“Food” Pic of the Week

El Encanto de Lola 2(***)

3175 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10026

Last Friday, the hubby and I dropped by our local Mexican joint to have a few “Crucification” cocktails at El Encanto. The restaurant released their summer margaritas, which I have been meaning to try for the last couple of weeks.

Watermelon-cucumber margarita from El Encanto de Lola 2 in Harlem, NYC.

This delicious drinky drink was the watermelon-cucumber margarita. I do not think that I have ever had a combination of watermelon and cucumber in a drink, but it definitely works. I still do not get the point of adding fire to drinks, but to each their own . . . I guess. Also, the combination of watermelon and cucumber is perfect for a summertime drink . . . even though the temperature was in the low 50s when we had them.

Slight rant:

Normally, I am always team El Encanto for my margarita (and wet burrito) needs, but I was a bit disappointed during our last visit. Ok, one of the main reasons why I visit El Encanto is for its generous happy hour (12 – 7 pm) with $13 jumbo margaritas. Although the hubby and I had our margaritas around 8 pm, I figured that they would be about 18 bucks. We get the check and was shocked to learn that our crucifixion cocktails were 28 bucks a piece!!!! Seriously was Jesus at the bar making the damn drinks?! Maybe Jesus turned water into tequila. Ok, it’s partially our fault for not asking the price of the post-happy hour margaritas, but a $15 markup is insane. The margaritas were good, but they were not $28 good.

Of course, y’all know that my drunk a** had three of those jumbo margaritas. What can I say, they were very delicious. Oh, and on top of that, the restaurant included a 20% gratuity on the check. I do not have a huge problem with restaurants adding in gratuity, but this policy was not mentioned anywhere on the menu or on the check. If the hubby did not inspect the bill with a fine toothed comb, I probably would have accidentally added another 25% tip on top of the 20% that the restaurant tacked on. Hey, at least the waiter gave us a couple of free shots … primarily because he wanted to drink at work.

While 20% tip is pretty standard in NYC, I’ve been giving 25% tips since the food service industry has been hit so hard by the pandemic.

Question of the DAy:

Ever been surprised with dinner/cocktail meal at the end of the your meal?

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