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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

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (30)
Good for Groups (23)
Fun (22)
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Good for a Date (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Authentic (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Spicy (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Business Meals (6)
People Watching (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Romantic (5)
Cozy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Tapas (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
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Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Very good for what it is, and for the price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Really delicious steak nachos and brussel sprout tacos!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Very basic, suburban-vibe Mexican. Everything was fine, but nothing special. Food was a bit bland, but otherwise ok. Dessert was good. Service was good. Biggest selling point is the proximity to the movie theater

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Birthday celebration for my dad - pretty lively place !!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Food was ok way over priced for what you get.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had dinner at 9:00PM and the place was packed. A bit noisy but no big deal, we could still hear ourselves talk. Order the Classic Guacamole very good. Also had the Carnitas Tacos which were amazing, along with pozole which is really good. Just with those two I was stuffed seem like a small amount but it hits you. She ordered Rice with beans and sweet plantains, rice was good, Plantains were good as well.

We got a pitcher of Classic Margarita it was just right.

Overall great experience and the food was amazing. Will be coming back soon.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This was our second opportunity to celebrate our anniversary at El Vez, which delivered beyond expectations.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Overall, my companion and I enjoyed ourselves but her Crispy Mahi Mahi Tacos were undercooked. Our server was conscientious enough to offer a replacement but it was late into the meal. My primary gripe was that we were seated very close to other diners on either side. I think the restaurant needs to consider having fewer tables for dinner shifts. We felt right on top of our neighbors and the noise level was pretty high. I’m happy to return to El Vez but not for dates.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

What a fun place the space is huge , and I think hidden I've been down in the area so many times saw the sign and we did brunch there. Waiters are fabulous friends did tacos they raved about the mahi mahi taco I did the omelet was done perfectly Margaritas are lovely I first had a bloody mary was just a little to hot for me I prefer the more horseradish than chilly pepper in a bloody mary the photo booth is a fun treat by the bar will be back soon for diner

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great restaurant for a date or meeting up with friends! 10/10 Would recommend

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our waitress (Sofie) was an absolute doll! 🧡🧡

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Service is slow for lunch time. We reached at 12pm and early ones to order. Over food was good. Quantity is less that other places

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Seated us and then proceeded to seat other guests right next to us - tables so close together that we could not hear each other to have conversation. Left without finishing our drinks. There were plenty of tables available so this was unnecessary.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Service was outstanding, and the food is always very good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

The brussel sprout tacos are amazing! I'm not a vegetarian but sometimes I love to find a hearty and creative vegetarian option. These tacos are the best!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

The food was good but the portions were a bit small. Tasty though. The space is enormous which is nice for a group but otherwise felt like a chain restaurant - which is fine but not what I was anticipating.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

I wanted to have my two young grandchildren for lunch prior to a movie. We were seated immediately. The children's menu is perfect. The entertainment with coloring books and crayons works and the prompt service removed all worries. The food was excellent and the service was perfect. I will be back in the future.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Outstanding

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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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 (London)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was not impressive - service was amazing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Server never mentioned birthday note

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I absolutely love this place. Best Nachos. Most amazing Kale salad. We braved the extreme elements... climbed snowbanks in the FREEZING cold in an area where there is NO parking to be found nearby at all whatsoever, just so we could eat their delicious food. This is one of those places I beg my BF to take me to and it’s always a huge hassle to get there, but it’s worth it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·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 1, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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 (Berlin)·Dined on December 29, 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 29, 2017

Nice spot for entertaining out of Towners with
3 teenagers

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Family vacation

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 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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vip
 (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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 18, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Had a group of 6 for a great brunch. Food and drinks were amazing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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