El Toro Blanco

4.2
522 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
Thu, 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 522 People Are Saying
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food
3.7
service
4.2
ambience
3.7
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

MY GIRLFRIEND & I WENT TO EL TORO BLANCO FOR THE FIRST TIME DUE TO RESTAURANT WEEK
AND MY BIRTHDAY. THE EXPERIENCE COULDN'T HAVE BEEN BETTER - THE SERIVICE WAS EXCELLENT, THE FOOD WAS GREAT AND THE STAFF WAS WARM AND FRIENDLY.
THIS MAY HAVE BEEN OUR FIRST VISIT, BUT IT CERTAINLY WILL BE ONE OF MANY TO COME.

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3.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Waiter didn’t pay us much attention waited a while to be served

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The last few visits, the menu has continually changed, while the website has not. There is no longer anything on the menu for vegetarians, although we indicated that two in our party were, in fact, vegans. Very disappointing.

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2018

I was looking forward to eating here because I follow Chef C's instagram and it always looks good. However I was disappointed with one thing I had and it ruined the whole meal . The hard shell taco were not crunchy at all the taco shell was old and made it hard to eat I order 2 of each taco on the menu . I would say stay away from it and stick with the salad ( seems to be the best thing) the waitress was really stretched she was doing waitress work and bar back so ordering was a little delayed.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Loved El Toro Blanco. Food was amazing. Drinks were great. We sat outside on a Saturday afternoon in the summer so it wasn’t busy. Service was impeccable. I was impressed. And have spread the word amongst my friends. I’m ready to go back.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Business lunch

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2.0Dined on July 8, 2018

This restaurant has gone through changes. My last visit was disappointing but I tried again. Not good this time either. Poor quality heritage pork , fish tacos you need a magnifying glass to find the fish, at $19 to boot. However, the guacamole was excellent. Do not plan to return.

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1.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I have been to this resturant several times, used to really enjoy it, however this time the service was not good at all. From the beginning a server never came over to the table or anyone with water for over 15 minutes while three tables that seated after us got service, they then proceeded to forget our table for the rest of the night, cocktails took forever, etc. In addition the food used to be outstanding, this time it was just ok.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Have been for both dinners and brunches. This time went for Father’s Day beach and as always we all enjoyed everything! One of our favorite Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Was over the top when we went previously so we were eager to return. This time we were a bit disappointed. Food wasn’t as well prepared as before. Pepper appetizer was heavy handed and salty. Rib entree was dry and tough. Rice was over cheesy. We missed the well orchestrated touch of our previous visit. Service was awful. Seems that no one was assigned to tables and it showed. Table next to us was so frustrated in waiting for drinks that they left. Sorry to see this place miss the mark, hope it can get back on track.

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food was mediocre for the price! The service was so poor. Slow service for everything. I asked for one little thing, it was a special occasion I asked to please bring out desert with a little candle when I made the reservation. I was told no problem we will I’m thinking wow it will be a nice time!! No absolutely not we finished having dinner and didn’t bother to come check if we wanted desert nothing, asked for the check instead took a long time I’m thinking maybe they are bring it out, WRONG nothing was done about it! Wow poor service 👎🏽

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The quality has taken a nose dive

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The food was average, the drinks were watered down, and the service was OK. I got sick when I got home (my two dining partners didn't) and I didn't enjoy the food that much. Had fun and enjoyed myself but have had better Mexican in the city at at least five other places.

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2.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Place has gone down hill. Food was horrible and it’s hard to ruin Mexican food

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1.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Waitress got our drink order wrong (despite coming back to confirm), got our food order wrong (again, despite coming back to confirm).

Food was mediocre at best. Not coming back

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Great staff and the food is delish!!

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1.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Waited almost an hour for a tiny portion of mediocre food (tostada salad with salmon and fish tacos).
Food was bland and not very fresh, over cooked too:
Will not be coming back.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Never disappointed... margaritas are delicious and the food is authentic and so good!!

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Ok good, ok service. All of our food was served before our drinks came. Guac was sub par and tasteless. The real winner of the night was the cucumber mint cocktail

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Upon entering the restaurant, I got a good vibe. The ambiance of the place was great. Our group arrived early and it was empty- but it quickly filled with happy customers. We enjoyed our drinks and food. Short Ribs were amazing, My Matador was scrumptious. Thank you El Toro Blanco for a Great Nite Out!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The food was amazing, I️ love the enchiladas and mahi mahi tacos! The churros and guac were also awesome!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Second time j have experienced subpar service; restaurant likely needs to overhaul this, the entire table commented on it.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The service was absolutely horrendous. We were ignored for hours and then given guacamole after about one hour of sitting there. They had no idea who ordered what. It was a mess.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

We often go out for Mexican because a) we are tequila ppl b) I am from Southern Cal, my husband from Austin, and that is comfort food for us both.

That being said, we love trying new spots, regionally-specific spots, and new variations on standard Mexican fare. We heard good things and El Toro Blanco did not disappoint.

Their margaritas were excellent--very well-balanced and you could actually taste the tequila! And the guac was well-seasoned, packed full of flavor and needed no salt or acid to round it out; it was truly pretty perfect.

Our server (Eddie) was awesome and kind and treated us very well. We will def be back to visit him.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Had to wait about 15 minutes for our reservation

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The food was subpay

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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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