wrap this up, if you’re someone who loves to eat, and/or loves to eat A LOT, this place is great. Trying the fish tacos is an absolute must. I assume it’s only a matter of time before people begin wandering off Bedford Ave and stumble upon Móle. Until then, I’ll be showing up reservation-less, looking to devour some fish tacos.