'Tis the season for margaritas! Mexican food is rarely boring, especially in our great city of New York. Check out our list below of the best places to have fun while getting your fajita fix.
Located in the heart of SoHo, Macondo is ideal for large groups looking to have a great time. The menu is full of Latin street food with a gourmet twist, with mouthwatering options like Duck Tacos and Grilled Skirt Steak with Yuca fries. The décor is laidback and casual, the perfect atmosphere for Macondo’s claim to fame, Escanciar Sidra. Though this practice originated in Spain, it is definitely worth mentioning. It is described as “ a traditional and dramatic way of pouring hard cider that originated in spain in which the liquid cascades four feet from a spout into the customer’s glass”.
157 E. Houston St.
(between Allen and Eldridge)
New York, NY
2. Señorita Margarita’s Maracas
With a name like Señorita Margarita’s Maracas, you know you’re in for a wild night out. This Greenwich Avenue hot spot is a great place for loud music and authentic Mexican fare. The restaurant offers daily specials like Margarita Madness on Mondays, Gringo Bingo on Tuesdays, Karaoke Wednesdays, Free Birthday Celebrations on Thursdays, College Night on Fridays, and All You Can Drink Brunches on Saturdays and Sundays. Maracas is known for being an ideal place to hold all types of celebrations without breaking the bank. See for yourself, the pictures on their website are definitely worth 1000 words.
33 Greenwich Ave # 5
New York, NY
3. Dos Caminos
With more than four New York City Locations and over 150 options of Tequila on the menu, Dos Caminos has been a go to spot for Mexican fare and fun alike for quite a while now. Favorites like Mexican French Toast and classic Carnitas Tacos are just some of the tasty treats available on the authentic menu. The atmosphere is young and hot, where at any given moment you can find patrons enjoying shots of some of the world's finest tequila. So grab your friends and hit up Dos Caminos for a good time at any time of the day or night.
825 3rd Avenue, New York, NY (212) 336-5400
373 Park Avenue South, New York, NY (212) 294-1000
475 West Broadway, New York, NY (212) 277-4300
675 Hudson Street, New York, NY (212) 699-2400
4. El Rio Grande
If the fact that Rio Grande margaritas have been deemed as "lethal" isn't enough to convince you of this spot's street cred, then we don't know what is. A friendly waitstaff that (if you're nice) is likely to take a tequila shot with you, combined with a killer menu give these margarita masters the number four spot on our list. Items like the Chile con Queso and Burrito de Mariscos keep customers coming back for more. Joonbug tip: Don't miss karaoke from 7-10 p.m. on Mondays.
160 East 38th Street
New York, NY
5. El Centro
Located in Hell's Kitchen, El Centro is probably the most authentic restaurant on our list. It offers a no-frills menu complete with tacos, empanadas, and quesadillas, all wrapped in homemade tortillas. The drink menu doesn't disappoint with popular summer options like margaritas and mojitos. The décor is bright and colorful, and the staff is friendly and inviting. But even with all of that Mexican flavor, you won't hear classic mariachi tunes. Instead, patrons enjoy American classics like the Beatles and Bruce Springsteen. El Centro also offers indoor and outdoor seating, making it the perfect summer destination.
824 9th Ave
(between 54th St & 55th St)
New York, NY 10019