El Vez New York

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Tradition and innovation collide in a whirlwind of sight, sound and sabor at El Vez, STARR Restaurants’ exciting and inviting contribution to Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City community.

Casual yet contemporary, El Vez celebrates the festive soul of Mexican and Mexican-American culture, a true south-of-the-border spirit that manifests itself in the restaurant’s attitude and atmosphere. The breathtaking space is a feast for the eyes with imaginatively designed dining areas, a large bar outfitted with a photobooth, a wrap-around landscaped patio for dining al fresco and a burrito bar for food on the go.

With deep roots in regional Mexican cooking, the menu is built around guacamoles, fundidos, ceviches, tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas made from scratch with authenticity in mind. Meanwhile, the bar offers a large selection of creative cocktails, signature margaritas and staggering selection of 150 mezcals and tequilas.
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PS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good Mexican food and the service was great!

MR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great atmosphere with delicious food. This is a perfect place to take a date, family, and friends. Overall great experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service - very accommodating of our family including two young kids.

SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Feedback - we love the vibe and food! But we sat in the back area which holds parties and heating is very poor

O
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Solid Mexican food in a big restaurant space. Came for a team lunch and it was a perfect spot.

MF
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have lived in this area for over a year and just discovered this gem! Delicious food, friendly service, fun vibe. Highly recommend!

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very basic mexican. Salsa and guacamole were lifeless. Drinks were good. Wouldnt go back though

D
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was unfortunate we had a table smack in the middle of heavy traffic. It was not comfortable for myself or clients.

Small spoons should come with taco condiments to share.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience2

There was plenty of staff on hand for the lunch crowd. The service and food was average.. not above and beyond.

JG
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always exceptional as are the margaritas! Wait staff friendly and helpful when ordering.

SB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food in a fun atmosphere. It might have even been my favorite meal while we were there.

k
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to El Vez to meet up with an old colleague from Wisconsin and the restaurant was perfect. Great space size and waiter took very good care of us. Gave great sharing recommendations and food was excellent. Everyone was very happy and glad I recommended this as our meeting spot.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy that they were so accommodating as we brought our 17 month old with us. They had a great children’s menu, and he happily coloured in with the crayons and art they gave him. Yummy food and great service. We loved it before anyway, but it is still great!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our waitress ignored that we had a special occasion ( I told her twice that my friend had a birthday on that day). Food and drinks were great.

SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun neighborhood restaurant. Food good service good but you have to go early to avoid the noise. One of the noisiest restaurants in New York City. Get in between five and 530 and everything is fine.

CB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Energetic is very good. The food and service is always OUTSTANDING... We love EL VEZ!!!!!!

OT
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, great guacamole, nice ambiance, good value.

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C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is great and cool space but the service on this occasion was lacklustre and not particularly friendly

C
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Shrimp was over cooked and steak was tough in the fajitas. Guacamole was too tart. Very expensive food and drinks. I eat out often and I would not recommend El Vez.

TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

It was a great spot for a family brunch! The food was not great, but but the service was friendly and attentive and we enjoyed the experience overall.

OT
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Fabulous food, margaritas and especially the service by our attentive and warm server, Christina. Only drawback was unnecessarily blasting music in dining room area.

E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Accommodating staff. We arrived early for our reservation but were seated right away. Our waiter Josh was great. Very patient and attentive. Food and drinks were good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful

GF
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Way too noisy! As in, chaos noisy and bad sound system.

n
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time here. Food is great. Service is outstanding.

NP
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was surprisingly neither salty nor spicy and came off a little bland. The atmosphere was active and felt festive and authentic to the brand. All in all we had fun (and several great cocktails)

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Waiter and waitress were unfriendly.

JG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the pleasure of participating in the Stephen Siller Tunnel to the Towers race this past Sunday. We had made a reservation ahead but were told that there was no guarantee that we would get a table outside on the patio but they would do their best. And that they did, we had a beautiful table with a perfect view of the stage. we were able to sit comfortably and enjoy our lunch and delicious cocktails (they did run out of Modelo but I made do with a well made Margarita) all while watching the festivities.
Most importantly, our server Christina was attentive, patient and absolutely terrific. She knew the menu and was very accommodating to any of our special requests. We took up her table long past a normal table turn and she was more than pleasant! The staff was very busy and they all seemed prepared and helpful with anyone that needed help. El Vez and Christina, you receive my gold star for this outstanding Sunday visit!
Thanks so much and we will see you next year!!
Jenn, Lynnie and Sarah (The Philly Girls)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!!

j
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. It's a must-visit every time I'm in NYC. They have excellent guac, nachos, and margaritas for this Texas girl!

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

V
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch and good drinks!

C
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food as El Vez was petty plain Jane and expensive . Nothing had much spice to it - the guacamole, the salsa, the two entrees and sides we ordered. It seemed the kitchen forget to use any chiles.... The service was good, it was a nice evening to sit outside in NYC. With a beer and a wine, but no dessert, the bill came close to $120 with tip. For NYC, being one of American's food cities, you can do better.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating is awesome, view of WTC

TA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The guac was only OK and my chicken was cold. The waitress did remove the chicken from my bill.

P
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had reservations and the option of seating right away or waiting which i appreciated. Service was very efficient, the foods delicious ( mahi mahi tacos, chicken quesadillas , crab enchiladas) and drinks are superb but a little pricier than expected. Its very loud and bursting with energy; great for birthdays or friends get together.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice time and we got to enjoy the environment and food while having fun!

LE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink. The food is fresh and imaginatively prepared. Way too loud, though, for real conversation. Fortunately, when we asked if the music volume could be lowered a bit, there was no problem.

M
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to eat! Food came very quick, and the staff was very accommodating. Food was excellent and the margaritas were out of this world. Would definitely eat there again and would recommend anybody looking for good Mexican food around the WTC area.

g
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The server got two orders mixed up, and our guests didn't realize it right away. We do like this place but it seemed like our server might have been new

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