Best Guacamole in NYC

April 27, 2017
by Zagat Staff

These NYC spots take guacamole to a whole new level, adding everything from jicama to pomegranate to pistachios into the mix.

Yerba Buena
Brunch · East Village · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

Chef Julian Medina delivers “inventive” Pan-Latin fare matched with “creative drinks” at this “stylish” spot staffed by a “helpful” crew; just be aware that the setting is “tight” and the “noise level rises a few decibels” as the night wears on.
Mexican · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Deservedly popular” , these “haute cantinas” offer “thoughtful” Mexican fare that's a big “step up from the ordinary” served by an “aim-to-please” staff; sure, the “lively” digs can be “jammed and noisy” , but a “dazzling array” of margaritas provides some distraction.
Black Ant
Mexican · East Village · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

“Be prepared for the unexpected” at this East Village Mexican whose “innovative” menu showcases actual ants (and grasshoppers too), plus “amazing” agave-based cocktails; though some find it “more gimmicky than delicious” , a “lively crowd” still has plenty of “fiesta fun” in the “dark” “lounge” -like surrounds.
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.
Latin American · West 50s · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

Chef Julian Medina (Toloache, Yerba Buena) has some “fun” with these “cool” Mexicans where highlights include “excellent” guac, “interesting” tacos and “killer” margaritas; a “festive” crowd and “spacious” digs make them well suited to “group” outings.