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Title: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 16, 2011, 09:08:51 PM
Can anyone recommended anything interesting to do there?
I may end up having  a 12 hour layover there

Any kosher restaurants?

Oh, and is it safe? ;D
Title: Re: Anyone ever been to Mexico City?
Post by: yissie on May 16, 2011, 09:10:34 PM
I think they kidnap people for ransom, or is that only in the movies
Title: Re: Anyone ever been to Mexico City?
Post by: txtmax4 on May 16, 2011, 09:17:35 PM
Been there a buncha years ago.
There are definitely Kosher restaurants, and it is definitely not so safe.
And there is definitely nothing interesting to do there.
Title: Re: Anyone ever been to Mexico City?
Post by: elikay on May 16, 2011, 09:27:00 PM
Can anyone recommended anything interesting to do there?
I may end up having  a 12 hour layover there

Any kosher restaurants?

Oh, and is it safe? ;D
The airport is quite close to the Jewish area Polanco (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=International+Mexico+City+Airport,+15260+Mexico+City,+DF,+Mexico+%28Aeropuerto+Internacional+Benito+Ju%C3%A1rez%29&daddr=Polanco,+Mexico+City,+Mexico&geocode=FYufKAEdLEwY-iFE0rph9X7QAg%3BFSeIKAEdC3cW-in5Q0htAwLShTF2qdPAMnfT5A&hl=en&mra=prev&sll=19.446684,-99.133587&sspn=0.073326,0.168056&ie=UTF8&ll=19.419002,-99.135132&spn=0.073339,0.168056&z=13%20), I would not recommend renting a car unless you have a GPS and you know where you are going, you are best off taking a cab from the airport. One rule of thumb in Mexico is NEVER hail a cab, only use taxi stations. So in the airport you use their station, and otherwise you have them call a cab for you.
Title: Re: Anyone ever been to Mexico City?
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 16, 2011, 10:02:23 PM
Allright, ya'll are scaring my wife...i guess we aint goin there ;D
Title: Re: Anyone ever been to Mexico City?
Post by: aussiebochur on May 16, 2011, 10:15:48 PM
Stopped on my way to Guatemala.

You're not missing anything by not going into the city.

I'm pretty sure there's an Amex lounge, can't remember which terminal though....
Title: Re: Anyone ever been to Mexico City?
Post by: Q274 on May 16, 2011, 10:53:47 PM
I have a friend who lives ther and  was kidnapped there (ransomed for 2.5 million$)
I also know a guy there who sells war equipment to the us/israeli army (tanks, planes etc) I can maybe have him protect your wife :-)
Title: Re: Anyone ever been to Mexico City?
Post by: txtmax4 on May 17, 2011, 12:02:35 AM
Allright, ya'll are scaring my wife...i guess we aint goin there ;D
do you have a choice?
Or you do mean you're not leaving the airport?
Title: Re: Anyone ever been to Mexico City?
Post by: muttman on May 17, 2011, 12:57:33 AM
I've been there before. As long as you go to the attractions during the day and maybe a restaurant at night you will be fine.
There are many restaurants to eat in. I would recommend el gaucho's it is really good. Do not drink the the tap water as you will probably get some nasty Montezumas revenge. If your there for one day you should probably either go to the pyramids or to Xochimilco.
Xochimilco is a canal system running through a part of Mexico City ( like Venice except much more third world)
Title: Re: Anyone ever been to Mexico City?
Post by: elikay on May 17, 2011, 01:12:48 AM
like Venice
  :o :o
except much more third world
  ??? ??? at least... but it is cool
Title: Re: Anyone ever been to Mexico City?
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 17, 2011, 11:50:40 AM
I also know a guy there who sells war equipment to the us/israeli army (tanks, planes etc) I can maybe have him protect your wife :-)
He'll only protect my wife? What about me? ;D
do you have a choice?
Or you do mean you're not leaving the airport?
Do have a choice. We'll just take another route
Title: Re: Anyone ever been to Mexico City?
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 17, 2011, 11:51:24 AM
I've been there before. As long as you go to the attractions during the day and maybe a restaurant at night you will be fine.
There are many restaurants to eat in. I would recommend el gaucho's it is really good. Do not drink the the tap water as you will probably get some nasty Montezumas revenge. If your there for one day you should probably either go to the pyramids or to Xochimilco.
Xochimilco is a canal system running through a part of Mexico City ( like Venice except much more third world)

it would be for a day...less than a day.
How do you get around?
Title: Re: Anyone ever been to Mexico City?
Post by: txtmax4 on May 17, 2011, 11:58:44 AM
Do have a choice. We'll just take another route
What's the other option/s?
Title: Re: Anyone ever been to Mexico City?
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 17, 2011, 12:12:41 PM
What's the other option/s?
We are going to Europe for a week in august. We really want to fly F through FRA and are trying to do so either on the outbound or the return.
I saw availability from MEX.
I found biz availability on the days we can go through other cities, but am still trying to find a way to go in F
Title: Re: Anyone ever been to Mexico City?
Post by: Q274 on May 17, 2011, 12:24:55 PM
@david
U said your wife was scared not you
Title: Re: Anyone ever been to Mexico City?
Post by: txtmax4 on May 17, 2011, 12:26:54 PM
We are going to Europe for a week in august. We really want to fly F through FRA and are trying to do so either on the outbound or the return.
I saw availability from MEX.
I found biz availability on the days we can go through other cities, but am still trying to find a way to go in F
I take it you're flying from the US.
If that's the case, interesting route. make sure it's not costing you more miles..
Title: Re: Anyone ever been to Mexico City?
Post by: muttman on May 17, 2011, 05:43:31 PM
it would be for a day...less than a day.
How do you get around?

If its less than a day I would hire a taxi.
However, make sure its a reputable one.

If you need help with that I can prob get you more information
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 06, 2014, 08:53:11 PM
Anyone been to Mexico city recently.
 
Looking for hotel for a night, not sure between the W and the St Regis.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on July 28, 2014, 12:10:55 AM
I might to travel to Chihuahua, is it safe? Any nice hotels?
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on January 09, 2018, 12:40:16 PM
Was looking at Kosher Food NEAR the airport during a possibly long layover and came upon this: https://www.yelp.com/biz/leas-cafe-ciudad-de-m%C3%A9xico

Might be the only kosher airport establishment outside of Israel?
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 09, 2018, 02:45:38 PM
Was looking at Kosher Food NEAR the airport during a possibly long layover and came upon this: https://www.yelp.com/biz/leas-cafe-ciudad-de-m%C3%A9xico

Might be the only kosher airport establishment outside of Israel?
Wow!
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 09, 2018, 03:01:17 PM
That is ridiculous.

Perfect timing. I'll get to check it out soon!
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on January 09, 2018, 10:29:17 PM
Anyone know if its before or after security? Accessible during an AeroMexico layover in T2?
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 09, 2018, 10:43:37 PM
Anyone know if its before or after security? Accessible during an AeroMexico layover in T2?

@tmendy226 was there.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: tmendy226 on January 10, 2018, 06:27:22 AM
Before security, definitely worth a stop! And try their bagel chips style.
I believe I wrote a review about it last year (or at least I wanted to :) )
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 22, 2018, 07:48:39 PM
Anyone been to Mexico City recently and can report back on kosher situation?

Holding a ticket now for the end of April, AM J on 787-900 both ways for ~$560 RT.

The 2 restaurants in the wiki are both in Polanco area. Are there any other kosher restaurants or list somewhere of others?

What about Shul's in the area?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: henche on March 22, 2018, 08:00:30 PM
I agree with this thread.  Q274 has rich friends
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 22, 2018, 08:06:19 PM
Isn't there a kosher restaurant in the airport also?
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 22, 2018, 08:17:06 PM
Isn't there a kosher restaurant in the airport also?

More of a fast food takeout than a restaurant, though it can be counted too.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 22, 2018, 11:43:40 PM
Added some more spots to the list in the wiki.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Suave on March 26, 2018, 04:40:39 PM
Anyone been to Mexico City recently and can report back on kosher situation?

Holding a ticket now for the end of April, AM J on 787-900 both ways for ~$560 RT.

The 2 restaurants in the wiki are both in Polanco area. Are there any other kosher restaurants or list somewhere of others?

What about Shul's in the area?

Thanks.

I am interviewing Gavriel, who runs Gaucho, as we speak. So far I'm in love with this place. Will report back shortly.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 26, 2018, 05:24:09 PM
I am interviewing Gavriel, who runs Gaucho, as we speak. So far I'm in love with this place. Will report back shortly.

Thanks, please do.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Suave on March 28, 2018, 08:00:50 PM
Do i post review/interview on Caucho here or new thread?
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 28, 2018, 08:07:15 PM
Here is good.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 27, 2018, 12:55:12 AM
Here in Mexico City for a night, quick live trip report.

We flew in on the Aeromexico 787-9 from JFK. Seats on this plane are great, reverse herringbone and very comfortable. Service was decent and comparable to US Airlines on international flights. Meal was from Kosher4U and included chicken, carrot and potato hot dish. (Pictures of that to be posted in KSML thread). Pillow was plush and the blanket was not. There was no amenity kit offered.

Immigration in MEX took about 30 minutes of waiting in line.

Uber from the airport to Polanco was $7.60 USD for the 45 minute ride to Polanco. Polanco is the most affluent neighborhood in Mexico City. Most of the Jewish community live here as well as the kosher restaurants. The high end hotels are all here too, including Hyatt Regency, Intercontinental, JW Marriott, S. Regis, Westin and more.

Dinner tonight was at Gaucho Grill. We came to the restaurant at about 9pm and the place was empty, just one other table dining. (It later filled up a lot, closer to 10/10:30. This is common in many Latin American countries to have a very later dinner). Menus are only available in Spanish and the wait staff did not know much English. We got around fine using a litttle of their English and a little of my Spanish.

For appetizers we had some empanadas and fajitas. For mains we got a grass fed chalunt steak and bbq ribs. All dishes here were incredible and very pricey! (Relative to cost of other expenses here). Most of the steaks / ribs go for $895 MXN, or about $50 USD. While not cheap, it is worth to make the trip here as the dishes are excellent.

From there it is a short 2 minute walk to Hyatt regency where we are staying tonight. The hotel is a category 3 and can be booked using a free anniversary night. Great use of the night here, as rates for the night were upwards of $400 USD.

Hyatt emailed me a couple days ago to ask if I had any special requests and what’s foods I like. (I don’t have any high status with them). I wrote back asking for a room on a high floor with a great view. As for foods I like, I explained we are kosher and can only have fruits, nuts and drinks.

At check in we were assigned a room on the 29th floor with a view. In the room there was an ice bucket with 2 bottles of Corona waiting for us. We were also given a card to redeem for a fruit basket.

Pictures to follow iyh.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on April 27, 2018, 01:10:03 AM
For mains we got a grass fed chalunt steak and bbq ribs.

And here I thought that the "cholent meat" scam was unique to Chassidisha groceries in NY.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 27, 2018, 01:34:15 AM
And here I thought that the "cholent meat" scam was unique to Chassidisha groceries in NY.

:) - was far from a cholent meat.. when we asked the waiter to explain the different meats, he says “wait a minute” and walks off. Comes back a minute later with a tray of many different meat cuts that were unprepared for a live demonstration.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 27, 2018, 01:51:49 AM
My mistake, it’s called “chuleton” steak.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Kobe Bryant on April 28, 2018, 11:39:49 PM
Can anyone recommended anything interesting to do there?
I may end up having  a 12 hour layover there

Any kosher restaurants?

Oh, and is it safe? ;D
Spent shabbos in Polanco,so far felt very safe.
will be checking out the restaurants in town.
Hope to update.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 29, 2018, 12:39:23 AM
Delta Skydeck at JFK and Aeromexico 787-9 business class.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 29, 2018, 12:40:50 AM
Hyatt Regency Mexico City Polanco.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 29, 2018, 12:42:34 AM
Welcome fruit basket and beers at the Hyatt. Hazy view from the 29th floor.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 29, 2018, 12:44:44 AM
Lounging area and pool at the Hyatt. Last picture is view from the lounging area.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 29, 2018, 12:47:53 AM
Gaucho Grill, menu and bread basket starter.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 29, 2018, 12:50:32 AM
Empanaditas de Tinga, Sopa del Abuelo and Empanada Carne.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 29, 2018, 01:00:55 AM
Chuleton Steak, Ribs and sides.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Mount Scopus on July 12, 2018, 08:36:10 PM
Finding Lea’s Café in Mexico City Airport.

I was recently in Mexico City airport with a friend and spent almost 30 minutes trying to locate the café. We couldn’t find directions online on where it was located, and after walking almost the length of the terminal 3 times (thanks to miss-information provided by the information kiosk) we eventually found it. In order that others don’t have this issue, here are some detailed instruction on how to find it!

Lea’s Café is in Terminal 1, before security but not in the main area of the terminal. Depending on where you enter the airport there are 2 way to find the café.

If entering by doors 1 thru 6, you’ll see an escalator by security check point “D” (near door 6). Proceed upstairs and you’ll see a sign to the Airtrain, but turn right instead of going towards the Airtrain and walk for about 5 minutes. See below for final steps.

If entering by doors 8 thru 10, you’ll see a double set of escalators opposite door 8. Take these upstairs, turn right at the top (you’ll see a Starbucks), continue round and turn left by the bathrooms. See below for final steps.

If entering by door 7, you can pick either route! (Turn right for doors 1-6 route or left for doors 8-10 route.)

You’ll then come to a bridge that leads to the Courtyard Marriott situated between a Krispy Kreme (not kosher) and a 7-eleven. About half way down the bridge on the left you’ll find Lea’s Café.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/918/43373030791_0a11409501_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 12, 2018, 08:45:59 PM
When I was in MEX with a friend a few months ago, it took my about as long to find this hidden place too! These directions would of come in handy.

And FYI Lea's is open 24 hours, we were there smack in middle of the night about 3am.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Mount Scopus on July 12, 2018, 08:50:56 PM
When I was in MEX with a friend a few months ago, it took my about as long to find this hidden place too! These directions would of come in handy.

And FYI Lea's is open 24 hours, we were there smack in middle of the night about 3am.

Yes, Lea’s is open 24/6. I do not endorse the kashrut of this establishment. Hopefully others will be able to find it easier from now!
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 13, 2018, 12:46:17 PM
JetBlue has just announced new nonstop service from JFK and BOS to Mexico City.

Flights start on Thursday October 25th.

Fares from $127.80 on JFK-MEX.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 13, 2018, 12:53:00 PM
Better deal with TB points.

JFK-MEX from 5,400 + $33.00

MEX-JFK from 5,400 + $71.52
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Mount Scopus on July 13, 2018, 01:04:40 PM
JetBlue has just announced new nonstop service from JFK and BOS to Mexico City.

Flights start on Thursday October 25th.

Fares from $127.80 on JFK-MEX.

Will these flights offer mint?
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 13, 2018, 01:06:49 PM
Will these flights offer mint?

Surprisingly not.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: as2 on December 13, 2018, 07:26:26 PM
Anyone know if you can access both terminals at MEX airside? Seems the train is only accessible to people with boarding passes, but wasn't sure.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 13, 2018, 07:36:16 PM
Anyone know if you can access both terminals at MEX airside? Seems the train is only accessible to people with boarding passes, but wasn't sure.

Train / bus both landside IIRC.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: as2 on December 13, 2018, 07:59:46 PM
Train / bus both landside IIRC.
Dang. If I'm flying Aeromexico, and connecting internationally, any clue which terminal I'll end up in?
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 13, 2018, 08:03:29 PM
Dang. If I'm flying Aeromexico, and connecting internationally, any clue which terminal I'll end up in?

Aeromexico is terminal 2. Most (not all) skyteam are T2 too. What are you connecting to?
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: as2 on December 13, 2018, 08:12:42 PM
Aeromexico is terminal 2. Most (not all) skyteam are T2 too. What are you connecting to?
Looking to book SAP-MEX-ORD via DL. Was hoping to add centurion lounge to itin.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 13, 2018, 08:23:30 PM
Looking to book SAP-MEX-ORD via DL. Was hoping to add centurion lounge to itin.

Centurion Lounge is in both T1 and T2. The one in T1 is a dump like the rest of the terminal. The one in T2 is excellent.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 13, 2018, 08:24:59 PM
Read here for more info on the lounges.

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=93647.msg1975931#msg1975931
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: as2 on December 13, 2018, 08:27:42 PM
Centurion Lounge is in both T1 and T2. The one in T1 is a dump like the rest of the terminal. The one in T2 is excellent.
Read here for more info on the lounges.

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=93647.msg1975931#msg1975931
Thanks!
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Alex1974 on July 25, 2019, 07:41:53 PM
Hi all

Will be in Mexico City with 2 more people from early am until the evening and I'm looking for someone to take us around all day.
Can anyone recommend someone and or places to go to please?
Thank you.
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Abey on February 14, 2021, 08:13:53 PM
Anyone been recently and can advise on the kosher restaurant situation? Many seem to have closed in COVID
Title: Re: Mexico City Master Thread
Post by: Abey on February 18, 2021, 03:33:31 PM
Brief TR: was in MEX for 2 days we felt reasonably safe and have never seen a city with so many police officers ;).
I stayed mostly in the affluent Polanco area where the Hyatt regency is located and most of the (pretty big) Jewish community lives.

Sinai bakery was the only cafe that seemed to be open in the morning we ate there both days great pastries and they prepare sandwiches coffee etc.

Dinner we ate at gauche grill, food was amazing and well priced they bring the raw stakes out to you to choose which we though was weird... minestrone soup was great and freshly made hummus.

HR has beautiful architecture with a multi story lobby, the rooms were 90’s nice, full marble toilets etc dated but pretty nice. The Ac did not seem to keep up and we were a little hot at night. Service was great.

Uber is on the cheap with a half hour ride to the airport being around $6.
Hope this helps someone... 😀😀