Notable Dishes

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.

Empellón Cocina

MexicanEast Village
4.5
Food
4.0
Decor
4.0
Service

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.

Toloache

MexicanWest 50s
4.4
Food
3.8
Decor
4.0
Service

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.

ABC Cocina

Nuevo LatinoFlatiron
4.4
Food
4.3
Decor
4.2
Service

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.

Yerba Buena

Latin AmericanEast Village
4.3
Food
3.8
Decor
4.0
Service

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).

Fonda

MexicanEast Village
4.3
Food
3.8
Decor
3.9
Service

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

Hecho En Dumbo

MexicanNoHo
4.1
Food
3.4
Decor
3.6
Service

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).

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