Teqa
Teqa

Teqa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.teqanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2122133223x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 11pm
    Thursday - Friday: 4:00pm - 1am
    Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Fusion / Eclectic, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Lisa Schoen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 31st
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Teqa
Murray Hill embodies the spirit of New York City. A seemingly endless number of lifestyles and cultures live and work within its blocks. The area has a youthful energy that can be felt in the bars and restaurants that dot the neighborhood. But for everything Murray Hill has, until recently it lacked something. Teqa is the missing piece of the Murray Hill nightlife puzzle. A taquería and tequila bar that captures the electricity of the city, Teqa is built for the neighborhood it's proud to call home and serves modern latin cuisine that draws from influences around the globe, in an atmosphere featuring traditional and contemporary elements of Mexican style, with furnishings influenced by cultures that have shaped the 500-year-long history of tequila.
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Teqa reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.9
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (5)neighborhood gem (5)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)romantic (2)vibrant bar scene (2)fit for foodies (1)good for groups (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • OK Food, Poor Service
    UpperEastSiderVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I was there on a Friday. They played alot of rap/hip hop music for a Mexican/tequila bar. The food was fine, nothing special. The service was very poor. First I couldn't find my waiter to pay my check. The it took him several minutes to come back with the check and and again with my credit card. Probably wouldn't make a trip back.
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  • Great experience
    Tmarie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    They have a great brunch special with unlimited drinks for an hour!
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food to share
    JGal
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great tastes. Good to share. Lobster and shrimp quesadillas a must have!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for Brunch!
    juicyfruit4u
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I had a table of 13 people. We were easily accommodated. Everyone had a great time and loved the Bellinis!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner at Teqa
    Mike
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We had a very nice dinner at Teqa, my wife, granddaughter and myself. Food and service were both good, with the staff being extremely pleasant. The guacamole with lobster and chips appetizer was outstanding and each of our dinners were very good. We enjoyed sitting outside on a delightful summer evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not recommend
    Terrose
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I booked my boyfriends birthday party here. A reservation for 10 during happy hour. On the phone they told me about the drink special, but when I got there they weren't featuring it because of the soccer game. We were also the only ones there, but for some reason it still took them a half hour to make our drinks. By the time we got them, the food was coming out. However, not everyone's meal came out at once. Some people had to wait another 15 minutes for their food. It was good but not filling. The tacos were bite sized. I would not recommend this place.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 191 reviews are from the Teqa reviews archive.
  • Yum
    CandyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I've been here once before and again it did not disappoint! Loved the steak and eggs, lobster guacamole and mahi mahi fish sandwich were delish!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great small plates and drinks!!
    koolkey76
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Loved the spicy corn and tacos! I would definitely reccomend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Drinks
    CelesteB
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Came here with a friend for brunch and was pleasantly pleased. I honestly expected the worst based on the previous reviews but the service was actually great. We were seated by the window in a cozy corner and were allowed to take our time ordering. For drinks I had a mojito and the Teqa Iced tea while my friend had a mango margarita. I loved both of my drinks and was disappointed that I could not tolerate another. For our meal I had the steak with eggs while my friend had their burger and we both thought the food was delicious! This was a great spot for brunch but if driving - parking is not the greatest and the area is very busy. Id definitely return to Teqa in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch gem
    JenniferMaryVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    excellent experience all around. food, service, and ambiance were impressive. didn't understand the less than par reviews, def was not my experience. food portions were reasonable, not huge but without a doubt not small either. bloody Maria was fantastic for you Bloody Mary lovers out there. I ate the steak and eggs and shared an order of delicious guac with my company.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    food and service were good as always. Didn't realize it was a price fix deal for Valentine's Day. I would have liked to have known that when I made the reservation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way down on our list
    ValentinesDayMassacre
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our server was great even though we were very disappointed the restaurant had a prix fixe menu for Valentine's Day with few choices, They had the same menu a la carte. We got an appetizer to be fair to our server and were rewarded with a small 3 piece 2 bite each "empanadas??", arty but did nothing to relieve our tremendous hunger. After putting down $35.00 for 1 drink ( Margarita that my GF described as OK) and out absurd appetizer we went out and had a real comfort food meal of good proportion at Jackson Hole! Thanks, at least bringing up our "meal" at"TEQA" will always be an inside joke we can laugh about! Oh- and the choice of music was absurdly off putting and set the wrong mood for a romantic interlude!!
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  • Their tacos are great
    ScorpionVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Very reasonable. They could have few more wait staff but not the major problem
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was fine except
    freya
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Everything was fine except the restaurant was very cold. My friend had to eat with her coat on. The host was very nice and when I got to the restaurant seated us in the warmest area away from the window. But even there it was chilly. The server was very nice. I'd love to go back when the weather warms up.
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    fit for foodies
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  • I'd return
    Ufillmeup
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    I enjoyed this spot. The food was good, the staff was friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Decor
    Yummy
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    This restaurant had nice decor and the brunch was tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tequila happiness
    Erin
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    I booked this reservation to get together with my tequila living friend for our yearly pre-Christmas dinner since she goes home to Maryland for the holidays. We love interesting cocktails and Teqa did not disappoint us. They had numerous unique margaritas on the menu so we tried several of them - all very tasty. The guacamole was fresh & delicious and the burger & short rib tacos were enjoyable, except that the burger was cooked a bit too rare. Our waitress was very nice & helped us make selections, but the busboy kept trying to take our plates before we were done & they obviously still had significant food on them. All in all,we really enjoyed Teqa & will probably go back, perhaps for brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Teqa is more focused on the
    luv2travel
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Teqa is more focused on the bar scene than on it's menu. As the name implies, tequila is what it's all about. The food was, at best, Mexican-inspired, but wasn't anything remarkable. While the service was attentive and friendly, I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty. Everything is just right
    Tanya
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    We were 2 vegetarians and 1 not. Food got 5 stars from each of us. And margaritas were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    The restaurant is cool. Best part about was the decor, service, and drinks. Unlimited drinks with no time limit is heaven, especially when there is Rose Sangria! The food was just okay. My friend and I came in hungry, and left hungry. The portion sizes were so small!. Our waitress was great though. Not sure if I'd go back; one of those places you go once just to experience.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!!
    Awesome
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    My second time returning. My first visit was on a Saturday and it was fairly quiet, not spot of people. Second time was on a Sunday, place was packed, music was pumping with an awesome DJ, great vibe, everyone seemed happy to be there! Would recommend this place for anyone looking for a great brunch spot with unlimited mimosas, bloody Mary's, bloody Maria's, or Sangria
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "New" Mexican Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    An outstanding addition to the Murray Hill neighborhood. A neighborhood I rarely frequent, to be honest. But Teqa offers great, fresh Mexican cuisine and fantastic Margarita's (free of Sour Mix or other mixers, just fresh Cyrus and lime). It's a little on the dim side for brunch, but the food is delicious, the service friendly and efficient, and the prices just right.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A relaxing atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    A nice find tucked away from the hustling and bustling of a busy city core. Food and drinks were very good. Drinks are a bit expensive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    Bksluv2dine
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    Service was not good. Or at least the waitress that we had-- we only saw her after she asked us if we were ok after she saw another waitress or server serve us what we already asked for. I would give this place an extra star but the service sucked
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice brunch
    ibunny10VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    I had the huevos rancheros and my friend had the eggs benedict with a latin twist. both were very tasty, we also enjoyed the bloody mary's, nice and spicy! We sat outside, it was a beautiful day and the service was great. They were playing a really good mix of music too, lively not top 40 played out, but still very catchy and popular.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Autumn Bottomless Brunch Outside
    JANDiZ
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    I went for the $35 Bottomless Brunch. The portions were small but tasty. Order an appetizer to start. We got to choose from Bloody Marys, Marias, or Mimosas. Everything on the menu sounds delicious but nothing was an outstanding surprise to write home about. Adequate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for happy hour/dinner.
    Velee3
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Went for happy hour/dinner. Had the spicy cucumber margarita, nachos, and tacos (braised short ribs and mole chicken). The food was great and the drinks were good. Would go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great location, bad food & service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    We went for brunch ($35 per person with unlimited Mimosa's or Bloody Marys. Food came out incorrect (over easy eggs hard as a rock!). Wait between drinks was long (and we only had 2) There was only 12 people at the restaurant at most....so busy wouldn’t be the reason! It’s a Mexican restaurant and one of the "Entrees" to be considered with the brunch menu was Chips & Salsa....$12 (same price as the main courses) Very poorly run and managed. I am in the restaurant business and found the experience awful. I would never go back or recommend. Our server was fine and the Manager who came to speak with us was lovely. They bought us dessert, but it didnt make up for the poor resopnse from the kitchen and the bar. I felt bad for the employees.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Place,food and mood
    MexNY
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    The food is great, take a lobster guacamole or tacos, booth are excellent. The environment is cool and nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inappropriate
    BeachmdVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    If you want to watch a waitress hit on your husband in front of you, then this is the place for you. We have been there twice and both times the two waitresses flirted and practically asked him out. Incredibly rude and concerned they are told to flirt as it happened both times.
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  • Fun for girls night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    Fun party vibe. Went on date night, but would be best for a group. The tuna on crack is the best dish on the menu.
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    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I really used to like the
    SwetaVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    I really used to like the tacos here, but the quality has diminished considerably. This restaurant's service and menu give the impression that is on its way out. I see a new restaurant in this location by the end of the year.
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  • Pretty good neighborhood spot
    JTuckVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2013
    I went here for a date the other night. I thought the food was pretty good, the service was very good and the decor was very nice. I was surprised that it wasn't too crowded but that made it easier for me to get a table, so that was a positive. If I lived in the neighborhood I would definitely stop in here on a regular basis. Good spot for not too fancy food at reasonable prices. Overall good experience.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mucha Mother's Day
    saltysuite
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We tried for three weeks to get arable during prime hours, and finally on Mother'sDay Day we scored! My steak couldn't have been better. Our side dishes were excellent and the cocktails with house made fruit concoctions so yummy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    I took my parents here thinking it would be a great visiting spot. see trendy NYC and have good mexican food and it was the complete opposite. It was very loud and there were a ton of young people who had obivously had too much to drink for happy hour. If you are looking for a place after work with a group of people and apps this would be a good spot but not for a parents dinner.
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  • PRivate Event
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    They had a private event tonight and could not seat us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tacos and drinks were delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Tacos and drinks were delicious and portioned perfectly! Crispy oyster appetizer disappointing in terms of quality of oyster, but the rest of the meal and our fabulous waitress more than made up for it! Been twice and looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We loved the food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    We loved the food and service (although a visit from the manager who was just hanging out with the hostess would have been welcome). Thumping "house" music made it almost impossible to have a conversation; but maybe I am just getting too old for loud music [sigh]?!?!?!? My only food-related complaint is my churros (for dessert); it came with a half-a-smidgen of dried-out dulce-de-delche - I told the waitress, the second serving was just as smidgeny and just as dry. But in all, I would recommend it (but not for a romantic date).
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A disappointing date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    Although we enjoyed the food very much, the service was sub-par. We sat for a good 10-15 minutes before anyone came to take our order. Then, after we got one round of drinks and one of our appetizers, we sat for another hour until I found our waiter and complained. Apparently, they were out of the other appetizer, but no one had bothered to tell us. The hostess and our server did their best to take care of us, after this, but the experience was past recovery. The manager on duty never visited our table.
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  • My boyfriend chose this place,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    My boyfriend chose this place, based on a good experience there a year ago. The restaurant has gone downhill. Service was odd- someone tried to clear our table while we were still eating. The tacos were smaller than they used to be. The octopus appetizer was tiny, and the spaghetti squash that came with it was totally tasteless. Very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate