New El Barrio Taco Joint Built on Top of Old Taco Joint

 La Chula is a new Mexican restaurant on 116th Street that offers authentic tacos and margaritas.  La Chula View Full Caption

EAST HARLEM — When chef Julian Medina moved from Mexico to New York 20 years ago, it was so difficult to get authentic Mexican ingredients that a restaurant he worked for had to buy sauce from stores in El Barrio.

“When I came here there was nothing,” he said. “I used to come here to 103rd and Lexington to buy mole for the restaurant.”

Now there seems to be a Mexican restaurant in every corner. And in East Harlem, there are multiple on a single block.

Since 2007, Medina has opened Latin-food restaurants

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