The 20 Best Mexican Restaurants in Manhattan Right Now

Which Mexican restaurant in Manhattan is the best?

Are you looking for the best Mexican restaurants in Manhattan? Then you’ve come to the right place – as a big foodie, I love Mexican cuisine! Whether it’s tacos or quesadillas, the sheer variety and freshness is what makes the seemingly simple recipes work for me. I really love going out for Mexican food, and there are several good restaurants in Manhattan right away. Los Tacos had to be included – it’s my “delicious low budget” tip!

To help you quickly see which Mexican restaurant is near you, you can find all Manhattan restaurants on the map.

By the way: you’ll find many more New York City spots in our Loving New York travel guides!

My Favorite Tacos & Mexican Restaurants in Manhattan

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    Añejo

    Mexican Restaurant in Hell's Kitchen
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    Añejo is a classy yet fun and casual Mexican restaurant with modern small plates and innovative cocktails. This restaurant was created by the Top Chef season 7 contestant, Angelo Sosa. So, it’s no surprise Añejo is a culinary work of art and is even Michelin recommended for the best Mezcal bars in NYC. You must try the unique ‘Traviesa Montelobos’ with Mezcal, fresh grapefruit, lime, Fresno infused agave, Aperol, and spicy salt when visiting.  

    Each small plate is a flavorful culinary experience, but their top dishes include the tender and smoky ‘octopus plate’ and the ‘Drunken Lamb Barbacoa.’ These plates are modern but include elements of Mexican food that bring your taste buds for a ride. 

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    Los Tacos No. 1

    Mexican Restaurant in Theatre District
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    Los Tacos No. 1 in Times Square is rightly very popular: in the “standing snack bar” everything revolves around tacos & quesadillas. Wonderfully traditional, cheap and really delicious. What’s special about it? The handmade tacos taste like in Mexico, because instead of wheat flour (as it is unfortunately often done for cost reasons) real corn flour is used for production. My tip: Take the tacos with grilled cactus!

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    Móle

    Mexican Restaurant in West Village
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    Looking for a large variety of tequilas to try? Móle is known for having over 125 different types of tequilas, all made with 100% blue agave. Although they serve many of the classics, the house special drinks include ‘El Diablo’ and ‘El Vampiro,’ two spicy cocktails with Don Reyes Tequila. 

    Móle is also, of course, famous for its móle, which is imported from Mexico. The móle is handmade by Doña Emelia for complete authenticity and then used to enhance the flavor of the dishes. The chicken ‘enchiladas de mole poblanos’ are absolutely amazing and the best item on the menu.

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    Bushwick Taco Company

    Mexican Restaurant in Bushwick
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    It’s no surprise that Bushwick Taco Company is famous for, well… their tacos. 

    They have a healthy mix of traditional and innovative tacos, so there is something on the menu for everyone. Their traditional tacos include carne asada tacos, carnitas tacos, chicken tacos, and shrimp tacos. The shrimp taco is highly popular with a spicy mayo-like sauce that is a crowd favorite. Bushwick Taco Company also has unique tacos like the falafel tacos, which are made with chickpea falafel. These tacos are perfect for vegans and vegetarians looking for a tasty taco dinner. 

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    Café Frida

    Mexican Restaurant in Upper West Side
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    The ambience in Café Frida is typically Mexican. In the kitchen, too, great importance is attached to ensuring that the dishes come to the table as in Mexico. Everything is freshly prepared every day and the guacamole tastes the same. The cocktails are not for the faint of heart.

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    Casa Mezcal

    Mexican Restaurant in Lower East Side
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    Casa Mezcal is – as the name suggests – a mezcal bar in New York, more precisely in the Lower East Side. Both from the outside and inside, Casa Mezcal shows the Mexican joie de vivre: everything is colorful and the bar is beautifully decorated. There is a huge selection of mezcals and the atmosphere is just great!

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    Chipotle

    Mexican Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan
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    Chipotle is a famous chain that brought Mexican food to the USA. Although there are many Mexican restaurant options in the Big Apple, it is one of the top low budget restaurants in New York. The menu includes tacos, burritos, quesadillas, burrito bowls and salad bowls. You can find the Mexican restaurant on almost every corner in the city.

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    Dos Caminos

    Mexican Restaurant in SoHo
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    Dos Casminos is especially known for its spicy guacamole and the very good sangria. The charm that the restaurant exudes in each of the 5 locations is absolutely authentic Mexican and provides a successful change after a long working day or a strenuous sightseeing day.

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    El Camión Cantina

    Mexican Restaurant in Alphabet City
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    There’s nothing like homemade corn tortillas, and classically trained chef Juan Escobedo makes the best in The East Village. El Camión Cantina uses only locally sourced, fresh ingredients, making it one of the best taco places in NYC. Their tacos include non-traditional flavors, such as the beer-battered shrimp tacos with guacamole, cucumber relish, and cured onion, but all of the creations come out perfectly. The beef tacos with shredded beef, guacamole, and fried onions are another popular choice for tacos. Don’t forget to end your night with a crispy and sweet Mexican fried ice cream. 

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    El Toro Rojo Truck

    Mexican Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan
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    Here you will find authentic Mexican specialties – tacos, quesadillas, burritos and much more. Be sure to try the chorizo & egg burrito. It tastes simply delicious. The guacamole with tacos is also simply delicious.

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    El Vez

    Mexican Restaurant in Battery Park City
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    This chic local spot is a very popular place for after-work cocktails. With great food and a nice atmosphere it is worth a visit, especially in the warmer months where you can sit outside. The portions are generous and the prices (main course from $15) are reasonable. Make sure to order a portion of chips and guacamole before you start your main course – the best in town!

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    Flats Fix Taqueria and Tequila Bar

    Mexican Restaurant in Flatiron District
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    Flats Fix Taqueria and Tequila Bar was created to emulate a famous tire repair shop that would fix flat tires in under 5 minutes while the owner’s wife prepared amazing tacos for the customers. Needless to say, this restaurant serves specialty tacos with 7 different types of tequilas, including Herradura Silver and classic cocktails such as a ‘Palomas’ and a ‘mezcal mule.’  

    They also smoke all of their taco meats in their custom smokehouse. The taco meats may not be traditional to Mexican tacos, but they are all unique and delicious. Some of the most famous tacos include smoked pastrami tacos, crispy long island duck tacos, and seared wild-caught fish tacos. 

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    Hudson Eats

    Japanese Restaurant in Battery Park City
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    In the Hudson Eats you can enjoy a great view of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty. The restaurants are more in the upscale segment, so not really low budget, but even here there are a few alternatives to save a little money. You can find for example the Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar, Umami Burger and Dos Toros Taqueria. The architecture inside is also very impressive. Not only culinary is a visit to Hudson Eats worthwhile.

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    Lupe’s East L.A. Kitchen

    Mexican Restaurant in SoHo
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    Lupe’s East L.A. Kitchen is modeled after East L.A’s plentiful quaint and authentic taquerias. They are known for their seafood taco combos, with their top two being the fried flounder tacos and the shrimp chipotle tacos. The flounder is a mild-tasting, slightly sweet fish that is delicious when fried and eaten in a soft corn tortilla. You can also order the flounder tacos boiled for a healthier taco option. The seafood tacos are topped with lettuce, sour cream, and a creamy avocado sauce. Make sure you don’t leave without trying their creamy vanilla flan for dessert! 

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    Maya

    Mexican Restaurant in Upper East Side
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    Chef Richard Sandoval uses flavors and techniques from his Mexican roots while also experimenting with modern tastes at his restaurant Maya located in the Upper East Side. The tequila flights are a fun way to taste multiple tequilas without committing to selecting a drink. This is especially a great option since each tequila is carefully curated and added to the collection. 

    Some of the more exciting tequilas to try include ‘Casa Dragones’ and ‘Riazul.’ 100% of their selection of tequilas, including the Blanc’s are made with 100% blue agave. These high-end tequilas are best served with elegant lobster tacos or the zarandeado salmon special.

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    MEXiCUE

    Mexican Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan
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    MEXiCUE uses big, bold flavors from different seasons to make creative drinks and food. The food and drink menus are inspired by Mexican traditions while incorporating Southern American cooking and influence. 

    One must-try example of this mix of cultures is the smoky margarita with tequila Blanco (sensational!!!), mezcal, mole bitters, simple chili syrup, lime juice, and chili lime salt. You can even get a DIY flight of alcohol with a sweet and caramel taste, a savory and umami taste, and many more to try different tequilas and mezcals. Make sure to get an order of grilled cornbread before you leave with their special chipotle butter for the best smoky, soft cornbread. 

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    Patrón

    Mexican Restaurant in Hell's Kitchen
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    Patrón is the perfect place to go for dinner and cocktails in Hell’s Kitchen NYC. They even have an outdoor heated patio for those cold winters. Their specialty is to serve cocktails in Patrón bottles, such as their self-explanatory drink ‘Patrón in a bottle’ which has a frozen margarita with flavorings and a short and a half of Patron, and ‘Party over here’ which is a frozen margarita with mango, strawberry, and blue curacao. 

    The brunch at Patrón is also popular with their traditional huevos rancheros as one of their best sellers. The Huevos rancheros come with two crispy corn tortillas, two fried eggs, black beans, sour cream, queso fresco, tomatillo salsa, salsa guajillo, and a house salad.  

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    Pulqueria Restaurant & Agave Bar

    Mexican Restaurant in Chinatown
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    The Pulqueria Restaurant & Agave Bar is an authentic Mexican Restaurant that serves food and drinks inspired by Mexico City street food and Ancient Aztec culture. They are famous for their ‘margarita clasica’, which features the high-quality tequila Puerta Negra Joven with a smooth finish and minimal burn. The ‘margarita de pina’ is another crowd favorite that is slightly fruity with a spicy kick from the habanero bitters.  

    The barbacoa tacos are a popular choice if you are going for dinner since they braise their brisket in Mezcal Guajillo for additional flavor. The barbacoa tacos are also served on fresh, homemade corn tortillas that taste amazing. Don’t forget about dessert! Make sure to try the churros con chocolate for the best light, crispy, cinnamon churros with a thick and decadent chocolate dipping sauce. 

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    Rancho Tequileria

    Mexican Restaurant in Upper West Side
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    This Mexican bar and restaurant serve a wide variety of mezcals and tequilas. Rancho Tequileria has a location in the Upper West Side and another one in Hell’s Kitchen. They revamped Mexican street food such as elote, and made them suitable for casual dining. Their elote asado grilled corn on the cob with Mexican mayo, cotija cheese, and chile piquin is creamy, charred, and has the best mixture of spice and cheese. The de carnitas taco is another notable menu item. The tacos are made with dark beer and coca-cola marinated pork shoulder with cilantro, onions, and chile de arbol sauce. Get a side of sweet plantains with your tacos for delicious deep-fried, caramelized plantains.  

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    Rosie’s NYC

    Mexican Restaurant in East Village
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    Rosie’s Mexican restaurant in the East Village serves bold Mexican flavors redesigned in a modern way. Their tacos are made with corn tortillas that are black in color and always fresh, making for a tasty and colorful meal. Rosie’s is well known for their delicious veggie tacos called coliflor al mole, which is made with roasted cauliflower, plantain, house-made mole, and pickled onions. These tacos are full of exciting flavors. The crispy, delicata fried squash rings are also a favorite at Rosie’s. They are slightly sweet with a perfectly light outer layer of batter. There is also always room for dessert when it comes to their traditional churros con chocolate. 

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    Salvation Taco

    Mexican Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan
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    Taqueria at the Empire State Building with rooftop bar. If you are looking for good Mexican food in a beautiful ambience, you will definitely find it here.

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    Taco Dumbo

    Mexican Restaurant in Garment District
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    From Taco Dumbo, there are several Mexican restaurants in New York. Here you can find Mexican food inspired by California’s lifestyle, a great selection of tequila and mezcal and really good tacos!

    What I really like in addition to that? The interior, which is a mix of relaxed Californian design and colorful Mexican influences.

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    Tacombi

    Mexican Restaurant in West Village
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    Check out Tacombi for a kitschy, fun, and lively atmosphere with delicious authentic tacos. All of the tacos are served out of a classic red Volkswagen bus to capture the vacation in Mexico vibes. Their top tacos include the flavorful carne asada tacos with Sonoran style Holstein beef and their slow-roasted pork carnitas. Make sure to eat these with their refreshing agua frescas, such as the agua de sandia (watermelon) and agua de piña (pineapple). Aside from serving some of the best tacos in NYC, they fight food insecurity by donating thousands of Mexican dinners to people in need. 

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    Taqueria 86

    Mexican Restaurant in Upper West Side
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    Love soccer? Check out Taqueria 86, a Mexican restaurant inspired by the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. The puebla tacos are some of the most famous and unique tacos. All of the tacos served are made with gluten-free, handmade Nixtamal tortillas. These tacos are made with creamy stewed poblano peppers with corn and Mexican cream. Finish off your meal with a 3 leches de horchata Mexican sponge cake and feel like you have won the dining game. Taqueria 86 has some of the best tacos in NYC and eating there will make you wish you were playing a soccer game.  

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    Taqueria St. Marks Place

    Mexican Restaurant in East Village
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    This Mexican food is the real deal. Taqueria St. Marks Place boasts a 100% authentic menu without fajitas, nachos, or cheesy Mexican decorations. Instead, they serve traditional tacos with unique cuts of meat which are lengua (cow tongue), cabeza (cow head), and buche (cow stomach). These unique cuts make the best tacos in NYC. Each taco is a must-try and they all have a different texture. You can’t go wrong with any of these tacos whether you try the tender cabeza meat to the slightly chewy lengua. For those who are not feeling as adventurous there are also carnitas (pork), bistec (steak), and pescado (fish) tacos. 

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    Toloache

    Mexican Restaurant in Theatre District
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    Toloache is a chef-owned Mexican restaurant with locations in the Upper East Side and the Theater District. These fine-dining restaurants are modern and will give you the perfect culinary experience. They have a tasting menu with three types of guacamole, including traditional guacamole, fruity guacamole, and spicy guacamole. The menu is Mexican fusion, and each of their tacos is made with innovative components. For example, try the vegan calabacita taco with zucchini, corn, spicy kale, and queso fresco. If you feel like a classy taco, try the langosta tacos made with spicy lobster. These spicy lobster tacos are some of the best tacos in New York. 

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    Toro Loco

    Mexican Restaurant in Financial District
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    Toro Loco is a vibrant Mexican restaurant located in Manhattan’s Financial District. This modern restaurant has the highest quality ingredients, and they make fresh guacamole with whole avocados. Toro Loco is a great location for foodies, and they are one of the best taco places in New York. They are always on top of food trends, and their menu even has the trending quesabirria tacos with short rib and brisket birria and chihuahua cheese. The surf in turf tacos are also unique, and instead of the typical shrimp or lobster tacos, they are made with grilled sirloin steak and charred octopus.  

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    Tortaria

    Mexican Restaurant in Greenwich Village
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    If you are looking for the best tortas in the city, definitely head over to Tortaria in Greenwich Village. Tortaria is an innovative and hipster Mexican sandwich shop featuring tortas made from scratch and hand-pressed corn masa tortillas. The best item on the menu is the braised short rib torta. The braised short rib is exceptionally tender and pairs perfectly with the soft and authentic telera bread. 

    Their best tacos include the new menu item: queso taco made with a crispy queso shell. If you like breakfast tacos, go to Tortaria for the brunch and order the tacos huevos with scrambled eggs, salsa ranchera, and piloncillo. 

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    Tulcingo Del Valle

    Mexican Restaurant in Hell's Kitchen
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    Tulcingo Del Valle is a Mexican restaurant located in Hell’s Kitchen that serves award-winning tacos. The hand-crafted tacos are all made with fresh meat and the best ingredients. Tulcingo Del Valle is entirely authentic and they even have tripa tacos, which is beef tripe, and barbacoa de chivo tacos which are goat barbacoa. All of their tacos are vibrant and Instagram worthy partly due to their salsa verde, which is the most famous salsa verde in NYC. If you are feeling extra hungry, their burritos are also a must-try, and they are large and super filling! 

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    Vida Verde

    Mexican Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan
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    Vida Verde is one of the best Mexican-American fusion restaurants and tequila bars in NYC. Their large selection of cocktails makes it easy for everyone to find their favorite drinks. Try a ‘Burro Caliente’, a habanero infused tequila with pineapple, papaya, and lime juice for a fruity/spicy cocktail night. 

    You should also be on the lookout for specials on their website to score deals like $10 for 3 tacos on Taco Tuesdays or ½ price bottles on Wine Wednesdays. They even have some interesting fusion food items on their menu, like yucca fries or burritos with fried eggs wrapped inside. 

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    YUCO

    Mexican Restaurant in Greenwich Village
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    YUCO is a white tablecloth restaurant located in the Village that brings diners a contemporary twist on Yucatan-inspired foods. They are famous for their cutting-edge cocktails that challenge the pallet and combine new flavors. Make sure to try their ‘Columbidae Cocktail’ with Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, ginger, grapefruit, and smoked chili. ‘The Five Ages of Corn’ is also incredibly unique with Abasolo Ancestral Corn Mexican Whisky, Nixta Licor de Elote, corn husk, corn ash, and baby corn. 

    These fabulous drinks definitely deserve to be paired with delicious food, and YUCO delivers! Their seafood is considered some of the best in the city, and dishes such as scallops with tomatillo sauce and the crispy octopus appetizers are must-get dishes.

The Best Mexican Restaurants in Manhattan on the Map

A map with all mexican restaurants in Manhattan can be found here – just click on “FULL MAP” if you want to see more. You can click on each restaurant on the map to find out everything you need to know.

About the author
Steffen

I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On my blog I show you the best and most beautiful spots of the city, so that you have a really good time! You can also find lots of insider tips in our New York travel guide. Also check out my hotel finder for New York!

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