Playa Betty's

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$30 and under
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Californian

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Playa Betty's is a road trip down the California coastline.
When we say "California-Style Beach Food" we mean the whole coast of California - from a Mendocino County food truck to Los Angeles health food to the best of Baja California!
We serve it up wholesome, fast, and with lots of love inside.
So grab some friends, throw some surfboards into your old VW microbus, take an imaginary drive down the coast –

"Cause at Playa Betty’s there’s always great food, cold drinks and summer never ends…"
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KB
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

That food is fantastic!

AS
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Visiting NYC from Florida for the weekend, we passed by the restaurant and decided to make a reservation. Service and food were outstanding but the place was very noisy. However, the food was so yummy that I will definitely go back when I visit NYC again despite the noise. Buffalo Cauliflower was delicious as well as the tacos. Highly recommend for casual dining.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience5

I went to dine here with 2 friends. The waiter told me the drinks specials. He then proceeded to tell me about the hockey game he went to. I was listening but while he was telling my my friend texted me asking where we were sitting. I was responding to her and told him excuse me a moment, he stormed off. My other friend arrived, I asked him to please repeat the drink specials. As he was doing so my friend simply asked “is this written down on a menu so we can have this on the table ?” Where we were seated, the pole was blocking the board above the bar. The waiter turned around and said “F*ck it”. The waiter then proceeded to roll his eyes anytime we tried to order. Made us not want to order anything or stay and chat because we didn’t want to interact with him.

AD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner here before a show at the Beacon and it was just perfect. Casual, great service and great food. Will definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food is unflavored and the music is horrible!!

CR
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Did not give us the seat as requested in reservation earlier that morning. Rude and inexperienced hostess.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice time. Service was excellent. Tacos were quite tasty. A bit too noisy to hear conversation easily.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Very crowded but good place to go for Mexican in the city!

AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff was very friendly, and had our table ready early. Great food and drinks.

ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Bit disappointing for a boozy brunch. Waitress was awesome about getting refills in the beginning towards the end the restaurant got busy and we only ended up having about 4 glasses each - which isn't as boozy as it should have been!

K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I had been here once before for dinner. I really like the atmosphere and aesthetic of the restaurant. Unfortunately, I haven’t loved the food either time I’ve come. Maybe I’m just not ordering the right things? I would be willing to try it again.

CS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Terrible atmosphere, extremely loud bad music and groups of drunk people screaming at 8pm in the evening. Food was mediocre, but good prices. Not recommended unless you’re going there to get drunk.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

e
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

So loud, but very good food. Our waitress was also top notch!

JR
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Tex-Mex menu. Many varieties of tacos, bowls, entree. Happy Hour deals as well. Loved the fish & shrimp tacos.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Place is fun and loud great pre beacon event. Drinks are small but strong. Food was just ok. Waiter was great.

V
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were surprised at the quality of the food. It was excellent! The location was great - we were attending a show at the Beacon theater and it was very close. The only downside was that the nosie level was pretty high. It was definitely energetic! We would recommend.

CG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Playa Betty! Food is always excellent and service is quick.

J
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A low key casual friendly place

JR
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great deal of $3 tacos with house cocktail! Service was friendly & fast. Tacos were filled with a variety of skirts steak, chicken, or fish. All delicious! We were very happy with our visit to Playa Betty & planning to return soon.

S
New York Area
157 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was fine for a casual bite in the neighborhood. But very noisy particularly coming from the bar.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun spot, celebrated New Years!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service were spectacular.

OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I recommend as a Very Casual colorful fun restaurant. Very good food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and staff

ZR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dad and I were looking for a good restaurant close to the Beacon Theatre before a concert, so Playa Betty’s came up on Yelp as the closest and highest rated. We both love Mexican food, so it was an easy decision.

Driving from CT, we ran into traffic and we’re running late, but after calling the restaurant they were fine with keeping our reservation. We were seated in 2-3 minutes, our tacos and burritos came out blazingly fast and delicious! We thought we’d be late for our concert, but still arrived early. Couldn’t have been a more enjoyable time!

O
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great atmosphere. Excellent service. The fish taco's are out of this world delicious. Can't wait to go back.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food . Accommodating to children . Kids love the make your own guac, we love the mimosas !

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Cool, chill hang. Food was solid but not spectacular. Nice place for a group get-together. Probably the best deal is the weekend brunch happy hour which we missed out on but will be back to try another time!

CS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy and family-friendly! They were able to accommodate us as a group of 7 with a baby, no problem! Perfect spot for relatively quick lunch, and magaritas for the thirsty parents were delicious.

AS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Outstanding spot for a meal before shows at the Beacon. Great food and drink at surprisingly reasonable prices, delivered quickly by friendly staff.

LR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place before going to the Beacon theater. Great margaritas.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we love coming to playa betty’s! super casual with a great price point. so many yummy options on both the brunch & dinner menu!

LB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I went to Playa Betty's with my brother and his 16 y.o. son. Perfect ambience for us, energetic yet casual. The chips and queso were a big hit. My brother and nephew each had a taco platter and shared the churro ice cream, and enjoyed their full meal. I had chicken enchiladas suizas. The chicken was a little dry, and as "suizas", I was expecting, but didn't get, cheese. Service was excellent and I would go here again--and next time order tacos.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very friendly and quick service. The vegan “ish” taco was amazing!

LS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Playa Betty's! My husband and I needed a place to grab dinner before a show at the Beacon Theatre, and I came across Playa Betty's in my research of the area. It's a beautiful, spacious restaurant with such a fun vibe and great atmosphere and decor. The food was delicious, and very reasonably priced! Plus, it's only a two-minute walk from the theater! Definitely recommend trying out Playa Betty's if you're in the area.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Churro ice cream sandwich was a hit!

CG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is good and reasonably priced. The servers are friendly. It can be loud.
Also beware even if you confirm your Open Table reservation upon arrival they may not follow through notifying OT that you kept it.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A great deal of vegan options and the vegan enchilada I had was delicious!

BB
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A good place for some pre-concert tequilas, with an assortment of delicious selections in a vibrant setting!