About Toloache-Midtown

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.

251 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10012
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Brunch 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday + Monday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - Midnight. (Bar open to 12:30am)

Cross Street:
Between Broadway and 8th Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 581-1818

Website:
http://www.toloachenyc.com/

Parking Details:
There is a Quik Park public lot at 1633 Broadway, next door to the restaurant. To contact the lot with questions, please call 212-445-0011.

Public Transit:
Take the C or E Trains to 50th St.; the 1 Train to 50th St.; and the N, R, or W Trains to 49th St.

Executive Chef:
Julian Medina

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Toloache-Midtown Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (97)
Authentic (66)
Casual (64)
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Fun (61)
Creative Cuisine (52)
Fit for Foodies (50)
Good for a Date (41)
Good for Groups (38)
Handcrafted Cocktails (38)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Spicy (33)
Great for Lunch (32)
Special Occasion (30)
Tapas (25)
Happy Hour (20)
Hot Spot (20)
Cozy (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Quick Bite (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Late-night Find (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Healthy (12)
Kid-friendly (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Business Meals (11)
Romantic (10)
People Watching (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Great Beer (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Organic (5)
Seasonal (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Live Sports (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Great food, awesome flavors! Super value for money!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

This is the second time we have had a pre- theater dinner at Toloache-Midtown. The staff does an amazing job of making sure you can relax and still get to your show on time. The food is great, our ceviche, bronzino, and tacos were all fresh and delicious. The restaurant is very convenient to the theaters.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

Awesome enchiladas
Get the trio guacamole
Friendly service
Can't go wrong

Tags: Seasonal, Spicy, Fun, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Tapas were good.but entrees or platos fuertes not so much.

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

Toloache is one of the premier Mexican restaurants in New York City, where few restaurants excel at Mexican food. Great margaritas and delicious chicken enchiladas make for a memorable evening.

Tags: Spicy
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

Fantastic
Get the 3 types of guach to start

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was very good. The ambiance was a bit too noisy and we were disappointed with the cocktails we got at the bar. They looked like inventive and interesting drinks but tasted weak, watered down even. They were expensive also.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined 6 days ago

Great place with very friendly staff and delicious food. I had the enchiladas and they were fantastic. Also delicious mojitos and margaritas! Perfect place for dinner before a show

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

One of the most horrible restaurants we went to. We asked our heavyset female waitress (mentioned gender and body type to identify who the waitress is) if they had nachos since it was not listen on the menu, she said yes, took our order, but brought us chips and guacamole separately. I asked her that is not what we asked, only after THEN she told us they didn't have nachos. She started treating us in a really ugly and nasty manner. She did not like me and my boyfriend right from the beginning. While I cannot say for certain but she seemed homophobic. She didn't come to our table right from the beginning but after we sent back the wrong order, she completely ignored us even after we flagged her down several times. The most horrible service ever! I'm never going back there again! I still left a more than 20% tip though. The food was mediocre, by the way.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

My brother dined here recently and had a decent meal; he did warn me about the noise level and the crowding of tables, but it was nothing like what I experienced. The couple sitting next to us could hear every word we uttered, and we were privy to their annoying conversation. Given the steep prices of the drinks and the food, I'd have thought we'd be made to feel more comfortable. Even the guacamole, which was touted to be exceptional, was mediocre. I will not return there again, and I will make sure I warn others.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Just okay. Still looking for a good NYC area Mexican restaurant with edible queso. This wasn't it. Good was so so. Like most Midtown restaurants, the tables are very close together and the noise level is very high. The location was good. Nothing was bad. Just not a place we will be anxious to return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food at Tolache is very good and the ambiance is fun and upbeat. It's a favorite of ours when we go to the theater.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always welcoming and friendly staff. We go every time we are in NYC.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Presentation and quality of food was great! Fresh choices with unique combinations for shrimp and tacos. Cocktails combined fruits in original way. Service was thoughtful and efficient. Not too loud, but fun.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Bar staff and manager ("Arrmento") were excellent and very hospitable. ("They kept the tequila flowing!"). Ceviche, quacamole and other appetizers were very good, However prices are high for cocktails. Big tourist crowd.

Tags: Spicy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Delicious guacamole and margaritas! Fun and beautiful atmosphere!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

One of my favorite Mexican places in midtown. The queso fundido is a great app to share. Margs are a little pricey but they are really delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Really grate food and service. Love this place !
The only downside I found is that at some point the music changed tone and got too loud.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Service was excellent! I mean, how often do they offer to bring you warm milk for your tea!?!?

Tags: Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great service and descent food. A little cramped and noisy though...., hey it's New York!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great place in the theater district! Inventive food, good service and excellent margaritas! Very busy, so reservations are highly recommended for pre-theater outings.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Live Sports, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food, not traditional Mexican style. Perfect for before theatre. Great service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Toloache proved to be this surprise hit of our Thanksgiving weekend trip to New York. We went to more expensive restaurants while there. But 3 out of 4 of us thought Toloache was the best meal we had in NY. Our waiter handled my wife's need for strictly gluten-free options (she has celiacs) very well.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Staff was extremely professional,extremely accommodating and friendly . Staff prided themselves on attention and assuring that I was comfortable. Thanks

The food was awesome

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Delicious food. Great drinks! Perfect for before a Broadway show. Love this place.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Nice food, very friendly staff, particularly enjoyed the pork tacos

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

One of the best meals we’ve ever had! Great pre-Broadway show dining.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This place was surprisingly difficult to find. In the rain, the neon lights just blurred together and we walked by it twice. Once there, they gave us a table downstairs which was really crowded and noisy. We got the chicken quesadillas (which were very small for the price) and a chicken dish. The highlight was the cinnamon tart. It was $10 (again, way overpriced) but the ice cream that accompanied the tart was wonderful. I thought it was just "ok" nothing really special.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Toloache is a must every time I'm in New York. They have awesome Guacamole, Taco's, Enchilada's, Margarita's and lot's of other authentic dishes. Reservations are a must for this restaurant because it's packed every time I dine here. Can't say enough to recommend Toloache you'll just have to try it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Difficult to make a choice from the variety and interesting choices throughout the menu. Greated and seated pleasantly. Waitstaff cordial and knowledgeable. Excellent Mojito and vegetables and cheese quinoa paella.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I am a vegetarian, but I have come back to Toloache several times for two reasons: the Trio of Guacamoles and the Quesadilla de Huitlacoches. The Trio is still outstanding. It demonstrates how much delicious variety there can be in a simple dish like guacamole. The quesadilla is another matter. It was always a small quesadilla but deliciously worth the price. Now it is miniscule and most of the plate is taken up with arroz and frijoles: not what I want or am willing to pay that much for. Oh, well. It was nice while it lasted.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great food. Greta drinks. Not your typical Tex-Mex for sure! Staff was excellent and attentive.
The restaurant has an exciting and fun vibe. Don't expect a quiet dinner. Expect a great time with delicious food and fun drinks.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The food is good but the portions are very small. You should dine here only if you are not very hungry, or if you have deep pockets.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great!!! Excellent food and the service was awesome! Totally recommended!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good food. Great service.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Awesome food and Margaritas!!! Will definitely return

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Love the guac! It is amazing. Cocktails are very unique and taste great! A great place to eat pre and post show time. Not rushed but attentive and they get you in and out in time to make your show. The brisket tacos are the best!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

One of our favorites, great food, service is always slow, and space is cramped.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

NEVER DISAPPOINTS WITH GREAT MARGARITAS AND DELICIOUS FOOD! THE CAFECITO DESSERT IS DIVINE! NEXT TIME WE'LL EACH ORDER OUR OWN!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was excellent and so was the service. The seating is a little crammed and it was very noisy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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