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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

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (20)
Good for Groups (20)
Fun (18)
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Good for a Date (15)
Hot Spot (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Authentic (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Spicy (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Bar Seating (5)
People Watching (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Tapas (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Cozy (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Waterfront (1)
Business Meals (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Outstanding

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

So delicious, I will definitely be back! Great Mexican food is hard to find in NYC, they had a nice variety of comfort food to authentic cuisine. The margs were great too! Totally affordable and a great atmosphere. Would even be a cool date spot. I can't wait to go back again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Server never mentioned birthday note

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was delicious and fresh. Even though the restaurant was packed, it wasn't too noisy and the waitress was attentive & friendly. Will definitely come back again!

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined 5 days ago

My girlfriend and I have been coming here at least once a month for the past year and half and have never been dissapointed. Not once. Highly recommend it to anyone who lives downtown. Best Mexican restaurant in the city in my opinion.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Excellent in all areas. Everyone in our group loved it and recommended that we return there again.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Service was extremely slow and was incorrect. The restaurant was also freezing. I live in the neighborhood and will not be going back.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had a fab time here on New Year’s Eve. It was a great atmosphere and staff amazing.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The El Vez team is always so accommodating for families. The food is great - give the chorizo con queso and nachos a try.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food. Amazing service.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Linda decoración, buen servicio del Salonero, la comida muy bien, no extraordinario pero bien!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent food and service
Nice decoration
It was a little bit too loud and cold in the location

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Nice spot for entertaining out of Towners with
3 teenagers

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Family vacation

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Me and my gf got there late around 45 mins before closing, due to heavy traffic, but still got our food pretty fast, and wanted to stay a little longer to try their dessert but the kitchen was closed, food was extroidanary and deffinately will be coming back for more.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I went there for dinner and it was evident that our waiter was not happy to be there on a holiday evening. The manager made up for it and ensured that the rest of our dining experience was pleasant. Food was good- a nice local spot.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Service was great, food was good, atmosphere was very good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 19, 2017

they had a great decor and atmosphere in the restaurant

Tags: Hot Spot, Spicy, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

GREAT AS ALWAYS VERY KID FRIENDLY AND VERY ALLERGEY FRIENDLY IN A POSITIVE WAY

OUR GO TO PLACE WITH GRAND KIDS

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Fun, Spicy
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

It was good, but didn't like taking plates away

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was great. Our server was very attentive. Enjoyed the food.

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

Our group of five friends enjoyed a nice, leisurely dinner at El Vez in Lower Manhattan. We started with margeritas, including the day's special margerita as suggested by the server, then shared different tacos and a couple of desserts. Margeritas were delicious. Grilled Fish Tacos and Chicken Tacos were especially delicious! Watch out for the spicy Sprimp Tacos! Tres Leches cake dessert was very tasty. Could've used twice as much chocolate dipping sauce with the Churros dessert. Service was excellent, helpful and inobtrusive. The decor is delightful and the layout is great; although the bar areas are big and noisy, they're separated from the dining area, so dining is an enjoyable experience. Reasonable prices for Manhattan. Great location by Brookfield Place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Nice place, we booked last minute as we finished a meeting ahead of schedule. The bar was full, yet the restaurant was not as crazy, and the noise doesn’t permeate, so it was easy to have a conversation wo yelling. Service was excellent, food was good. Would definitely recommend.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Love this place. Great vibe, delicious food, and we always get the frozen blood orange margaritas!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

No problem with 2 kids in tow. Kids menu and good portions. Drinks are NYC priced but overall a good Starr Restaurant experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was great! The service was good as was the atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great work team celebration with 12 ppl, chips + guac were super. Pitchers of frozen margs excellent, and service good. Entrees a little small but overall everyone left full and happy.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

all the prices have gone up and portions were lower - my black bean tlayuda was quite skimpy than usual.flavors were still on point though.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent service and great cocktails and appetizers!

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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