Javelina - UES
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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.
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.
Servers were excellent, food was well prepared and very good.
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.
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.
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.
Queso is to die for. The Margarita sizes are quite small.
Who doesn’t want some queso and guac? Always yummy. Great chicken tacos.
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.
Great food, great company, the service was not great. Much better at the Union Square location. However, still an overall good experience.
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.
Good to see that the pandemic hasn’t affected the quality of this gem. Texans beware, you will overspend to your heart’s delight.
Great margaritas and the only true tex-mex queso in Manhattan! always love the service and atmosphere at Javelina!
Excellent! Such a great place! ❤️
Wonderful service, delicious food! Would definitely return!
Queso is a MUST!! And the chips are always flowing along with the margs :)
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.
Warm staff, awesome margs! Definitely suggest the Habanero queso.
The food was very good and service was great (Anna)
Go, and order the queso. Any queso. Service is always outstanding, and the chips are always fresh and warm. Do it.
All was outstanding! Love this place!
Maybe it was just an off day but the food and drinks were not great
Vicky, the server/bartender, was amazing. It was the best customer service I have received in NYC in the last 8 years. She was very attentive and friendly. It was my friend’s birthday and she made churros (not on the menu) and put a candle in it. The churros were delicious!!
The servers here are always great! Super helpful, speedy and friendly. And the queso is banging.
I only wish the tables were a little farther apart outside. It was a little too close for my comfort level (though others may not mind).
I have been to this restaurant often and after outdoor dining. I have felt the restaurant slipping, but it is a neighborhood place for me and I have given it the benefit of the doubt. However the last visit has convinced me to move on.
The inattentive service was at the core of the problem. The order was not taken properly, food not delivered, water never refilled. I was asked about water, asked for it, and it was never given. My wife's order was not served, without explanation. At first we thought it was coming out but realized it was not coming. After some effort we asked about it to a different server, who said it was being "fixed". It was ultimately served, without any apology. Water was again offered, and never delivered.
Certainly this is not an inexpensive restaurant and better attention is needed to retain customers, even regulars like myself.
Great service and food. Very good value for the money as well.
Had a great dinner here with a friend. Had reservations for 8:45pm and we were seated right away. The queso sampler was amazing and we split tacos and enchiladas which were also very good. Frozen strawberry margaritas were delicious! Our servers were great.
Had an 8pm reservation and left after not being seated by 8:45
Here’s the deal, I’ve frequented Javelina for years (before an UES location existed). The food is great and nobody in NYC does queso like they do. But even pre-Covid, the service at this location has always struggled. They have the same staff now and it’s just gotten worse. Our reservation was at 7pm and the staff was JUST putting tables out. There was a line of people waiting for their reserved table when I walked up. The staff ignored us the entire night, until it was close to our 90 minute window ending, then they hounded us to leave. They brought us queso without chips, and we couldn’t get anyone’s attention until our food arrived. So our appetizer just sat there. And the real kicker was when I went to the restroom, I overheard the waitstaff talking about the tables, complaining about their customers and the tips they left. It’s just not a friendly place. And not a place I plan to go back to. I won’t even get into my horrible cinco de Mayo experience. I’ll just say, they’ve gotten more than three strikes from me and they’re out.
Waited over an hour for our food and got splashed by an incoming car on the avenue. Food never came. Filled up on chips. Rip
If you love queso dip, this is your place. They have the most amazing queso dip. They even offered queso flights. The food also seems way more authentic than most of the Mexican restaurants I eat at. They don’t have a huge menu and the food is no frills, just ingredients and the flavors. Oh and their margaritas are 👌👌.
The food was very good as well as the portion size. Just a bit pricey for Mexican food.
The food is fresh and drinks are great.
Portions are generous and service is friendly
Love Javelina. Best TexMex in the city! Hard to find good ground beef tacos. They have them!
The hostess was uninformed . I asked for two specific drinks which were into delivered correctly. The main course was not what I ordered. The place was noisy due to no sound reducing material and the chairs were uncomfortable
Don’t think we will return
Service was quick and efficient. Food was tasty. It’s very loud and it feel a bit like a fast food joint. The waiter had no idea it was National Margarita Day and judging by the lack of margarita specials, neither did management. The Mexican martini was way too tart and I was not able to drink it. The waiter gladly took it off my bill. I would return for the food as it’s hard to get Tex Mex north of Dallas.
Very poor service, food was overcooked. Server took forever and our drinks melted. It wasn’t that crowded and we say her 3 times in 2 hours
As a former Texan who experiences serious Tex-Mex withdrawals, I was very pleasantly surprised by the food and the margaritas. Definitely some of the best of both that I’ve had in NYC (and I’ve tried a lot of places). The service was also very good—waiter was kind, patient, and attentive. Front of house staff was a bit dismissive, but our waiter made up for the host’s shortcomings.
My only real complaint is that the atmosphere leaves something to be desired. The lights are what I would call “gas station bright.” If the lighting was even a little dimmer, the restaurant would instantly feel higher-end and less fast-casual. As I said, the food and drinks are very good, but it’s not cheap, so the atmosphere kind of does it all a disservice/makes it feel like you’re getting less value.
Javelina - UES does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Javelina - UES also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (917) 261-7011.
Javelina - UES is rated 4.6 stars by 81 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.