It's one of those places where you keep going back not just because the food is good, or because the drinks are delicious, but because you feel good just being there.
We never actually managed to sit at a table, we were always sat at the counter—but I'm so glad it happened that way. Being able to chat to the barman's and move around made the experience even more easy-going.
When you're at ATLA, whether you're sipping a glass of Baja wine, your Mexican craft beer or an expertly-made Pisco Sour, you feel like you're in the coolest place in New York City.
I can't say enough about the food either, all made with Mexican products, paying homage to their amazing culinary culture by respecting all the recipes. If you're a fan of spice, start with salsa verde, followed by a quesadilla (my favorite was the one with "just" queso). The salsa verde is abundant enough that you can spread it all over your quesadilla too.