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El Original

3.6
3.6
106 Reviews
$30 and under
Tex-Mex

El Original TxMx is located in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of NYC and offers original Tex-Mex fare to guests of all ages. The venue seeks to provide nostalgic and filling cuisine made from scratch. On the menu at El Original TxMx, you are sure to find such items as refried bean nachos, chicken flautas, Frito pies, an array of tacos, cheese enchiladas, chimichangas, quesadillas and more.

Pair a warm side with your meal to complete a balanced dish at El Original TxMx. The Spanish rice and beans, french fries, homemade tortilla chips and salsa, pickled jalapenos and skillet peppers are made to order and sure to satisfy.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tex-Mex, American

  • Hours of operation

    Kitchen Hours M-Sa Mon–Sat 7:00 am–11:00 pm Sunday Kitchen Hours Sun 7:00 am–10:00 pm Monday/Tuesday Bar Hours Mon, Tue 7:00 am–11:00 pm Wednesday Bar Hours Wed 7:00 am–11:30 pm Thursday Bar Hours Thu 7:00 am–11:45 pm Fri/Sat Bar Hours Fri, Sat 7:00 am–1:00 am Sunday Bar Hours Sun 7:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (917) 382-5512

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Eruvey Mendoza

  • Catering

    Selected items prior to event.

  • Private party facilities

    We have room for 160 seated in the full restaurant.

  • Private party contact

    info@eloriginaltxmx.com: (917) 382-5512 ext. 4

  • Neighborhood

    Hell's Kitchen

  • Cross street

    50th Street and 10th Ave

  • Parking details

    There's a paid lot under the Skyline hotel, attached to El Original.<br />A lot of customers say it's the least expensive one around the area.

  • Public transit

    C, E trains @ 50th Street and 8th Ave<br />B,D,E @ 53rd Street and 7th Ave <br />N, Q, R @ 48th Street and 7th Ave<br /><br />M11 bus to 10th Ave b/t 49th and 50th

  • Entertainment

    Live music from time to time...always free of charge!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Menu

Appetizers

  • Chile con Queso

    Classic homemade blend of melted cheese, green chiles and pico de gallo.

    • Small$7.00
    • Large$11.00
  • Queso El Original

    Our chile con queso topped with guacamole, black beans and picadillo beef.

    • Small$10.00
    • Large$15.00
  • Guacamole

    A blend of smashed avocados, jalapeños, garlic, cilantro and lime.

    • Small$8.00
    • Large$12.00
  • El-O Nachos$12.00

    Individual tostada chips layered with refried beans, a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, and pickled jalapeños. Served with guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo.

    • El-O Quesadillas$11.00

      Handmade flour tortillas stued with cheese, green chiles and onion. Served with guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo.

      • Armadillo Eggs$8.00

        Jalapeño peppers stued with cheddar cheese and cream cheese, wrapped in our breakfast sausage, breaded and fried. Served with green chile buttermilk dressing.

        • Frito Pie$12.00

          A tangle of Fritos topped with our award-winning Texas red chili, cheese, onions and pickled jalapeños. Served at all the finest Friday-night football games in Texas.

          • Campechana de Mariscos$15.00

            Seafood cocktail with shrimp, crab, bay scallops, avocado and pico de gallo.

            Sopas Y Ensaladas

            • Tortilla Soup

              Slow cooked red-chile broth with hand-pulled chicken, topped with cilantro, avocado, tortilla strips and queso fresco.

              • Cup$7.00
              • Bowl$9.00
            • Texas Red Chili

              The state dish of Texas. Tender, slowly stewed beef with red chiles, topped with cheese, onions and pickled jalapeños. No beans.

              • Cup$11.00
              • Bowl$18.00
            • Tex-Mex Wedge$7.00

              Iceberg lettuce, green chile buttermilk dressing, queso fresco, pico de gallo and bacon. Gluten Free, Vegetarian: if remove bacon, see server.

              • Taco Salad$9.00

                Mixed green salad, tomatoes, cheese, black beans, guacamole, crispy corn tortilla strips and ancho vinaigrette. Gluten Free, Vegetarian: depending on selection, see server.

                El Original Favoritos

                • EL ORIGINAL Numero Uno$22.00

                  The quintessential Tex-Mex combo plate: a picadillo beef crispy taco, one cheese enchilada with chili gravy, one beef tamale, a chile con queso tostada, guacamole, rice and choice of beans.

                  • EL ORIGINAL Numero Dos$22.00

                    Two bean and cheese nachos, one chicken enchilada smothered in salsa verde, one chicken flauta, guacamole, rice and choice of beans.

                    • The Pablo Deluxe$22.00

                      Two beef enchiladas, one picadillo beef puy taco, a chile con queso tostada, rice and choice of beans.

                      • El Miguelito Fuerte$20.00

                        One cheese enchilada with chili gravy, one picadillo beef crispy taco, guacamole, rice and choice of beans.

                        • Lady Bird Special$17.00

                          Chalupa, a chile con queso tostada, guacamole, rice and choice of beans.

                          • The Panhandle$22.00

                            Texas style chicken fried steak. Pounded top round, breaded and fried, served with black pepper cream gravy, smashed potatoes and sautéed spinach.

                            • Los Niños$5.00

                              (children under 12) Choice of either a crispy taco, enchilada or tamale. Served with rice and choice of beans. Gluten Free, Vegetarian: depending on selection, see server.

                              Tacos

                              All plates come with two tacos, Spanish rice and your choice of beans.

                              • Black Bean Soft Tacos$14.00

                                Corn or handmade flour tortillas, black beans, guacamole and pico de gallo. if corn t. Vegetarian, Gluten Free: if corn t.

                                • Crispy Tacos$15.00

                                  Fried corn tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, and your choice of picadillo beef, shredded chicken or black beans.

                                  • Puffy Tacos$15.00

                                    tomatoes, a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, and your choice of picadillo beef, shredded chicken or black beans.

                                    • Chicken Soft Tacos$16.00

                                      Corn or handmade flour tortillas, shredded chicken, salsa verde, cilantro and a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. Gluten Free: if corn t.

                                      • Beef Soft Tacos$17.00

                                        shredded beef, chili gravy, cilantro, onions and a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. Gluten Free: if corn t.

                                        • Tacos Al Carbón$18.00

                                          Handmade flour tortillas, beef or chicken fajita meat, and guacamole.

                                          • Fish Tacos$18.00

                                            Corn tortillas, grilled fish, avocado, cabbage and green chile buttermilk dressing.

                                            • Shrimp Tacos$18.00

                                              Handmade flour tortillas, shrimp, pico de gallo and queso fresco.

                                              Sizzling Fajitas

                                              All plates served with handmade flour tortillas, sautéed onions and peppers, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, rice and beans.

                                              • Chicken

                                                • 1/2 lb (1 person)$22.00
                                                • 1 lb (2 people)$33.00
                                              • Beef

                                                • 1/2 lb (1 person)$25.00
                                                • 1 lb (2 people)$40.00
                                              • Beef & Chicken

                                                • 1/2 lb (1 person)$24.00
                                                • 1 lb (2 people)$28.00
                                              • Fish

                                                • 1/2 pound$24.00
                                                • 1 lb (2 people)$35.00
                                              • Shrimp

                                                • 1/2 lb (1 person)$27.00
                                                • 1 lb (2 people)$48.00
                                              • Vegetable

                                                portobello mushrooms & seasonal vegetables

                                                • 1/2 lb (1 person)$18.00
                                                • 1 lb (2 people)$32.00

                                              Traditional Tex-mex Plates

                                              All plates served with Spanish rice and your choice of beans.

                                              • Beef Tamale Dinner$17.00

                                                Two shredded beef tamales, topped with chili gravy and queso fresco.

                                                • Chicken Tamale Dinner$16.00

                                                  Two chicken tamales, topped with salsa verde and queso fresco.

                                                  • Rajas Tamale Dinner$15.00

                                                    Two cheese and green chile tamales, topped with salsa verde and queso fresco.

                                                    • Flautas$16.00

                                                      Three crispy rolled corn tortillas stued with chicken, topped with salsa verde and queso fresco. Served with guacamole and sour cream.

                                                      • Carne Guisada$18.00

                                                        Chuck roast stewed in a thick, peppery sauce, served with handmade flour tortillas.

                                                        • Chile Rellenos$15.00

                                                          A battered and fried poblano pepper stued with a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, topped with ranchero salsa.

                                                          • Chalupas$15.00

                                                            Two crispy flat corn tortillas topped with refried beans, a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, lettuce and tomato.

                                                            Enchiladas

                                                            All plates come with two enchiladas, Spanish rice and your choice of beans. Add a fried egg $2.

                                                            • Cheese Enchiladas$14.00

                                                              Corn tortillas filled with a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, topped with chili gravy, onions and even more cheese.

                                                              • Spinach & Mushroom Enchiladas$14.00

                                                                Corn tortillas filled with spinach, mushrooms, salsa verde and a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.

                                                                • Chicken Enchiladas$16.00

                                                                  Corn tortillas filled with shredded chicken, topped with salsa verde and a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.

                                                                  • Sour Cream Enchiladas$17.00

                                                                    Corn tortillas filled with shredded chicken or black beans, topped with sour cream sauce and a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.

                                                                    • Beef Enchiladas$17.00

                                                                      Corn tortillas filled with shredded beef, topped with chili gravy, onions and a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.

                                                                      Dessert

                                                                      • Tres Leches Cake$7.00

                                                                        Vanilla sponge cake soaked with rum and a mix of three milks, topped with lightly sweetened crema fresca and hibiscus soaked cherries.

                                                                        • Sopapillas$6.00

                                                                          Pued and doughy, sprinkled with cinnamon and honey.

                                                                          • Flan$7.00

                                                                            Traditional vanilla or Mexican chocolate.

                                                                            • Pralines$6.00

                                                                              North Texas style pralines made with pecans, buttermilk and brown butter.

                                                                              What 106 people are saying

                                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                              3.6
                                                                              3.6 based on all time ratings
                                                                              • 3.4Food
                                                                              • 3.7Service
                                                                              • 3.7Ambience
                                                                              • 3Value

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                                                                              1. MC

                                                                                MayCorsini

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                27 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                2.0

                                                                                27 reviews

                                                                                Dined on November 30, 2018

                                                                                overall2food1service3ambience3

                                                                                The food was beyond bland, the shrimp skewers only came With one skewer for $25. Everyone is nice but I do not recommend this place for more than a drink.

                                                                              2. A

                                                                                Alleybj

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                19 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                1.0

                                                                                19 reviews

                                                                                Dined on November 14, 2018

                                                                                overall1food1service3ambience3

                                                                                This is the worst Mexican food I’ve ever eaten in New York. It was pretty good when if first opened, but I have to believe the original promoters/managers are long gone. Even the margaritas are terrible tasting. I will never eat there again, and it’s hard to imagine why anyone would. It will close soon unless it improves drastically.

                                                                              3. TS

                                                                                TSKnox

                                                                                E. Tennessee

                                                                                48 reviews

                                                                                3.0

                                                                                48 reviews

                                                                                Dined on November 14, 2018

                                                                                overall3food3service4ambience2

                                                                                I was delighted when I found reviews of this restaurant on Opentable. There appeared to be interesting appetizers and entrées; and I had high hopes for a meal there. But alas my hopes were dashed for! The menu that I was presented was much simpler and less interesting. Opentable needs to update the online menu for this restaurant. (I am attaching photos of the current menu) I will say that the frozen margarita was very good. And the cheese quesadilla was quite good too. But nothing else on the menu really appeal to me. Also the restaurant is quite large and can’t accommodate large groups. The service was very good.

                                                                              4. LC

                                                                                LeighC

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                3.0

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                Dined on August 7, 2018

                                                                                overall3food2service2ambience4

                                                                                I was quite disappointed in my experience. I am a Texan and was hoping for a memorable experience. This place lacks a Texas ambiance and the food was mediocre. It's too bad.

                                                                              5. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                vip
                                                                                4.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on May 23, 2018

                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                Between Angels in America

                                                                              6. SF

                                                                                SFwino

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                27 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                1.0

                                                                                27 reviews

                                                                                Dined on April 2, 2018

                                                                                overall1food3service5ambience1

                                                                                Horrible, aggressively loud and death metal music playing during core dinner time. Was painful to sit through - food def not worth it. Will not be back.

                                                                              7. DM

                                                                                DavidM

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                15 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                4.0

                                                                                15 reviews

                                                                                Dined on March 20, 2018

                                                                                overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                                I was disappointed to see how empty the place was on a Tuesday night. I have been there a couple of times but over the years, it seems like the attendance has been diminishing and the menu has become more limited. Totally enjoyed the enchiladas Mexican with Salsa Verde...delicious and the guacamole is great! My friend ordered a house margarita and we both commented on the child size serving, he ordered another one but the waiter must have missed hearing it. Overall enjoyable but wish there was a little bit more people in the place.

                                                                              8. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                Austin

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                4.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on December 30, 2017

                                                                                overall4food3service4ambience3

                                                                                Decent tex mex according to this Texan. Was not expecting much from NYC "tex mex" but was pleasantly surprised. Had grilled chicken nachos. Not bad. Salsa actually good. Mexican beers available.

                                                                              9. O

                                                                                Olivia

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                Dined on December 28, 2017

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Great food, great service. Warm atmosphere and comfortable feel.

                                                                              10. KC

                                                                                KristenC

                                                                                Key West

                                                                                10 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                1.0

                                                                                10 reviews

                                                                                Dined on December 16, 2017

                                                                                overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                The food was really bad...very low quality...and the management was in a shouting match with a guest when we were trying to leave. It is probably the worst Mexican food I have ever had...and I've had a lot.

                                                                              11. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                1.0

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                Dined on October 28, 2017

                                                                                overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                Worst Mexican restaurant in NYC. Absolute garbage. I’m embarrassed to have even suggested it.

                                                                              12. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                3.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on October 14, 2017

                                                                                overall3food2service3ambience2

                                                                                Less than mediocre at best. The queso was cold, the tacos flavorless.

                                                                              13. MT

                                                                                ManhattanTraveler

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                20 reviews

                                                                                4.0

                                                                                20 reviews

                                                                                Dined on September 22, 2017

                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                I've been here a few times - gathering with friends for dinner and, once, attended a low-key baby shower here. All were great fun as the space is large and can accommodate a large party. Thank you; we will be returning!

                                                                              14. S

                                                                                Susanh

                                                                                Denver

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                2.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on September 15, 2017

                                                                                overall2food2service3ambience4

                                                                                The food was not that great. The salsa was good and the rest was mediocre.

                                                                              15. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                3.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on December 12, 2015

                                                                                overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                                                I was born and raised in Texas and in my opinion, El Original, like most NYC Mexican restaurants, misses the mark. This would disappoint anyone looking for true TexMex. Salsa is bla. Food came out cold. A friends chile relleno had nothing inside. The queso tastes like cheese whiz.

                                                                              16. P

                                                                                Poncho

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                11 reviews

                                                                                1.0

                                                                                11 reviews

                                                                                Dined on December 7, 2015

                                                                                overall1food1service3ambience1

                                                                                I have an issue with restaurants that advertise a plate in the plural, as in "Chiles rellenos," but then only serves one. The chile relleno in question was minuscule, lacked flavor, and cost me $15.00. This was a special occasion, a birthday for a friend who is from Houston and is an expert on Tex-Mex cuisine. His chicken enchilada was dry and bland. I was embarrassed by the meal, and apologized profusely to him. I will nver return here, and I'll make sure nobody else I know will do likewise.

                                                                              17. JJ

                                                                                JJBB

                                                                                Minneapolis

                                                                                8 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                1.0

                                                                                8 reviews

                                                                                Dined on December 4, 2015

                                                                                overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                When we showed up for our reservation, the dining room was pretty much empty. Most people were in the bar. We were seated immediately, but the service was extremely slow. I had to request chips and salsa for the table, which they gave us 2 small baskets for 5 people and would not refill. The fajitas that we ordered for an entree came with 3 tortillas. When we asked for more, we waited about 10 minutes, at which point the fajitas were cold. The fish tacos I ordered were totally cold as was the rice that accompanied it. The service was SO slow.

                                                                              18. e

                                                                                erthnyc

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                29 reviews

                                                                                4.0

                                                                                29 reviews

                                                                                Dined on November 12, 2015

                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                Second time I went, invited a few to my birthday. Good texmex, nice selection of tequilas. Huge space for NY and the feeling is deeply casual. All of us live here in Manhattan so we really liked that the most. Not too noisy, you can spread out and chat with people. Good big group place.

                                                                              19. BT

                                                                                BTDRD

                                                                                London

                                                                                8 reviews

                                                                                4.0

                                                                                8 reviews

                                                                                Dined on October 24, 2015

                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                Excellent and hearty breakfast. No frills.

                                                                              20. RL

                                                                                RLida

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                2.0

                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                Dined on October 15, 2015

                                                                                overall2food1service1ambience2

                                                                                We loved this place when we first went in May. Embarrased that we brought friends with us this time. Menu has changed almost completely, and even some of the items that are still on it (like the chili) are not the same dish. Took forever to get drinks. Fajitas were limp meat on a plate (no sizzle). Waiter was "new" and showed it. Music was on a tape loop, same song playing when we came in and when we left. Couldn't believe this was the same place. Won't be going back.

                                                                              21. g

                                                                                gretas

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                16 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                16 reviews

                                                                                Dined on October 6, 2015

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Loved it! We are from Texas and are VERY glad to have a good Tex-Mex option in NYC!

                                                                              22. HM

                                                                                HouMark

                                                                                Houston

                                                                                31 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                4.0

                                                                                31 reviews

                                                                                Dined on September 18, 2015

                                                                                overall4food4service1ambience3

                                                                                We enjoyed our food but the service was worse than any other we've experienced in a long time. We ate outside but that shouldn't make a difference. We had to ask for napkins and sliver ware 3 times. Our queso appetizer came after our entree and the requested add'l tortillas never came. Frustrating.

                                                                              23. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                Los Angeles

                                                                                22 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                22 reviews

                                                                                Dined on September 8, 2015

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                We have been here about 5 times which speaks to our love of this new go-to place for family and friends. Everything is authentic and delicios in a beautifully designed space.

                                                                              24. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                190 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                190 reviews

                                                                                Dined on September 3, 2015

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                Not super special, but, a step above standard Tex-Mex fare with very friendly and attentive staff. Love those puffy tacos and the Frozen Strawberry Margaritas!!!

                                                                              25. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                3.0

                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                Dined on August 28, 2015

                                                                                overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                                Food was good. A pretty extensive menu. I gave it 3 stars because I did find it very overpriced for the amount of food. There are Mexican restaurants in the area that are just as good, and half the price.

                                                                              26. A

                                                                                Andrew

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                31 reviews

                                                                                4.0

                                                                                31 reviews

                                                                                Dined on August 26, 2015

                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                We were pleasantly impressed with El Original! Pretty adventurous Cocktails! Guacamole and chips hit the spot and Taco salad was Tacolicious! Definitely will be back for more.

                                                                              27. CE

                                                                                CameronE

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                4.0

                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                Dined on August 23, 2015

                                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                I grew up in Texas and also lived in California for 5 years so I know my mexican food. This is by far the best i have found thus far living in NYC. They have ACTUAL queso (MELTED) not just a cheese board. And the other entrees were very good as well.

                                                                              28. LG

                                                                                LindaG

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                4.0

                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                Dined on August 19, 2015

                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                Went for dinner and margaritas with two friends on a random Wed night in Aug. The place is huge and pretty empty for our whole meal. But, service was attentive, margaritas were delicious and the food was above average. The space is beautiful and they had live music starting at 8:30, which I was afraid was going to be very loud and disruptive, but was at a good volume and added a nice touch to the ambience. We had overall a very good experience. And because big restaurants are hard to come by in ny, seems like a perfect spot for a big, loud, fun group meal. Recommended.

                                                                              29. w

                                                                                willforfood

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                33 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                2.0

                                                                                33 reviews

                                                                                Dined on August 19, 2015

                                                                                overall2food1service2ambience2

                                                                                I liked this place when it first opened. Good margaritas and solid Texas Mex food. Unfortunately the food is no longer good. Tough, fat laden beef in the lukewarm enchiladas and tasteless watered-down margaritas. Salsa tasted like it came out of a bottle. Sadly this place has become a TexMex mess.

                                                                              30. DN

                                                                                DaveN

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                2.0

                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                Dined on August 12, 2015

                                                                                overall2food2service1ambience1

                                                                                The fall of a once great restaurant. When El Original opened the food and service was amazing. Dining there brought tears of joy to Texans transplanted to NYC (literally, that happened). Even then, the writing was on the wall... the restaurant was too big to fill up on a regular basis and it felt like owners wanted a franchise, not a one-off. It has since descended into sadness. The food went from great, to mediocre to bland. The last time we went to El Original we sat outside for over 30 minutes without service, not even water (we left). We tried using them for delivery a few more times... but with other good Mexican restaurants in the area... we have since regretfully moved on.

                                                                              31. A

                                                                                Austin

                                                                                Austin

                                                                                25 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                1.0

                                                                                25 reviews

                                                                                Dined on August 8, 2015

                                                                                overall1food1service2ambience3

                                                                                The story goes that three Texans opened this place. El Original is located in a nice, large, renovated space in a transition hood. While many of the NYC Mexican restaurants has moved on to authentic Mexican cuisine, El Original features old school Texas Mexican food. If El Original was located in Austin, even the simple food trucks could outshine their product. This restaurant is for people that have no knowledge of TexMex-We had top shelf margaritas that were mediocre, guacamole, chile con queso, cheese enchiladas, chicken taco, carne quisado, rice and beans. From that list, I would recommend the rice.

                                                                              32. GC

                                                                                GottogetherbeforeCMS

                                                                                London

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                3.0

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                Dined on August 3, 2015

                                                                                overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                                                Went because it was touted as "best texmex in town" Nope. It's a meh chain. At that Jose Tejas or chilis is better Vs real, hand-made, unique cuisine it's inferior for more $. stick to your favorite Mexican. Nice staff.

                                                                              33. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                8 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                8 reviews

                                                                                Dined on August 2, 2015

                                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                Bring a native Texan now living in NYC. El Original is a little slice of home. The food is spot on and it's the ingredients/soul that set it apart from other TexMex restaurants in The city. TexMex has a lot of love in its food. My only criticism, and it's a small but important one..The flour tortillas. They have to be pillowy soft. My last visit they were hard. I would totally return and will recommend others to visit.

                                                                              34. ST

                                                                                StillaTexan

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on July 30, 2015

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Finally real Tex-Mex in the city! Run by Texans, the food is delicious and authentic, the decor is fun and the service was terrific. We enjoyed smooth frozen margaritas, chunky guacamole and spicy queso. Being from Texas myself, my friends back home would taunt me with snapchats of their plates of enchiladas. No more! Try the fish tacos and don't forget to to have the pralines for dessert!

                                                                              35. JN

                                                                                JagsNYC

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                15 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                2.0

                                                                                15 reviews

                                                                                Dined on July 16, 2015

                                                                                overall2food4service1ambience3

                                                                                Food and Margs are good. Service was terrible. It wasn't even crowded and our waiter couldn't be bothered to even get our simple order correct. Unfortunately I probably won't be back.

                                                                              36. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                2.0

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                Dined on July 12, 2015

                                                                                overall2food2service4ambience2

                                                                                Meh. Underwhelming and frankly, pretty disappointing in terms of my expectations. Outside of the chips and queso everything else seemed like it just came out of the microwave. Just not really that good at all.

                                                                              37. NY

                                                                                NYCFan

                                                                                Houston

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on July 12, 2015

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                We were in town from Houston and the food is absolutely authentic Tex Mex. enchiladas were great. Guacamole very fresh. Refried beans best i have ever had - even in Texas. Tacos el carbon were excellent. Friendly staff. The restaurant is large especially for the area and the design is very well executed. They spent as we say in Texas a "pretty penny" on the interior. Very well appointed. No shortcuts here. The live music at brunch with guitar and fiddle was a nice touch as well.

                                                                              38. TE

                                                                                TexasEx

                                                                                Denver

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                Dined on July 11, 2015

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Genuine TexMex. Solid. The cheese enchiladas with chili gravy was straight out of Austin. The frito pie appetizer was delicious; the crispy taco, dynamite. The salsa was exactly what you'd expect in Texas as well.

                                                                              39. LS

                                                                                LoneStar82

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                3.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on July 7, 2015

                                                                                overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                                As a former Texan living in NY, I was pretty excited about trying this place out. Unfortunately, there's nothing to really to write home about. It's honestly pretty overpriced for the quality. BUT, the staff is very friendly and the atmosphere is great. So much space! Which is so welcomed in NY where you're usually cramped. The queso was actually pretty delicious. The rest just fell short of my expectations. I'm going to give it another shot and see if maybe it was just an off day. I just really wish NY had a great Tex Mex place.

                                                                              40. e

                                                                                erthnyc

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                29 reviews

                                                                                3.0

                                                                                29 reviews

                                                                                Dined on July 3, 2015

                                                                                overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                Bartenders were friendly, good drinks/tequila selection. Table service a bit slow and, for some reason, the guacamole was delivered alone without the chips. And then the chips arrived separately. Curious. Nice big place. There was really nothing special about the food at all. The one thing we all really liked were the charra beans which were an option for the entrees. Otherwise, meh.

                                                                              FAQs

                                                                              El Original is rated 3.6 stars by 106 OpenTable diners.

                                                                              Permanently Closed

                                                                              This restaurant is permanently closed.

                                                                              Additional information

                                                                              • Cross street

                                                                                50th Street and 10th Ave

                                                                              • Neighborhood

                                                                                Hell's Kitchen

                                                                              • Hours of operation

                                                                                Kitchen Hours M-Sa Mon–Sat 7:00 am–11:00 pm Sunday Kitchen Hours Sun 7:00 am–10:00 pm Monday/Tuesday Bar Hours Mon, Tue 7:00 am–11:00 pm Wednesday Bar Hours Wed 7:00 am–11:30 pm Thursday Bar Hours Thu 7:00 am–11:45 pm Fri/Sat Bar Hours Fri, Sat 7:00 am–1:00 am Sunday Bar Hours Sun 7:00 am–10:00 pm

                                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                                Tex-Mex, American

                                                                              • Dining style

                                                                                Casual Dining

                                                                              • Dress code

                                                                                Casual Dress

                                                                              • Parking details

                                                                                There's a paid lot under the Skyline hotel, attached to El Original.<br />A lot of customers say it's the least expensive one around the area.

                                                                              • Public transit

                                                                                C, E trains @ 50th Street and 8th AveB,D,E @ 53rd Street and 7th Ave N, Q, R @ 48th Street and 7th AveM11 bus to 10th Ave b/t 49th and 50th

                                                                              • Payment options

                                                                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                              • Executive chef

                                                                                Eruvey Mendoza

                                                                              • Entertainment

                                                                                Live music from time to time...always free of charge!

                                                                              • Additional

                                                                                Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

                                                                              • Phone number

                                                                                (917) 382-5512

                                                                              • Catering

                                                                                Selected items prior to event.

                                                                              • Private party facilities

                                                                                We have room for 160 seated in the full restaurant.

                                                                              • Private party contact

                                                                                info@eloriginaltxmx.com: (917) 382-5512 ext. 4

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