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

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (61)
Creative Cuisine (55)
Fit for Foodies (54)
Good for a Date (46)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Good for Groups (35)
Handcrafted Cocktails (35)
Special Occasion (34)
Spicy (33)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Great for Lunch (31)
Hot Spot (31)
Tapas (25)
Happy Hour (20)
Bar Seating (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Cozy (17)
Quick Bite (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Late-night Find (13)
Romantic (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Kid-friendly (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Business Meals (12)
Healthy (12)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
People Watching (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Local Ingredients (6)
Great Beer (5)
Seasonal (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Live Sports (3)
Organic (3)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 3, 2013

It was so packed with people that there was no place to put any personal items. Tables were very close, too, but luckily the staff is talented at gliding between chairs and handling all groups. The food was high-end and came out very quickly. If it weren't so loud in this place, I would definitely go back again, so if yelling across a table doesn't bother you, I highly recommend the food and service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2013

They had a band playing for Cinco de Mayo celebration however it made conversation and speaking to wait staff very difficult to do. The band would have been ideal if they were playing in the background.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 3, 2013

My second visit to Toloache was as rewarding as my first. It remains a favorite. I only wish the noise level were lower. I really hate shouting at the person across the table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Nashville)·Dined on May 1, 2013

This is my favorite NY restaurant hands down!!! It's always packed (ususally with the theather crowd) and you have to reserve in advance to get in but ...the food and service is amazing! And they margaritas and wine list are great too. They never ever have an "off" night. 5 stars!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 1, 2013

A bit pricey but worth it! Excellent food and outstanding service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2013

Favorite Mexican restaurant in in city, great food, great location always friendly servers.
But mostly the food is so good

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2013

Diverse selection of food, secret vegetarian menu, and an AMAZING list of margaritas! Service was very attentive and social and seats were not crowded, as some reviews suggested. We sat downstairs and had a great time but I saw several regulars ask to be switched to upstairs.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2013

Way too expensive for mexican food and ridiculously small portions...actually 2 bites per order. Totally ridiculous

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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 28, 2013

Recommended by a friend and it turned out to be great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2013

Great authentic Mexican in the theater district. What a find! Service provided by gracious staff and owners and at a price one can afford.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 26, 2013

Excellent Mexican food. The Mexican chocolate ribs were fantastic. You cannot miss the guacamole. It is a must!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 26, 2013

Excellent food, atmosphere and service! Staff very attentive and the food some of the best Mexican I have had. Highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2013

Food very good and same for service. Noise level -- through the roof. We will just have to go another day and another time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2013

This is the best place in the neighborhood. Slightly off the beaten path, but well worth walking the extra block to avoid the crowd of tourists. Incredible food. Don't skip the Guacamole or Sangria.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2013

Food was authentic and delicious! Staff was attentive and funny. Really appreciated the owner(s) stopping by to see how our group was enjoying themselves.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2013

Excellent,authentic Mexican cuisine. Service was outstanding!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 23, 2013

Dimly lit. Good food, fast service--great place to eat dinner before a show. Expensive with small portions though!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2013

great mexican restaurant! service was great, and the food was too, although as other diners have written, the portions were very small. The guacamole was excellent, and at my table we had the paella, the shrimp quesadilla, and the enchiladas. We ordered side order of rice and black beans - 2 - and 1 would have been plenty - that is the one thing that was plentiful. Really good 'skinny' margarita.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2013

Close to a "5" but a few points off for portion sizes (a tad small) and noise level (we were seated next to the kitchen and guacamole preparation area). We made an early pre-theatre reservation and had plenty of time to savor a bottle of wine, our meal, coffee and dessert. Food is excellent and nicely presented; really appreciate that there are numerous vegetarian options. Highly recommend the Spicy Guacamole; (could have made a meal of that alone) and the dessert sampler. Nice, reasonably priced wine list. Great to find a quality, interesting Mexican choice in the theatre district; location can't be beat. Great waiter; treated us to post-coffee tequila that was unique and delicious. Will definitely return and highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2013

Quesadilla w/Truffle, Corn w/Cotija, Grilled Tilapia Tacos are just a few of our favorites that we order each time we go to Toloache during our annual visit to NYC. This is a must-dine stop during each of our visits to NYC. Though it's located in the theater district, Toloache is a delicious destination whether or not you are going to the theater. ...and keep the margaritas and guacamole coming! Can't wait to go back!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Naples)·Dined on April 20, 2013

We arrived early, IT was packed and we decided not to wait for our table and sat at the bar instead. The vibe was fun, seating is tight.
Mango Mojito – delicious, Sangria- Fresh fruit was added to red wine and fruit juice. We shared Apps and the Paella for dinner.Chips with fresh guacamole-very good
JM Hamachi -Yellowtail, meyer lemon, cucumber, huichol salsa, crispy avocado – fantastic
De Lechon -Suckling pig carnitas, cactus salad, salsa verde - (2) small taco shells stuffed with the perfect combination of crunchy pork skin and moist pork meat. Next time I will get the dinner portion it was so amazing.
Tumbada paella- epazote-scented rice, chicken, chorizo, shrimp, tilapia, clams, octopus. Very fresh and the rice favorful. So Good!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2013

Excellent food, friendly informed staff, lively ambiance. I intend to revisit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2013

The place and food was great. But, it is a little cramped. Not much elbow room.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 18, 2013

We went there before a 7p show and had a 530p reservation. My party got there before me and they told them that they only had an hour. When I talked to the hostess she assured me that that was not true and there was no rush. However the whole meal I felt very rushed and the wait staff seemed to be hovering around us the whole time. Not a place I would return before a show.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2013

Very lively and vibrant environment as well as friendly staff and great service. Booking ahead is definitely recommended as it was packed! The guacamole starter with pommegranate was to die for.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2013

Enjoyed experience at Toloache. The guacamole was perfection and the small plates were great for sharing and as a main course per-theater.Service was very good, informative. Chef's specialty quesadilla was delicious. Excellent seasoning on carne asada attractive plating. Would definitely return

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2013

A great find in the vicinity of the Theater District. Our table was in a great location and the restaurant was buzzing for a Tuesday evening. Service was speedy and the waiter was very friendly although a little pushy with some of the recommendations which were often the most expensive on the menu. Overall, one of the better Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2013

If you like Mexican, you will love this place. I've been here about 8 times, usually with a small group, and no one has ever been disappointed. They have really nice specialty margaritas, my favorite is one made with jalapenos and cucumber with a spicy chili salt rimming the glass. It's all good, but the guacamole sampler (3 different kinds) is a must (obviously if you like guac,) also the fish tacos and the carne asado are off the hook. The staff is also really considerate about getting you through your meal on time if you are going to see a show, but they won't hurry you if you don't.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on April 15, 2013

Guacamole was AMAZING!!!! Loved the Maragritas! Service was terrific! Great before theater find!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2013

Tasty and delicious, great place to eat right after a Broadway show.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2013

The food was very good and the service was great. They were very accommodating to very handicapped mom in wheelchair. I love all of their dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 13, 2013

Went on Saturday night with 2 friends. Place was packed and lively. No problem getting seated right away. In terms of getting our orders taken, and drinks served, right away, it was fast and efficient. The food came so quickly, we have hardly taken a bite from our appetizers. Our waiter seemed intent to take our plates away from us before we could even eat. So, I would say that the only downside to the meal was that we were absolutely rushed through our dinner. I know that they were trying to turn over tables, but 75 minutes from drinks through dessert felt pressured. Other than that - a wonderful experience.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 13, 2013

A really good option for pre-theater meals.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 12, 2013

I've been here several times. Always very good! The guacamole was on the salty side tonight, but usually spot on.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 10, 2013

Wonderful experience. Great place to celebrate a birthday.
Best Mexican in Manhattan.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2013

Food is great but we were packed in like sardines and the noise upstairs was deafening - could not hear the person I was with seated across from me. Unfortunately, the noise made for a unenjoyable dining experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2013

Good food, but not exactlly mexican.
Of course they have tortillas but the flavours are
american-mexican.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2013

Very welcoming restaurant and food was excellent! Will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on April 6, 2013

Fun place to go before the theatre. Guacamole was outstanding and the food was authentic Mexican. We woould recommend this restaurant. Margaritas were great!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 6, 2013

Wonderful as usual, I shall return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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