Tacuba Hell's Kitchen

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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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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L
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love the vibe. Food is good. Not amazing but good!!!! Fun Mexican in Hell’s Kitchen

OT
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican rest in the city! Service is impeccable, food is delicious, and drinks amazing! Second year in a row celebrating my birthday here, is a tradition I will continue!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Expensive for what it was. Not recommended.

LM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had been following the restaurant for a while before our holiday so was delighted it lived up to expectations!! Amazing food and great service - only wished I could have tasted the full menu!!

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious. Their brisket tacos were some of the best. We order guacamole, but the best part was the roasted tomato salsa that came with it. Will definitely be coming back - this will be my pre-theatre dinner spot!

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very loud and happy place, reasonably priced, good service, close to theater district, the carnitas were terrific, good sauces for pre dinner chips, expect fun and loud, and this was a weekday for us.

R
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and good value, perfect to go to before heading to a show.

LL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat in the front room street side and it was comfortable
The service was Great
The food was Great
The cocktails were inventive and so delicious
I will definitely be going back

SD
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience. Hopping place—for a reason. Attentive, wonderful service and spectacular, authentic food. A great find at a fun venue. Can’t wait to come back.

LP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've eaten here several times over the years, and love it every time. They always have our reservation and seat us immediately. Food is great and drinks strong. Highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had the tuna tacos from the specials menu. Which were so good, we ordered a second round. The braised brisket tacos were incredible. It was the softest meat I have ever had. After two bites, I said to my husband, “I would eat this every day of my life.” The quesadilla de flor with chicken was also excellent. It was more of a flat bread than a quesadilla but the flavor was amazing. It was our first time there and it’s my new favorite place!

f
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was excellent. It was the second time I'd been. Wait staff - so-so... seemed to want to rush us in and out, while there were many tables open at the time... I would go back again and see if the same thing happened.

SA
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our go-to places in the neighborhood, whether for a nice meal with friends or for a pre-theater bite.

EW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good value for money. Nice ambiance and service is friendly and polite. Restaurant with nice décoration

UM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went for New Year's Eve and it was wonderful. Have been there several times prior and always have a good experience. We had a party of 5. We all did the Prix fixe 4 course dinner (soup, appetizer, entree, dessert). At $75 per person including a pitcher of margaritas or sangria per couple it was a fabulous deal made even better by the food. Each course was delicious. Only minor complaint was that our very friendly helpful waiter disappeared at 11:30 pm and we did not get our champagne toast. However we still had drinks left and toasted with that.

FI
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food1service3ambience4

This is my favorite Mexican restaurant in the city and was very excited to dine there on NYE. The margaritas were delicious as usual, but the prix fixe menu was a complete disappointment. The flavor was ok, but the food was very dry and cold - like it was prepared the day before. My pork chop was so hard that I couldn't even bite into it. The B team was definitely in the kitchen, or someone had too much tequila. Sad I have to write a bad review.

AS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were well taken care of for NYE - the service was attentive, quick, and engaging, even on a busy night. The carne asada tacos were tasty as well as their guac.

DA
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, outstanding service and ambiance

C
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a college reunion! Amazing service and food

CE
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of six had a great time - tasty food and cocktails with excellent service and atmosphere. We would definitely return.

P
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS!! A fun, wonderful, festive evening! Our family's go-to spot when we come together in Manhattan!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for a family visit.

JH
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great take on Mexican food.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

It was too loud. Soup arrived cold. It felt average and tasted average. I certainly would return to the bar fire a drink and appetizer but not sure about dinner.
It’s a festive loud and fun place. It’s just not what I was looking for.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was the latest in a series of visits to Tacuba. All prior visits have been very good. On this visit, we were seated in the heart of a service/busing area, and the table was sized for 2, not 4. Wasn’t impressed by this. On the other hand, the food was very good, and our server (Marta) was fantastic!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was very good as was the food. We were eating pre-theater and they got us in and out timely.

F
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience1

We were seated downstairs and asked to be moved to a better location. We were then seated upstairs under a draft. I told them we would only be there for 50 minutes as we had theatre and wish they had been more accommodating.

I have been here many times before and love the food but didn’t like the experience this time.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican food and ambience. Ariel Rebecca and the amazing bartender Kevin are fantastic!!!!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Good experience overall. Decent food, though nothing super impressive. The music was a little loud for a relatively slow time in the restaurant on a Tuesday night. It was a little hard to talk over.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hell’s Kitchen’s best Mexican! Great food and drinks.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service. Great tacos!

B
London
20 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ariel and Carlos are terrific!

JY
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The guacamole was good, but the tacos - the tacos were amazing. We ordered the carne asada, chicken and chorizo.

Can’t really pick a fav as they were all mouth warm Teri g good.

Can’t wait to go back

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visiting from Chicago. Wish we had this place there- we would go regularly. Wanted to try several items beyond what we ordered. Very good.

MS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food, drinks, and service are quite good. Noise level is tough to hear anyone talk. Reservations are an absolute must.

BS
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Have been to Tacuba many times and it never disappoints. Excellent food, good service, tasty cocktails.

LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I felt like I was being rushed.

CB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Super loud, but that was to be expected on a Friday night. Had a great dinner!!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

They are selling a tostada and calling it a quesadilla. It's tiny. Not cool.

DD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent option near the theater district. Nice casual atmosphere, friendly efficient service and generally very good food, with the exception of the chicken paillard dish I ordered which was very dry and borderline burned. But everything else we ordered was excellent.