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El Toro Blanco

4.3
496 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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  • Good for Groups
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Mexican restaurant featuring a substantial seafood menu of ceviche, tacos and entrees with coastal influence, guacamole bar, and extensive tequila bar.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(212) 645-0193
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Josh Capon
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
6th Ave and Downing St.
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Public transit
A/C/E @ West 4th Street
B/D/F/M @ West 4th Street
1 @ Houston Street
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Special events & promotions
El Toro Blanco hosts an array of special events, private parties and dining functions for parties up to 130 guests in various formats. Our staff is happy to customize any package or menu to meet the needs of your event. Please do not hesitate to ask if there is anything else you would like included in your special occasion. We can accommodate corporate events, holiday parties, birthday celebrations, anniversary and engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, conferences, seminars and much more.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

We offer a variety of options for large party reservations of 10 or more. Additionally the private dining area can be booked as a semi private area that accommodates up to 30 guests for seated dinner and 60 for cocktails.

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What 496 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
3.9
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
value
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

This is one of our go to village restaurants. I am reviewing now because they have changed their menu non-trivially. While people may differ, I much prefer the old menu. My wife and I found it hard to find things we really wanted on the new menu; we had no such problems with the old one. Check the new menu before you go. Is still fine, just less fine (for us).

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Been here few times all good. This time not good. Better places to eat

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

New executive chef and new menu. Food was good, but the music was deafeningly loud and we had to ask four times before they finally turned the music down.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was just okay. Ambiance is great. Service was mediocre.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Couldn’t have been happier with our entire experience at El Toro Blanco! The new chef is doing a fantastic job. Every dish was so flavorful and slightly unique from typical Mexican fair. Everyone is doing shoshito peppers but the onions with this version took them over the top and made them something truly special (we ordered another side of just the onions to eat with our entrees). Chicken, pork and short rib entrees were all fantastic. Excellent Margarita as well!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food that captures the true essence of Mexican cooking. Well-crafted margaritas, carefully balanced between tequila and lime. A staff that's eager to please. Overall, a great experience. We'll be back.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This had been one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in NYC. The chicken mole was terrific, the cheese fondue with chorizo was to die for. Now a new chef has been brought in to "lighten" up the menu. She was at Dos Caminos for many years. Why did the owners feel the need for a change? Why fix something that did not need fixing. My first meal there under new management was not as good except for the new pork entree. The service was cordial but the waitress did not know how to bring out the dishes in proper order. The salad should come out first, correct? La Contenta is now my place to go to in the Village.

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1.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Terrible management. Terrible food. Wouldn’t recommend over fast food.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This place was great! My friends and i went to catch up. The look itself is amazing and we tried the guac+chips, beef tacos, and chicken tacos - all were flavorful and very tasty. We also had clasico margaritas and they were very good. A recommendation is definitely necessary. You're able to sit at the bar while you waited but there aren't a lot of bar stools so you'll most likely be standing for your wait. The good things is that you can order apps while you wait as well. Overall great time and definitely recommend

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

It was my first time there but not my last. Great food service and drinks.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great guacamole and queso fundido!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great service. Great guacamole. Very loud, so good for a group of friends for having drinks and dinner.

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

An uneven experience, the waiters are charming and competent, the EBT margarita was amazing and the guacamole was great. Tacos al pastor were also delicious but everything else was subpar. The queso fundido was abismal (maybe the fact that they translate it as “fondue” is a sign), a Tampiqueña entre had raw rice and the steak was unseasoned. A coconut tres leches was old, the cake hard and the flavor stale. Would come back for drinks and guacamole but I’m not returning for dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

I live around the corner and was looking for a new Mexican restaurant! The guacamole is delicious, the fish tacos good (only came with two) and the steak entree was excellent. They were very accommodating for a food allergy, and our two toddlers!

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The guacamole was out of this world. We also had the brussels sprouts and fish and steak tacos which everyone loved. Service felt rushed at times, but the waiters were friendly.

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1.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This restaurant told me I was too drunk bc I was having fun and dancing a little bit at the bar while we were waiting for the table. I found this out because when I ordered the most expensive bottle of champagne we were told that they didn't have it in stock. When I ordered the next one they finally told me that they were cutting us off. Bs.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Overall, really good.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Lovely staff and service and not too crowded or noisy but food is truly sub-par. Was shocked at how lousy the food was. Neither myself not my friend could eat one of the dishes I ordered (al pastor tacos wherein the pork was clearly re-heated and didn't taste remotely of pork but just old meat) and the other, old school ground beef tacos, was barely edible: dry and gristly ground beef. My friend had hanger steak which was better. But how do you make horrible tacos at a Mexican place? Server was super nice and gracious as was the hostess. But won't return Bc food so bad.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was nothing to brag about and the drinks were over priced. The service was on point and the ambiance was pleasing. Wish the food and drinks were worth going back for.

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2.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Our party felt like we weren't important enough to be attended as others were. Diversity is needed in this space. The pitcher of Margaritas was over prices for tasting like lime juice. When requesting the second pitcher we were completely ignored as the pitcher was ten times sour than the first one. It was never adjusted. I won't be going back.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2018

The server was very pleasant but the food lacked seasoning. The drinks were alright and expensive for happy hour. We enjoyed the music played and dessert.

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3.0Dined on February 4, 2018

I went for Sunday brunch during Restaurant Week and despite being listed as participating in it they insisted they were not. Service was indifferent and spotty. Very loud oldies pop hits made brunch conversation difficult, it felt like a chain restaurant on a Friday night. The food was ok, overpriced. Not good enough for NYC, sorry.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Great cocktails, if you like tequila and margaritas. It is the perfect place for a friends' small group get together, because a lot of the dishes are shareable.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

My first, but not my last time here. Everything was awesome, from the smile as you entered the door, to the smile as I left. Food and service was awesome. I was quite happy with my first cocktail. The waitress exchanged it with no problems. Will truly be visiting again..

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Service was good and friendly - the food ok - drinks were nice - we had a nice time

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2.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Ultimately the food was good, but prices and service were a little outrageous. The guacamole is $26 for a large, and while it’s tasty, that’s just straight up ridiculous. And steak taco’s are $18 for two little tacos. Completely an overpriced underwhelming experience. I’m shocked it’s still around.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Always a terrific Mexican restaurant. Also, very good Margaritas.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

The food here never fails you. It is delicious, the serving sizes are great, fresh and delicious!

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

I loved the seating options that included cozy banquets and plush benches. Food was spectacular if you’re in the mood for Mexican

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

We had a really wonderful and delicious brunch excellent waitress looking forward to coming back soon

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Service was awful. This is not my first time at the restaurant and last night was so bad i likely won’t go back.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

I have been several times and this was my first larger party, business meal. It was equally as good as previous meals. The margaritas were fabulous and the menu great for a larger party as everyone can really get their choice of portions. I had requested - and received - a round table that was perfect for our conversation, even after the place became more lively. Service was great - friendly and efficient. I enthusiastically recommend for business or pleasure dining.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great place. Trendy. Good food but a bit overpriced. Certainly not a cheap night out.

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1.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Well, I made the reservation for lunch, confirmed by the restaurant and Open Table and then showed up the and the restaurant was not open until 4pm.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Delicious tuna ceviche, highly recommended 🐟. Super nice lobster tacos 🌮

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Everything, from the service, food to ambience was amazing! Would come back here in a heartbeat and would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends.

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2.0Dined on December 24, 2017

The restaurant was closed when we got there with a confirmed reservation. So unprofessional! Left us with no warning, no call no email no nothing!

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4.0Dined on December 12, 2017

The food was good and the prices are moderate. I’d recomendable this place for creative Mexican seafood. And for the mezcal and tequila offerings.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

It was all good except maybe octopus tacos are not a good idea. I love octopus, but didn't seem to stand up to the other taco ingredients so didnt' get much from it. Regretted my order somewhat although always like to try new things. 2 tacos for picing is a little off.

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2.0Dined on November 12, 2017

Service was very slow

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