Best Mexican Restaurants and Margaritas in New York City

December 14, 2018 0 0

The best Mexican restaurants in NYC won’t disappoint. After all, happy hour calls for margaritas. And margaritas call for chips and guac. And chips and guac call for tacos. And… well, you get the picture. Finding the best Mexican food in New York City isn’t difficult, but we’ve rounded up our top picks to make your happy hour destination choice much easier. Whether you’re looking for an elevated experience like The Black Ant or no-frills bites like those LOS TACOS No. 1 serves up, we’ve got you covered. It’s five o’clock somewhere, so plan your evening early with our top picks for Mexican and margs in NYC.

Name Location Description
Cosme 35 E 21st St
New York, NY 10010
Cosme is sleek, fresh, and flavorful, and the restaurant has hosted some truly famous clientele. The food itself has star power too – think duck carnitas, bone marrow salsa, and fresh tortillas. El Ninja will be your drink of choice here.
LOS TACOS No. 1 75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011 

229 West 43rd St
New York, NY 10036

Savory tacos will be handed to you in fresh corn tortillas hot off the grill here. Filling options include chicken, steak, and pork, but you can also get nopal (grilled cactus). Eats are best enjoyed on-the-go as you won’t find any seating here.
Atla 372 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
From the same team that brought you Cosme, Atla is a more vegetable-focused alternative that still features major Mexican influences in its cooking. Here you’ll find juices, salads, and bowls that will appeal to a more health-minded crowd.
Empellón 510 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022
The Classic Margarita at Empellón provides a perfect starter to your meal. Entrees here are best shared though to give everyone at your table a taste of all the top-notch choices on offer. The Crisp Pork Belly with Chicharrón and Herbs should be at the top of your dining list.
Fonda 434 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
With three locations across NYC, Fonda offers a convenient destination when you need to get a fix of chips and guac. Its Rosalita margarita will whet your appetite as well. You can find locations in the East Village, Chelsea, and Park Slope.
Claro 284 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Offering a little piece of Oaxaca in Gowanus, Claro’s patio dining is sublime and its house-made tortillas will take your meal to the next level. Better yet, everything in the restaurant is gluten-free thanks to Oaxacan criollo corn.
La Biblioteca 622 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10017
¿La Biblioteca de que? Tequila, por supuesto. With over 400 bottles of tequila on offer here, this venue will craft a variety of inventive cocktails to your liking. If you’re looking for a recommendation, go for the Zengo Margarita. Blood orange, peppers, and cilantro provide a flavor combination that you won’t find in standard-issue cocktails.
The Black Ant 60 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
This hotspot’s dark lighting contrasts with the bright flavors of the food to bring your dining experience to a new level. Start your meal with the Black Ant Guacamole and let your taste buds guide you from there.
Móle 57 Jane Street
New York, NY 10014
You’ll find three locations across the city that are all dishing up Mexican classics in rustic settings. Menus include all your favorites from tacos, burritos and fajitas to chips and salsa.
Casa Enrique 5-48 49th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
What should you try at this sleek spot in Queens? The Pastel Tres Leches. It’s made with three types of milk and finished off with goat milk caramel – few regional sweet treats compare.



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Ciara Corcoran

Assistant Editor Ciara is a DC native and East Coast roamer with degrees in both English Professional Writing and Drama & Theatre Studies from Elon University. She's written for a variety of publications including Highway 64, Travel Writing at Elon, and Odyssey. More of her work can be found at

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