Best Margaritas in NYC

April 27, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Whether over ice or on the rocks, these NYC tequila powerhouses reign supreme.

Mesa Coyoacan
Mexican · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

There’s “always something to discover” at this “upbeat” Williamsburg Mexican, a dispenser of “sensational” Mexico City–style cuisine and “absolutely killer margaritas” at an “affordable” cost; a “very cool” staff and “creative” decor help keep the mood “warm” and “inviting.”
Mexican · East 40s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Refined” Mexican dishes highlighting “excellent” seafood are the stars at this “classy” East Midtowner from Richard Sandoval and tenor Plácido Domingo; it’s “not cheap” , but the “beachy” , “whitewashed” decor and “creative” drinks help make it “feel like a vacation” , especially out on the “beautiful terrace.”
Rosa Mexicano
Mexican · East 50s · $$$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

You “can’t beat” the “famous tableside guacamole” and “potent” pomegranate margaritas at this “upbeat” chain, a “tried-and-true” source for “sophisticated” Mexican cuisine; tabs run a “bit high” , but the “festive” atmosphere makes for a “fun scene” that’s “especially good” for groups.
Mexican · East Village · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.9

“Soulful” Mexican eats and “delicious” margaritas lure a “good-looking crowd” to this “boisterous” East Village cantina, where both the “creative” menu and the “open” digs are built around a central comal grill; “fair” prices are one more thing keeping 'em coming “back for more.”
ABC Cocina
Mexican · Flatiron · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.1

“Complex flavors” elevate the “imaginative” tapas at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s “high-energy” Pan-Latin standout in ABC Carpet & Home, where the “beautiful” (if “noisy” ) setting is the backdrop for a “cool scene” ; reservations can be “hard to get” , but walk-ins can always pass the wait time “downing delicious drinks” at the bar.
Brunch · West Village · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

“Creative” Mexican fare – and “even better margaritas” – delivered by a “friendly” staff keeps this “bar-esque” West Villager “bustling” ; the “tiny” space can be “deafeningly loud” , but “fun” outdoor seating provides summertime relief, and the “amazing” happy hour is among the “best deals in town.”
La Contenta
Breakfast · Lower East Side · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

An “unexpected” LES find, this “intimate” Mexican shines with “foodie-worthy” nachos and other “delicious” , “constantly changing” plates; the “micro-small” space has a handful of tables and a small bar mixing “excellent” agave-based cocktails and micheladas.
Empellon Taqueria
West Village · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

“First-rate” ingredients in “imaginative” combinations make for some seriously “haute” tacos at this “trendy” West Village Mexican where the “strong” margaritas are just as “creative” ; “slightly upscale” pricing doesn’t deter those who keep its “barlike” space “crowded and noisy.”
Mexican · Chelsea · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

These “humming” Mexican “charmers” put a “modern” spin on things using “unexpected” ingredients in the “consistently” “delicioso” dishes; thanks to “excellent margaritas” and “great happy-hour options” things can get “loud” , but in Park Slope the patio provides a respite.