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El Jalapeno to Close 

El Jalapeno, the Mexican restaurant on President Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues, is for sale, and will be closing as soon as a buyer is found.

The restaurant, which has been regarded by some as serving the best Mexican food in the neighborhood but never really found its footing thanks to its off the beaten path location, has reduced menu prices by 25 percent and is selling beer for $4.

When I spoke to the manager, he told me that his father, who was a regular fixture in the restaurant as well as a co-owner, recently passed away. His business partner, the other owner, also passed away recently, leaving the restaurant in a sad state. They're unable to continue on without them, so have decided to put it up for sale.

I was always a fan of El Jalapeno, and it's sad to learn that it's coming to such an unfortunate end. I'd recommend trying their food before they close for good; I've never been anything other than impressed by it.

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Reader Comments (24)

I'm not quite sure what universe this place served the best Mexican in. It was average delivery fodder.

Anyone who could work their way here could walk or drive an extra ten minutes to either Gueros or Chavela's for something actually elevated, or walk down 7th to Fonda.

Sad to see anyone close, though.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrooklyn Brawler

Seeing as so you're so well versed in the restaurants of the hood, I'd be interested in a segment of your 'best in show', perhaps the best little known or off-the-beaten path restaurant in each regional category (Chinese, French, Mexican, etc)

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMexicophile

This is really sad. If you look closely at the sidewalks of 5th Ave., you can still see the trail of diarrhea from my running all the way here from Tacos Nuevo Mexico. Intestines of steel, those South Shitsvillers.

Stopping at both Mezcal's along the way wasn't my brightest moment either. Ugh.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSLOPE WARZ

Never got around to trying it, figuring it was just another mediocre Mexican place. We're saturated with those. El Pollito has been good recently. I used to order from Rancho Allegre. They're reliable enough.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

Not very good. Almost as bad as Mezcal. The good ones around are Fonda, Tacos Nuevo Mexico and Guerros.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbret

Someone would make a Killing if they came back with those Large size Burritos that La Tequeria used to make....

Haven't eaten Mex in the nabe ever since they closed.

Chipotle anyone??

Hmm, Chipotle next to Shake SHACK would be.... AWESOME!!!

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

Tacos Nuevo Mexico is quite good. Rachel's is an abysmal shell of what La Taqueria was back in the day. Fonda is excellent. Oaxaca and Maya Taqueria are decent enough for a quick fix. I'm always a fan of the simple homeyness that comes from Santa Fe Grill and the Vanderbilt Pequena. Gueros and Chavela's are simply great. Everything else isn't worth it.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrooklyn Brawler

Agree with Brooklyn Bawler's assessment, although Chavela's isn't as good as it used to be and Guerro's is amazing. Nuevo Mexico is rock solid and so is Fonda. I won't set foot in Rachels, Mezcal or Jalapeno. Oaxaca and Maya Taq are surprisingly decent.

My guess is a Chipotle will hit the neighborhood sometime in 2013.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbret

Forget not the coming of the Calexico.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

Oh jeez, yes Calexio! They will be my new favorite, love that place.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbret

Yes bret... Calexico in 2016 when Hilary becomes the first female President of the United States.

Calexico will serve at the Inauguration.... Food will be late though.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin'

Country Boys-4th ave and 16th-bext Mexican is PS-period

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

J bob, that's Gowanus. Try again.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIdiot j

Gowanus? I don't think so. And it's better than anything else on this list by far the closest to just going to Sunset park

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Country boys is TERRIBLE!!
A shame because their truck used to be good but the food at the restaurant is not up to par at all. They've been getting some really bad reviews too.

Jbob, are you serious? I won't take you at all seriously if you think that place is good food.

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBret

And it's on the west side of 4th avenue so it's most definitely Gowanus.

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBret

"Country Boys-4th ave and 16th-bext Mexican is PS-period"

So says the mayor of Shitsville.

You know and I know that's not the Slope. You may tell the women during last call at the new Freddy's that so that they overlook the rest of the package, but it's not the Slope. It's not even Sunset Park, Gowanus, or Red Hook, so you can't claim any neighborhoods described as THE NEXT THING in the Daily News. I actually think 4th and 16th was annexed by Staten Island in the 1600's. Try that one up for size while you try to convince them that $1 Miller Select is actually beer.

Put a shirt on.

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSLOPE WARZ

Well the "truth" is that Mexican in PS is overwhelmingly average and were all better off going a few subway stops to Tacos Matamoros or any of the other great places in Sunset Park

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Slope Warz - Did you just call jbob "Mayor of Shitsville??"

Oh my god!

jbob - "Put a shirt on!"

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin'

Definitely Gowanus. Tacos good, other food mediocre. If you go that far south, yes, you might as well go to Sunset (tacos el bronco truck much better).

February 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMan of both Slopes

I really liked El Jalapeno's food when eating there. The service was not so good ; it seemed like they wanted to have good service but just weren't sure what that was. For delivery, it wasn't great. If we lived closer, we would probably eat there often.

February 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSloper

Let's Just make all of Brooklyn (Faux) Park-Slope so they can benefit from the "Name Cache"

Rule of Thumb - If you can see the Verazzano Bridge and/or Lady Liberty, you're no longer in Park Slope.

Yeah, I know from some points you can see the Statue of Liberty, but you're more likely leaning towards Gowanus & Sun Set Park.

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

The name and signage weren't that great. I can kind of see why they went out of business.

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