New York City's Best Mexican Restaurants
Explore New York's top Mexican restaurants, from innovative dishes to classic tacos, selected by culinary experts.
In the ever-evolving culinary landscape of New York City, Mexican cuisine has experienced a remarkable transformation, evolving from simple Tex-Mex to a rich variety of regional specialties, making the city a hotspot for great Mexican dining. From the contemporary Mexican-inspired dishes at Cosme to the famous tacos at Taqueria Ramirez, each venue on this list brings something different to the table.
To ensure we're only guiding you towards the best Mexican cuisine in the city, all picks are based on recommendations from World of Mouth experts like Robert Dentice and Dan Barber. Whether you're a New Yorker or just visiting, our list of the best Mexican restaurants in New York promises an adventure for your taste buds.
Cosme is a bustling restaurant offering contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine, crafted by the renowned chef Enrique Olvera. The menu is a modern take on traditional Mexican meals, featuring dishes that are both sophisticated and full of flavor, such as the highly recommended duck carnitas. Despite the refined food, the atmosphere remains lively and vibrant, making it a great spot for sharing a meal.
The fastest flight to Mexico City is directly through Cosme! A stunning meal that combines authentic Mexican ingredients, concepts and dishes with a deft, high level of execution! Every dish vibrated with energetic flavors. The entire meal bedazzled our sensibilities and continues to deeply resonate days later. Dry German Riesling turned out to pair stunningly well! Service and hospitality took the entire evening up to an even higher level.
Oxomoco, a Michelin-starred establishment, offers a relaxed environment where you can enjoy creative Mexican cuisine in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The restaurant is known for its innovative and tasty cooking, with menu highlights including the famous tacos, made with fresh quality ingredients, and vegetarian friendly options like beetroot tacos and sweet potato tlayda. With friendly and helpful service, Oxomoco guarantees an enjoyable experience for all its guests.
Seriously delicious and creative Mexican restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Oxomoco is a Michelin-starred restaurant. And not without merit. Actually, in many ways, Oxomoco is the kind of restaurant I would want to see more of on the guide: Relaxed restaurant with friendly service mixed with innovative and tasty cooking. The famous tacos are a heavenly mix of fresh quality ingredients and perfect cooking. Service experience is friendly and helpful. Being a vegetarian, I had beetroot tacos and sweet potato tlayda - both fantastic. My party also had the meat and fish dishes and loved everything. Swordfish tacos were apparently the ”best Mexican food ever tasted”. Even the humble guacamole impressed - I don’t usually like the ”innovative” version on staples. But here, avocados with smoked cherry tomatoes and queso fresco really worked great.
Taqueria Ramirez is a small, yet authentic taco spot known for its exceptional flavors. Their menu, though simple, is carefully crafted, offering succulent and flavorful options such as al pastor, longaniza, and tripa. Despite having only ten seats, this adds to the overall atmosphere of the place, making it a cozy and inviting destination for taco lovers.
At Taqueria Ramirez, it's all about the tacos - and they do them exceptionally well.At Taqueria Ramirez, it's all about the tacos - and they do them exceptionally well. With a simple yet carefully crafted menu, this small spot in Brooklyn delivers big on flavor and authenticity. The unique aroma of the broth, made with chile-laced bovine innards stewing in pork fat, is enough to lure passersby in from the street. You have to try the al pastor, longaniza and tripa - all so succulent and flavorful. The small space only has ten seats, but that just adds to the atmosphere.
Falansai is a Vietnamese-Mexican restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn, established in 2013 and reimagined in 2020. Led by chef Eric Tran, a former Blue Hillian, the restaurant aims to challenge traditional ideas of "American" cuisine with its delicious Vietnamese food. The restaurant is committed to whole animal butchery and using seasonally and locally sourced ingredients.
Chef Eric Tran is a former Blue Hillian, but I think I learned more from him than he from me. Incredibly delicious, located in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
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