Top 5 Mexican Restaurants in New York City
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Top 5 Mexican Restaurants in New York City

Published: July 19th, 2014

Being a native Texan, specifically a Houstonian, I consider myself an expert in Mexican cuisine. It is my soul food, that which most reminds me of home. Mexican restaurants are a wonderful place to bring friends and family together…to relax and have fun! I have made it my mission to find the most authentic and finest Mexican cuisine in New York City. I have personally ventured to all of these wonderful spots, and had a new and exciting experience each time. Disfruta!

La Esquina
Located in trendy Nolita neighborhood, La Esquina offers wonderful and fresh Mexican cuisine.  La Esquina translates to “The Corner”, which occupies the coveted streets of Kenmare and Lafayette. It may look just like a small, casual taco stand from the exterior, however do not be fooled. On trend with many upcoming NYC speakeasies, as
you enter, you are met with a host to take your reservation and head straight downstairs and through the kitchen to the gorgeous dim-lit dining space. The vibe is cool and trendy, and the food lives up to the reputation! Tip: Reservations highly recommended
My favorite: try their skinny margaritas made with tequila, agave nectar and limes for a fresh and light taste on a classic margarita!
Good For: a trendy NYC scene
Price: $$$

Diablo Royale
A staple in the West Village, located on the boisterous corner of West 10th and West 4th, Diablo Royale is full of excitement. I have dined on many occasions, however I do recommend them as an excellent brunch spot, offering a $26.00 brunch special.   A great way to spend Saturday or Sunday with friends, and a perfect jumping off point to many fun spots in the West Village after brunch!
My Favorite: try the Diablo Ricky drink (3/4 beer, 1/4 margarita!), and the Huevos Rancheros
Good For: Fun and friendly vibe
Price $$



This Mexican hideaway is a real gem. Ofrenda offers delicious and fresh Mexican in a casual and inviting candlelit atmosphere. This was one of my first discoveries, and I will definitely keep going back.
My Favorite: order the queso fundido and the pork belly tacos… you will not be disappointed!
Good For: Casual night
Price: $$

With a fairly new opening (since January 2012), Añejo has gained much popularity and buzz located in Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. The chef and partner Angelo Sosa, a past contestant on Bravo TV’s Top Chef Competition, delivers innovative dishes with a refined and sophisticated style. Tip: They are open during the week for dinner only, and on the weekends for brunch-dinner.
My Favorite: order the Blistered Shishito Peppers with chorizo served with warm tortillas…only if you like spicy!
Good For: Foodies
Price: $$

Mercadito and Mercadito Grove
A small nook, delivering big taste! Small and intimate, they offer 2 locations; Mercadito the heart of the East Village/Alphabet City and Mercadito Grove in the West Village.  This is a great date spot with a cozy atmosphere.
My Favorite: Trio of guacamole
Good For: Date spot
Price: $$


Whatever food you are in the mood for, New York City has it, and our concierge team is ready to help you select the right one. If you are staying at the Library Hotel, Casablanca Hotel, Hotel Giraffe or Hotel Elysee, just give us a little information about what you are seeking and we will help you find it. Buen provecho!