The 10 Best Mexican Restaurants in New York!

New York is home to some truly traditional and delicious Mexican cuisine. From authentic bodega rice and beans, to fried grasshoppers and Michelin-starred menus, New York’s Mexican food scene is excellent. Here are our 10 favorite Mexican eateries in the state. 

1. Fonda, New York, NY

With three New York City locations (Chelsea, the East Village, and Park Slope) and a chef from Mexico City (Roberto Santibanez), Fonda presents authentic Mexican cuisine in a casual, crown-pleasing group of restaurants.

2. Empellon Cocina, New York, NY

Chef Alex Stupak concocts unique, inauthentic-yet-cosmopolitan variations on traditional Mexican fare in this upscale East Village restaurant. Empellon also has two smaller Mexican restaurants in the area.

3. La Divina Mexican Store, Buffalo, NY

People are raving about this unassuming Mexican grocery store with a restaurant in the back. The authentic Mexican restaurant serves up some of the best Al Pastor tacos to be found in the region.

4. Café El Presidente, New York, NY

This spotless, beautiful Mexican café in the Flatiron district serves tasty tacos and juices any time of day. The restaurant was opened by the owners of the popular restaurant chain Tacombi, and has a focus on natural, sustainable ingredients.

5. Chavela’s, Brooklyn, NY

Crown Heights’ go-to Mexican spot does not disappoint.  Locals flock to the cozy, ornate space to chow down on authentic Mexican comfort food and wash it down with tangy margaritas.

6. Cosme, New York, NY

Enrique Olvera, the Mexico City mastermind behind one of the best restaurants in the world (Pujol), opened Cosme in 2014 with a strong focus on high-quality, locally sourced Mexican dishes that have received critical acclaim.

7. The Black Ant, New York, NY

This East Village Mexican restaurant takes a creative spin on the cuisine, serving up fried grasshoppers and other unexpected-yet-delicious dishes that taste delicious and will keep you coming back for more.

8. Tacos El Bronco, Brooklyn, NY

Located in the epicenter of Brooklyn’s Mexican neighborhood, Sunset Park, Tacos El Bronco is as authentic as it gets. Stop by the bodega for cheap, cheap eats, like basic tacos for $1.50 and some good old rice and beans.

9. Oaxaquena Triqui, Albany, NY

For true-to-its roots Mexican food that’s made with extreme care, Albany has Oaxaquena Triqui. People swear by the authentic flavors and textures of everything on its menu.

10. Casa Enrique, Long Island City, NY

This Long Island City gem consistently draws foodies out of the city and through its doors for its now-Micheline-starred Mexican cuisine. Try the lime-cured market fish Ceviche.

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