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About Villa Cemita

Located in the heart of the East village, Villa Cemita ripples with an ambiance of romantic, rustic decor with urban graffiti artwork, capturing the feel of Mexican culture. Villa Cemita represents a dynamic culinary destination in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood.

Villa Cemita reflects chef and owner Alejandra Aco’s overall vision of authentic Mexican cuisine. Her Evolving expertise of the fusion of the culinary traditions of Mexico’s colonial period (16th century), outside influences including Spanish, French, and Arabic, prepared with indigenous ingredients  

Chef alejandra Aco

In 1998, Alejandra Aco left the Mexican state of Puebla and with her five- and six-year-old children immigrated. Aco was sure she would succeed in New York City as a successful businesswoman; Almost two decades later she can say that she has achieved it.

“We arrived empty-handed, but with a heart full of dreams,” Chef Aco opened Villa Cemita with the purpose of offering the authentic Poblano gastronomy to its compatriots and educating non-Mexicans about ancestral recipes, such as the nopal salad, made with the pre-Hispanic ingredient “Tequesquite”, a natural mineral that retains the color of the food. Cemita poblana, a kind of cold sandwich made with sesame bread, is one of the most popular dishes among customers of the East Village. 

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