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.

Mexican · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · 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.
ABC Cocina
Nuevo Latino · Flatiron · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.2

“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.
Mexican · 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.
Mexican · East Village · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.8 · 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.
Hecho En Dumbo
Mexican · NoHo · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.6

A generally “innovative” take on Mexican cooking can be found at this NoHo hang where “elevated” small plates are paired with “amazing” margaritas; maybe it’s no longer the neighborhood “star” it once was, but it’s still “good for groups.”
Black Ant
Mexican · East Village · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.8

“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.