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About El Rio Grande

Great Tex-Mex restaurant featuring the best margaritas in New York City as voted by City Search. Authentic Mexican cuisine with a flare for grilled fish. *Please note: Reservations are not available for outdoor seating. Thank you.

160 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican / Southwestern

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday and Saturdays:4:00pm-11:00pm Brunch: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Cross Street:
3rd Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 867-0922

Website:
http://www.arkrestaurants.com/

Catering:
No catering event is too small, we can customize an event for your needs.

Parking Details:
Street parking is available after 7:00pm and there is a parking garage located directly under the restaurant on 3rd Avenue.

Executive Chef:
Fermin Ramirez

Private Party Facilities:
We can offer private events in various formats including sit-down meals, buffet or cocktail parties.

Private Party Contact:
Diane Giovannone: (212) 867-0922

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

El Rio Grande Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (14)
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Good for Birthdays (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Happy Hour (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Fun (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Authentic (4)
People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

great margaritas, food was Delicious, staff was great

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great experience all around

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

the best in NYC...have been eating there for over 30 years and hope to for 30 more!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Order took much longer than expected. Waiter explained our order was taken by a different waiter.

Service was attentive apart from the delay with our good.

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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Good food, great service, lovely embience; recommend sitting outside once weather permits

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

This neighborhood favorite never fails. The food and the drinks were sensational. We did everything but lick the plates!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Love the margarita's here, nice and strong. Also on Tuesday's they have $5 taco specials!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Solid reliable Mexican. Great location. The service is really great. There is a reason this place has been open so long!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Amazing place... amazing food and great service ... the manager took my kids and let's them make their own desert....they loved it!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

The staff is the best!
it's always an enjoyable time.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

El Rio Grande has a good vibe and a fine menu, but the actual food is lackluster: cardboard tortilla chips, salsa with an aftertaste, nachos that must've been soggy even before they hit the table, a chicken taco set that wasn't worth it, and a chorizo dish that didn't rise to the occasion. Nothing terrible, just not very good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Casual
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food was definitely very good at El Rio Grande. My only complaint is that the restaurant should tell you that when you are seated outside, that you will be served in plastic cups. In my opinion the plastic cups killed the whole ambiance of the restaurant and the wonderful variety of mojitos they serve. It wasn't even nice plastic cups...they were cheap ones you use when having a family BBQ. (I wouldnt even use those cups for any event- FYI- Solo Cups do come in clear cups now) That was a sincere turn-off . Other than that, good place to have a casual outing with friends.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 24, 2017

We went for an early dinner on a Monday. Sat in Mexico room. Quite nice. The other side of restaurant is Texas?! It was not crowded and service was great. Food we had was Enchilada combo and Conchonitas were very good. Large portions. Tasty. Cadillac Margaritas were great, and strong ! Would definitely go again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

My husband and I have been coming here for decades. The food is delicious and fresh and the relish tray is fantadtic. Diane, the manager, is simply the best. She's warm and so welcoming. The Fajita Asada and enchiladas are sooooo good.....not to mention the frozen margaritas! It's a great place to dine.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Best mexican food in nyc. Best margaritas anywhere!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

A nice find in Manhattan. It's in a commercial building with a terrific patio that's apparently very popular (it was raining the day we went, but it looked great). The food is typical American Tex Mex. The ingredients were fresh and tasty, particularly the tray of relishes. We took our kids there for an early dinner and by the time we left you could see the young 20-somethings from the neighbourhood coming out to be seen there. The service was top-notch, and the price was excellent for New York City. It's not a fancy restaurant, but for comfort and value it's terrific! I will definitely go back when I'm back in New York again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great dinner for tourists who didn't want a touristy place. Guacamole made table side was delicious starter. Atmosphere on patio perfect for a nice evening.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Our preferred seating was easily accommodated. My strawberry margarita on the rocks was delicious and strong, I couldn't even finish it, though I wanted to! The steak nachos appetizer was awesome and chicken fajitas, steak tacos and vegetarian burrito were fantastic! You can eat healthy or not here, it's up to you!

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

As always, the food and service at Rio Grande were excellent!! I've been a diner here for many, many years and the level of quality and flavors never falters. This time, it was a pleasant evening weather-wise and we ate outside. Could not have been more perfect. The south (Mexican) terrace is lovely and away from city noise and traffic. My dinner companion was a friend who lives in Westchester. Rio Grande has become her 'go to' restaurant when she is in NYC (which is often). The best!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Enjoyed early dinner Saturday with wife and kids. Margaritas, tableside Guacamole, queso dip and our entrees were excellent as was the service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Reserved through Open Table, and in the reservation description, told them of our plans to see a Broadway show later that night. The staff actually paid attention to the reservation note, and did everything they could, to get us out the door on time. Truly, great customer service, care, and concern.

Their food was the best Latin food in the city. At first, when we tried Latin food at Grand Central, we believed it just wasn't as good as it was in Arizona. El Rio Grande however, put that notion to rest! They made me believe in Mexican food again, in NYC.

The tables are dressed beautifully, with white linens, and the views from the windows are vast. When we're back in NYC, we will go again. Outstanding experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

went for Sunday brunch and the choices were good. Huevos rancheros were great as were the sweet rolls that came with our orders

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Live Rio! Food and drinks are great! Steak nachos and steak fajitas are GREAT! I keep going back and also recommend to friends 😊

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

My dog an I love this restaurant, Food good, drinks fine service consistant

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The Texas side is more energetic than the Mexico side. If you are looking for a semi-quiet dinner, try Mexico. If you like the energetic bar-scene, can't beat Texas.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 7, 2017

My niece graduated from college

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Since the day El Rio Grande opened it has remained to be an excellent restaurant. The food has remained fabulous. Love this place!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Always a good spot. Love the guacamole and margaritas!

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 17, 2017

This was my first time back at Rio Grande since 1988. It's longetivity speaks for itself. We were on the Mexico side and the food and margueritas were as fantastic as I remembered .... and it's fun to walk through the kitchen from the Mexico side to the Texas side!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 16, 2017

El Rio Grande never disappoints. Has been in the neighborhood forever! Food is very good and the frozen margaritas are even better :)

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Great Drinks +great food = Great Fun with Friends. We had a great time as always at this tried and true tex-mex restaurant!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Always my fave when Im in town. One of few restaurants that has been around as long as I can remember.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Happy Hour, People Watching
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 (London)·Dined on May 14, 2017

El Rio Grande was a bit too fancy and anonymous for a Mexican restaurant. The tables were much too close together. You have a feeling of having no privacy what-so-ever, and anyone trying to pass your table bumped into your chair or the table in the process. The restaurant was far too loud to carry on a normal conversation. The food on the other hand was well prepared. Everything tasted fresh. We did have the impression that we were being rushed in and out.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

My husband and I love this place.! We get the best treatment and the food is delicious! We've been going here for decades. My husband loved the chimichurri sauce. I had chicken enchiladas and they were superb. Don't forget to ask for the relish tray. Then there are the frozen margaritas which taste fantastic. You get a choice of different flavored ones too.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Although the space is very tight, my friends and I had a delicious meal and a great time. Our waitress was very attentive, the margaritas were good and strong and I loved my shrimp quesadillas and avocado fries! Reservations are definitely recommended.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Great time with good food. Staff were all pleasant and accommodating.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Was the easy choice for a good neighborhood restaurant for a Sunday brunch as it is dependable, accommodating, kid friendly, good value and great steak nachos. Right accross the street.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Loved it. Great food and great Margheritas! Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Very good dining experience. Staff is attentive even when they are busy and the margaritas and food are excellent. The steak nachos are the best!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Everything exceptional — food, drink, service. The 2 specials were great. New desert w/ Fruit Loops is a riot — very good. For first client people: look at both dining rooms to see which one you prefer.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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