Toloache-Midtown

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5811 reviews
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Mexican
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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KJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Service was good. Just had appetizers of 2 tacos each. Ordered chips and salsa was surprised they did not come with the table. Delicious food just pricey.

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ST
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Mexican food. Very authentic . Heavy on the spice.
Very loud. Decor very nice .
Food and service excellent

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RN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good but they should off Er a greater variety

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y
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The high noise level does
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E, impolite service

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BD
New England
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. Very crowded so not that relaxing. Recommended for pre-theater but otherwise very loud and crowded.

Great food!

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We had a very difficult time at Tolache-Midtown. My mother finds walking stairs painful, yet they refused to seat us downstairs, even though tables were available at the time. Their reply to our request was, "You should have put that down when you made the reservation." Well, we had no idea the restaurant had stairs~! The whole attitude is dismissive of the disabled and older people. Once we were seated, the noise level quickly ratched up. We had a very difficult time getting our waiter's attention throughout the meal; if fact, it was difficult getting anybody's attention. The wait staff have perfected the art of not looking at the customers. The food was delicious, but I won't return because of the service and rudeness.

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OT
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this place based on positive reviews, but it was also recommend by our hotel. We got the guacamole, short rib bone marrow tacos, enchiladas and plantains. Everything was amazing especially the tacos!! I wish we had this place in Los Angeles.

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BM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food tasted good enough but the portions were small for the high price. I also immediately got sick with multiple trips to bathroom after my meal so that’s a little worrying. It may have been a fluke but I wouldn’t go back and risk it. The service was very good and attentive. It was a little cramped.

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JG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, great food, and friendly, efficient staff.

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IT
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We were a small post-matinee party for a birthday dinner, and were happily allowed to be seated before the final guest had arrived. They offered an array of delicious margarita, "mezcalita" and other cocktail options, which were welcome mood uplifters after seeing King Lear with Glenda Jackson, leaving us all a bit emotionally drained. Soon, our delicious drinks were drained as well, and conviviality reigned. I think any aficionados of Mexican cuisine would find themselves very happy here; an appealing blend of the most typical dishes and innovative cuisine using Mexican ingredients. We started with the trio of guacamoles (mild, medium and spicy); all were delicious, and I particularly enjoyed the medium, garnished with fresh pomegranate seeds! We explored the many menu options from exotically filled tacos to salads to my favorite, a dish they called Arroz con crema -- essentially a Mexican risotto topped with exceptionally flavored and prepared seafood. Desserts were also interesting, varied, and delicious. I will definitely dine here again -- and I hope soon! Note: I also most heartily recommend the Mezcalita de Piña; a spicy house specialty, and so delicious that it became many guests' second drink!

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LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

It used to be a really nice place to eat, but this time was awful. Slow service, my meal was ( skirt steak ) was tough and raw. Disgusting

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TF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great value for a pre theater meal. Creative menu at a reasonable price

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JH
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favourite meal of the trip!! The food was outstanding. We had the 3x ceviche which was the right side of zingy, but the Tacos of Brisket and then Lobster were exceptional.
However what was really impressive was that the waiter when taking our order actually suggested we had ordered enough food when we went to order a main course too! He was absolutely right and it is so rare for a restaurant to do this and stop you over ordering (and either wasting the food or making yourself uncomfortably full.)
It meant we actually had room for a scoop of coconut ice cream afterwards which was also delicious. Would definitely recommend!

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b
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were good but we had a reservation and still waited over 20 minutes to be seated. Nearly missed getting to our show on time as a result. There was a line of people with reservations waiting for tables. They seemed very disorganized. The girls who greeted us at the door were not friendly and acted like all of us waiting for tables were an inconvenience.

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DS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The service was very very slow. Pre theatre the place is packed. Wouldn't it make sense to hire an extra waiter and bus boy so I didn't have to get up to flag someone down?? Waited way too long for drinks and food.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Authentic Mexican food!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and service! One of our favorites for over a decade!

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R
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good for pre/post theatre without the pre/post feel. Solid food and drinks.

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AZ
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We were disappointed with our visit, the tacos were extremely small for the amount that they charged for it. It was also very cramped in the restaurant and very loud. The table had to be moved in order to get to our seat, and you had to almost scream in order to talk to each other.

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JR
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Food wasn't that good, bland tasting. Overpriced. Carne asada way too rare. Drinks way overpriced. Definitely will not visit again.

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R
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pre-theatre dinner...first time here and thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant. Was there on a Tuesday evening and the place was energetic. Food was VERY tasty and service was great especially for a theatre district eatery. Will be back...

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d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our food and drinks: my mojito was excellent; It’s something I’ve ordered in many restaurants. The guacamole was prepared with just the amount of heat we requested. I had the shrimp Toloache, and loved it. My husband had fish tacos- they we very good! Due to the pre-theatre time, the restaurant was jammed and noisy. But they managed to have excellent service anyway!

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MD
Chicago
104 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I chose this restaurant to celebrate Cinco de Mayo while in NYC on vacation. It’s a two-story restaurant with a small bar area. The tables and sitting area are very tight and the noise level very high. The hostess will not seat you until your whole party is at the restaurant. There is very little room to wait for your table as the bar is crowded. We were shown to a table on the second floor once we were altogether. Our server never introduced himself. Pet peeve! The service from him and the runners was very good. Chips and salsa are not complimentary. Huh? In Chicago, that automatically comes out without asking for it...or paying. We started with margaritas and three ceviches...octopus, tuna belly and hamachi. They were outstanding. I ordered the ensalada de langosta, which was a salad of kale, lobster, avocado and quinoa. Very tasty and good-sized portion. The other entrees ordered by the guys I was with were very small portions; although the taste was good. They asked for the menu again to order something else because the size was so small. Example the two tacos in an order are street size and there is nothing else on the plate. No rice, no beans. The desserts were fabulous - I suggest trying one or two. If you want good flavors, don’t mind a loud cramped place, then I’d recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was my son’s 13th birthday AND Cinco de Mayo!! Loved the live Mirriachi band. Had a reservation and got seated right away, great table. Place was busy with a festive atmosphere. Enjoyed by the whole family.

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KN
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We visited Toloache-Midtown while visiting NYC from out of town. It was Cinco de Mayo, and the restaurant was decorated very well and there was a mariachi band playing. It was very loud, but I assume that had much to do with it being a holiday. The food was wonderful, but quite small for the price.

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JF
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb restaurant! Great combinations of food! Excellent service! Mariachi band to celebrate Cinco de Mayo was perfect!

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J
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Booked reservations online shortly after making plans for a long weekend stay in the city and very glad we did! This place was mobbed due to being Cinqo de Mayo - the small lobby was standing room only with people waiting for a table or spot at the bar and they were turning people away in droves. What a great Mexican restaurant in the heart of the theatre district! A mariachi band came in and set up and began playing shortly after we were seated and they were fantastic - what a great touch! The Chef Selection margarita was well worth the extra cost and were a perfect blend of tequila and lime juice and went perfectly with the guacamole we ordered as an appetizer. My wife went with the carnitas con mole and it was out of this world delicious! I had the enchiladas borrachas and hands down they were the best restaurant enchiladas I've ever had. We finished with the churros dessert which consisted of homemade churros with both a Mexican chocolate and a caramel dipping sauce - wonderful! Highly recommend and would definitely return the next time we're in NYC.

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JS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place to have a large group

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PT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Cinco de Mayo brunch experience. Top notch service with attentive enthusiasm. For a real treat enjoy the Frutus Guacamole!

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BA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. Decorated nice for cinco de mayo. Cute place!

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j
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Great spot for a group celebration. Lots of energy in the building. Good food. Attentive service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Too loud and bad service, but excellent food

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TO
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I remember the food being better in the past. Quality seems to have slipped.

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d
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! Thankfully we made reservations and they accommodated us switching it not one but two times. The food was amazing and fast...the restaurant filled up so fast after walking in to a virtually empty restaurant. Delicious tacos- the brisket ones were so good and my friend who got the fish tacos said they were the best she ever had. Loved the salsa and guac as well. Yum, we will definitely be back!

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WG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service

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RB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Although food was tasty, portions are more like tapas and therefore pricey. My husband ordered an entree that was not any bigger than appetizer

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YM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt very authentic and food was amazing. Service was quick and friendly.

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LF
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I return to Toloache regularly as in never disappoints. Great offerings in drinks and food. While almost everything is top shelf, it's hard to understand why the rice and beans of all things, are flat and the rice seems to be instant. Next time, I'm replacing them. Tried the Cafe de Olla for the first time, and was delighted, same for Canela, we departed from out traditional churros which are wonderful.

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WH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Surprised how good this place was the place being in a tourist hot spot. Good food and drinks, very loud as its quite a compact restaurant. The only issue we had was the price of the food which was way above average for the area.

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LB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both fantastic. We loved it!

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