The 37 Best Mexican Restaurants in NYC Right Now

Which Mexican restaurant in New York is the best?

Are you looking for the best Mexican restaurants in New York? 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 are what make the seemingly simple recipes work for me. I really love going out for Mexican food, and there are several good restaurants in New York. 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 of New York’s 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 Mexican Restaurants in NYC

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    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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    Haab Taqueria

    Mexican Restaurant in Park Slope
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    Haab Taqueria emphasizes on the quality of ingredients compared to many other Mexican restaurants in New York. Everything is freshly prepared and the sauces are made in-house. With plant-based diets on the rise, Haab Taqueria has a vegan-friendly menu to accommodate non-meat eaters. You have choices between 12 different tacos: there is everything from fish to duck. Our personal favorites are the classic grilled chicken tacos!

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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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    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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    Mexican Restaurant in Greenpoint
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    Oxomoco is a Michelin-1-star restaurant in NYC that serves some of the city’s best mezcal and tequila cocktails. Each drink has entirely unique ingredients such as the ‘que te pasa, calabaza’, which has mezcal, pumpkin, and apple brandy. 

    The dishes are also inspired by traditional Mexican ingredients, such as the beef tartare tostada with grasshopper mayo, avocado, arbol peanuts, and quelites. Oxomoco is one of the most interesting and classy restaurants in the city, so whether you make a reservation for brunch, dinner, or drinks, you won’t regret it.  

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    Mexican Restaurant in Columbia Street Waterfront District
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    For a really memorable brunch experience, head to Alma, a true Brooklyn gem renowned for its vibrant Mexican cuisine and jaw-dropping views of the iconic Manhattan skyline. Once here, prepare to ascend two flights of stairs to their year-round rooftop, where an Instagram-worthy Mexican feast awaits, featuring irresistible breakfast burritos and tantalizing chilaquiles.

    And vegetarians, listen up! You absolutely cannot miss their hearty Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito, bursting with flavorful vegetarian chorizo, scrambled eggs, pico de gallo, cheddar cheese, and black beans. But let’s not forget their diverse selection of tequilas, mezcals, and cocktails that will keep you coming back for more. Alma effortlessly captures the hearts of brunch enthusiasts with its trendy ambiance and soul-satisfying fare, so I cannot recommend this place enough.

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    Añejo Tribeca

    Mexican Restaurant in Tribeca
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    Up next is one of my favorite boozy bottomless brunch spots in NYC. Imagine a tequila bar that offers a bottomless brunch in NYC! Sounds too good to be true, huh? It’s not! Located in Tribeca, Añejo’s $55 bottomless brunch deal sets the scene for a gastronomic extravaganza. Paired with an array of unlimited cocktails and tantalizing dishes, you’ll leave fulfilled and more than a little merry. 

    The shrimp empanadas and coconut French toast are a few of my go-to favorites, as they truly encapsulate the Mexican brunch experience. So, be sure to mark your calendar for weekends from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM because this culinary fiesta at Añejo is not to be missed!

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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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    Casa Bond NoHo

    Mexican Restaurant in NoHo
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    Casa Bond, a Mexican restaurant in NYC, offers an escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Owned by Mike Khuu and led by Executive Chef-Owner Rodrigo Abrajan and Managing Partner Luis Villanueva, this vibrant eatery brings the flavors of the Mexican Riviera and Central Mexico to the Bowery dining scene. Casa Bond’s tacos are culinary works of art.

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    Casa Enrique

    Mexican Restaurant in Long Island City
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    Casa Enrique is a popular restaurant in Long Island City, New York, that is known for its authentic Mexican cuisine. If you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day at Casa Enrique, you can expect to find a variety of delicious dishes on the menu, including tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and more. The restaurant also offers a selection of cocktails and beers to complement your meal.

    As far as Valentine’s Day restaurants NYC go, Casa Enrique is always a great option that offers unique flair, tasty food, and the perfect ambiance to enjoy a quiet, romantic evening with the person you love.

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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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    Casa Publica

    Mexican Restaurant in Williamsburg
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    The Casa Publica is an authentic Mexican restaurant in Williamsburg.

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    Mexican Restaurant in Park Slope
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    At Chela, every guest should feel like they’re on vacation in Mexico – in the middle of Park Slope Brooklyn. And the delicious margaritas definitely help with that! Queso Fundido and guacamole for starters… yum! Taco Tuesday at Chela is popular. The price is good and the tacos are fresh and homemade. It also gets crowded on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch between 11 am and 4 pm. Then the motto is unlimited mimosas, French toast, huevos rancheros, and more at one of the best brunch restaurants in Park Slope. Reservations are recommended, but spontaneous guests are also welcome. In summer, there is extra seating outside.

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    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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    Mexican Restaurant in Sunset Park
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    Next time you’re in the mood for a Mexican food adventure, head over to Claro. This fantastic little spot is nestled in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood. And trust me! This place knows how to do brunch right, with a menu bursting with Oaxacan specialties, like homemade tortillas and mezcal. Their star attraction? The short rib chilaquiles that are part of a three-course prix fixe brunch. 

    Oh, and don’t skip on their Quesadillas De Verano or the Mole Rojo. But what I like the most is when the weather’s warm, and I can snag a seat on their charming patio. This Michelin-starred gem effortlessly blends New York and Oaxacan vibes, making it a must-try brunch destination.

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    Cocina Chente

    Mexican Restaurant in Riverdale
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    Step into Cocina Chente, and you’ll feel like you’ve crossed an invisible border into a warm, lively Mexican cocina (kitchen). The enticing aroma of sizzling spices will fill your nose, and you’ll know that you’re in for a treat. 

    When it comes to their menu, the Huevos Rancheros is an explosion of flavors that will start your day off right. But if that’s not your style, their succulent Spanish chorizo, and Angus beef combo are sure to leave you smacking your lips. And whatever you do – don’t forget to try their amazing Margaritas! Either way, when you visit Cocina Chente, prepare to have your meal transformed into a fiesta!

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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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    Dos Toros Taqueria

    Mexican Restaurant in Williamsburg
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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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    Mexican Restaurant in Park Slope
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    Imagine a whirlwind of exquisite flavors at your fingertips. That’s FONDA in the amazing Park Slope neighborhood! This restaurant is a sanctuary of high-end Mexican cuisine, where a flat fee of just $35 can transport you into a brunch paradise. Complete with one entree and three robust drinks, including their potent signature margarita, what could possibly be better?

    Yet, the adventure doesn’t end there! Dining here, expect to find traditional yet contemporary favorites such as black mole enchiladas, huevos rancheros, and classic eggs benedict. Whether you’re seated indoors or on their charming patio, the relaxed atmosphere of this great bottomless brunch hotspot will keep you coming back for more.

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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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    Jajaja Mexicana

    Vegan Restaurant in West Village
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    As you can probably tell from the name, Jajaja Mexicana serves Mexican cuisine, and more specifically, Mexican street-style food. And every dish is vegan! Inside, you can expect to see tiling, paneling, and bright colors that combine to create a welcoming and casual environment for you to enjoy your meal.

    Then, it’s simply a matter of choosing between all the great options on the menu. You may end up choosing one of their tacos, some chips with their queso dip, or even a bowl of turmeric cauliflower rice. Although their chorizo burrito is particularly popular!

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    La Contenta LES

    Mexican Restaurant in Lower East Side
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    After a day at the bustling Essex Market, be sure to find La Contenta, a Mexican restaurant that warms the hearts of foodies and West Coast transplants alike. With brunch hours from 12 pm to 4 pm, Thursday to Sunday, it’s the perfect spot to fulfill your cravings for authentic Mexican breakfast.

    Dishes like the Mexican Omelette with avocado, pico de gallo, and Swiss cheese will transport your taste buds straight to Mexico. The Huevos Rancheros and Tres Leches French Toast with berry compote and maple butter are also personal favorites. At La Contenta, every dish feels like a celebration of authentic Mexican food. So, why wait? Start exploring!

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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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    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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    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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    Mezcals Mexican Restaurant

    Mexican Restaurant in Park Slope
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    After exploring Park Slope, we recommend checking out Mezcal’s Mexican Restaurant. The food is authentic, reasonably priced and ideal for lunch or dinner We recommend their burritos and if you like tequila, you can try more than 70 varieties. Of course, the classics like guac with chips and salsa and tacos are highly recommended as well. Mezcal’s provides outdoor seating right on 5th Avenue, so you can watch the hustle and bustle of Park Slope.

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    Miti Miti

    Mexican Restaurant in Park Slope
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    Yearning for brunch with a Latino flair? Allow us to introduce you to Miti Miti, your new favorite spot. Conveniently nestled in Park Slope, this hidden gem transforms ordinary brunch into a vibrant fiesta, and it’s available every single day. From the moment you walk in, you’re welcomed by a festive ambiance, making you feel as if you’ve been whisked away to a sunny Mexican patio.

    Sink your teeth into their delicious chilaquiles or hearty breakfast burrito, and get ready for an explosion of flavor. But what’s brunch without cocktails? Whether you’re sipping on a classic bloody mary, mermaid sangria, or a bubbly mimosa, you’re sure to leave with a smile. So, don your sombrero and get ready to samba with your taste buds at Miti Miti!

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    Mexican Restaurant in Queens
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    At the heart of Queens, in Astoria, there’s a treasure named Mojave. This Southwestern and Mexican-inspired restaurant serves bottomless brunch in NYC all day, which includes a 90-minute bottomless drinks option. And for $35 extra, you can dive into unlimited mimosas, margaritas, sangrias, and more. 

    As for the setting, imagine adobe hacienda charm mixed with artistic touches and soft candlelight in the evenings. The menu, full of southwestern and authentic Mexican dishes, doesn’t disappoint either. Try the Southwestern Breakfast Burrito packed with chicken or steak, bell peppers, and scrambled eggs, or dig into their Pancakes, with options of blueberry or caramelized banana toppings. Regardless of what you pick, you really can’t go wrong at Mojave!

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    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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    Ponche Taqueria

    Mexican Restaurant in Hell's Kitchen
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    Right in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, you’ll satisfy those cravings for Mexican cuisine at Ponche Taqueria. The pescado taco is one of the most popular menu items, made with tempura mahi-mahi and a chipotle remoulade. Topped with pickled cabbage, it has all the textural elements and flavors to excite your taste buds. The burritos are also a life-changing experience in this contemporary Mexican restaurant which has reasonable prices, ideal for those who splurged on those Broadway tickets.

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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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    Mexican Restaurant in Murray Hill
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    Only three blocks from Grand Central Terminal is Sinigual, where you can enjoy incomparable Mexican dishes as well as handmade margaritas and a homemade signature guacamole. All dishes are prepared with farm fresh ingredients.

    At Sinigual, the service is reminiscent of the friendly hospitality experienced in Mexico. Thanks to a carefully crafted menu, dining at this restaurant is an authentic Mexican experience.

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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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    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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    Tacos Lokos 4ever

    Mexican Restaurant in Greenpoint
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    Tacos Lokos 4ever is a Tex-Mex restaurant with a crazy mix of American and Mexican food that just works. They have the most delicious breakfast tacos in NYC, and they have eggs, red potatoes, pinto beans, cheese, and Mexican slaw. Even though all of their creations sound wild, they always end up tasting like a delicious explosion of all the best foods. The Philly cheesesteak tacos are one great example of their experimental menu, but the Philly steak, grilled onions, jalapeños, and cheese all come together with the corn tortilla to make the best non-traditional tacos.  

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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 Al Pastor

    Mexican Restaurant in Bushwick
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    At Taqueria Al Pastor you can find delicious things and a mixture of different Mexican flavors to choose from on their menu. Accompany your meal with a classic Mexican soda or a refreshing horchata. They are waiting for you with open arms ready to serve as you deserve.

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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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    Mexican Restaurant in Chelsea
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    Imagine enjoying some Mexican street food after soaking up Chelsea’s art scene. Temerario, located on 8th Avenue, offers you this and more. Their brunch hours are from 11 am to 3:30 pm every weekend, when they serve up a feast for the senses. 

    Try the NY steak paired with sunny-side-up eggs, dressed in an aromatic chimichurri sauce with a side of house potatoes. Got a knack for spice? Give their Smoky Jalapeño Margarita a go. It’s a thrilling experience, but not for the faint-hearted.

    And if you really want to make it a great brunch, then go for the 90-minute bottomless Mimosas, Margaritas, or Sangria. Between their brunch items and drink options, Temerario is always a go-to when I want something out of the ordinary.

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    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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    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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    Tortazo Times Square

    Mexican Restaurant in Theatre District
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    Tortazo is a fresh Mexican dining concept by renowned chef Rick Bayless, drawing inspiration from Mexico’s vibrant food, colors, and culture. It’s a place where you can explore bold flavors and discover new culinary experiences while experiencing the genuine warmth of Mexican hospitality. The first Tortazo location opened in 2020 in Chicago. In 2021, they expanded to New York City’s NoMad neighborhood as a full-service restaurant. In January 2023, they opened their second location in the heart of Times Square.

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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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    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.

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