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Pulqueria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pulquerianyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 227-3099
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am, Bar: Monday - Saturday 6:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Regional Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Michael Frazier
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Entertainment: We have a DJ in house Wednesday to Saturday from 9:30pm to 2am
  • Special Events & Promotions:
    Please contact our events coordinator

    Jessica Rooney


Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Bowery/Pell
  • Public Transit: Take the B, D Train to Grand St or the J, M, Z, N, Q, R, W or 6 Train to Canal St.
  • Parking: No
A word from Pulqueria
Pulqueria, named after the working class taverns in Mexico City, is an authentic Mexican restaurant and bar tucked away in Chinatown. Owners Christopher and Heather Tierney, the brother-sister duo behind the neighboring cocktail bar, Apotheke, have created a another visually stunning space, utilizing Mexican design materials and a riff on ancient Aztec culture. Chef Nacxitl Gaxiola has created a menu that captures the bracing flavors and freshness of Mexico City's local markets and street food. The bar, headed up by mixologist Isidro Gutierrez serves a masterful selection of tequila and mezcals, as well as New York's only 'curados de pulque,' a specialty cocktail made from the agave plant.
Please note, parties of 10 or more are required to dine with our $45 per person prix-fixe menu. Please take a look at the menu tab for more information.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Diner Reviews
  • "Love the secret entrance and the Mexican Indian ambiance inside. Had an amazing passion fruit margarita in the spacious bar and then moved into the cool dining room and onto the food! We shared everything- highlights were the guacamole with the salsa tower, shrimp tacos, queso fundido (once they made it hot enough), chicken mole and THE CORN! It was hoppin for a Tuesday night, but I was told wed- sat is when one should go because of the music!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "When we arrived for a birthday dinner after making a reservation on Open Table, they didn't have out table ready and we had to wait 30 minutes. This was bothersome, because we were on a time constraint and would now have to rush through dinner in order to get to the next event on time. When we were finally seated, the waiter didnt come to take our order for about 15 minutes so we had to flag down someone else to go get him. When he finally came- he was great, very nice. I put on my open table request comments and asked the bartender to tell our waiter that it was a birthday dinner and asked that a dessert came out. The bartender instead told our waiter that I would come talk to him. This messed everything up and the surprise was ruined."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Super good food and magic margeritas! Fun location and also try bar next door Apotheke! Perfect night out!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Tiny portions, very expensive for what you get and be sure to watch the bill. We got a $14 tiny portion of guacamole, small tacos that were two per order for $13-15 and they overcharged us on our drinks on our bill. Wont be back."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My husband & I ordered a traditional margarita & a traditional Pulque. Both were delish. Appetizer: Octopus salad - So light and good to the last bite. Main meal: Husband ordered sausage tacos & I ordered fish tacos. He said that his was exquisite. Mine were okay. We both had to order 2 sides because we would have left hungry. Our sides were the rice & beans. Both yummy and a must if the tacos are all you plan on ordering. Dessert: Scrumptious! The Churros & Chocolate were divine. They were served HOT & yummy."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Cute hidden spot in the middle of chinatown. Good drinks but food portion was quite small for the price. Food was decent. I would likely go back for drinks instead of dinner. Waiter had his cellphone in his hand when he took our order which I thought was a little unprofessional, however, it did not take away from his focus/service on us."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Made a reservation for a group of 8 and confirmed with a person on the phone the day before. My friends and I arrived only to be told that there are no tables for 8 people and they couldn't accommodate us because other people have reservations and looked at us as though we arrived without any reservations. They seated us at a booth for 4 and didn't offer us any additional stools and the hostess didn't apologize and the service was horrible. They suggested we leave and go elsewhere even though it was for a birthday that we made the reservations. Completely unacceptable."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "to have a good Mexican venue in the middle of Chinatown is great! but in a virtually empty dining room - why would you need to seat me right next to the only other occupied table? and then as the dining room filled up - several large tables arrived at the same time - the two waiters seemed to become overwhelmed - which was unfortunate - as they had been quite attentive beforehand - nonetheless the food is good the atmosphere fun - know that this is not the romantic spot that you might be looking for - it is impossible to hear each other as the room fills up - "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "amazing! Best food we've had in a looong time! Would go back every weekend!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food was great, service was great, they let you hang out and really slow the food if you want to chat. If you don't you can be in and out. Dark, cute, best margaritas"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Really worth the trip and wonderful food and atmosphere for anyone looking for a unique experience and great mexican food in middle of china town"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "been here a couple of times and always good food..."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I've been here before and it has always been an all-around good experience. However, my group and i were sitting for 45 minutes before I finally had to get up and ask a hostess for a new waiter since we had not seen ours since our drink order. We constantly had to ask for water and drink refills and half of our food order was forgotten. Won't be returning any time soon."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Great service! The hostess was very accommodating and everything went well. Fun bar and interesting food!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The guac wasn't anything special, but wasn't bad. The pork belly torta: Very flavorful and filling, couldn't even finish it. Drinks: not impressive. My friend got the cucumber jalapeno margarita & white peach margarita, me: classic margarita & it tasted like lemon juice was used, not lime. Each drink had LOTS of ice in a small glass and just tasted like flavored water. For $13/$14 cocktails, very disappointing. Service got a lower score, because although our server was very nice, the hostess hovered around around table once we got and paid for the check. Once the check was paid she came back hovering behind my friend with new silverware and glasses. I understand there are other reservations behind us but that just made us uncomfortable."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "One of the greatest finds! I don't really want to tell anyone about this restaurant for fear that it will get even busier than it already is. Wonderful Mexican cuisine - lots of options for vegetarians - great drinks."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I came here on a date. I had been before but she hadn't, and it was very fun to even just walk with her to the spot. She was so scared at first on our way there, but once inside she loved it. Food is excellent although overpriced and drinks are delicious. I'm all for the margarita pitcher. I also came here once for a birthday which was really fun. All around excellent spot to hangout."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Too noisy, didn't have half of what we wanted to order. Staff had a bit of an attitude. Would recommend for a drinking night. Not my favorite Mexican in the city."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This spot is literally a hidden gem on a historic street. The staff were engaging and attentive. The food and drinks were creative and amazing. The big brother bar next door Apotheke was incredible. Those bartenders mean business in those lab coats."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Mediocre service, we were denied to change our table (that was right by the door and FREEZING) because someone had "reserved" all other tables. AT least 3 tables further back in the restaurant were free all through our dinner so was disappointed we weren't moved. Restaurant was also out of a lot of things, such as all beer's on the menu, ingredients for cocktails etc."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We were so excited to host our friend's birthday party at Pulqueria. The place has a very cool vibe - underground and hipster. But the place was empty? A place like this should be packed on a Thursday night between 7pm - 11pm. I figured out why it's empty. The people behind the bar were SO rude! I guess they just want to hang out in an empty restaurant pretending to be too cool - because they certainly don't want people to have a good time at their venue. Oh Well. We won't be back. Food was so-so."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Found the food to be overpriced for what it is. Extensive drink menu. Found it charming that the restaurant is tucked away and that the entrance is unmarked. With so many other restaurants in the city, I would not come back unless I was in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I booked a table a few weeks in advance for a birthday party. They sat us over 30minutes late and were not following up or touching base with as we waited, instead I had to come up every 10-15minutes while the different hostesses lied about where the table was in their meal ( first they paid, then they were paying, then they just gt the bill). I would have excepted first not to wait that long after I made a reservation and so follow up and a bit more apologetic hostess. After we were seated the service was terrible. We all had to frequently flag other servers to order drinks, get water and order our entrees. Last time I go here. Very disappointed."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Bit of a sketchy alley that the restaurant is located on but adds to its cool vibe. You might think you are going to get mugged but then you realize there are tons of people around. Underground treasure - FOOD was AMAZING. Service was friendly and fast."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Service no that well, I made a reservation and my table wasn't ready on time. Waiting 20 min. Food took longe, but it was so delicious."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This place is definitely my favorite Mexican restaurant in New York. From the mystique of walking down a Chinatown curved street, entering into a subterranean vibe, with great service, and food that pops your taste buds. All positives from me! Will continue to be a regular spot for me."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "One of the best Mexican restaurants I've ever been to. Once you find this underground, speakeasy type place you will fall in love with it! The decor is authentic Mexican and the wait staff is friendly and efficient. The food is incredible and reasonably priced. The salsa tower is amazing and the tacos are delicious! The drinks are exotic and quite tasty yet pricey (my one drink was more than my meal!) highly recommend this hidden gem just bring along the address as it is not easy to spot from the street!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My family, wife and three daughers, traveled to NYC for an vernight and show. We found Pulqueria via a CBS news link on Gluten Free gems. I have gluten challenges and one of my daughters is also alergic to dairy. We were very happy with the food options and the knowledge and attention of the wait staff in investigating some dishes as it pertained to dairy. Gluten free was a topic the waitress needed no support in, she was very confident on what was not, and most was GF. The drinks and food were extremely flavor rich. The only draw back, was the restaurant itself was rather cold during our meal. The entire restaurant if below grade which may contribute to the cold."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Our wait staff was lovely and attentive. My food was very good from the chips and salsa to the entree, and the cocktails were great. It's also tucked away in an unsuspecting corner of Chinatown, adding a little adventure to your dining experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere was pretty cool. Waiter was very nice. And the place looked pretty cool too. Just alittle to dark. This was my valentines dinner, and I'm pretty happy with the choice I made. Even thought the location was pretty creepy."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We thought the food was AMAZING, especially the masa quesadilla with chicken, and the braised beef taco. We also got a flight of mezcal and enjoyed being able to sample and share the three types. The decor was really unique and beautiful and we were well taken care of. The rose petals and candles were a sweet touch. We had an awesome time and will totally be coming back with a group of friends for a big party night dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "who would think - Mexican food in Chinatown? the location and finding the relatively undermarked location is part of the charm - but once inside - it is quite a real feel gem. the hostess was doing something in the coat room for about ten minutes while we waited and waited - i hope the coats ended up okay. but once we were seated the decor was very appealing - our waitress friendly, attentive and informative - and the food - delicious - - - overall - very well done. note - this is not a quiet place - the crowd is younger and loud - this is not bad - but not exactly the romantic spot you might be wanting - we arrived just as the dining room was filling up (8:30pm) - and the noise level increased as the room filled -"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Great for birthday celebration. It's was a little cold and very noisy."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Arrive early and definitely try their fantastic concept next door. Apothéke - A real gem. Also, try the grilled off-the-cob corn. Excellent!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "To start, great place overall. I really liked the food and the drinks were very diverse. Loved the drink menu. The service was a bit iffy. A second round of drinks almost took as long as the food, I'd probably blame the event at the bar, but who knows. Also, about halfway through the meal, the music bumped up a few decibels making it very hard to hear the person sitting about 2 feet across from me. It wasn't bad music, the music was great, just a bit too loud."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "I enjoyed a previous visit to the bar so went back for dinner with an out-of-town friend. She was sketched out by the Chinatown alleyway entrance which made the reveal of the cozy interior more fun. Our waiter was super-friendly and the place was almost full by 10pm. We tried all the margaritas on the menu -- the mango-cilantro was by far the winner, and the pistachio was our least favorite. The caipirinha was also delicious! We ate tapas-style and really enjoyed the guac, chorizo queso fundido, esquites and short rib tacos. I'm thinking I'll go back for my birthday with a large group so we can try more of the menu!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I stumbled upon Pulqueria because of OpenTable. I have nearby restaurants that I would normally frequent when in town but decided to try this out. It rocked. My server was attentive, funny and connected me to the next table who then asked me to join them. Not only did I enjoy a tasty meal and a flight of quality tequila, I also made some new friends in NYC. This was not your usual starchy beans and ugly Mexican. It was delicious with unique seasonings. The menu is small so make sure you try the Cactus, Poblano, and Bacon Hash and the Tacos de Pescado. The Spice Rubbed Rib Eye is a blessing in itself. And a superb tequila menu."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "The vibe is so downtown hip and chic. Loved everything. Amazing for a date or for a group. The music got a little too loud at the end, but I asked our server if they could turn it down and they did! I thought that was amazing. The food was fantastic. We've been twice. We enjoyed the Enchiladas Verde and the Carne Asada over the tacos, but the tacos were good too. The drinks could be stronger but they are tasty. Will be back over and over..."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Pulqueria is one of the most interesting restaurants in NYC, for locale, food prep, ambiance, and more. love it, and it stays great. But about tmw they served coffee (or tea). Just doesn't finish a meal without it! It is the number 1 request/complaint n the place. Time to deal: Pulqueria could be perfect if they did."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "We were recommended this place by a local and though the atmosphere and staff were great, we felt the food was a little overpriced for what would essentially be street food in Mexico. It is perhaps unfair for us to compare the two and maybe we were naive in what we ordered, though we left still fairly hungry. In retrospect I think we would return for drinks! Cocktails were lovely though and the staff were excellent :)"
    Dined on 12/7/2013