Salvation Taco

4.1
51 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Salvation Taco is an upscale bar and taqueria that offers a refined take on Mexican street food. Located within the Pod 39 Hotel, this restaurant serves homemade tortillas and interesting small plate items amid colorful settings. .

Salvation Taco's fun vibe, homemade grub and zesty setting make it a popular watering hole for the after-work crowd in Murray Hill. The buzzy terracotta-floored restaurant even features its own ping pong table. Open seven days a week, Salvation Taco offers a wide-ranging selection of beers and wine. The bar also serves an impressive collection of tequilas and their signature margarita.

**Please note that any reservations will be made for the restaurant and lounge ONLY. Rooftop spots are first come first serve only. For groups of 12-40 persons, please email events@salvationtaco.com. **

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Bar
Mon–Wed 12:00 pm–12:00 am
Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 am
Dinner
Daily 4:30 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(212) 865-5800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lexington Avenue
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4/5/6/7
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

HAPPY HOUR MONDAY-FRIDAY 4pm-7pm

$6 Drafts/$7 Wines/$8 Classic Margaritas

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 22, 2018

Ends: November 23, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-7:00PM

What 51 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun atmosphere, delicious cocktails and tacos.

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MD
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and drinks were great but our table was CRAZY small. Not enough room for more than two plates and a couple of glasses. Had to place water bottle o the floor. The other tables around us complained of the same thing. Food was good and guacamole was amazing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The most random menu, and the worst fish tacos. They should be called fish corn dogs. No thanks!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and drinks were great but it was very loud. Definitely somewhat of a bar/club atmosphere due to the noise level but I would definitely go back just for the nachos

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KG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the mezcal frozen pina coladas. It was such a unique taste. They were delicious and the cheeseburger tacos were amazing!!

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JE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We hadn't even stepped inside when the bouncer demanded we show our IDs. First, I've never been carded at a restaurant before. Second, to ask for our IDs before we even got inside and before we gave our name to the hostess was bizarre- we aren't criminals. Third, my husband and I (yes, we are old enough to have been married for two years, it's not like I'm an 18-year-old NYU kid) don't drink for religious reasons, so the exercise was pointless. Fourth, I didn't like getting my wrist stamped like I was at a club. Fifth, the bouncer didn't check the IDs of the family that came in after us with children, so I'm not sure why we were singled out.

It was mediocre Mexican food for New York; in California, it would be considered downright bad. Our waitress was nice, but she seemed inexperienced; she'd check in to see how the food was, but wouldn't refill our drinks. At one point, a busboy took my husband's water away long before we finished eating, and then my husband never got a soda refill. The people seated next to us who were drinking alcohol didn't get much better beverage service either.

I have a feeling this place is only in business because of its rooftop bar's popularity in the summer. I'll admit, the vibe is cool, but not cool enough to outweigh everything else. Given how empty it was on a Saturday night, it seems others agree.

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from out of town and our flight attendant recommended we try this place, we are so glad we did!! We came early for drinks before our reservation and the bartenders were personable and very fun! The food was delicious and atmosphere was very fun! The rooftop bar was unfortunately closed due to weather, but we hope to visit again and try it out!

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Waitress was great. Busboy kept taking things off table without asking if we were done and we weren’t (unfinished drinks, chips, water pitcher)

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TC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Service was outstanding!

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two words: Tacos Arabes Oh. My. God.

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DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

Smelled like stale beer when walking in. No hostess......the bartender had to find her. Server never came. We almost left but a manager came and took our order saying the server was busy even though there was hardly anyone there. My wife ordered a rosé and was brought tequila in a wine glass. The bartender said the lighting made it hard to see the different bottles.

Food was great. I wish it was available from a truck or a stand so I could enjoy it again without having to go back to the restaurant.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there after hearing about it for a while. Excellent food, will go back again. Cheeseburger tacos=Awesome!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very cute place, especially for photo opportunities. Food was good as well!

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LG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Guacamole and chips were great but rice was burnt and tacos were just average. The service was horrible - food came out 15 minutes a part and wait staff kept forgetting things. Ambiance is great and roof was Awesome

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was really slow. We went on a Friday after work at 5pm. There were probably 5 other tables with people in our section.

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KS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great rooftop with a stellar view. Strong drinks and amazing tacos! Great place for a lively group get together or a night out.

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FF
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Every visit here prices go up , portions get smaller and quality goes down

Overpriced and uninspiring food

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SS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Big disappointment to be honest. Food was not great and expensive. Drinks were astronomically priced for what you got. The 2 of us had two drinks each ($60) shared Rib Carnitas and some rubbery version of cheese sticks and each had one fish taco (frozen fish thing on a bed of mayo and lettuce served on a rubbery corn tortilla) and the bill was $120. They were out of items and you could hear the patrons beside us ask for things and were just told “no we don’t have that” tho it’s on the menu. Very uncomfortable seating. Would not recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible and inept. Forgot half of our order. Didn’t apologize or handle appropriately.

Restaurant was also empty but the hostess sat a group of loud cursing idiots directly next to my table of 2.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The menu is extremely limited, the food is expensive, and the service is inattentive. Definitely would not recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Food used to be good when April Bloomfield ran the kitchen. It is quite bad now and everything is overly sweetened.

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c
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was great. Service, however, was not good. Seemed like everyone around us was being attended to normally except us. Had to flag down to get our orders taken, to get plates removed, to get water. Maybe it was a busy day, but even then it was bad. Will try again because the food was pretty good.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good but the choice in the menu was reduced compared to the lunch. Small portions, high price.
Service very quick, too quick. We ate in half an hour

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BB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The hostess was great and the bartender was great! We waited awhile for our server to take our order though.

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s
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I read about this place in the book “What Chefs Eat” and had really high hopes. Probably too high, as it was just ok. Maybe we ordered the wrong things. Nachos were good, but how hard is it to mess up nachos? I would come back for drinks and apps after work but that’s about it.

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a
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I went for the short rib tacos and they told me they took it out of the menu. For me that was the best they had...

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Booked prior to visit, no one mentioned under 21 not allowed onto rooftop, we understood 1 of party could not drink alcohol, that was not a problem. So when we were refused entry to rooftop!!? So ate in restaurant - staff rushed us through, mains delivered before we finished starters, so they were cold by the time we got to them, then plates were cleared before we had finished eating :( Wine was served in a water tumbler ? I asked for wine glass - not available. Food was good but definitely not value for money, sorry guys. Expensive 3/4 hour experience.

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MC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Rooftop space is awesome. Bartenders are fast w/great service esp for how packed it gets. Would recommend just going for rooftop drinks & apps, not dinner downstairs.

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M
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

appetizers were very salty. but tacos were great. service was very good.

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j
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The place is pretty but only go for drinks. I ordered the pork tacos and they were served lukewarm and the taste was only okay.

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TM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great rooftop bar! Good value for the location. Not a place for families.

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A
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Great rooftop. Unfriendly waitstaff in first floor restaurant.

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KR
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great food, small portions. Took a group of teenagers who left hungry.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Great food and Spicy marg to die for!

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CS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was not great.
Hosts were weird and patronizing.
Bartender and sever very nice.
Reserved roof and was sat inside.
Drinks were ok, not special.

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AV
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing location near Empire State Building; rooftop very cool.

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RN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Corndog I've ever tasted and came with this crazy like truffle mustard. Mario was so great, bartenders were awesome. Loved the frozen pina colada.

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V
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice place, tasty food but AC too cold for me..

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JH
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great! The atmosphere and mood was awesome as well as the menu! I'm not particularly "fond" of Mexican food, but the menu here is awesome. I did come to this place about a year and a half ago or so, and I remember not really being all that impressed truth be told. The energy, patrons and everything seems to have changed or shifted in some way. Good work!

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RN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fun great space - margaritas were amazing, service on point. Try the cheeseburger tacos, so good!

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