Javelina - Union Square

4.6
696 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tex-Mex
Welcome to Javelina, New York City's only authentic Tex-Mex restaurant!

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

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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • 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 696 people are saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJMichael53
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

You just cant beat the crispy ground beef tacos, or the queso with chorizo, or the home made flour tortillas, or the Margaritas. The servers are always welcoming, friendly and helpful. It's always worth the ride up from TriBeCa for NYC's best Tex-Mex.

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Paige
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in the neighborhood. Reliably delicious tex-mex!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service great food

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place has some
Of the best Tex-mex in NYC - fajitas and queso!!!!! yaaaaassss

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vipmwnj
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

good food - got so full on the apps though -- guacamole amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously, this place is like a second home. My friend and I always come and everyone is absolutely amazing. Shout out to Dre and the staff!

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SalimM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tacos, just like being in Mexico. Individual portion sizes and priced accordingly.
Our second time there (visiting NYC) and will go again in our next trip to the city.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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PeterP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a good spot. We loved every bite…and sip. A++

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Birthday dinner. Sat a few minutes early which was great but didn’t see a waiter for almost half an hour after sitting. Had to flag down a food runner to put in a drink and appetizer order. Didn’t see our actual waiter until almost an hour after sitting. Good runner and hostess were great though.

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vipPAS525
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Javelina has been our go-to for a while! We love it and went a lot pre-COVID. Last night was the first time back after having ordered delivery a bunch. Sadly last night was filled with lots of misses. First off, the wait staff was super rude. He kept throwing the items down, which was very aggressive. As a former server, I get that there is short staffing in the food industry, but that doesn't mean you need to be rude. Then the wrong meal was brought out. I told the food runner it was incorrect, and then in less than a minute, he brought back the salad. They essentially took the chicken from the first salad and placed it on a bed of greens. The salad had barely any other toppings - legit greens, 1-2 pecans, and chicken from the other salad they just took off. The chicken had the cheese on it from the first salad - there was no cheese in the salad I was supposed to get. I had to wait a while for him even to come over to explain the situation. The wait to even tell the waiter about the issue took so much time my partner was already halfway through his meal. They did remedy the situation by making a new one to go and taking the salad off the bill. We did appreciate that, but after that, the server barely came over anymore.

We are hoping they work out their kinks with staffing shortages or whatever was going on last night. We will return and I do recommend it, but it was a super bummer expecting the Javelina's we've come to love over the past 6 years of being open.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

We visit this location quite a bit. The food is always good, and so is the service. This visit the 6-12-21 the service was horrible, waiter/bartender was rude when we asked for the house tequila. He never wrote any items down resulting in our entire order being wrong and had to be remade. Total disappointment

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Donato was beyond. He was incredibly friendly, timely and helpful in choosing our meals. He is a great asset and representation of your restaurant.

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vipGriffinB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

It was just ok. The queso was tasty and our server was great but the food and drinks were overall mediocre

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vipabez
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The outdoor seating was pleasant and far from the crowds...the restaurant was very responsive to my request to seat us in a corner. The margaritas were excellent, but the food was mediocre We were three people and no one really liked it. So that was disappointing.

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vipNyeats23
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Definitely overbooked reservations and staff was overwhelmed. Did not have enough outside tables for those who made outside reservations and you could tell they were panicking. Tried to seat us inside without acknowledging we were reserved for outside until I said something —felt pressured to go in. Finally sat outside and was reminded continuously about the timeline which I didn’t see other tables told about, yet it wasn’t my fault they didn’t have a table for me.

The table next to me also had a medical emergency which was very alarming. 911 was called. On top of the general personal concern for the other guests, it did delay our ordering which didn’t seem to phase the staff. It was also weird that the table with the medical emergency was presented a check before they left. Their meal should have been comped. It was very weird.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

service was slow but the food was good and a fun atmosphere

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Leah
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Drinks were good. Food didn’t really taste like the meat was marinated in anything just meat thrown into some tortillas with some okay sauce….just tasted kind of bland for $16 tacos (2 tacos for this price). Probs wouldn’t go back, which is a shame bc I really wanted to like it

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caitlinm
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Our service was great

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Feels very cold inside. No wine glasses for 13$ wine per glass.

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Kevan
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was a bit too salty and the queso was lacking a some flavor. Overall food was average. Jalapeño marg was not spicy at all.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new go to place for Mexican!! Loved it!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always my favorite place to meet up with my fellow ex Texan friends . It reminds us so much of home and takes the edge off of homesickness especially when traveling home this year hasn’t been an option. Thank you for everything you do !
We will be back

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vipMegan
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely delicious - the staff was incredibly friendly and great COVID precautions were taken throughout our time at Javelina (QR Code Menues, great mask wearing by staff, socially distanced outdoor tables)

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kckc
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outdoor dining

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Jake
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Good food and queso, but worst margarita of my life

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST texmex in nyc!!! I’m from Dallas and it tastes exactly like home. Will be coming back again and again and again

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EmilyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, best Tex mex in the city. Love it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

White queso for the win always!

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Zackary
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone from the host to our server was super friendly and made for a great meal out. Thanks so much for being a consistently wonderful restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

~ I live for Javelina queso and fajitas! Best in town and great service as always!

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vipbrbrbr
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

love javelina. great margs, great tacos, great queso

KB
vipKatieB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best queso in nyc

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become like a home away from home. Great food. Great staff. And just the right vibe for Tex-Mex.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I just got our second vaccines and it was his birthday so we decided to safely treat ourselves to our favorite spot in NY . We are both from Austin and this place always reminds us of home !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent dinner at this lovely island of Tex-Mex goodness in the middle of NYC

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KrystalM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We sat outside and the heaters weren't very strong; we were cold within an hour with coats on. The waiter was a bit slow, but overall we had a good experience. The food, as always, was delicious!

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AlanaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food, and drinks! We sat outside on a chilly night and were warm with their heaters! Amazing queso and enchiladas

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Javelina - Union Square using the Order Online button. Javelina - Union Square also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Javelina - Union Square also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 539-0202.

Javelina - Union Square is rated 4.6 stars by 696 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.

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