Toloache Thompson St.

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$31 to $50
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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 Greenwich Village. 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 and an exceptional tequila list, along with elegant decorative elements imported from Mexico. We're looking forward to seeing you soon.

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vipCartoonGuy
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate a special occasion with friends. The food is delicious and the staff is very friendly. FYI - the Thompson St. location is super cute but it's a little small so be mindful planning meals for large groups. We were a party of 9 and it was a little snug sitting around the table but the wait staff was super fast with our drink orders and kept the chips and salsa coming while we waited for other appetizers and entrees. We had a great time.

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JennyH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is a very good Mexican restaurant --part of a chain that is reliable for delicious food. We would rate it higher, but in this market, others are more inventive or have bolder flavors truer to Mexico. But it is not Tex Mex--it is really Mexican food and delicious.

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MahathiK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice ambience. Attentive service. Sub par food particularly for vegetarians.

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AnneD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was fantastic, and much of the food was creative and well-executed. The fish tacos were a bit light on fish and heavy on creamy topping. But everything else was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I took my parents there for a Friday night dinner. It was very nice! Food was tasty and drinks were good. The dessert wasn’t too special and food was good but nothing out-of-this-world kinda thing. Overall good, not amazing!

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vipKirby
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing, best I’ve seen in the 7 years I’ve lived in NYC.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. For appetizers we got the tip guacamole which was perfect to share between the four of us! For dinner I got the enchiladas which were amazing. For a drink I got the cucumber jalapeño margarita, I loved it! It was just the spicyness I needed for the meal! All the staff were polite and friendly!

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natsfanz
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we visit the city we always have a dinner at Toloache, this time the one on Thompson Street. As always, the food, service and atmosphere were outstanding. (Also great options for celiacs, with excellent knowledge and care for allergies). Our server had high energy, knowledge of the menu, care around allergies and the kitchen was great, as always.

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LuisG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Food, ambiance and drinks are solid; nonetheless the server service sucks. I came with my girlfriend for valentines to this place and server never asked if drinks were good or not, same thing with the food. After we finished the appetisers, we waited for him to come back to take our order and finally when he came; he was not even polite. Dessert and one more round of drinks, was never offered to us; reason why we asked for the check. That one came fast, but again we had to hand the check to the server because he never came back.
I tipped well just because I love the food and Bussers service. I recommend to improve the service.

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vipCharlesR
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

So glad to know about this version of Toloache (have been to the midtown restaurant several times, and to other of Medina's restaurants – all consistently good!). Lovely spot – this building, nicely renovated, brick walls, etc. – in a part of the city where one always hopes to find a good meal (but is often disappointed). Loved the food – ample portions and quite delicious. Waitstaff was friendly and efficient. Got in and out for a show with plenty of time to spare. Will definitely come back here.

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vipdigitaldave
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Quality seems to have declined significantly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food & good drinks. Fresh guacamole.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good drinks! Food is what you’d expect

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NativeNYer
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and fun. It was kinda cold in the space, though...

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vipJosephL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great non-traditional approach to Mexican cuisine. Highly recommended.

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vipLoriL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is always delicious here - we especially love the guacamole, which is consistently good no matter the location. We were a group of 7, but the service was attentive and the food came out quick and hot.

This location is definitely quieter than the one on 50th Street - very different vibe downtown. But that made this all the better for our group, so we could hear ourselves talk!

Also, they have many more gluten free options than their menu gives them credit for - so definitely ask! And there is a separate vegetarian menu so ask for that as well if needed.

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vipEffie
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, food and drinks. A good time all around!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was good. Good food picks by the chef and the drinks.

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vipmikedmd
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance

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vipjohnson
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is by far the best Mexican food that I have found in New York and I have been searching for 2 years.
The margaritas were perfect. The rojo guacamole was incredibly delicious. The suckling pig carnitas tacos, the brisket tacos, and the chicken enchiladas were all flavor-filled and yummy. The ambience is not fancy but also not too casual – it was a nice balance.

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vipSarah
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toloache is the best authentic haute cuisine Mexican food in NYC

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vipLofty
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Expensive. Suckling pig carnitas, and the enchiladas, were delicious. The vegetarian quinoa platter, one of the entrees, would have been at most an appetizer course. The waitress should have warned us of that. Chips and dip are an extra $4. They really push the guacamole, which is decent but nothing to write home about.

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vipGloriousfoodie
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service and ambience!

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vipMacpy
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

A major disappointment!

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efranz
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I visited Toloache on Thompson Street for a leisurely brunch with a friend and was pleased by the entire experience. The service was superb; knowledgeable, friendly, attentive without hovering or rushing. The food was delicious. We didn't have drinks or appetizers, but the selection was terrific. I would happily come back.

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vippbgick
Toronto
64 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy the dinner out. The margaritas went very quickly! Love the guacamole… I would go back but not for a full meal, just snacks and drinks

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Medardo
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Everyone enjoyed their food. Service was great.

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JeanneC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Excellent, fresh Margarita.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a dinner with friends. My friend and I chose this place for Restaurant week. The food was great. The tacos árabes made me very nostalgic since I only have been able to eat those in Puebla, Mexico. My friend ordered the milanesa de pollo for her entree and the papas with rajas on top of the Milanesa was very delicious. It also reminded me of my mom’s cooking, since she makes milanesas de pollo and rajas con crema. Big thank you to the waiter for recommending my salmon to be cooked medium well. It tasted so good! I would definitely come back. Very curious to try out their margaritas.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Affordable prices for NYC and tasty authentic Mexican food

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FATTY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Service was great. Food was decent. Awesome vibe and aesthetic. Nothing to brag home about and probably won’t be back.

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RichardB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal. Everything was delicious and interesting. And the service was excellent.

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ChristineC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was great and very attentive. Nice varied food choices and food generally presented very well. Enjoyed and would recommend.

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vipBethT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Was dying for the Cod which is my favorite dish on the UES location but though it was on the menu online it was apparently not on the menu anymore. Went all the way to Thompson for 2 apps and 2 drinks that cost 80 bucks

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OliviaC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Toloache! Stumbled upon it a few years ago. I eat there for my birthday every year. The suadero tacos are amazing.

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MattD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch menu, the cachasa benidict and elotes are delicious. Brunch drinks are equally as good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks, I would highly recommend it! This would not be my first choice place for tacos but their dinner plates were delicious.

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CCRPS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The guacamole, potato fritters, and carne asada meal were very tasty. The ceasar salad and enchilada were not great. The place was super loud when we arrived and we had to scream to hear each other. Our waitress was amazing and friendly, super accommodating. I don't know if I'll go back to that location but it worked well for our needs that night.

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KathyE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our group of 5 had a most memorable night with great food and drink. The medium guacamole with fruit was a huge favorite with all of us. Love the food here.

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vipVioletS
New England
2 reviews