El Vez New York

4.5
1030 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great spot

CM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great Friday night at El Vez. The food was delicious and the staff were friendly and professional. It was crowded and a little loud, but overall an excellent experience.

JG
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go with families and Friends. Great food & service

OT
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Just moved to nyc and have been there 4 times in three weeks but will be awhile before I return. The food is great, unfortunately it takes forever to get it. They have no concept of customer service from the arrogant receptionist, to overwhelmed servers, some of which are also arrogant. On our last trip my wife ordered the half chicken and I ordered the chicken tacos. My wife’s chicken showed up a full 15 minutes before my tacos, tacos made of the same chicken and they had obviously been under a heat lamp for awhile and the attitude was “oh well” sometimes food takes longer than others, not to mention the runner dropped my wives meal and sprinted away before we could ask about mine.

It’s a real shame as the food is extraordinary, but the service and attitude just are too much

Reader proceed at your own risk

MW
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall the service was good. Portions great. The nachos and burrito was massive. My family thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Z
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I've been to El Vez a few times and generally feel it's decent and reliable and very accommodating to groups. As such, we went the other night for a friend's birthday and sadly I felt the place had gone a bit down hill. It took them a very long time to bring water to the table, and they didn't bring out the chips until after the guacamole was on the table (perhaps it's no longer complimentary) . The crowd had mixed thoughts on the food--some enjoyed, others not so much. I'd probably go again before I write it off completely (given I have been in the past) but it will no longer be my go to.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 1ambience 1

Very bad service . Our order was not brought out and we had to reorder after waiting for 20 minutes.

E
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Vez is THE BEST Mexican restaurant around the World Trade Center area, I went to NYC for my birthday, and the staff was GREAT and so kind and served us very well, and surprisingly, I got a little ice cream with brownies served in a Margarita glass, it was so good and so kind of El Vez. The food was great and the overall service was AMAZING. I would definitely go here again, so glad I picked this place, SOOOOO GOOD!!!😃😋🌮

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

went here for a family dinner after getting married. staff was super accomodating for our big group. food was delicious and despite the large amount of plates, everything came out hot.

E
New England
45 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was good. We were seated and served quickly. Steak tacos were very tough; guacamole not great. The restaurant is well located and very popular with young people after work so the atmosphere is lively. The restaurant was very noisy; difficult to have a conversation.

JC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

great food but VERY loud
great food but VERY loud
great food but VERY loud
great food but VERY loud

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Service was great, ambience too. Great for friends getting together.

l
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was good. I had the chopped salad with the steak. Loved the dressing. Good but not five star. The bartenders were lovely. While eating at the table the waitress was okay not very friendly. Went up to the bar later on after finishing the museum, loved the bartenders very friendly and helpful. The happy hour menu is a good deal. Tasty to had empanada and croquettes. Nice size as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of my favorite restaurants of all time - excellent service and excellent food!

i
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good, high level Mexican cuisine. While the dining room was moderately noisy, there is a very lively bar scene, so if you want to talk, get a table as far from the bar as you can.

KC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and atmosphere!!!! Would highly recommend.

L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, drinks, and service. Food was good and price was reasonable.

GB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can always count on great food, great drinks, great night!

m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Natalia was the best waitress We had.( and We eat out almost every day) She was super nice and professional.

x
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for offering vegan options too!

AM
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a positive experience here during restaurant week!

MJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the 5th or 6th time I have eaten here and the food and drinks have been consistently fantastic. The waitstaff is friendly and professional and I will definitely return

T
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was disappointing and service was mediocre. Salads were particularly poor but fish tacos were okay

DR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great... live the margaritas and guacamole... service was very good as well. Have been there several times and consistently good.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious!!!!

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WC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Outdoor seating was perfect for the summer. Margaritas were delicious (as expected). However, I was disappointed by the food. I ordered the Chicken Quesadilla, which was pretty mediocre. The tortilla was too dry, and the chicken was bland. I've generally had positive food experiences at El Vez...

DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and go to El Vez often. They also have a location in Philadelphia which I go to when visiting there.

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience. Guacamole was very good. Service was excellent. Place was very loud.

v
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Terrible food quality and value. This was our fifth visit and we will not go back again.

OT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious but very small portions for price.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time! Emma is the best

b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great, family friendly atmosphere. The food was amazing, we got guac, drinks, and split the fajitas (steak and chicken). The hibiscus margarita was also delicious. I saw some negative feedback on the service but we had no problems, didn't have to wait, and our servers were great. Would definitely go back :)

LR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible and the staff was extremely nice. Will definitely be going back again :)

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Online (Google, and Yelp) show this as a $$ restaurant whereas we find the food to be more expensive and not value for the money.

KR
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The food was barely average (2nd visit here) and the place was incredibly noisy to the point where we couldn’t talk to each other unless we loudly raised our voices. Would not recommend.

a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

It's hard to believe this is a Starr Restaurant. I felt like I was in an airport restaurant.

The guacamole is really avocado dip; the radish salad had barely a radish (and had dressing even though no dressing was requested); the tortilla soup was really like enchilada sauce and nothing like the tortilla soup I was raised on.

Service sketchy at best. I won't go back, nor will I ever recommend. Such a disappointment, too!

CT
New England
43 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came to El Vez for dinner and drinks with coworkers, and it was everything we hoped. The food was creative and delicious, the margaritas were tasty, the service was quick, and the restaurant itself was both spacious and beautiful. We will definitely be back!

m
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

the service was awful - lunchtime on a monday at 12pm should not be a 2+ hour lunch. Our server hardly came over at all to us, our drinks arrived practically with the meal, and overall was not impressed with this place for a business lunch.

b
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great accommodations for 8 people arriving from 4 different locations. They seated us in a great booth and took great care of us all. Food was fresh, delicious and festive. Pollo Asado was perfectly prepared and generous. Not my first time and always enjoyable!

KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place has a great atmosphere and is very fun to be at for dinner. I enjoyed everything - good service, drinks & entrees were awesome, and didn't wait too long for food or to be seated. The taco platter was a solid choice and their drinks are pretty reasonable (and delicious). I'm only giving 4 stars because the service was a little slow and the restaurant wasn't very busy at the time. I would definitely go back for the food though!

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