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210 reviews
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$30 and under
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Pulqueria is a trendy, modern Mexican cantina in Manhattan�s Chinatown. In addition to its contemporary dining room and bar, there is a private dining room that can seat up to 15-person parties. The full bar features Mexican-inspired cocktails, and the kitchen serves only fresh, seasonally-driven cuisine that blends the flavors of Mexico into something new.

Pulqueria�s menu features a variety of small and large plates, and there are many vegetarian dishes, so there will be something for everyone on the menu. Start your meal at Pulqueria with some guacamole classico or empanadas with chorizo fried rice. Larger plates include the el pulp, langosta mole, camarones con harina de maiz and carne asada tacos.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Regional Mexican
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am, Bar: Monday - Saturday 6:00pm - 2:00am
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Phone number
(212) 227-3099
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Between Bowery/Pell
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Public transit
Take the B, D Train to Grand St or the J, M, Z, N, Q, R, W or 6 Train to Canal St.
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We have live salsa Wednesdays from 9pm to 11pm.
We have a DJ in house Wednesday to Saturday.
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Special events & promotions

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Cyrus McNeal
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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Jennifer524 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

It was my birthday and there was these loud and obnoxious behind us. They acted if they own the place. There's two areas one where you sit down and have dinner and another where you sit at bar area... ugh these guys couldn't shut up.

Natalie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 18, 2016

We loved the queso with mushrooms, the tuna to staffs and the shrimp and fish tacos. Drinks were also delicious.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

First of all, I would like to point out that my friends and I were very excited about this place. The decor is nice. Too low lighted to my taste.
The food was okay. Not great. I've tried better Mexican and being a Mexican myself, trust me it was just okay.
Drinks, the 3 kind we tried which basically was the reason why we decided to go there was for the Pulque. My husband and friends who aren't from Mexico have never tried it and I wanted them to. We asked about just having the Pulque by itself but they don't serve it solo. Which is fine. So we decided to have the Lychee cocktail which according to the menu, has some Pulque on it. did not taste like Lychee or Pulque. It tasted like pure sugar with vodka..not Mezcal as it was on the menu. Vodka. So we decided to have another Pulque drink. Terrible idea. The tequila used in the drink was of the lowest quality and whoever designed the menu and liked it..should be having daiky

FettSolo (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 11, 2016

The food is delicious but the service is lacking.

vipNYCGUY (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 7, 2016

Hidden gem in China town. The cocktails and food were amazing. Absolutely order the tacos, they were delicious and fresh. The atmosphere is unbeatable; very trendy and buzzing crowd. They also have a very happening happy hour in the bar area.

vipkim2nyc (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 31, 2016

The fancy feel and high end cost of Mexican food located at surrounding relatively cheap Chinese food in Chinatown

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 24, 2016

The service was good! Everyone looked happy and smiles since we walked in. We had a great time. City prices of course and food portions were small but they were just enough for my husband and i. I would recommend this place for a night out or just to sit by the bar and enjoy a delicious drink. We will back soon!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on March 10, 2016

The food portions are tiny and exorbitantly expensive. You'd need to order two plates just to feel semi-full. In addition, the service is so-so.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 22, 2016

Do not order margaritas here and you'll be fine.

chiquita (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

The food was excellent, although the tacos were kind of sparse. The drinks, soup, and the appetizers were amazing. In Mexico, pulque is the poor man's drink, but Pulqueria brings it to a whole new level. Our waiter was personable and fun. I love that it's a Mexican restaurant in the basement of Chinatown.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

The food was good and the drinks were great. Definitely recommend anyone looking to check out some Mexican food in the city.

madasi (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2016

Recommendations I gave were based on how I anticipate it would be at 10:00 PM and later rather then at opening when we were the only customers. (No complaint, it made it even more personal and special.) First you have to find it but since you've decided to eat Mexican in Chinatown I am guessing you're up to it. Got to drink Pulque for the first time and had an incredible huitalacoche quesadilla that was off menu. Five salsa appetizer was wonderful and the we were treated like friends. Only disappointment was the sister cocktail bar next door was closed until later in the evening for a private party, but then we have a reason for returning sooner.

TAS1 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2016

Where to go for great Mexican food and drinks?
Down the stairs to a basement in Chinatown... that's where.
Pulqueria is in a place you could only find find if you knew where to look...but the vibe, the food and the drinks make it definitely worth the trip.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 20, 2016

Food was cold and the drinks were 90% ice. Also was doubled charged and when my friend tried to get in touch with a manager it was impossible.

LOVE (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2016

I've been here a few times over the past few years. It's a classic speakeasy, trendy restuarant plus bar. I believe I've only been in the spring/summer. This visit they had no heating system, middle of winter, we were all freezing. What's up with that ?

OpenTable Diner (London)
3.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

I loved pulqueria and returned because my fiancé had never been, is not a New Yorker and wanted Mexican while we were staying in Soho. I thought I have just the place! Unfortunately, it was our only night in town and the only dinner we had in Manhattan was terrible! Not ok...terrible! The drinks which were also amazing in the past, undrinkable. The only cool thing remaining about the place is the underground vibe it has. So sad one of my favorites is no longer even worth visiting.

vipNYCBBD (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 21, 2015

I used to enjoy going to Pulqueria as a special find to take someone from out of town or as a unique NY hidden gem in a different neighborhood. This last visit was the final straw in a string of visit with less than satisfactory service. On top of the fact that they could not find my reservation even though they had called to confirm not hours before. The server was slow, disappeared, could not remember things, and didn't even know the specials including sounding surprised that there was such a thing when asked about the margarita of the day. There were maybe 20 people in the return side, so service should have been amazing and attentative instead we got better attention and service from the bus women than our actual server. Food was okay, not great, but service just made me not want to return. Sad since it used to be a fun little place to take a group of people.

Cantona7 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

This was a great find. Food was delicious. Fresh, fragrant and perfect sized portions. The staff were really friendly and the setting was very atmospheric. It is darkly lit, almost hard to read the menu but this only added to the experience. Very good menu plenty of choice and drinks options are good too. Lovely bar for pre or post drinks, hit it at happy hour and enjoy a Margureita or four. The restaurant is difficult to find, literally a doorway on Doyers St, but don't give up, worth finding.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2015

Increible shrimp tacos and unique/delicious twists on margaritas! Good music at the bar too - enough room for everyone to dance

vipBrunchy (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2015

This is one hidden gem in China Town everyone must check out! Its somewhat hidden so you really have to know where you are going but it is definitely worth it in every way. The staff is super sweet and friendly which is a total turn on when you are spending money on a night out. the waiter was great and had excellent recommendations for food and beverages. The food was on point and the prices were very reasonable. overall i would highly recommend this restaurant.