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About El Toro Blanco

Mexican restaurant featuring a substantial seafood menu of ceviche, tacos and entrees with coastal influence, guacamole bar, and extensive tequila bar.

257 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10014
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm


Thursday: 11:30am - 11pm
Friday: 11:30am - 12:00am


Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am


Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
6th Ave and Downing St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 645-0193

Website:
http://www.eltoroblanconyc.com/

Public Transit:
A/C/E @ West 4th Street
B/D/F/M @ West 4th Street
1 @ Houston Street

Executive Chef:
Josh Capon

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

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.

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.

El Toro Blanco Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (7)
Spicy (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
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Fit for Foodies (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Special Occasion (2)
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Quick Bite (1)
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Cozy (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Healthy (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Business Meals (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service was very slow

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was amazing and so were the drinks! Get the Menzana and Mexican corn

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My favorite Mexican food in the city. Good drinks and service.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

El Toro Blanco was fun! We really enjoyed the margaritas and guacamole starter. Our tacos were a little hit or miss, but the steak taco in particular was delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Had a great time. But they did not mark my Open Table reservation as attended.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Outstanding food especially the guacamole. Excellent value and fresh delicious ingredients

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The guacamole and the tacos were excellent but I found their food prices a bit pricey. They even charge you for the chips and salsa!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food is outstanding! The waitstaff is friendly and professional. This has become a favorite! I'm becoming a regular!!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Always great

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Guacamole was great. Rice and beans were typical Mexican fast-food style. The salad was very simple and the tacos were ok. Good for groups but not the best in the area.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Excellent food, great cocktails, wonderful service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Although the waiter was very nice, it took forever to get someone to get our order. Food although mexican was too spicy for our taste, none of the plates we asked for...were available mild or with the spicy sauce on the side and we were told sauces were premixed already. But most dissappointing, thru my reservation I requested a special "Happy Bday" treat for my friend with dessert, dessert came and no comments, no candle, nothing.

Tags: Spicy, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2017

It was an 8 month anniversary and the staff was very pleasant. The food and drinks were amazing as usual. I love their watermelon margarita.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Saturday night at 10 PM, the service was horrible. I don't think they are always like this.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Mediocre food. Nothing special. Boring space except for windows. Rosa is so much better.

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vip
 (México)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great food! It was just delicious!
Service was amazing as well!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Spicy, Fun, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Food was really good! Fresh guacamole and chips, crispy fish tacos, perfectly cooked steak and the shrimp enchiladas were popping with flavor!
Did I mention the delish margaritas and fresh fruit soda cocktails!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

High Expectations*Mediocre Satisfaction. We went here for an early dinner on a Friday night. We beat the crowd, so had a nice quiet meal. The server was very attentive. Plenty of friendly staff. There were 2 issues. The dining room was very warm. While the outside was a mild 80, the room was very uncomfortable. The fact that the doors were open may have been a factor because of NYC law, but provisions like ceiling fans or keeping doors closed with the AC on would have helped. The menu "read" great online, but the execution was not quite there. The empanada was too doughy, but the short rib mixture was flavorful (with salt added at the table). The hot sauce trio was flavorful, but also needed salt. The Lobster tacos were somewhat ok, but lacked any real flavor.
The refried beans were a bowl of black beans, NOT refried. The guacamole was as standard as you can get, but again needed salt. The tortilla pizza with steak was good. A very thin crispy tortilla with the cheeses tomatoes and rajas was very tasty. I might give this place another try, but only after trying other Mexican joints in the vicinity.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

This restaurant provide a good service and great Mexican cuisine.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 23, 2017

This is the second time I have eaten there and both times the service has not been great. This time it was much worse.

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

My husband and I were in the mood for Mexican and craving Baja fish tacos. We decided on an early dinner. Service was rushing us. Took my husbands appetizer plate when he had food on it and was literally taking a bite! My appetizer was removed when dinner arrived and before we finished and was the best part of the meal. Fish taco was fresh but lacked flavor and needed more spicy sauce. Overall good but needs to work on service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Went here on a Saturday night and it wasn't too crowded. Had a reservation and were running late but we were still seated right away. The margaritas were delicious (although heads up- we were asked what kind of tequila we wanted without being informed it could change the price that was listed on the menu). Dinner was great and dessert was also delicious. Very fun atmosphere and nice staff. Will return!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The layout and ambiance of the place was nice but the food was not good. Very bland. I am surprised the ratings are so high considering. Would not recommend.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We had a great dining experience with delicious food and cocktails.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 4, 2017

The tacos were very good and the margaritas were great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

The food was great but it was hard to eat the tacos. It would have been nice if the tortillas were slightly bigger.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Just ordered chips and queso, but the margaritas are amazing!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Had a great dinner- loved the guacamole and tacos and the drinks were fabulous. The service was prompt and friendly and atmosphere was a lot of fun.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Spicy, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Not the biggest portions but seemed they needed more staff to attend to the crowd they had. Quality food and drinks.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Nice people great area but portions way too small

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

great food, great service, great ambience - fantastic chips

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Staff was nice and cautiously accommodating to our two babies. Food was ok, but they don't do sangria in carafes maybe a little to serious for me. Overall, food spot but maybe a bit pricey , so I don't think crowding will be a problem.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Super fun. Great tacos and drinks. Will definitely come back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Spicy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Fun, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Most overpriced tacos I've ever been to. Two tiny tacos with very little taste for over $20. Ridiculous.

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

food was great, drinks were good, desert was amazing. Definitely will be back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

I LOVE this place!! Their guacamole is my favorite in the city! They have a great menu of cocktails & margaritas that are expertly mixed. They even offer mocktails & fun non-alcoholic drinks for anyone not into the booze or preg mamas to be. The menu offers a wide variety of foods. Their cerviches are fresh, the open faced quesadilla is a favorite of mine, & the entrees are delicious, some are lighter where others can be heavier. The restaurant is packed year-round but it's really nice when you can sit outside on a warm night & enjoy the city atmosphere. Go, go, go!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Good location

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 29, 2017

We were nervous to bring a toddler but the server was awesome! She brought a water sip cup straight away & was very sweet. Our guacamole came out quickly & came with 3 spicy sauces. Our entrees were delicious. Great place. Will come back!

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