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Nicholas Gilman is a renowned journalist and food writer based in Mexico City.

Nicholas Gilman es un renombrado periodista gastronómico basado en la Ciudad de México.

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Animo: ¡Ay, Caldos!

Animo: ¡Ay, Caldos!

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Ánimo is a great new concept developed by the gregarious norteño chef Antonio de Livier. The affordable lunch spot, that originated not far from the World Trade Center  and now has two other locations, offers nothing but soups and tacos. But the soup offerings are varied and unusual – ‘birriamen’ is the house special, combining the heartwarming picante of Jalisco birria with filling Japanese ramen. Most recipes come from the chef's tierra which is northern Mexico.  $109 pesos buys a bowl, 3 tacos such as lengua en adobo or hongos con quelites as well as a drink. It’s a bargain. The spiffy light-wood furnished moderne space centers around a communal table as well as wraparound counters. Service is U.S. cafetería style, i.e. order, grab a tray, pay and sit. Anyone remember SoHo’s legendary Food, of the ’70’s and ’80’s? Same idea. The chef promises even  more branches soon, but meanwhile it’s worth the trip to the branch near you. ¡Anímate!

 Chef Antonio de Livier

Chef Antonio de Livier

Ánimo Caldos
Calle Pensylvania 205, Napoles View map
Open Monday-Saturday 1 – 9 p.m.
Branch: Rio Elba 31, Colonia Cuauhtémoc  View map
Branch: Nuevo León 120, Condesa View map

TACO TIME: Tripa y Chorizo @ Los Cocuyos

TACO TIME: Tripa y Chorizo @ Los Cocuyos

Way Downtown:– Doña Chela of Tlalpan

Way Downtown:– Doña Chela of Tlalpan