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NYC's Best for Guacamole

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

  • Fonda
    • Mexican
    • East Village
    Food
    24
    Decor
    18
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $44

    This East Village cantina specializes in made-to-order guac served with hand-pressed tortilla chips and pasilla de Oaxaca salsa ($11).

  • ABC Cocina
    • Nuevo Latino
    • Flatiron
    Food
    24
    Decor
    24
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $58

    Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Mexican followup to the immensely popular ABC Kitchen made waves when it first opened, thanks in part to its spring pea guacamole, which drew immediate fanfare with its crunchy twist on traditional guac. While the spring pea guacamole is no longer on the menu, the restaurant now serves up an equally inventive version made with sprouts, sunflower seeds, and ruby red grapefruit salsa for $15.

  • Toloache
    • Mexican
    • West 50s
    Food
    23
    Decor
    17
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $48

    This Mexican trio offers three varieties of guac: a classic take with mild heat, a spicier version made with pomegranate, mango, and other fruits mixed in, and a hot version tricked out with chipotle and queso fresco. Each costs $13 and is made fresh to order.

  • Hecho En Dumbo
    • Mexican
    • NoHo
    Food
    23
    Decor
    19
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $51

    The guacamole is the real standout at this Mexican spot on the Bowery, made fresh to order and served with a heap of housemade yellow corn tortilla chips ($12).

  • Empellón Cocina
    • Mexican
    • East Village
    Food
    23
    Decor
    19
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $55

    The guacamole is made with pistachios, white onion, cilantro, and jalapeño slices at these bold Mexican spots in the East and West Villages. You can order it alone for $9, or add some of Empellon's famous salsas to the side for a little extra spice.

  • Yerba Buena
    • Latin American
    • East Village
    Food
    22
    Decor
    17
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $52

    Our commenters called out the guacamole at these Pan-Latin spots as being some of the best in the city, thanks to its big chunks of avocado and chipotle and its generous sprinkling of queso fresco (plus the fairly reasonable $10 price tag).

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