8 Must-Try Margaritas for Summer in NYC

By Kelly Dobkin  |  June 11, 2014

Anytime is a good time for a margarita, but the beginning of summer is a perfect excuse to start ordering up this classic Mexican cocktail the next time you're out. Here are a few must-try margs around town for summer 2014.

  • Fonda Chelsea

    This newly opened outpost of Roberto Santibanez's Mexican chainlet has added a new margarita to the menu for the occasion, exclusive to Chelsea. The Ninth Avenue Margarita mixes up chile-serrano-infused silver tequila, watermelon, orange liqueur, citrus juice and garnishes with a chile piquin salt rim.

    189 Ninth Ave.; 917-525-5252

  • El Vez

    Stephen Starr's NYC outpost of Philly Mexican El Vez puts a veggie twist on the classic cocktail with its red bell pepper margarita, which features Fidencio Classico mezcal, Ancho Reyes, red bell pepper juice and Thai bird chile.

    259 Vesey St.; 212-233-2500

  • General Assembly

    This Park Avenue American newcomer does its version of the marg with the Loose Cannon, which mixes tequila, house elixir, fresh lime and garnishes of celery ribbons, all poured over jalapeño ice cubes.

    360 Park Ave. S.; 212-951-7111

  • Bodega Negra

    Michael Armstrong's cavernous Chelsea Mexican within Dream Downtown does a mean take on a classic marg by mixing together Maestro Dobel tequila, agave nectar and fresh lime juice with a salted rim. The spot also recently opened the sidewalk-facing Bodega Negra Cafe, and its offerings are available at the poolside The Beach bar and eatery.

    355 W. 16th St.; 212-229-2336

  • Gotham Bar & Grill

    This Village fixture, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary, puts a spin on the paloma with its Toronja Margarita, which contains jalapeño-infused Dulce Vida tequila, Cointreau, grapefruit, lime and a Mexican-hot-chocolate rim.

    12 E. 12th St.; 212-620-4020

  • Ward III

    Celebrating its fifth anniversary next week, this cocktail-focused TriBeCa standby does its take on a margarita with the Wa:ha:kin (Ilegal Joven mezcal, muddled jalapeño, fresh cilantro, pineapple, fresh lime juice, Gosling’s ginger beer and paprika).

    111 Reade St.; 212-240-9194

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    Jesse Schenker's West Village go-to offers a refreshing blood-orange variety with Astral Blanco tequila, blood orange, fresh lime and an espelette and salt rim.

    328 W. 12th St.; 212-414-3000

  • Mesa Coyoacan

    E. Williamsburg favorite Mesa Coyoacan has an array of outstanding cocktails, including this cucumber margarita with fresh lime and chile salt. 

    372 Graham Ave., Brooklyn; 718-782-8171