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About Javelina

Authentic Tex Mex Restaurant in New York City!

Home of the best Queso & Margaritas in New York City.

119 E. 18th St
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Tex-Mex, Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican

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

Cross Street:
East 18th and Irving Place

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 539-0202

Website:
http://www.javelinatexmex.com/

Executive Chef:
Lawrence Ofori

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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Mon - Thu 9:00PM - 11:00PM

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Javelina Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Fun (16)
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Neighborhood Gem (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Authentic (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Quick Bite (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Spicy (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Happy Hour (4)
People Watching (4)
Cozy (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Romantic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great Gramercy location, delicious food and drinks, but the restaurant is very loud so a little hard to talk to anyone other than the person next to you

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I live in Dallas, Texas and I don't usually risk eating Tex-Mex east of the Mississippi River. But Javelina served an amazing meal from the chips and salsa to the queso and taquitos and the stacked brisket enchiladas with a poblano cream sauce and a fried egg. It was all simply superb.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Casual, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

All good but the place can be made warmer. These are very cold days and the temperature was not high enough

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A must-visit for Tex-Mex in Union Square -- great food and service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had an early New Year's Eve dinner at Javelina. Cocktails were fine, service was really attentive, food was tasty, portions were average. We enjoy eating here because it has the feel of a local, neighborhood place. One thing that surprised us was no availability of hot coffee or tea after our meal, also no desert menu...seemed a bit odd...but we did enjoy everything else.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Casual dinner to catch up with friends. Really yummy, pretty good size portions, seafood was great. Didn’t have drinks.

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

Really poor service. Was excited to go out to dinner here as I’ve walked by many times. I had a reservation and was not seated for about 15min after my reservation.

Upon trying to order drinks at the bar we could not order a pitcher and then were not able to transfer our bill to the table. We also had to wait in the cold/crowded doorway.

Once seated the food was delicious. They just need to figure out the service.

Our food and half full drinks were taken abruptly from the table so dinner was cut very short. It was clear they wanted us to hurry up. However, once we gave the waiter our cards it took over 30min to actually get our cards back and leave.

The food and drinks were really great however the service was almost bad enough not to go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Love this place. Come here all the time. Would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fun
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Always hits the spot for a homesick Texan who was raised on queso, puffy tacos, combo plates and enchiladas.

Tags: Bar Seating, Spicy, Special Occasion, Casual, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

meh. it was my first time here - my friend had been raving about the queso for months so we finally went. the queso was good but everything else was ok - the margaritas were fine, tacos were ok, nothing special. the place is wayyyyyyyy too loud - we ended up leaving quickly just so we could talk. won't go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Absolutely love it! It's quickly become one of my go- to spots in the city! Its in a great location and has a wonderful vibe. If you haven't tried the Queso then idk what you're even doing there. I'm desperate for them to open another location or for a way that I can make myself a secret club card remember or something. I'm obsessed!!

Tags: Authentic, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

A few blocks off Union Square, Javelina is a solid Tex-Mex option with good tacos, enchiladas and entrees. The salsa and guacamole were both fantastic. Fish tacos were tasty; brisket tacos were good, but were a tad bland. Good and convention option.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The sauce served on the cheese enchiladas with beef was excellent!! Cheese inside was almost melted enough. Great queso and corn tortillas (on request)! Guacamole sort of a B+. The towered brisket enchilada delicious.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We showed up at 7:21, 6 min after the reservation time and the hostess said she cancelled out reservation because we showed up 15 min late. No we showed up 6 min late lady. She refused to talk to us, we had to point out on the watch how many minutes late we were. It was an unacceptable way of being greeted.

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

Best queso quest crawl!!! 2017

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Love coming here when we’re in NYC. Being Texans, we love the margaritas, brisket and fresh guacamole. Can’t wait to come back for more. The drinks are strong and never disappoint!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great Beer, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great service!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Good food, great company, good times

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Hostess wouldn’t seat us because only 3 people in our party was there, but there was no one in the restaurant.... lol

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Everything here seems to be premixed. Don't want peppers in your fajitas, too bad they are already mixed with the onions. Don't want jalapenos in the 14 dollar guac, too bad somehow the guac is mixed before you order. The fajitas are brought on a sizzling plate with a Burner still lit so while you're getting through your meal your meat is just burning to a crisp. For a city with a lack of tex mex I guess this place might survive but it leaves a lot to be desired.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Javelina exceeded my expectations for a Tex Mex restaurant. The atmosphere is lively and the service, friendly and attentive. It was evident in everything from the chips and salsa to the small donut they served at the end that they don't cut corners in the kitchen. The food was fresh, tasty and was made with quality ingredients.
Javelina is now I'm my short list when the Tex Mex craving hits.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was really subpar. I would not recommend.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Neighborhood favorite for brunch. Try the Red Headed Stranger breakfast tacos, or if you're really hungry, the Fajitas. Good margaritas as well.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

It is like a glorified chipotle and the food tastes like lean cuisines. Don't waste your time. The service was terrible and took an hour to get a second drink.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Underwhelmed. Food was mixed at best and drinks inconsistent. Very noisy spot. I've had better Mexican food at national chains.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I had lunch with a friend at Javelina and we both had good food and had a great time. The service was amazing. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

This is our new favorite for lunch dates near work! AMAZING habenero white peach margarita and good food! A little more expensive than I'd like considering the casual atmosphere, but the service was amazing. We only had 45 minutes to eat and the servers couldn't have been more helpful.

Tags: Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Spicy, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food wasn't great and it was so loud. It would be one thing if the food was delicious... I was underwhelmed. The drinks were poorly made as well, and the meal itself was expensive for such poor quality.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was really good! The portions are quite large though, so be careful that you don't over-order. The music was REALLY loud though and we were there and we were all struggling to hear one another, but I felt particularly bad for some of the older family members that we were with.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

The tacos and margaritas were top notch. The girl I brought on the date was leftover Taco Bell quality though.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Always good. Very consistent. Great wait staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The atmosphere is nice, but we thought the food was a bit overpriced for what it was.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

We had a reservation for 5 people at 8pm. Table wasn't available till 8:45pm. Not a good situation considering the restaurant is a 1 hour drive from my house. The staff was very apologetic and pleasant and offered us a drink on the house which was nice.

The restaurant was extremely loud which was terrible for us because we were meeting friends from overseas and were basically unable to hear each other without screaming...the noise level ruined the night for us.

It was my first time there and I made my decision based on numerous good reviews but felt I made a terrible decision for our group.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Amazing service and DELICIOUS tacos. The margaritas are perfect as well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

When you just can't get to Texas, get to Javelina. The queso and fajitas are very good, as are the margaritas and Mexican Martinis.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Really delicious for Mexican brunch. My fave in the city.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Javelina personal were very friendly and I love the giant Margaritas! Parking can be a problem because of all the other businesses in the area.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Same wonderful experience per usual!

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

My ears are still hurting from the noise in the place.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 16, 2017

I had heard this place was fantastic. I thought it was good. Not particularly tasty, but ok. I was left thinking I paid too much for food that was average. Fun atmosphere, good margarita.

Tags: Bar Seating
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