Javelina - Union Square

4.7
652 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tex-Mex

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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 652 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSeanS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great place for brunch

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!!

GR
GRosey
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, and food was delicious. Highly recommend the queso! We sat outside in 30 degree weather and we were completely warm with all the heaters they had set up!

BW
BlakeW
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great as usual. The outdoor space was cold. The wind was not blocked. Also, there was no beer :(

SS
vipSeanS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for TexMex

DV
vipDiVa
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I have been here at least 15 times before since it’s opening and this was by far my worst experience. I’m trying to give everyone the benefit of the doubt given external circumstances but this experience warrants feedback. We were the first table to arrive and be seated at 12pm outside. The tables were far apart, clean and the QR code menu was easy to use. Would have liked to see some space heaters as it’s definitely cold out now. Our server was actually the only server and also the bartender for the first 45 mins of service. During this time, 18-20 other patrons sat down and he was doing his best to keep up but it would have been impossible for anyone. What this meant for us though was that while we were able to quickly order our drinks and queso appetizer, in the next 30+ minutes without anyone checking in on us we finished our chips but had more queso which ended up getting cold/hard and we still hadn’t placed our main course order yet. We finally got the attention of the busboy (he was busting his butt too) and asked for more chips and if there was any way to receive a small amount of fresh queso (we didn’t expect a whole new bowl as we had eaten half of it). He ended up bringing the same dish back and it was clear they had just heated it in the microwave - which made it taste awful and I’m not sure it’s even sanitary to do so. 10 mins later we got the attention of a second server who had just arrived to place our main course order and a second round of drinks. The main course, chicken and steak fajitas, came out soon after and tasted amazing as usual. The real downfall here was the service but what bothered me the most was the manager. Her overall attitude was apathetic at best - from the moment we got there when she “greeted” us by having us just stand around instead of letting us sit while she put more tables and chairs out - to the minute we left. She rarely chipped in to help the server/bartender, which as a former server, really bothered me.

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CatherineReynolds
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We ate outside and at least three homeless people came up to our table and actually reached over and tried taking our food -- I've never had that happen at a restaurant before and no one at the restaurant did anything about it.

OD
vipOutsideDoneRight
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful, staff great. Sat outside, as NYC'ers do, and it was great. The safety situation was good, with plenty of space between tables on a street (not ave). Noise info of course is not relevant right today :-)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the steak and sour cream enchiladas! SO GOOD. As a Texan living in NYC, good Mexican food is really hard to find. This place exceeded all my expectations!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff And still the best Tex next in nyc!

LT
vipLongTransmitter
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor dining!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here quite a few times and I enjoy it every single time.

MJ
vipMJH1119
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think they've done an excellent job of outside dining.

Have missed their fajitas during the pandemic and will be back!

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Samanthay
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This was my first time eating at Javelina. We had a reservation when they first opened at 12pm. We ordered coffee which came out cold (where it should definitely have been fresh and hot since they just opened, I'm assuming it was left out from the previous day). The waitress ended up bring out fresh coffee a while later and apologizing. The food was ok, I got the migas which didn't taste seasoned and the cheese wasn't very melty - it felt like it had been microwaved instead of cooked on a stovetop or in an oven. It was disappointing.

DC
vipDC123
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Tacos were subpar, margaritas were great. Overpriced

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vipBlooming2
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food was not quite up to its usual standards but the waiter Russell was excellent. Guac was not as tasty as it usually is and some of the food was rather salty. Thanks to Russell we enjoyed our meal though and will be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The experience overall was good. The staff were friendly. But it felt like it took forever to get drinks! If the drinks had come out quicker, we likely would have ordered more.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great! The food was good, the service was amazing - I am glad we ended up here!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food and service!

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vipBlooming2
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was very good and the service was excellent. Enjoyed the experience.

MS
MicheleS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Javelina’s and happy to see that they were open for outdoor dining.

MF
vipMichaelF
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Consistently fresh and friendly. Frozen margaritas the best. Staff is always friendly and helpful.

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SherryL
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Solid choice in the tons to choose from in NYC. Food was fresh and tasty! Queso was the bomb!!

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vipGreat
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Unlimited chips! Like seriously nonstop

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The margaritas had little to no alcohol in them

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Hanka
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Javelina has consistently been a great place for friends or a date - everything there is amazing, everyone I take loves it, the servers are literally so lovely and helpful, I want to drown in all of there frozen margs- do I need to go on?? Only downside is I have no self control in there and every time I leave I’m literally so full I could die. Fav restaurant!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Mr. Post and his team delivered an authentic Tex-mex experience from start to finish. As a fellow Texan, I am proud to recommend my friends to experience a taste of true Tex-mex all the way in NYC.

AM
AshleyM
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Expect to be rushed. Food was taken away before finished even after telling them twice we were still working. Great queso though.

MF
vipMichaelF
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Far and away the best consistent tex mex in town. Friendly staff and great frozen margaritas! Keep up the good work!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the server kept giving us their amazing chips and salsa. Made our New York experience such a phenomenal one and for that we our grateful!!!!!

M
Michelle
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friendly staff, loved the braised beef tacos, rice & beans and mango mint margarita was awesome! Great place to have fun with friends or family.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I used to love this place but it’s gone way downhill - so disappointing. The portions keep getting smaller and smaller! The chips were stale so we told the waiter and he kindly brought new chips but those replacement chips were also stale - we just let it go. Drinks were fine. The value is terrible - $14 for queso?!?! We decided we were going to find a new TexMex place for the next time.

M
vipMorangie
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Thet have the best queso that I have ever had and I love queso. Atmosphere is mediocre- nothing great but if you love different quesos, Javelina is a must! The service is very good- super attentine and personable.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seating, food took a while - but comp’d with free drink

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panthers
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

it was good, except no tamales that night. they ran out at 6:30. It is loud and hard to hear your friends, but not so crazy loud to keep from going there.

JM
vipJMichael53
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friday lunch at Javelina was a great way to start my weekend. Javelina was lively even at 2PM, and with good reason—great Tex-Mex! I had one of the lunch combos—a perfect way to enjoy three different items. The tortillas I ordered to eat with my queso with chorizo were freshly made and delicious. As always, great service, even as busy as it was.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Way too loud!! Please add more noise absorbing materials to the space

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So I have two favorite things at Javelina: the queso blanco that is so delicious and the white peach and habanero margarita that is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. I’ve been here so many times and I’ve never been disappointed with anything I’ve ordered.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

LS
LizS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Authentic Tex-Mex, from a native. The only place to get queso around.

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

Javelina - Union Square is rated 4.7 stars by 652 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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