Toloache-Midtown

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Welcome to Toloache (pronounced toh-lo-AH-tchay), chef-owner Julian Medina’s contemporary Mexican bistro located in the heart of the Theater District. Toloache is named after a flowering plant famed in Mexico for its use in love potions. We hope that when you dine with us you too will fall under the spell of chef Medina’s creative cooking, which incorporates seasonal and natural ingredients and more than a dozen types of chilies. Our festive, two-story space features a guacamole and ceviche bar, a wood-burning oven, and an exceptional tequila list, along with elegant decorative elements imported from Mexico. We looking forward to seeing you soon.
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d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE everything about this place from the ambiance, to the food to the staff!

E
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one the best meals we’ve had in NYC. The margaritas were fantastic!

J
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved all of the food! Such good guacamole and tacos that I shared with my mom. The black beans and rice were spectacular as well! Thank you!

d
Miami
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks. Food was delicious and we didn’t mind waiting 15 minutes from the time of our reservation. It’s NY, people like to hangout a little longer...

KD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Lobster Tacos incredible. The Brussels Sprouts lived up to the hype as well! Tuna ceviche highly recommended too! I will definitely be back!

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, Drinks, Service, and atmosphere was perfect! I will definitely go back!

JJ
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

the worst
--out of towners keep them in businees
--the worst food
and smallest protions
--no place to move
---extra charges for everything

M
Savannah
113 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

They food was actually quite good. Service spotty at times. The portion size was quite unbelievable for the price point. A quesadilla on a single 6 inch tortilla for 17.00?? My wife and I are not big eaters, yet 4 hrs later we certainly needed a supplement. Will not likely return due to an Bill for 86.00 for lunch and hunger developing a short time later,

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely wonderful. We loved it. But very expensive for what it was.

OT
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The overall experience was good. The noise level and crowded space was not my favorite. The food was very good. I would probably go again not at a peak time.

RZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious!! Great lunch before heading to a show, will be coming back soon.

TB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it there! Every time we are in NYC, we eat there at least twice. It’s a must. Sulima is Fantastic!!!!!

PF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Shrimp Tacos were the best i ever had!!!! Mojitos were also excellent.

JO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and drinks. Sergio the bartender was excellent... affable and accommodating. Unfortunately, the Host/hostess were not up to the standards set by bar & kitchen.

L
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite NYC restaurants . Food and service are amazing .

OT
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place! The food was fantastic and the service was impeccable. We highly recommend this place if you like Mexican!

MM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food and inferior environment. A definite repeat!

j
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious selection of food - ordered selection of tacos and every one was excellent.

DP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

we made a reservation for a pre theatre time of 6 pm for an 8 pm show and it was a bit of a madhouse with line out the door waiting for tables and a very noisy and full dining room. the food, service, and decor are really quite nice but I would come back at a different time! It was supposed to be a special dinner for me and
my husband and the crowdedness
and noise took away from that b

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter recently turned 21 and I took her out to celebrate with one of Tolache’s delicious margaritas!

TN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bit crowded upon entry, had to fight our way to the hostess stand in order to get seated. And most people there had reservations, it seems. Crowd thinned out eventually, but for a Monday night in January, was a bit surprised by the chaos at the front of the house. That said, we were seated quickly, so no problem, though my first impression was "oh, this is not going to be pretty".

GS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Toloache-Midtown on 50th Street.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going to Toloache. Have been many times and looking forward to returning.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Waited for half an hour for the table despite we checked in on time

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was fantastic!! Get the guacamole!

CW
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was fresh, excellently prepared, and arrived without a long wait. I just wish we had been hungrier! Would definitely go back on a night when we didn’t have a show to catch. The menu is worth investigating more thoroughly. Wait staff were the perfect combination of attentive but not intrusive. Didn’t feel rushed at all.

M
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was a pre theatre dinner as part of my bachelorette in NY.
Overall it was great. The cocktails were lovely, the food was really tasty and the service was friendly.
We were asked on arrival if we had theatre tickets to which we responded that we did.
The service was efficient enough to help us get there on time.
There were 2 things I would change there:
1. There is only 1 toilet upstairs and from what I saw only 1 more downstairs. Although they were kept clean, unfortunately there was always a queue which deterred us from going. I wish we had realised that the theatre bathroom queue would be even worse.
2. We had ordered the queso fondue to share and as I detest mushrooms we asked them to put them on the side for my friend to have them. Then the waitress came to us and said that unfortunately the kitchen staff got confused and put the mushrooms in the fondue and if we minded. We obviously did mind as we had ordered them on the side. Gladly they were quick to rectify and I enjoyed some really tasty cheese without a mushroom inside the dish.
Overall though, the experience was great, the food was lovely and given that it's a nice restaurant in the middle of theatre district, it was good value for money.

R
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect post-show dinner spot to enjoy a great meal and reflect on what you just saw! Highly recommend the guac and excellent variety of cocktails!

y
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my and my husband's second visit to Toloache and once again it did not disappoint! We shared the fruit salsa, which was delicious! Then my husband had the Chicharron Tacos and the Carne Asada Tacos. He adored both and was quite full afterwards (don't let the "appetizer size" stop you from ordering them). I had the special of the night, which was Chile Relleno with shrimp, calamari, and octopus. It was incredible! For dessert we shared the tres leche cake with lemon meringue and berry salsa. Wonderful! The service was fantastic too, as the waiter gave us time to enjoy our meal, but did not leave us for so long that we were looking for him when we needed drink refills. A spectacular experience! Can't wait to go again!

BS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The service was lacking -- we were never told the specials but heard them described at other tables after we had ordered and we were served the wrong dinner, which we didn't realize until after we began eating it.

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Location is great for theaters in the area. Service is good. Prices are mostly OK. Although $14 For a small bowl of guacamole seemed excessive. Churros dessert fabulous. My quesadilla pollo was dry and portion seemed small.

JM
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

We used to love this place as it’s close to some of the shows we see. Unfortunately it’s gone done hill. The drinks are very diluted and gone are the days of table side guacamole (there’s no space, im sure). The food was just not as good as it used to be and I think they’re just cutting a lot of corners. They pack the tables in as close as humanly possible and you have about 4 inches between each table.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot near the theatre district. Quick service and very tasty Mexican food. Definitely recommend!!

SM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and good service. Dinner before a play.

P
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic meal and great service. Looking forward to our next visit!

OT
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

First time visit for a quick snack after a Broadway show. Food was tasty, well prepared and very good....taco, guacamole, rice/beans.
Deducted a star for service because Coke took forever to appear and I never got my cup of water & lemon.
Typical NYC tourist area restaurant...small portions, high prices. Therefore, not great value.

P
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Besides small proportions of mediocre food and tables crammed so close together it’s tough to get comfortable, the restaurant follows the policy of not sitting you until your entire party arrives. While I understand the policy, I found myself crammed into a tiny space with many people in the same situation while most tables remained unoccupied which seemed ridiculous.

WC
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The flavors are awesome. The choices are amazing. You will love the food, and there are unique flavors and ingredients. That said, I also have to admit that the portions are not particularly generous - and it is definitely pricey - but delicious!

p
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the food and the ambiance. Great location for theater goers.

RL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For my brother’s birthday, very fun and great food.