El Vez New York
El Vez New York

El Vez New York

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.elveznyc.com/
  • Phone: 2122332500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH: Monday to Friday 11:30AM - 4:00PM
    DINNER: Sunday to Thursday 4:00PM - 10:00PM
    Friday & Saturday 4:00PM - 11:00PM
    BRUNCH: Sunday 11:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: David La Force
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North End Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from El Vez New York
Tradition and innovation collide in a whirlwind of sight, sound and sabor at El Vez, STARR Restaurants’ exciting and inviting contribution to Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City community.

Casual yet contemporary, El Vez celebrates the festive soul of Mexican and Mexican-American culture, a true south-of-the-border spirit that manifests itself in the restaurant’s attitude and atmosphere. The breathtaking space is a feast for the eyes with imaginatively designed dining areas, a large bar outfitted with a photobooth, a wrap-around landscaped patio for dining al fresco and a burrito bar for food on the go.

With deep roots in regional Mexican cooking, the menu is built around guacamoles, fundidos, ceviches, tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas made from scratch with authenticity in mind. Meanwhile, the bar offers a large selection of creative cocktails, signature margaritas and staggering selection of 150 mezcals and tequilas.
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El Vez New York reviews from OpenTable diners
177 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (113)neighborhood gem (83)vibrant bar scene (82)great for outdoor dining (69)fit for foodies (57)hot spot (54)kid-friendly (49)great for lunch (49)great for brunch (25)special occasion (21)late-night find (18)scenic view (10)romantic (7)Show More
  • Stephen Starr Doesn't Disappoint
    Mitch
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    El Vez New York was terrific, but not quite what we were expecting. Having lived in Philly and dined at the El Vez there many times, we're accustomed to its slightly quirky decor/ambience and the menu's emphasis on shared plates. That said, the decor/atmosphere at El Vez New York is great (loved the wine glass trees behind the booths in the main dining room) in its own way, and the food was delicious. The classic margarita and guacamole are a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty Good
    FoodieJCVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I have been hear a number of times for lunch and was so happy when this opened as the one in Philly is one of my favorites! Lunch has always been good, but dinner on a Friday night left us feeling so so about the experience. Service was not great. Food was good, but just generally left feeling that it was an average experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great addition to the neighborhood!
    Momo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great menu, awesome vibe and outstanding service. I'm headed back next week!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ¡Delicioso!
    Bobellerz
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had the lamb tacos, chicken tacos, classic guacamole, and margaritas with don Julio. The service was very friendly and attentive. We highly reccomend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shocked at service!
    Mandy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    First We did arrive for our reservation but late cause my boyfriend had to work. Everything was great until the waitress came over and asked us if we something to drink or water. When my boyfriend refused she has such an attitude, she took forever to bring us anything. The guacamole was tasteless and we needed salt. She never came back, but I guess the manager saw us sitting not it, asked if everything was ok and I said it needed salt. He brought salt over and took it off our bill, after the food came and it was not the best. The rice and beans were under cooked, food just did not taste the best. I had better and a much cheaper place. My boyfriend asked for a refill and once again the waitress out of site. I had to force him to leave a tip.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mike
    mike
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good food, fun type atmosphere. Nachos Mama very good, good guacamole, great snapper ceviche, very good Mexican chocolate cake ice cream.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, excellent service
    Prashn
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The good was great. Try the cauliflower tacos. Guacamole was great too. The service was timely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kkkkkVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was absolutely delicious as always but service was VERY slow. Everything on the menu is great, especially the tacos for two!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would Return For Dinner
    GregAG
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food very good; service a little wobbly with lots of misfires. Asked for second drink during dinner (after waiting 2 long for follow up). Received drink after dessert. Listed 2 birthdays when reservation was booked. Hostess asked about this when we were greeted. Nothing came of it after that. When finished with entrees, 3 separate service staff stopped to clear our plates; each time we asked to wrap 2 unfinished plates to go. The 3rd to ask was told she was the 3rd person asked to wrap up food for us. She did, w/ no other comment, though. Servers are appropriately friendly enough and somewhat attentive, but just seem to be distracted or not aware or alert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood option
    Portfood
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    El Vez is a good new tex-mex restaurant in the battery park area. The food was better than average for this type of low key relaxed place. Kids and young professionals were equally represented. Margaritas were good although our service this time was a bit slow
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad they are in NYC
    NYCGuy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Always visited their Philadelphia location and glad they are not in Battery Park City. Great outdoor space. The margaritas are perfect! Start with the ceviche and then move into the combo chicken/steak - you get to build your own taco with al the fixings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    BElyseBK143
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was good preferred the appetizers to the entrée I had the black bean enchiladas it was ok the nacho mama and the classic guacamole were fantastic though. And the drinks were really strong. Some of my guests had a problem with the heat so read the menu carefully. Definitely left full though and had a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I kinda love this place.
    ElPl
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I really love the decor and the food! Mahi Mahi Tacos are delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I love El Vez, it never fails to be an outstanding dining experience! El Vez makes the best margaritas, the guacamole and house made tortilla chips are delicious and the food is flavorful and exciting. The staff makes you feel so welcome and truly care that you are having a great time. Well done El Vez!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good, could be amazing
    anneVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Overall, good experience and food was ok. Wish the food had a little more flavor and kick for a Mexican restaurant. Once we sat down the waiter asked us if we wanted guacamole. We said yes but after we realized there are 3 kinds of guac on the menu and we weren't asked which kind. We were brought the standard which would have been fine if they had options to how spicy to make it. It was fresh but zero flavor. No kick, just avocado. Dos Caminos still wins. It was brunch, had the veggie scramble, again fresh but no taste. Should have asked for Tabasco or something. I piled on their salsa sauce that came with the chips. My friend had the chorizo scramble and loved it. Cocktails are good, but wish had been stronger for the price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food
    tummytamer
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had the watermelon and cucumber salad...awesome. as was the sunset guacamole. could have eaten anything on the menu. innovative combinations, all very tasty. Not your average mexican restaurant. Upscale and very large but multiple rooms so not overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always nice!
    AlicenicoVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Margarita, guac and tacos in battery park! Awesome :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holy Nachos
    jjvega86
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The place is nice and all the staff was friendly and attentive. They answered all my questions and even gave me an earlier reservation. The Macho nachos were excellent as advertised. The rest of the meal was also enjoyable. I would certainly return for nachos and margaritas.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nyc live
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Bar is separated from dine area which is all you need to be able to order your food. This is bc energetic and loud people also go there for dinner. Bar is the live pic of nyc. People chatting in the island sipping their margaritas, eating chips and lol. I was pleased to visit this place which ends to be around my place. It will place my happy hours
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kkkkkVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food is always great here! Everything we try is delish!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kid Friendly Place
    newyork
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The place was very kid-friendly. The children's menu was awesome and delicious
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mos205VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I wasn't blown away by the food but it was ok Chipotle style Mexican food (i.e., not real Mexican food). Sangria was watered down.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy and poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I ordered the Holy Mole while my friends shared the Taco for 2. After the appetizers, which were very good (kale salad, bazooka guacamole), our entrees arrived and were all placed in the middle, with no explanation of what each plate was. Since my entree was hidden by the taco platter that my friends had ordered, I waited for my order thinking it was delayed. My friends thought the Mole dish was part of their taco platter so we were really clueless until the waiter finally showed up after 5-6 minutes to see how things were. When I mentioned I hadn't received my entree, he reached over and moved the mole dish from the other side of the table to me. He never asked if I wanted another beer. Very poor service overall.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unexpectedly Great!
    NYCfoodLove
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had heard this place was good from others who lived in the neighborhood and it did not disappoint. The food was great - guacamole was some of the best I've had. Fish tacos too - grilled not friend which I love. Im pregnant so I especially appreciated the mocktail menu - never see that, and the drink I had was delicious (something with cucumber and mint - sort of like a virgin mojito). The kid's menu was better than most places - I gave my daughter the mahi bites and she loved them - I tasted them too and they were great. Service was wonderful - our waiter was so attentive. The place is big and loud, but it's a fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Not much to choose from for lunch, especially for a vegetarian. Very noisy. Fun looking bar area
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I do not normally get heartburn, but I had heartburn for 2 days after having the grilled fish tacos. Way too spicy and rough on the digestive system.
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  • Good Experience
    JohnB
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I am not an expert on Mexican food, but the food was delicious, good sized portions and reasonably priced...service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bueno
    StephanieVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Come for margaritas and salsa and be pleasantly surprised by the deliciousness.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food But Order Sides!
    foodienyc
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We ate here with a our young child and friends. The service, seating and food are all five star. They were kid-friendly and treated us like royalty. The food came out quickly and was hot and high quality, very tasty; however, there was not much of it. Had we been advised by our server that sides are recommended we would have ordered a bunch of them and been fine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally, a neighborhood gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great energy & fabulous food make this restaurant a welcome place in the Battery Park City neighborhood. The decor is fun & bar scene comfortable for any age.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed with Steve Starr NYC
    KSDoc
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    As a recently relocated Philly resident I was excited to try the NYC El Vez and my husband and I were impressed with the menu, food, staff, and atmosphere. The multi-room restaurant had so much energy and life when we walked in. We were surprised by the menu since it differs from the Philadelphia location, offering more small plates then entrees but still filling and delicious and so reasonable in price! Try their drinks too because they are super tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but not very authentic
    WestVillageGirl
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was great and the service was wonderful. However, it seems that some of the authentic part of Mexican cuisine was left off the menu. Perhaps the audience prefers Tex Mex.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great service... Room for improvement on the menu: 1. Add more mexican "classics" like fajitas, arroz con pollo, etc 2. Improve the dessert options... Add more chocolate 3. Wine List - Add more Spanish/Mexican/Latin American wines by the glass, rather than U.S. wines 4. Give a better wine pour... Seems like you are targeting 5 glasses per bottle... Charge another $2-$3 and make it 4 glasses per bottle.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BonnieVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Our second time at El Vez. When we go again, I'll have to request a table outside. It's been 3 days since we were there and my ears are still ringing from the noise, especially the volume of the music (which the restaurant can control) and the conversation of excessive drinkers (which the restaurant cannot). The food is good but not better. The guacamole should be ordered but everything hot tastes prepared and reheated. I'll try a salad next time, but not anytime soon.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Vez New York
    Lion26KingVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Awesome! Thank you Stephen Starr! For full write up go to www.celluloidclub.blogspot .com
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DelishVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Don't miss out on the nachos. They are a must. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ole for El Vez
    LattanziVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    So happy to have a Mexican restaurant in the neighborhood. El Vez is a fun, casual spot with great food and great drinks. Love their sangria! The servers are well versed in special dietary needs, for which I am grateful with respect to a gluten free diet. The food is very fresh and delicious. It is my "go-to" Mexican restaurant in BPC/Tribeca area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great addition to the neighborhood
    LVNYCVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I came here with my husband and daughter for an early Sunday dinner. I heard good things about the restaurant before making the reservation, so I was looking forward to trying it. When I showed up, I was excited to find out that this was another kid friendly spot in the neighborhood with designated stroller parking and changing tables in both the women's AND men's bathrooms. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful with recommendations, and the food and drinks were great. We will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JenlVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Service was outstanding and the food was absolutely amazing! Loved every moment of our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and drink
    jbpf23VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food and drinks at El Vez were great which I expect at Stephen Starr restaurants and the menu had a good selection. The restaurant is super nice inside and service was very good. It is certainly not the Philly original, that place is much more fun and unique but I guess it goes with the areas they are in. I wish it just wasn't so far downtown!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate