As we all know Columbia loves controversy.  We also know that Columbia loves Mexican food.  Thankfully Morningside Heights entrepreneurs have recognized this and consequently the neighborhood offers plenty of Mexican eateries. 

So many in fact that the recent increase in Mexican restaurants has caused quite a controversial and competitive commotion.  Where can a student find the cheapest nachos? The most filling burrito? The freshest guacamole? The quickest quesadilla or closest taco? All these questions have roused heated debate.  But the most contentious question of all does not concern the price, proximity or preparation of the food, but its authenticity. 

Now the word “authenticity” is puzzle in its own right, one that everyone from the average eater at Empanada Joe’s to the Latin American Studies major to Professor Spivak herself wrestles with. When it comes to cuisine, authenticity becomes an even trickier, more subjective word than ever.  But the organizers behind New York Authentic Mexican Restaurant Week (9/8 -9/15) hope to guide the unworldly patrons of Blockheads, Chipotle, Empanada Joes away from the culinary comfort of their familiar haunts and test out the flavors, aromas and textures of city’s finest and most traditional Mexican restaurants. Participating restaurants are scattered throughout the city and offer three course, prix fix menus.