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Best Mexican Restaurants in Manhattan

From tacos with smoked brisket and chili slaw to braised octopus tostadas, zingy aguachile and tender tamales, these are the best Mexican restaurants in Manhattan when you visit New York City.



Atla

64 West 10th Street (between 5th and 6th Ave) New York, NY 10011

First things first: order a mezcal from the massive selection, then settle in to peruse the list of small plates. A party of two could easily sample every delicious morsel on the menu, but this kitchen team really rocks the Arctic char tostada. Other delights include the chicken enchiladas; quinoa, yogurt and tomatoes done pico de gallo-style; as well as farro and quail egg meatballs. US$25-50


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Cosme

35 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

One glance at the menu here will tell you why this kitchen is so beloved. Duck carnitas, though pricey, are impressive with their perfectly cooked and crisped duck and eye-catching cast iron skillet plating, but it's the flavorful sweet, spicy, and nutty cobia al pastor that is an utter delight. This cooking is clever, and, at times, surprisingly delicate. Husk meringue, filled with corn mousse, is a dessert staple. US$65-150


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EmpellÓn

510 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022

The menu bears chef Alex Stupak’s signature creative flair, offering a range of small bites, tacos and shareable large plates. Sample the clever spins on salsa, like a wickedly good smoky cashew version that arrives along with the sampler starter; or the irresistible lamb sweetbread tacos with a flutter of white onion and bright cilantro. Stupak is also a serious pastry chef and his talent shows in desserts, like the "avocado." US$39-80



Maya

1191 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10065

Upscale Mexican dining thrives at Chef Richard Sandoval’s muy popular Maya. Slick with polished dark wood furnishings, vibrant tiled flooring and accent walls the color of a ripe mango, this is always a fun scene. Antojitos, such as squash blossom quesadillas and their trio of salsas, headline as starters. Tasty tacos are stuffed with smoked brisket and creamy chili slaw. Heartier dishes feature huitlacoche and wild mushroom enchiladas swathed in a creamy, fire-roasted poblano chile sauce. US$25-50




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