Javelina

4.7
456 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Tex-Mex
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  • Casual
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  • Good for a Date
Authentic Tex Mex Restaurant in New York City!

Home of the best Queso & Margaritas in New York City.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tex-Mex, Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:45 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 539-0202
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lawrence Ofori
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Cross street
East 18th and Irving Place
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 456 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
4.2
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4.2
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was excellent. Service was smooth and ! Highly recommend

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Food was good, though a little overpriced (especially if you're comparing to peers in Texas). It's a good attempt at authentic Tex-Mex and likely the closest you'll get in NYC. Service was the major gripe, believe only one waitress was working the whole restaurant on a Sunday and multiple diners were repeatedly flagging her for service help.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

The food and service were excellent. The drinks were small and disappointing for the value.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

AMAZING - such good cheese dip really recommend this to anyone who needs some white queso fill!

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

great queso. great sangria swirls!
5 th time there

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Delicious and generous portions of Mexican style fare. We enjoyed the margaritas and the atmosphere was unassuming, not too noisy for a conversation.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Favorites tonight were the white Queso dip and Chili Relleno. Perfection! And terrific service by all.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

No pitchers of drinks!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We had a great time.

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Great drinks with amazing food. Fantastic for groups.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Very good Tex-Mex. Margaritas were tasty—in my opinion, some of the best in the city, in fact. Ambience was a bit lacking—lights could be dimmed a little so you don’t feel like you’re eating at a fast causal restaurant. Service was fair, but could be improved; waitress disappeared for awhile.

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Went to Javelina for a girls night dinner, definitely make a reservation, I've never seen less than a 2 hour wait without one! We had a reservation but still had to wait about 25 minutes for our table, so the hostess let us get a round of drinks on the house which was very nice of them. Once seated our server was very friendly and the food was fantastic. Loved the queso, and I had the vegetable fajitas which were great.

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2.0Dined on June 27, 2018

They were 20 minutes late seating us

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Made a reservation and they were running late and very graciously gave us drinks. The place is young very young, and the food is definitely fun to eat. Unfortunately the salt will catch up with you if you're salt sensitive. Good place to go if you're looking for a bit of a party atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

The food was bland and the portions small for the price. The staff was incredibly helpful.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Incredible food! Our waiter was super nice and on top of chip, drink, and salsa refills!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Queso = 👌

Good drinks

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

They were very busy but we got sat right away since we had a reservation. My husband just moved from Texas and has been craving for Tex-Mex. This was right up his alley. He ordered the Sour Cream & Steak enchilada and was perfect, I ended up munching off his plate quite a few times. Our server was very busy but was still able to take care of us. All around wonderful date night!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Never ceases to amaze how great Javelina is

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Excellent food at a fair price. Did reserve a table but it was relatively empty at lunch time, although being the day after a holiday maybe that should be expected. Menu offered a good variety
Only negative was when the meal was over it took a while to get the bill, ( although some people may find that relaxing)
Would recommend to friends or business associates

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I’m from Dallas originally and quite frankly Tex-mex seemed like a cuisine I could only get back home. I’ve gone to queens, Brooklyn & manhattan only to be left hungry and disappointed, opting to have my mother overnight fresh made tortillas for me to diy. Javelina did not disappoint, although it’s still better in Texas, Javelina is about as Texas as it gets in nyc.

I suggest always making a reservation though, to guarantee you get a table and to experience the amazing food

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Queso Heaven!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

This place is the only place in the entire city where I will eat their queso. Love to just share appetizers and drinks with friends here, but main entrees are also delicious. Come hungry, you'll leave stuffed!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Best Tex-Mex in NYC. Submitted by a native Texan.

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2.0Dined on May 17, 2018

the meat is awful. drinks are great. no real hot sauces. go to La Esquina. The meat is really bad here.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Come for the Bob Armstrong Queso dip, stay for the smoky mezcal Negroni

Both top notch

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Great margaritas and queso. Fun atmosphere, loved our server. A great place and amazing time. One of my nyc favs for Tex Mex

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Service Poor. How can you have just one waitress taking care of the orders? We were there ahead of our other two guests. She finally took our order for drinks after sitting there for quite some time. There were free taco chips placed on the table. Another couple came in and was seated one table away from us. They were served much faster than my wife and myself. Our other two guests arrived and then we asked for drinks and then she got side tracked. We waited and the table next to ours had received their drinks and their apps. Waiting she came back with the drinks and then we ordered queso for our chips. Waiting again and at this point the couple received their dinner. I would never go back to this restaurant if you paid me. They left before us. Your too cheap to hire another waitress shame on you!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

THEY HAVE CHEESE DIP!!!! SO EXCITING to find a place in nyc that has tex mex cheese dip! MUST GO

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

5 out of 5 night, brought my very picky Texan friend and he can’t stop talking about how good it was! We want to have the habanero queso and white peach habanero margaritas everyday!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great food and drinks. Service is very very slow.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Always love it. Special spot. Great food. Great servers!!!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Javelina made me happy. Great staff, perfect Tex-Mex, good margaritas, solid service. If there were one in in my ‘hood, I’d endow a seat at the bar.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Food was excellent. Service was a little slow but staff are very friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Had dinner here in April 2018 with some friends. I grew up in Austin, Texas so my standards for Tex-Mex are pretty high. Generally what most places outside of the Southwest call Tex-Mex is bad. Javelina is real Tex-Mex. More than that, it's real GOOD Tex-Mex. The Queso (traditional and queso-blanco) was phenominal, and I was in love with the Bob Armstrong dip (something I didn't think I would ever get outside of Texas). The brisket tacos were tender and flavorful. The mexican margarita was great too.

It's a small restaurant and very popular, so don't expect quiet cozy ambience. There's great energy though, and we never felt cramped. The service was very good as well, with food coming quickly and accurately. We did feel a little rushed to leave after finishing dinner, but I understood, since the restaurant was small and popular, they wanted to make room for the next set of diners.

I would not hesitate to come back again.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We love Javelina! The queso is to die for. I only wish they had more space or a room for bigger parties. We always wanna come here when people visit with a large group but unfortunately it’s just not built to accommodate. But doesn’t keep us away! Highly recommend it!

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great upbeat atmosphere! The staff was very friendly and we were immediately seated and served chips and salsa, which was delicious. Definitely recommend the frozen margaritas! We ordered chicken tacos and the fish tacos. The fish tacos weren’t that great- the fish that day was shark, which I wish I had known before ordering because the texture was very tough and more like chicken. Wasn’t a big fan, but I’m sure they will be better with a different type of fish. The chicken tacos were very good though!
Overall, it is a great little spot and would try again.

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1.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I've been here twice. The food is always good; drinks. too.
But the guy at the front check in desk was horrible and rude.
I had a reservation, and he wouldn't let me sit until my
friend arrived - although all the tables were empty. I
asked him nicely, and he was abrupt and nasty. I will
never return to Javelina, nor recommend it to anyone.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

No thanks!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

had to wait long for our reservation, but the host gave us a free round so no real complaints. food was good, service a little slow but not annoyingly slow.

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