La Diagonal

4.3
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$30 and under
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Traditional Mexican
La Diagonal is the only Agaveria in Harlem, New York City. We specialized in agave spirits, hand crafted cocktails, and Mexican Tapas. We have a wide selection of rare and exclusive tequilas, mezcales and raicillas, served neat or in cocktails, accompanied with Traditional Mexican Food.

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Sun - Thu 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 4:00PM

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Nice location for a summer meal but I guess should not order seafood on a Monday. Crab not at all fresh and the guacamole was bland

MD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner. The crab guacamole was the best!!! Fantastic ambiance and the service was wonderful.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Incredibly slow service: Arrived at 13:03. Waiter finally took our order at 13:23. Food finally arrived at 13:54. one of the pancakes was charred black. The huevos rancheros was tiny and ordinary. The only thing decent about the restaurant was the mezcal, and all they had to do was pour it out of a bottle.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very small portions. I expected the quality of the meal and portion size of the guacamole, appetizers, and entrees to be larger for the price. Chips with the guacamole were stale. Very underwhelming. Ambiance is nice but can get a much better value elsewhere. This was our second visit, probably last for food.

k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very understaffed. Created issues with food service and the food itself (arrived cold) and cold drinks which arrived with melting ice having watered them down. Usually the restaurant is very good but this time I was disappointing.

JD
London
27 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have never ventured this far north for Tequila
and appetizers. The drinks men and small
dishes were first class. We had a very good
wait staff and our dishes and drinks were
correct.

JH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great drinks and pretty restaurant. Food was delicious guacamole and shrimp quesadilla.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

The food was great! However, service was horrible. They forgot our drink orders and 3 different people returned to the table 4 different times to take the same order. Then they confused our drink order with another table. When we finally got our drinks, after about 30 minutes & at the end of our meal, they blamed the bar for the delay. However, the bar was nowhere near busy and the bartender at one point was just standing doing nothing as we waited. The drinks were good, not worth the wait. When we ordered to dessert we had to ask for cutlery twice. They dropped the dessert off and 10 minutes after it had been obvious they had no intentions of giving us cutlery. When we asked the first time, a person (who wasn’t our server) came back 5 minutes later and stated “Oh I forgot”. Then offered us a round of shots which never came. We weren’t upset about the shots not coming because at this point we wanted to leave. When we left, we paid in cash and headed out. The server chased us down the block, yelling, “HEY”. When we finally realized someone was speaking to us we stopped and turned around, she asked us if we paid. We said that we had and left it all in cash on the table. She stated “Oh you left it at the table. Okay.” It’s obvious she did not even check the table & decided to that chasing us down the block like we had dined and dashed was more appropriate. Overall, we are never going back to that restaurant.

OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Queso Fundido was perfect. Octopus with cauliflower and corn was spicy and so yum!
Crab enchiladas are fantastic. Fish tacos lacking flavor and presentation was meh-could use a bit more cabbage.

Mezcal cocktail too much pineapple but presentation was nice.
Gorgeous restaurant just needs a bit more work on service. Waited a super long time for check and then even longer to pay.

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Yes. They were out of everything I ordered, but everything I ended up getting was terrific.

PF
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the restaurant, the food is good, fresh, clean and authentic. Best margaritas!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

What kind of Mexican restaurant doesn't provide sour cream with a meal and charges extra when you ask for it? We were charged $2.00 for a tiny amount of sour cream. I ordered the tuna tartare taquitos appetizer as an entree and asked if it would be enough for a meal and the waiter said yes. While the tuna tartare tasted good, the "taquitos" included 4 tiny (about 2 inches wide, 1 inch tall) shells and I asked for more and they brought me tortilla chips instead. 2 drinks, 1 appetizer and 1 entree cost over $100 for tiny portions and just okay food. I loved the decor and the atmosphere and although I live 2 minutes away, I won't be back.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. We've gone here several times for special occasions. The drinks and food are good and the service is excellent. We will definitely continue to go here.

p
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was really slow. Drinks and food were overpriced for what it is.

RW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great HH, good food but service can be a bit slow and lacking at times.

K
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is one of the best kept secrets in Harlem right now. The brunch is excellent and very well done. Visited on a Sunday afternoon and it was practically empty compared to the many other after-church soul food restaurants in Harlem which are packed at this time. The view on a nice day - particularly on the balcony - is relaxing and the service is very attentive. I enjoy their chorizo and any of their egg dishes, and the cocktails are always top notch. Definitely recommend a visit. The only downside is many of the seats are stools without backs. This didn't work too well for a few of the folks in our group however the servers were very accommodating in getting them chairs with backs.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This cute and quaint restaurant offers a downtown feel to uptown. The authentic cuisine, hand crafted drinks, and dim lighting is great for meeting with friends, date night, or solo “me” time. All good things come with a price. The hefty bill might leave your pocket a bit light but small plate cuisine will fill you up.

H
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was great by Harlem standards. But for Mexican food, this place is way overpriced. If you're not on a budget and don't mind paying for overpriced tacos, this is the place for you, otherwise, there are plenty of other affordable options like La Chula in the city. But a perfect date night/friends/special gathering spot worth a try.

TC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

What a find this was! Was going to Apollo theatre and happened to pick this place that was nearby. The drinks and food were amazing. Service wasn't that great but we weren't in a rush.

LW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

La Diagonal is a very cute space with a nice vibe. I've been there before and had better experiences so I think they were just a bit off their game this past Sunday. It took a while for our drinks and guacamole to come even though it wasn't particularly crowded. The guacamole needed a little more sabor - salt and black or red pepper. I ordered a mezcal old fashioned which was too sweet. We both ordered appetizers and an entree and they were all brought at the same time. I ordered the ceviche mixto and short rib tacos. Because they all came at the same time the tacos were no longer hot by the time I got to them. As I said I've had better experiences at La Diagonal so I think this visit was an anomaly and I'll be back.

JM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place.
Super professional classy staff.
....and the food is even better.

l
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My brothers and I were treating our dad for father’s day. We had a great time. The food was good but the drinks were great! The waiter was patient and attentive. There’s a nice light breeze as they have a patio with the doors open. I would definitely go back for a happy hour.

l
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe! Harlem chic without pretense. The food and margaritas are so authentic, it tastes like it’s straight out of Mexico!

EN
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place always, but most especially in the Spring, Summer, and Fall when we can sit for brunch outside with our dog and enjoy great food and fun conversation.

S
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Made a reservation, but sat us at the counter, even though walk ins after got a table. Service slow and inattentive. Drinks good. Good ok.

LB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Wish there was more menu options and bigger portion sizes.

SW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Diagonal probably didn’t mean to accept our reservation for 17 onCinco de Mayo. But they handled 8 adults and 9 kids like we were their ideal customers. Food was great as always. We’ll be back again. The food is great and staff very welcoming. And

SC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food is tasty but the prices were a bit inflated. On top of this we were largely ignored, having to flag down the bartender (we were at a table) if we had a request (like getting the coffee refill that was offered but never materialized or just getting the check -all of our plates had been cleared, why not check on our table? The place isn’t that big but the staff largely avoided eye contact.).

LC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique place situated on a corner. The food was good, service was great along with the ambiance.

c
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

drinks were well-mixed, consistent, creative and tasty. the food was good. the ambience is very nice. would highly recommend to anyone looking for a nice time out in upper Manhattan. also- would highly recommend going to Sugar Hill a couple of blocks away for dessert!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific place. Great margarita options.

LD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

ehh, not sure about the hype here. Oso in Hamilton Heights is 1000x better than here. They charge like $7 a taco and they are so tiny. Their chips taste stale

Drinks we average.

Ambiance was great, nestled on a diagonal section of the road.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

RN
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome vibe, great addition to the area. Good food. Has all the staples.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, drinks, and experience as usual!

AD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place - very cozy and perfect for a relaxed dinner with your significant other or a small group. Amazing selection of Tequilas and Mezcals, and the food is incredible. Menu is a little limited, but everything we had was delicious. Will be back!

M
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Limited menu, overpriced items, no chicken options or the option for insignificant menu modifications.

c
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Place has gone down. The food was cold. Rice was hard and cold. Left most of the food on the plates. They never asked why.
Just took the plates and gave us the bill.
Horrible.

CW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I have been coming here since it opened. It was great in the beginning but has become hit or miss type of place. Sometimes we go to try it out and its great only to go back and have it be below average. This Sunday was below average. The drinks were coming out very slow and we went to brunch to get our drink on. We were there 45 mins and only had 1 drink and were waiting for our second. We ordered guac only to have it some out in such a small amount it could serve 1 of the 5 of us. We ended up getting our check and going somewhere else.

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