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Mexican and Central American in New York

Updated Oct 05 2014 04:43 PM EST with 135 listings
Tequila shrimp, fajitas, white cheese, quesedillas, mole and enchiladas are sure to be found in any Mexican restaurant. Peppers, spice, and tropical fruits are often the theme in Central American restaurants.
Mexican Cuisine: Come to Mexican restaurants and indulge your appetite for hot and spicy delights. A Mexican meal is not a meal without tortillas- the round, flat, pancake-like disks that are eaten with nearly any non-dessert dish, including salads, meats, seafood, beans and vegetables. Traditional meat dishes include cabrito (roasted kid goat), carnitas (braised pork cut into thin slices), fajitas (strips of beef grilled over coals) and more. The choice of seafood varies from shellfish, oysters, clams and scallops to crabs, shrimps, crayfish, lobsters and abalone. Mexican tequila is a famous alcoholic liquor. If you want something softer, try Margaritas - a cocktail made with tequila and lime juice. Suddenly you feel a hot fire coursing through your veins, and you want to dance. It's fiesta time! For more information on Mexican cuisine and recipes please visit Global Gourmet.

Mexican and Central American in New York

Mexican Restaurants (33 listings total)

Cafe el Portal

Family-owned Mexican restaurannt marked by a vibrant yellow exterior
174 Elizabeth St., Little Italy NY betw Kenmare & Spring St, Tel 212-226-4642

Chipotle - Chelsea

304 W. 34th St., Chelsea NY 10001 at 8th Ave., Tel 212-268-4197

Chipotle - East Village

19 St. Marks Pl., East Village NY 10003 betw 2nd & 3rd Ave, Tel 212-529-4502

Chipotle - Financial District

Modern exican fast-food cafeteria
2 Broadway, Financial District NY 10004 at Whitehall St., Tel 212-344-0941
Website: chipotle.com

Chipotle - Midtown

150 E. 52nd St., Midtown NY 10022 betw Lexington & 3rd Ave, Tel 212-755-9754

Chipotle - Midtown

150 E. 44th St., Midtown NY 10017 betw Lexington & 3rd Ave, Tel 212-682-9860

Chipotle Mexican Grill - East Village

55 E. 8th St., East Village NY 10003 Tel 212-982-3081

Chipotle Mexican Grill - Greenwich Village

680 Avenue of Americas, Greenwich Village NY 10010 Tel 212-206-3781

Chipotle Mexican Grill - West Village

200 Varick St., West Village NY 10014 Tel 646-336-6264

Cosmic Cantina

East Village Mexican cuisine, many options to takeout
101 Third Ave., Greenwich Village NY 10003 at 13th St., Tel 212-420-0975

Dos Caminos

475 West Broadway, Soho NY 10012 at Houston St., Tel 212-277-4300
Website: brguestrestaurants.com

El Mariachi Restaurant

3856 Tenth Ave., Inwood NY 10034 Tel 212-567-2516

El Paso Taqueria

64 E. 97th St., East Harlem NY 10029 at Park Ave., Tel 212-996-1739


Gramercy cantina offers large selection of tequilas and gives the upscale Mexican spirit
48 E. 29th St., Midtown South NY 10016 betw Madison Ave. & Park Ave. So, Tel 212-683-4833
Website: ixtarestaurant.com

La Ceiba

Good Mexican food at good prices.
173 Avenue A, East Village NY 10009 at 11th St., Tel 212-677-0443

La Paloma Burritos

359 W. 45th St., Clinton NY 10036 Tel 212-581-3844

Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen

110 Sixth Ave., Soho NY 10013 at Watts St, Tel 212-966-1326

Mama Mexico

Small, cheerful, friendly Mexican cantina serving hard to resist Mexican cuisine. Draws big crowds from the locals.
214 E. 49th St., Turtle Bay NY 10017 Bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves, Tel 212-935-1316
Website: mamamexico.com


Mexican seviche, tacos & other small plates.
179 Avenue B, Alphabet City NY 10009 betw 11th & 12th St, Tel 212-529-6490

Mi Cocina

Enchilada emporium serving some of the best Mexican cuisine in NYC. Very popular with the locals.
57 Jane St., West Village NY 10014 betw W.12th & Horatio St, Tel 212-627-8273

Mo's Caribbean Bar & Mexican Grille

If you're on the Upper East Side and in the mood for a goofy, quasi-Carib, quasi-Mexican Waspafarian experience, just say Mo. - Time Out New York Guide
1454 Second Ave., Yorkville NY at 76th St., Tel 212-650-0561


Seafood-centric Midtown Mexican restaurant; delicious drinks and lovely terrace round out the evening performances
209 E. 49th St., Sutton Place NY 10017 betw 2nd & 3rd Ave, Tel 212-751-4545
Website: modernmexican.com

Panchito's Mexican Restaurant

105 Macdougal St., Greenwich Village NY Tel 212-473-5239

Rancho Mexican Cafe

Come for a fiesta and enjoy exotic yet traditional Mexican cuisine, and Zagat rated "Best Margaritas in NYC."
570 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side NY 10024 betw 82nd & 83rd St, Tel 212-362-1514
Website: ranchocafe.com


Mexican food in a Southwestern atmosphere. Known for it's blood-orange margaritas. (Time Out New York.) Website
19 Fulton St., Fulton NY 10038 South St Seaport, Tel 212-571-5900
Fax: 212-571-5905

Rosa Mexicano

61 Columbus Ave., Lincoln Center NY 10023 at 62nd St., Tel 212-977-7700
Website: rosamexicano.com

Salsa y Salsa

Little Mexican restaurant in Chelsea, serving standard, tasty and colorful dishes and fabulous frozen cocktails
206 Seventh Ave., Chelsea NY 10011 betw 21st & 22nd St, Tel 212-929-2678

Soho Cantina

Mexican dining with candlelit setting.
Manhattan Valley NY 10012


A really good dream transports you to another world where every discovery is captivating and delightful.
311 W. 17th St., Chelsea NY 10011 Tel 212-243-1333
Website: suenosnyc.com

Taco House

1280 First Ave., Uptown East NY 10021 Tel 212-396-2754

Tacos Puebla Restaurant

522 W. 207th St., Inwood NY 10034 Tel 212-942-1881

Tio Pepe

Serving terrific Spanish-Mexican cuisine in a festive yet relaxing atmosphere since 1972. Great outdoor dining during the summer months.
168 W. 4th St., Greenwich Village NY 10014 Bet. 6th & 7th Aves., Tel 212-242-9338
Website: tiopepenyc.com

Zona Rosa

Charming Midtown bi-level Mexican restaurant serving tasty meals and specialty drinks, retro-fashionable space decor
40 W. 56th St., Midtown NY 10019 bet. 5th & 6th Aves., Tel 212-247-2800
Website: zonarosarestaurant.com

Spanish/mexican Restaurants (99 listings total)

Ah! Chihuahua

330 E. 53rd St., Sutton Place NY at Second Ave, Tel 212-888-6807


Midtown Mexican restaurant and bar.
304 E. 48th St., Turtle Bay NY 10017 betw First & Second Ave, Tel 212-759-0590

Alcala Restaurant Inc

Recommended Dishes: Plato campero, chuletitas de cordero a la parrila, atun a la plancha. Lunch, outdoor Dining, Romantic, full bar etc
342 E. 42nd St., New York NY 10017 Tel 212-370-1866

Arriba Arriba

Amsterdam Ave., Bet. 83rd and 84th., Tel 212-580-8206

Arriba Arriba Mexican Restaurant

Delicious Mexican food, fast fod and carry out services available.
762 Ninth Ave., Clinton NY 10019 at 51st St., Tel 212-489-0810


Spanish cured meats and cheeses, garlic shrimps and more
77 Warren St., Financial District NY 10007 Tel 212-284-0578
Website: azafrannyc.com

Benny's Burritos - East Village

93 Avenue A, East Village NY 10009 at 6th St, Tel 212-254-2054

Benny's Burritos - West Village

Good Tex-Mex cuisine accompanied by an international selection of beers and mixed drinks. Perfect strawberry margaritas.
113 Greenwich Ave., West Village NY 10014 at Jane St, Tel 212-633-9210

Big Enchilada

A great meal on the go. - CitySearch
28 E. 12th St., Greenwich Village NY Tel 212-627-7940


Chain of Mexican restaurants offering New Yorkers an affordable way to sample authentic Mexican cuisine. Many different locations throughout NYC.
Website: blockheads.com

Blockheads - Financial District

4 Vesey St., Financial District NY Tel 212-619-8226
Fax: 212-619-8040

Blockheads - Kips Bay

499 Third Ave., Kips Bay NY Betw 33rd & 34th Sts, Tel 212-213-3332
Fax: 21268629047

Blockheads - Sutton Place

954 Second Ave., Sutton Place NY Betw 50th & 51st Sts, Tel 212-750-2020

Blockheads - Yorkville

1563 Second Ave., Yorkville NY Bet. 81st & 82nd Sts, Tel 212-879-1999
Fax: 212-879-1627

Blue Moon - Chelsea

150 Eighth Ave., Chelsea NY 10011 Betw 17th & 18th Sts, Tel 212-463-0560

Blue Moon - Yorkville

1444 First Ave., Yorkville NY 10021 at 75th, Tel 212-288-9811

Bright Food Shop

Chelsea luncheonette. Innovative healthy Mexican menu, with great selection of desserts and fruit sodas.
216 --218 Eighth Ave., Chelsea NY 10011 at 21st St., Tel 212-243-4433

Burrito Loco Restaurant

166 W. 4th St., Greenwich Village NY 10014 Off 6th Ave., Tel 212-675-1977
Website: burritoloco.com

Burritoville - Chelsea

264 W. 23rd St., Chelsea NY 10004 betw Seventh & Eigth Ave, Tel 212-367-9844

Burritoville - Clinton

625 Ninth Ave., Clinton NY at 44th St, Tel 212-333-5352

Burritoville - Financial District

36 Water St., Financial District NY betw. Broad St & Coenties Slip, Tel 212-747-1100

Burritoville - Hell's Kitchen

352 W. 39th St., Hell's Kitchen NY at Ninth Ave., Tel 212-563-9088

Burritoville - Lower East Side

141 Second Ave., Lower East Side NY betw St Marks Pl, & 9th St, Tel 212-260-3300

Burritoville - Upper West Side

451 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side NY Betw.81st & 82nd Sts, Tel 212-787-8181

Burritoville - Yorkville

1487 First Ave., Yorkville NY at 77th St, Tel 212-472-8800

Burritoville Inc - Financial District

144 Chambers St., Financial District NY at Hudson Street, Tel 212-964-5048

Burritoville Inc - Lincoln Center

166 W. 72nd St., Lincoln Center NY Neer Broadway, Tel 212-580-7700

Burritoville Inc - West Village

298 Bleeker St., West Village NY Near 7th Ave., Tel 212-633-9249

Burritoville Inc.

866 Third Ave., Midtown NY Bet. 3rd & Lex Aves., Tel 212-980-4111

Cafe Frida

Mexican cantina serving colorful food. Definately a charming experience.
368 Columbus Ave., Upper West Side NY 10024 Betw 77th & 78th sts, Tel 212-712-2929

Cafe Habana

Cuban-Mexican sandwiches, char-grilled burgers and crisp salads.
17 Prince St., NoLita NY 10012 at Elizabeth St, Tel 212-625-2001

Calle Nueve

Mexican restaurant serving dishes from several regions
21 W. 9th St., Greenwich Village NY betw Fifth & Sixth Ave, Tel 212-995-0600

Casa Mexicana

Upscale Lower East Side Restaurant offering new and old versions of Mexican cuisine.
133 Ludlow St., Lower East Side NY at Rivington St., Tel 212-473-4100

Casa Mono

Eschews the trendy avant-garde direction that Spanish cuisine has taken as of late.
52 Irving Pl., Gramercy Park NY 10017 at 17th St., Tel 212-253-2773


Flatiron neighborhood stop for tacos, chili-rubbed chicken, and frozen margarita
239 Park Ave. So., Gramercy Park NY 10003 near 20th St., Tel 212-477-1500

Chihuahua's Mexican Place

1452 Second Ave., Yorkville NY 10021 75th & 76th Sts, Tel 212-772-1006

Dos Caminos

275 seats, over 150 tequila varieties, Mexican cuisine
373 Park Ave., Midtown NY 10016 betw 26th & 27th St, Tel 212-294-1000
Website: brguestrestaurants.com

El Azteca Mexican Restaurant

783 Ninth Ave., Clinton NY 10019 Tel 212-307-0616

El Cantinero

Consistently good "as close to authentic" Mexican food that you'll find in NYC. Very reasonably priced too.
86 University Pl., Greenwich Village NY 10003 Tel 212-255-9378

El Charro Espanol

Popular neighbourhood restaurant serving Spanish and Mexican cuisines. Great sangria and tapas.
4 Charles St., Greenwich Village NY 10014 Tel 212-242-9547
Tel: 212-243-8413

El Malecon - Upper West Side

Family-run diner that tourists, students, and neighborhood regulars love to frequent for the fried chicken, sandwiches and caramel flan.
764 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side NY 10025 betw 97th & 98th St, Tel 212-864-5648

El Malecon - Washington Heights

Uptown Dominican home cooking cafe
4141 Broadway, Washington Heights NY 10033 at 175th St., Tel 212-927-3812

El Nuevo Amanecer

By day, a great place to hang out and have a few drinks. By night a filling station for Lower East Side barhoppers. Lot's of fun.
117 Stanton St., Lower East Side NY 10002 at Essex St, Tel 212-387-9115

El Parador Cafe

One of the oldest Mexican restaurants in NYC. Known for its traditional cuisine and premium margaritas
325 E. 34th St., Kips Bay NY 10016 betw 1st & 2nd Ave, Tel 212-679-6812
E-mail: Lparador@aol.com

El Rio Grande

Great meeting place. Lots of fun. Fine Mexican restaurant serving excellent Mexican cuisine plus intoxicating margaritas. Great deck for those warm summer nights.
160 E. 38th St., Murray Hill NY at Third Ave, Tel 212-867-0922

El Sombrero

Lower east side fixture serving authentic spicey hot Mexican cuisine. With a Latin jukebox, murals and a splattering of sambreros as a back drop.
108 Stanton St., Lower East Side NY 10002 at Ludlow St, Tel 212-254-4188

El Teddy's

Mexican with an attitude served in a unique setting. Great food. Choose from more than 30 non-frozen margaritas. Take-out available.
219 West Broadway, Tribeca NY 10013 betw Franklin & White St, Tel 212-941-7070
Fax: 212-941-7074


Authetic Basque cuisine in East Village, tasty seafood dishes and tapas
108 E. 4th St., East Village NY 10003 at 1st Ave., Tel 212-982-9788
Website: euzkadirestaurant.com

Festival Mexicano

Small restaurant, quiet atmosphere. Very affordable. Grab a beer and a quick snack.
120 Rivington St., Lower East Side NY at Essex St, Tel 212-995-0154

Flying Burrito Brothers

Great place to dine on the cheap. Huge portions of great tasting vegetarian Mexican cuisine. Friendly staff.
165 W. 4th St., Greenwich Village NY 11211 Tel 212-691-3663

Fresco Tortilla Plus

143 Fulton St., Fulton NY 10038 Tel 212-732-4999


Choose from a wide selection of wraps, salads and unusal Mexican cuisine while gazing at the World Trade Centers.
107 West Broadway, Tribeca NY 10013 at Reade St, Tel 212-766-0911
Fax: 212-766-0913

Harry's Burrito Junction - Greenwich Village

76 W. 3rd St., Greenwich Village NY 10012 at Thompson St, Tel 212-260-5588

Harry's Burrito Junction - Lincoln Center

Off beat little burrito station. Southwestern decor. Fantastic food extra reasonable prices.
241 Columbus Ave., Lincoln Center NY at 71st St, Tel 212-580-9494

Havana Alma De Cuba

Good Cuban cuisine in charming atmosphere.
94 Christopher St., West Village NY 10014 Tel 212-242-3800

Hell's Kitchen

Authentic doesn't always mean better. Try this rendition of loosely connected new and innovative Mexican cuisine.
679 Ninth Ave., Clinton NY 10036 Btw 46th & 47th Sts, Tel 212-977-1588
Website: hellskitchen-nyc.com


Modern dining room with bright orange and blue color scheme. Excellent nuevo Cubano cuisine.
39 Downing St., Greenwich Village NY betw Bedford St & Seventh Ave, Tel 212-352-2822


1575 Lexington Ave., East Harlem NY 10029 at 101st St., Tel 212-423-0255

Itzocan Cafe

Haute Mexican cuisine in the Upper Upper East Side offers superb native dishes
438 E. 9th St., East Village NY 10009 betw First Ave. & Ave A., Tel 212-677-5856


Tastfully decorated tranquil dining room. Fantastic complex Asian cuisine fused with Mexican flavors.
186 Avenue A, East Village NY Betw 11th & 12th Sts, Tel 212-529-2658

La CigaleLa Conquista

236 LaFayette St., Soho NY at Spring St., Tel 212-598-4321

La Palapa - East Village

77 St. Marks Pl., East Village NY 10003 betw 1st & 2nd Ave, Tel 212-777-2537
Website: lapalapa.com

La Palapa - Greenwich Village

Authentic Mexican cuisine served in a friendly relaxing atmosphere
359 Sixth Ave., Greenwich Village NY 10014 at Washington Pl., Tel 212-243-6870
Website: lapalapa.com

La Taza de Oro

Great homemade, Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican food at great prices.
96 Eighth Ave., Chelsea NY 10011 betw 14th & 15th St, Tel 212-243-9946

Little Place, The

Its a squeeze whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner at this easy to miss hole in the wall. But well worth the wait. Great soups and Mexican specials.
73 West Broadway, Financial District NY 10007 betw Murray & Warren St, Tel 212-528-3175
Fax: 212-528-3177

Los Mariachis Mexican Restaurant Inc

Mexican food from the Puebla region. Located in Coney Island.
805 Coney Island Ave., Brooklyn, Tel 718-826-3388

Mama Mexico

Small, cheerful, friendly Mexican cantina serving hard to resist Mexican cuisine. Draws big crowds from the locals.
2672 Broadway, Upper West Side NY 10025 betw 101st & 102nd St, Tel 212-864-2323
Website: mamamexico.com

Manhattan Chili Co

Vegetarian dishes, chilies. Lively, colorful kid-friendly theater-district restaurant.
1697 Broadway, Midtown NY Tel 212-246-6555

Mary Ann's

Large servings and pitchers of margaritas keep the crowds coming for more. Fun place.

Maz Mezcal Mexican

Extremely popular Upper East Side restaurant serving excellent Mexican cuisine and great margaritas.
316 E. 86th St., Yorkville NY 10028 Bet. 1st & 2nd Aves., Tel 212-472-1599

Mexican Radio

Rustic restaurant offering authentic Mexican cuisine in a friendly fun, yet relaxing atmosphere.
19 Cleveland Pl., NoLita NY 10012 betw Spring & Kenmare St, Tel 212-343-0140

Mexicana Mama

Small popular West Village Mexican Resaurant serving fantastic authentic Mexican cuisine. Great prices.
525 Hudson St., West Village NY 10014 betw 10th & Charles St, Tel 212-924-4119

Mexico Lindo Restaurant

Wonderfully decorated dining room together with authentic Mexican cuisine definately gives this 28 year old cantina a south-of-the border feel.
459 Second Ave., Kips Bay NY at 26th St, Tel 212-679-3665

Mi Nidito

New York's freshest and finest Mexican food, plus 25 flavors of margaritas and full vegetarian menu
852 Eighth Ave., Midtown NY 10019 Tel 212-265-0022

Old San Juan

Argentinian and Puerto Rican specialties. Large portions of robust, carefully prepared food at reasonable prices.
765 Ninth Ave., Clinton NY 10019 Betw 51st & 52nd Sts, Tel 212-262-6761
Tel: 212-262-7013; Fax: 212-262-7281


Spanish-Mexican cuisine. Mariachi band on certain nights
434 Second Ave., Kips Bay NY 10010 betw 24th & 25th St, Tel 212-725-1953
Fax: 212-447-1946; Website: olerestaurant.com


Wonderful nuevo Cuban cuisine featuring great spicey dishes. Funky pastel dining room.
161 Ludlow St., Lower East Side NY 10003 betw Houston & Stanton St, Tel 212-473-3535
Website: paladar.ws


Bustling little restaurant offering a broad menu of Spanish and Argentinean cuisine. Famous for its steaks.
768 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side NY 10025 betw 97th & 98th St, Tel 212-865-2929
Website: pamparestaurant.com

Rocking Horse Cafe Mexicano

Contempory Mexican cuisine with a delightful American twist. Highly recommended .
182 Eighth Ave., Chelsea NY 10011 betw 19th & 20th St, Tel 212-463-9551
Fax: 212-243-3245; Website: rockinghorse.citysearch.com

Rosa Mexicano - Lincoln Center

61 Columbus Ave., Lincoln Center NY 10023 at 62nd St., Tel 212-977-7700
Website: rosamexicano.com

Rosa Mexicano - Sutton Place

Great restaurant serving delicious authentic Mexican cuisine for over twelve years. Reservations recommended.
1063 First Ave., Sutton Place NY 10022 at 58th St, Tel 212-753-7407
Fax: 212-724-2750; Website: rosamexicano.com

Salon Mexico - Hell's Kitchen

Nostalgic Mexican tastes of home served at this flourescent lite cantina. Casual restaurant serving excellent cuisine.
507 Ninth Ave., Hell's Kitchen NY at 38th St, Tel 212-868-7780

Salon Mexico - Midtown South

...the finest tequila lists in the city, creative margaritas, impeccable service, live jazz and the understated decor of a brownstone turned hacienda. - TONY Top 100
134 E. 26th St., Midtown South NY 10016 betweween Lexington & Third Ave, Tel 212-685-9400

Santa Fe

72 W. 69th St., Lincoln Center NY 10023 Tel 212-724-0822

Senor Swankys

142 Bleeker St., Greenwich Village NY Tel 212-979-9800

Spanish Taverna

203 W. 38th St., Fashion District NY 10018 at 7th Ave., Tel 212-221-6458


East Side Spaniard where the ?dreamy? ambiance ?is unlike any other?.
109 Ludlow St., Lower East Side NY 10002 Tel 212-982-5714
Website: subanyc.com

Taco Bandito

Big servings and a great soundtrack of pop and dance tunes make this Cal-Mex cantina a neighbourhood favorite.
33 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich Village NY 10001 betw 10th & Charles St, Tel 212-807-0120

Taco Taco

Mexican food, inexpensive and fast. Better yet, the quick service never compromises the tasty quality of the quesadillas and burritos and other specialties.
1726 Second Ave., Yorkville NY 10128 betw 89th & 90th St, Tel 212-289-8226

Taqueria California Restaurant

3151 Broadway, Morningside Heights NY 10027 betw. Tiemann Pl & LaSalle, Tel 212-665-7338

Taqueria de Mexico

One of the few restaurants in Manhattan that produces good, simple and authentic Mexican food.
93 Greenwich Ave., West Village NY betw Bank & W. 12th St, Tel 212-255-5212
Fax: 212-255-5460

Tortilla Flats

Friendly Tex-Mex restaurant serving fantastic inexpensive eats. Outdoor seating. Happy hour Mon.-Thurs. 4pm-7pm.
767 Washington St., West Village NY 10014 Cor. of W. 12th St., Tel 212-243-1053
Website: tortillaflatsnyc.com

Uncle Moe's

Counter service with disposable plates, cutlery and communal benches. But excellent wholesome Mexican cuisine. Cheap and huge portions. Very popular with the Silicon Alley crowd.
14 W. 19th St., Flatiron District NY 10011 Betw 5th & 6th Aves, Tel 212-727-9400

Viva Pancho

Mexican cuisine
156 W. 44th St., Theater District NY 10036 at 7th Ave, Tel 212-944-9747


Generous fiesta complete with exotic savory Mexican cuisine from coastal Mexico.
953 Second Ave., Sutton Place NY 10022 Betw 50th & 51st Sts, Tel 212-644-6740
Fax: 212-980-1073; Website: zarela.com

Zocalo - Midtown

Grand Central Station, Midtown NY 10017 Tel 212-687-5666
Website: zocalo.us

Zocalo - Upper East Side

Extremely popular upper East side restaurant. Great food, wonderful outdoor seating area and doggy station.
174 E. 82nd St., Upper East Side NY 10028 betw Lexington & Third Ave, Tel 212-717-7772
Website: zocalo.us