Tacuba Hell's Kitchen

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$30 and under
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Mexican
TACUBA is the vision of Che Julian Medina and Louis Skibar. This boutique restaurant company specializes in offering patrons traditional Latin fare with a gourmet hand, while being surrounded by authentic cultural decor and ambiance.
Restaurants include: Toloache 50, Toloache 82, Toloache Thompson, Yerba Buena Perry, Yerba Buena LES, Coppelia & Tacuba.
The cuisine ranges from Mexican and Cuban to diverse
Pan-Latin, with menus offering innovative flavor pairings, staple traditional dishes and fresh ingredient cocktails. Fresh is definitely the key word with all Chef Julian creations.
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MT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience5

The place is nice and the menu reads well but unfortunately, that's all the nice things I can say. I booked the place to meet up with a group of 6 people who didn't really know each other that well. The hostess and greeting were good and they set us without the entire party being present. The waiter was very distracted, hungover, or something. We had to repeat the first two orders 3 times. Walked off and missed some drink orders. Didn't try to offer appetizers or chips and salsa. The food was underseasoned and bland. Soup spoons were given to the wrong people. Steak knife not provided until halfway through the steak. The manager looked like he was trying to train people but the staff wasn't cooperating very well. No eye contact was being made with guests or looking around to see if everyone was happy. We had to flag them down for each item. Wasn't that busy just not organized. The place was pretty slow for a Sunday Brunch which was kind of my first red flag.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Mediocre food and service

BS
New York Area
181 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Tacuba was a good Mexican restaurant where the food was decent and the noise deafening. We luckily sat in the quieter downstairs where our server was very pleasant. My husband asked to have his tortilla soup heated. We all finished our entrees when he finally got his soup back which wasn’t hot. We wouldn’t return. If you’re young and don’t want to hear your companions then you might like it.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carne Asada was on point, very tender.
Didn't care for lime Mojito but food was excellent!

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

YES!! VERY GOOD. OUR SERVER WAS CAMILO!! AMAZING!!!

KR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, awesome service, and exceptional food. I am an avid lover of Mexican food, and I can tell you that you will not be disappointed. By the way, the frozen margaritas are sensational.

KG
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food, easy to get to, good service. The only thing I didn’t like was being told we needed to leave because they needed our table for their next reservation.

ML
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was fine. We had the tacos; three in my party so we had steak and two of us had chicken tacos. All fine. Drinks were fine. A bit pricey but that's New York. I think this would be a great place to come for Happy Hour to drink and have snacks. We were visiting for the weekend and looking for a hearty lunch. We were immediately seated by the door under a speaker. It was very cold this weekend so we asked to be seated elsewhere (+ the loud speaker) and were immediately relocated. It took a very long time for our appetizer to come out and we had to ask a couple of times. It was melted cheese so I'm not sure what took so long. The rest of the meal was fine. A bit breezy but good vibe. A number of folks were there for just drinks.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, they took care of our large group very well!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! My drink was too strong and waitresses gracefully exchanged for me. Lovely dinner

B
Cleveland
45 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is noisy and the food/beverage are not inexpensive, but then it's NYC. Very good food; service helpful and responsive. Fast is you care, more relaxing service if you're into having drinks. A reasonably short walk to the theatre afterwards.

D
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and friendly service. Would definitely go again.

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

Great food and environment. The server was excellent!

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The foods were not bad, especially the guacamole. But it was too loud inside the restaurant, we have to yell at each other. btw the size of the foods were kinda small.

CS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Tacuba is a cute and inviting Mexican place with delicious food and drinks. The menu offers a great selection and also some vegetarian options.
The service was really quick, sometimes even too fast as we barely took the last taco off the plate and the waiter already removed it. The service was okay, the waiters were friendly enough but not overly warm. We didn’t want a dessert so the owner grabbed the menus off the table and walked away, he didn’t ask if we enjoyed our meal or the restaurant, felt a bit rude but not a big deal. I was with 4 of my girlfriends celebrating a night out before an upcoming birthday and we had some great food. Definitely would recommend!!

y
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

food is fantastic, but it is always just sooooooo loud.

SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Tacuba and often go there before a show.

SR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing people and great food in vibrant Hells Kitchen

MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had my bday celebration here. Good place overall. Special thanks to the manager for accommodating an extra 2 people last minute. It made the night. Food and drinks are delicious. Will def. be back.

L
London
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice guacamole and great margarita pitcher ! Service was very friendly and no loud music so you can actually hear yourself !

JJ
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and they accommodated us by switching our table when we weren’t comfortable sitting on backless stools. Food and drinks were delicious!

AP
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Overall, the experience was not up to par with expectations. The drinks were good and I suppose decent for the price. However, the food could have definitely been better. Spent $20 on an appetizer that was advertised very well on the menu, but plopped in front of us in a tiny pumpkin garnished with stale popcorn. The chips offered with the guacamole were also stale. The taste of the tacos were flavorful, but barely any bigger then the appetizer. Basically, bite sized. Spent $300 on a dinner and left unsatisfied, and frankly HUNGRY!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with our three kids before a Broadway show - food was incredible (brisket tacos are the best I’ve ever eaten) and service was fast and friendly. Super cute, authentic Mexican ambiance.

JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great all around ! will return ,when in town. Try the Mole !

w
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It would be helpful to understand why the hostess insisted on seating 5 of us at two small tables pushed together, caught between some steps and a service station while the entire place was empty. She balked at our request for more reasonable accommodation although she eventually relented when we insisted. More puzzling when place was still 75% empty when we left, so what’s the story? The food was mediocre so there is absolutely no incentive to return.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Takuba is a gastronomic experience - and a wondeful one. The pork carnitas were delicious, moist and crispy at the same time, and the dressings were savory, going very well with the pork. Great chicharrones too. I even tried to reserve a table again on the following day but the place was fully booked. There were some problems with service but our waiter tried as much as possible ti mitigate them. Even so, one of the entrées that we ordered arrived 20 minutes after everyone had finished eating. They did not charge for it, though. All in all, it was worth it. Food to remember!

A
London
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I’ve been to Tacuba several times and I’ve found recently that the food is inconsistent. At times it has been great and then at times very average.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tacuba was excellent! Service was great, moderate noise level, definitely make reservations as the place gets busy. I ordered the carnitas the meat was tender and some crunchy parts which made it perfect, it comes with warm tortillas and a tomatillo sauce which wasn’t too spicy but offered a good kick. My date had the chicken which was perfectly seasoned and we ordered a side of rice and beans to further compliment our orders. we also had margaritas and the chef’s special margarita which were both great! For dessert we ordered the churros, they were very light and crunchy, came with dipping sauces of chocolate and caramel. Definitely would return and highly recommend!

S
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and service but portions were way too small. $26 for a main course that felt like an appetiser, three small tacos does not make main course!

BH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We didn't get our orders in because friends joining us were late; so, we were rushing to make an 8pm curtain when our food came out. Not the waiter's fault 'tho. Food was yummy. Plantains are better than the fried avocado.

BD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Repeat visit. Always good, interesting food, not a rice & beans place. Service good, the noise level making it impossible to hear the server, but otherwise highly recommended.

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Very loud no acoustics to help. We were seated in the bar area. Two small two tops put together for 3 people. Not one of my better experiences there. The Who I think was the restaurant manager did not read his audience well with where he sat us/

BP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fab. The food is delicious, the drinks are sublime. Ambiance is gorgeous for a date. I cannot wait to get back to this place.

G
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food Is very authentic. We had the chicken mole which was absolutely delicious. The drinks were strong & delicious!
Definitely recommend this Mexican restaurant.

CK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

I would recommend. However It is very expensive, in particular because all sides are ala carte. Something I am not used to for Mexican. Staff was very attentive and friendly.

TH
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were a part of 4. They added an automatic 20% tip on the cost of the meal and drinks and the tax .... we were not comfortable with that

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They sat us even though half of our party was going to be late and were very accommodating when the people we were waiting for never made it. The service was pretty fast and the food was excellent. I would come back.

SF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing!! But the service was awful! We didn’t sit till almost an hour after we got there for our reservation. The place was not super packed. Then once we sat, our waiter barely came over. We had to ask the bus boy, multiple times, for chips. It was overall a bummer because our food and drinks were so delicious!

f
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great cocktails; mediocre food. If you like cocktails, particularly those made with mezcal, then you’ll like Tacuba. The food on the other hand is just okay. Ceviches could have been much better, with the tuna choice tasting like the fish was a day too old. Tacos, just okay, and certainly not like one can get in Mexico City. These seemed geared towards satisfying a crowd drawn towards chain restaurant Mexican food—overstuffed, wet, and heavy.

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food! Octopus and chorizo tacos are outstanding! Wonderful variety of cocktails.
Only complaint was the noise level. Too loud.