Javelina - UES

4.4
103 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tex-Mex
Welcome to Javelina, New York City's only authentic Tex-Mex restaurant!

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

*Please note If you are booking STANDARD SEATING this will be for an indoor table. 

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 103 people are saying
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AndreaS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

They should think of expanding the happy hour menu

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vipNancyPaul0517
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and just the comfort of South Texas in the midst of the UES. Our server was wonderful, too!

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Bridget
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best queso you will ever have

JB
vipJasonB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible hostess and bad food.

MC
MindyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very good. Waitress was friendly and attentive. I had the fish and avocado tacos. Both were delicious but taco shell a little flimsy

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vipNYCDINING
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience4

The food is always good. The service has NEVER been good at this location. I keep hoping it will be different the next time I visit, and it never is. If you get a table outside, prepare to be forgotten by servers. No chip refills, even if you order queso. The cheese will get cold while waiting to get chips. Want to place an order? It’ll be 45 minutes. Want a second round of margaritas? You might want to just order two rounds upfront. I get that we’re dealing with staffing issues because of the pandemic, but this has been a problem even before the pandemic. Trust me. I’ve frequented this location since it opened and it’s always the same.

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Barb
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Your food is delicious. Our second time there we ate there for the first time two weeks ago. Brought a friend who also loved it.
Needs work on the ambience. Your bulbs were out apparently frequently and so the lighting against the seating wall was only the overhead glaring down lights. Very Harsh and detracts from experience. LED Best. $ and performance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Table was not available for our reservation. We chose to wait and when we were finally seated 40 mins later, server didn’t come for forever. Food arrived cold, even the queso. No courtesy comps or anything offered for wait and inconvenience. As a native Texan, really wanted to love this place — would have raved about it to others — but was sadly disappointed. Hopefully you were just having a bad day. NY needs a good tex-mex spot.

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vipDLWTOYS
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

food was very good as was the service

neighborhood gem

would go again

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vipStacyS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mexican food I have had in a log time. Can’t wait to go back

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vipHard2please
New York Area
173 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The Waitress was extremely attentive, but the food let to be desired. Sorry.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mango margaritas are fabulous!

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vipDLWTOYS
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food was very good and tasty. service also was very good.

SJ
vipSusanJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are always good here. But the incredible service really put this place over the top! A must go!

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vipKaran
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food was terrible- the guacamole was tasteless, no heat even though we specified “medium spicy.” The only really good item was the ice cream dessert.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was very good and the queso was outrageous. Margs were strong and great!

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vipVik0617
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of the best spots in the city for Queso!

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vipLT11
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food and margaritas left a bit to be desired. Average spot.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only real TexMex in the city! So very happy to have this as a go to when I am feeling home sick.

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JudyL
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and the entire staff is THE BEST

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LivM
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant was great! Both the food and drinks were amazing! My mom thought everything was spicy though, so just keep that in mind if you're dining with someone sensitive to spice.

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vipgoodfoodonly
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

1.5 shrimp in each taco — over pried

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vipjosephf
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Different take on many classics—tacos, quesadillas etc.—with just enough spice to get you interested. Great chips and smoked salsa. That’s where it gets started and continues through portions.

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vipDeborahF
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We really enjoyed our meal. The white queso, in particular, was delicious. Drinks were a little strong for my liking but that may be a plus to others! Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers were excellent, food was well prepared and very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Terrible service. Will kick you out the minute you sign the bill for another party because they have a 90 mins limit (that they do not inform you of before you sit). Truly wondering if the manager is interested in keeping patrons coming back to the restaurant. Extremely rude.

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RYinNYC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience4

The food for grown-ups was okay, but not for kids. There were only two kid items (chicken fingers and quesadilla) and, unbeknownst to us, the chicken fingers came stuck in a vat of spicy queso which wasn't described as such on the menu. The waitress could have told us but couldn't be bothered. Ketchup sorely needed but she seemed to think that a family wasn't worth her time and only came by once at the end of the meal with the bill. Won't be going back, even sans children.

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vipSamanthaD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

I know this is Tex/Mex but they could do so much better. The quesos, which I believe are one of their specialties, tasted like velveta out of a jar. The fajitas and enchilladas were completely bland. Our server didn't write down our order and the food runners brought several incorrect things, also our drinks were forgotten.

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GabrielleZ
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great margaritas!

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vipHawkgold23
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Queso is to die for. The Margarita sizes are quite small.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Who doesn’t want some queso and guac? Always yummy. Great chicken tacos.

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vipArielleI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

We were sitting outside and a kid toy truck fell from the building above on the person I was eating with. It was beyond scary and terrible. I know it was windy and building fault but such a liability on the building / restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great food, great company, the service was not great. Much better at the Union Square location. However, still an overall good experience.

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vipjosephf
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a reservation for two but a third party wanted to come along at the very end so they set up an extra table for us right at reservation time. The food was great. I had brisket tacos, my wife had the guacamole. We had margheritas and they were more than fair with the tequila. Chips and salsa there are the best.

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Beau
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good to see that the pandemic hasn’t affected the quality of this gem. Texans beware, you will overspend to your heart’s delight.

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bklynrchl
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas and the only true tex-mex queso in Manhattan! always love the service and atmosphere at Javelina!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Such a great place! ❤️

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food! Would definitely return!

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vipforkingdeliciousness
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Queso is a MUST!! And the chips are always flowing along with the margs :)

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AndreaB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

It stated heated seating but I guess they just meant indoors because outside did not have any. The food was good (queso, fish tacos, brisket tacos) and drinks were good but nothing to write home about. I think we were the forgotten table as we had to ask for cutlery and waited a long time for our server to take our order, come back for more drinks orders and bring the check, when multiple tables around us came and went. Wouldn't not go back again but won't be running back either.

FAQs

Javelina - UES does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Javelina - UES also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (917) 261-7011.

Javelina - UES is rated 4.4 stars by 103 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.