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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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 (108)
Authentic (69)
Casual (64)
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Fun (62)
Creative Cuisine (55)
Fit for Foodies (54)
Good for a Date (47)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Good for Groups (35)
Handcrafted Cocktails (35)
Special Occasion (34)
Spicy (33)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Great for Lunch (31)
Hot Spot (31)
Tapas (25)
Happy Hour (20)
Bar Seating (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Cozy (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Quick Bite (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Healthy (13)
Romantic (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Late-night Find (13)
Business Meals (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Kid-friendly (12)
People Watching (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Local Ingredients (6)
Great Beer (5)
Seasonal (5)
Organic (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Live Sports (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Absolutely superb food. Quick service. Attentive waiters. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for brilliant Mexican food.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Exceptional food! Great atmosphere. Try the desserts!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Casual, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

My husband as I came here after reading good reviews about it; however, we would not recommend it. The seating is very close, assuming that's why the music is so loud-so you can't hear your neighbor's conversation. Our waiter was pushy and borderline rude. You have to pay for chips and salsa. And they don't have traditional Mexican food like fajitas or flour tortillas for that matter. If you're looking for something different, like fried grasshoppers, then this is your place. But if you're looking for traditional Mexican food, not so much.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Awesome. Best Mexican ever and I am from California!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Chosen for theater proximity and was very pleased at the quality. Four of us had different entrees and each was deemed very good and not at all the generic Mexican (burrito, etc.) kind of food. Recommended.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Marathon Sunday

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went at 5:30 before a show, and the place was packed. They were wonderful about knowing when we needed to get out the door, and I suspect many other tables had the same schedule. Would definitely go again at a normal dinner hour to see if its somehow less busy.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

They seated our large party on a busy day (NYC Marathon) no problem. They were very understanding when 3 party members arrived later than the others.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I have been to this restaurant numerous times and have alway had great service and great food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Birthday Dinner

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Had a great meal. The service was outstanding. We were seeing a show at 8pm, and had reservations for 6:30.... we were a little worried we would not make the show. I let them know when we checked in we were seeing a show and our waiter was amazing. We were out in plenty of time and did not feel rushed. Can't wait to go back. Try the Miso Black Cod...so good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Perfect portions , great value, super convenient for theatre

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Toloache serves up delicious upscale Mexican cuisine. We were in the city for a show on Broadway and wanted something more unique than some of the chain restaurants that surround the theater district. Toloache was the perfect spot for our special night out.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was my second time here and the food was as great as the first time. Authentic Mexican cuisine and an affordable and perfect dinner location for the Theatre. Service was excellent.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Spicy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Overall very good spot.. good for pre-theater. Only negative is tables are too close to each other

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food, helpful, friendly staff and buzzy atmosphere!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We unexpectedly had what was possibly our best Mexican meal ever! Fresh, authentic and flavorful. We enjoyed traditional guacamole (average chips), carne asado tacos con queso ( UNBELIEVABLY GOOD!), Pollo (chicken) Toloache as well as Camarones(shrimp) Toloache. We wish we could have eaten more- especially from the extensive taco selection (2 per order). The service was attentive and helpful. Our only regret was not opting for desssert. We won't make that mistake next time!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Went to the restaurant for lunch. Best guacamole I've ever had. They make it fresh in the center of the restaurant. One lady constantly making it. Attentive snd friendly staff. I'd definitely go back given the opportunity.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The food was great but the ambiance and service left a bit to be desired. The tables upstairs are packed very close together and there isn't much space for the servers to move around between tables. It took a bit of time to have our drink order placed than it should have and I was disappointed that even though they knew it was my date's birthday they didn't do anything special or recognize it. For the price, I probably won't be back.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 26, 2017

When we travel to New York, we try and eat here at least once! It is a favorite. We had the guacamole and chips, the seviche and then shared the paella. The seafood in the paella was really wonderful especially the octopus. We even had the Maiz dessert which was unusual and also wonderful. A really great meal!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We were in NYC for a few days and searched for nice restaurants near times square. This was the place we eventually decided and I'm glad we did. The staff was very helpful and welcoming even though we were a few minutes early and had a 1 1/2 yr old kid that I forgot to mention while making the reservation. The food was also great and we enjoyed our time there

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Not the first visit to this restaurant and it won't be the last. Excellent food, great service and atmosphere. Overall good value for money and highly recommended!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Fabulous, reasonably priced, stellar staff, absolutely delicious food. Alejandra the hostess made us feel right at home. The veggie paella and the garlic shrimp and the cinnamon tart were all spectacular, as was the delicious sangria. A great pre-theater dinner place, as we walked just a few blocks to see the spectacular musical, Come From Away, about Newfoundland and 9.11, from our dinner. A gem. Thanks to the staff.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food and service were excellent. I had some of the best margaritas I’ve ever tasted.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I love Toloache. It's one of my favorite restaurants to visit when I am in New York. The food os constantly amazing. I always order my favorite dishes such as lobster tacos and Toloache Shrimps. The margaritas are great. Specially el Maestro which has peach juice. The quesadillas are also great. New dessert made of corn. It's super nice to go after the Theatre.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Live Music, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Although I was running behind schedule, the staff was very friendly in accommodating us. The food was delicious and the service was on point!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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