El Vez New York

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957 reviews
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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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation Party

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a reservation for 1:30. There was a walk in available and we were immediately sat. The food was good! Service was good. It was busy!!

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AL
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a weekday lunch. Lots of space, no wait. Food came quickly.

The burritos were excellent — and massive!

The chips and salsa (not free!) were just ‘meh’. Chips seemed like stale, grocery-store-brand cheapies. And the salsas were forgettable. The guacamole was wayyyyy overpriced, even by NY standards.

Overall, great — I’d go again.... just not for a wanting-to-linger-over-bottomless-chips-and-salsa lunch.

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VC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

IT is Great! The food the service the friendly atmosphere were all amazing! Loved the authentic dishes, some I had never had before !

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

We had guacamole, tacos with carbon and churros. All very nice cooked and well served! I would recommend this menu to all families and group of friends willing to enjoy a nice meal together!

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KP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Had the most lovely Mothers Day brunch. Food was delicious and they could not be more accommodating to kiddos.

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BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good, authentic food from the apps to entrees! Perfect for large groups, staff is very nice and were accommodating. We live in the neighborhood and brought friends who live outside the city and they loved everything about the food and ambiance!

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IG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Josh took amazing care of my wife and I after we had arrived after two cab and a train rides. We were refreshed with cold beer, and frozen cocktails, and a generous spread of delicious mexican delights. Only my second time at the NYC location, but they are two for two and I will undoubtably make it back if only for the amazing hospitality of the staff. Thanks!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday 🎂

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T
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great place to spend Cinco de Mayo. Food good but could have been more generous with the meat in the chicken nachos and beef in the short rib enchiladas. A fun night albeit!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service!

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

I love El Vez in Philly, so I decided to try this location. I have to say, I love this location even more. Food is great. Service is wonderful. And the atmosphere is fun.

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All-around excellent. The food was incredible, staff was knowledgeable and made great suggestions helping us decide on food & drinks. It was the perfect space for Cinco De Mayo and I ave plans to return in a few weeks.

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KP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good just a bit loud

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GV
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I work in the area and am a frequent visitor to El Vez. Food was great but the service was awful. I am not sure if our server was new (as I hadn't seen him before) but after we ate we literally could not find him for about 30 minutes. The restaurant was about half full. We had to ask 3 other servers for our check. Not sure what happened here...

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C
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Terrific menu and beverage selection. A fun, festive place for two or a group!

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Vez is one of the best dining experiences downtown. Residents love it because it’s kid and family friendly. Whether a small family meal on the weekend or larger event with grandparents or relatives, El Vez delivers.

For a date this place has location vibe and energy.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Cool spot to check out. Food is more expensive than its value, but enjoyable nonetheless. Could easily be worth the cost if something as simple as rice and beans were included as a side for tacos. Guacamole portion was far underwhelming for the cost, but for what you DO get - it’s worth it.

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l
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cauliflower tacos are amazing...even for a carnivore like me.

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great waiter, friendly and accomodating for me and my teen daughter. Cucumber margarita was quite good. However, the food was 'nothing special', inasmuch as I ordered a more expensive dish. Price-to-quality ratio was not great (guacamole+chips for $17 seems a bit ... high). No burritos on the menu in the evening -- my daughter was disappointed, but the soft tacos did the trick to bump it up a notch. All in all, an OK weekday evening restaurant, nothing special, with a very loud environment. I wouldn't recommend, since it was not really anything special, but otherwise OK.

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t
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thought the menu was a bit expensive but when we saw the portions we understood why. Everything is definitely made to be shared family style!! Delicious food and great service! When I need my texmex fix for fajitas I’ll definitely be back for the tacos al carbon!!

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MR
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Have been going here since it opened. Haven't been back in a while and met friends visiting from out of town. The food has really gone downhill. The regular guacamole was awful - bland and most likely made the night before as it tasted old. Our waitress had a very flat affect - no personality. The dining experience was very lackluster and I'm very disappointed. It did not seem like a Starr restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Restaurant with delicious Food and Drinks. The Service was Perfect and very friendly.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Mint margeritas worthy of a repeat visit

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E
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The music was way too loud. I know it’s how it is, but so not an enjoyable experience.

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DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Got to restaurant 5 minutes prior to reservation and was told that we had to wait 45 minutes since no tables were available. What good is making a reservation if the restaurant doesn’t honor it.

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EK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good as always and our waitress was absolutely great but the hostess initially didn’t want to seat us after we came 18 minutes late. They only allow 15 minutes and those 3 extra minutes were critical. It would be completely understandable if the restaurant was full, but it was a very early dinner and after she agreed to sit us (with one condition to be our by 7:15), we saw at least 4 empty tables around us. It did leave a bit of an aftertaste. Don’t be late.

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always happy to go to El Vez. My fav Mexican restaurant to go with friends and family.

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e
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Good for a quick business lunch. Food is always delicious, and service was fast.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and one of the nicest places we had eaten on our trip

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Usually great, service and food was off last week. Some food came

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Excellent food and ambiance. Extremely kid friendly but not at all noisy at the same time. Misses a star only due to the super slow service. Loved it overall!

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AR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Family get together! Food was great, restaurant ambiance was great. Bar is very nice.

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e
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

very loud, and crowded, but luckily that was just at the bar area. lamb taco was meh, and way too... wet? i basically had to eat it with a knife and fork because it fell apart in my hands.
friends and i were catching up, and i definitely didn't think we overstayed, but the waiter was a bit pushy towards the end.

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Vez has great food and ambiance. It across the street from our employer, so a great place to lunch, happy hour and dine.

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TM
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Service and atmosphere was great. Food was lousy. We thought we may have ordered the wrong things--but steak tacos and chicken quesadillas should be a solid go-to. Would come back for drinks only.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is fantastic especially the Nacho mama. Service and drinks great.

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is usually a weekly experience.
Perhaps just an off night.

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GC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was well prepared , simple but flavorful and filling. Most of us had the tacos and the guac is a must !

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Always consistent. Hostesses make it work no matter what. Waitstaff was not as tight as I’ve had in last three visits so far this year, but not too bad. Food meets expectations...and always arrives hot.

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