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About El Vez New York

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.

259 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10282
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH: Monday to Friday 11:30AM - 4:00PM
DINNER: Sunday to Thursday 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday 4:00PM - 11:00PM
BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Cross Street:
North End Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 233-2500

Website:
http://www.elveznyc.com/

Executive Chef:
Darren Carbone

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

El Vez New York Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (21)
Good for Groups (21)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
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Fun (17)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Authentic (12)
Kid-friendly (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Special Occasion (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Quick Bite (8)
Spicy (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Cozy (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
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Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 7 days ago

The restaurant has decent food but not authentic Mexican. Prices are fair.

The place was very noisy and the tables too small for tapas.

The staff was very attentive and the margaritas were great 👍

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Sat at the bar and had an early dinner. Very good. Will return.

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had the special of the night, and it was amazing - short ribs with 8 different sauces for build your own tacos. Between 3 of us, we couldn’t finish it, but the flavor was great! It was loud, and the bar area was fun and hopping, but the restaurant area was appropriate for families as well.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Good service and friendly staff. Food was good and decent choices for lunch.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Organic, Casual
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Half of the meals are served wrong. Staff brought out wrong meals for kids brunch/lunch after waiting 30 minutes. "Chef having a bad day". Had to wait 20 minutes more for kids food to arrive. Don't go there, chipotle or dos toros will realistically be more satisfying and significantly better value without delays or any other issues. Definately not a place to go with kids where you expect a limited amount of time for kids to sit at table. Management didn't even make an effort to make up for this bad experience.

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

Went for a night out with friends and it did not disappoint ! Service was excellent and the food was delicious 🙌🏻

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

El Vez is consistently good. Been there many times, I’m sure I’ll be back many more.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great meal and services

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

Fantastic Mexican cuisine. Some of the best tacos I've ever had. Their nacho macho app is to die for.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We enjoyed El Vez. Normal NY prices. Didn't get much for the money but the atmosphere was great and service was good.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything was great!!! We were seated promptly upon arrival about 10 min prior to our reservation. The service was friendly, knowledgeable and prompt. The nachos are as good as everyone says! My husband had the pork belly tacos and I ordered crab enchiladas and both were appealing and delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our server was not the nicest and she got our drink order wrong. Once we told her that she barely came by our table. She was really slow getting us everything. We were on a time crunch too because we had a scheduled activity after dinner.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

It took them 30 minutes after our reservation to get us seated, but once we were seated the service was quick and the food was amazing.

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

Very good food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food was tolerable; drinks were very disappointing.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Tried El Vez based on the high ratings. We had dinner outside to avoid the loud noise inside ( the inside looks much nicer though).
In all fairness I was a bit disappointed. Service was extremely slow, and food is okay but not great. There are far better options for Mexican food in the city.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The food is excellent and the service outstanding. The only real negative is that the noise level is so irritating. It is very difficult to have an engaging conversation with friends without harming your vocal chords. Perhaps they can do something to improve the acoustics in the space.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Took our grandchild to dinner after movies perfect, food was good, great kids menus. Service was excellent and so engaging with our grandson. We sat in the outer terrace room for the first time and it was delightful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Despite being very busy, the restaurant was able to seat us promptly at the time of our reseravtion. The gucamole was excellent, as was the queso fundido. The frozen blood orange margarhita was to DIE for!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Vary cute place to spend a mexican night with friends

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Valeria de hostess was so nice and helpful!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

another visit in at el vez - great food, good service, great atmosphere....loved it and will see you again soon!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Located around the corner from Conrad Hotel, this venue is convenient and in close proximity to the 911 Memorial. On this Sunday afternoon the food was tasty and well presented. Our server was not particularly attentive, but other servers noticed more than a few lapses and filled in as needed. The teamwork was much appreciated. Definitely worth a second try the next time we are in the Big Apple.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great service and food. Very accommodating with children. The only negative is that the coffee was mediocre.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

My special friend were here from Ireland and we have a wonderful time and enjoy fantastic food and the really great atmosphere that is provided at this restraunt. Well done and thanks again.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Our server was great and very accommodating. I would like to revisit and try something else because while I realize it is creative Mexican cuisine I felt that our "fajitas" were a bit lacking and not a great value. It was basically chicken and shrimp with onions and peppers. Tasty but no rice, no beans...as I said a bit lacking. But since the atmosphere and other menu items sounded interesting I would give it another try.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I was craving the black bean tlayuda, so I went to El Vez before a movie at the Regal Cinemas in BPC. My friend loved her chilaquiles verde, and my tlayuda was great. Also great: the cucumber mint margarita. And we got to sit outside! Twas a delightful brunch all around.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Very delicious and fresh seafood. Excellent guacamole I love the cheese topping.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Fun place that is friendly and in newly vibrant neighborhood.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Vising from Texas and this was our second time to eat at El Vez. It's a great spot for lunch with wonderful cocktails. We will return when we visit NYC again.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We have been to many S.Starr restaurants in Philadelphia, and when we moved to NYC, decided to try his restaurants here. For the price, I think the food was very good. I ordered a fajita and my guest ordered a burrito. Both had a lot of flavor and were a great portion for the price. We were able to sit outside to enjoy the weather. Plenty of seating. The atmosphere inside is unique. We did like the fact that the place offered kids menus. We would come here again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Amazing as always

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We had a table full of noisy kids and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. The food and margaritas are always awesome and the extras for the kids like kids menu and crayons etc is helpful. We love it here!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

a great brunch place with amazing service and easy reservations!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We went to this restaurant for our daughter's graduation from Parsons School of Design in 2015 and since then have been meeting our family and having excellent meals at El Vez. I recommend the guacamole, the mahi fish tacos, and the margaritas of course.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We love Steven Starr' restaurants & El Vez didn't disappoint. The food was a wow, the Tito Santana Nachos were a meal; enormous and the best I've ever had. The lamb tacos were good but my husbands steak tacos were amazing. Attentive waiter, loved sitting outside watching battery park pass us by.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great neighborhood spot for a late lunch and a margarita. Attentive service. Really good guac!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

The restaurant itself has a large seating area. I had dinner with a friend and we both enjoyed ourselves very much. The restaurant has very fun decor and a great ambiance.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was fresh but fairly flavorless. Very little salt or spice. We had the guacamole, salsa, Baja tacos and fish ceviche. I'd say the ceviche was the best out of all. The guacamole was not worth the price and the tacos were just so so.
Ambiance was lovely - a bit crowded and noisy, but we sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the people watching.
Service was nice as well. Our waitress was very kind.
Great place for a large crowd and/or a place to dine with kids.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Cool bar and awesome food in battery Park.

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