Food you don't really care about but a happy hour that you certainly do.
Yes, I'm on a mission to try nearly every Mexican establishment in the city of New York, and yes, that means consistently venturing from the mediocre to the miraculous. A dramatic continuum of quality is a trait that in and of itself characterizes the very genre of Mexican food, and I happily embrace them all.
So while Bamboleo isn't the most authentic or the most creative inceptions of Mexican food, that doesn't mean I haven't been here more than twice. The location is a gem, right around the corner from an old apartment of mine, and the prices are some of the lowest I've seen, making it a consistently fun choice when you're in the area and craving a margarita and some guacamole that won't set you back. I've been a few times for happy hour (Monday through Thursday from 3-7 PM), where the margaritas and sangria are $4 a glass. $4. Literally. Read it again. I know. During happy hour, a purchase of a full pitcher of margarita or sangria will also include a free plate of chips and guacamole. Free. A word I'd never thought I'd hear in New York. So I'll say it again. Free.
So there's really no use in complaining about the quality of the rest of the menu here. That's what Mexican food is all about. Bamboleo might be a miss on some fronts, but it's always fun, and their happy hour deals continue to persuade me to come back.