Why it's hot: NYC is littered with crappy Tex-Mex joints of eras past but when owner and Texas native Matt Post opened this Flatiron eatery last month, named for the southwestern cousin to the wild pig, he set out to prove that the cuisine wasn't just run-of-the-mill fajitas, margs and guac. Prove it he did as the smallish joint has lines out the door almost every night. Post tapped chef Richard Caruso, a vet of Rosa Mexicano and Hill Country to perfect regional Texas specialties like the puffy taco, various quesos and the parrilladas mixtas.
Must order: Mag Mud queso, steak fajitas, puffy tacos
The details: 119 E. 18th Street; 212-539-0202