About Vida Verde

From the makers and shakers of Tanner Smith's, comes a Cocktail Bar, that features the taste of Mexican life, food and culture right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.

248 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch : Mon - Sat: 11:00am -4:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm-2:00am

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(646) 657-0565

Website:
http://vidaverdeny.com/

Vida Verde Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (15)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
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Bar Seating (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Spicy (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Casual (8)
Tapas (7)
Authentic (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Business Meals (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Great Beer (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Awesome skinny margaritas and love the guac

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The food , bar and service always exceptional. Friendly atmosphere

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Servers were exceptionally nice and fun. Food was good--guacamole was excellent. Pork belly tacos were good, except the pork was a tad bit dry and the yolk got pretty messy. Came here for Saturday brunch, but might come back on a Thursday or Friday to have drinks with friends!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

A bit pricey....but Good food. Good service! Good music too! Reminds me of other Latino places I really enjoy like Havana Social, Sofrito's, Jimmy's.... I'll definitely will be returning.

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·Dined 5 days ago

I've been twice now and can't wait to go back again. The food is quite simply incredible. You can walk in to Vida Verde on any given day and eat food that reminds you how creative culinary art can be. The venue is also full of incredible murals. The staff is lovely.

Tags: Hot Spot, Organic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Fun, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was good, but service was horrible. It took us over 15 minutes to get our drink. The bartender was overwhelmed. They didn’t offer to chomp anything, which was disappointing.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Waitstaff very knowledgable and attentive. Great recommendations. Fabulous Mexican fusion!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great place with great condensed options for you to eat before a show!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

My friend and I were looking for a bite and found this place on Yelp. Went for a late lunch and ate small plates and had cocktails. The Burro Caliente was amazing! Staff was super nice and the food was good. I would definitely recommend this place.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was an overall mind blowing experience.

Thank you!!!

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

Great staff . Great food and drinks

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

The staff was very attentive and polite. The food was very good and service wonderful. We met family there for dinner and will definitely go back when we return to NY. We have already recommended this restaurant to friends.

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great tapas!!!!!!
Nice atmosphere, reasonably priced. I would certainly go back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Authentic, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was good but service was excruciatingly slow considering there were less than 10 parties in the restaurant. Also, y'all should really invest in knives other than butter knives.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Dining at Vida Verde was amazing. We went for my friend’s birthday and they were really nice to the group. The food was delicious. We had a blast. I recommend it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Even though we were able to book a table through open table, Vida Verde was closed for a private event the night of our reservation. So my friend and I showed up, realized the reservation was bogus, and wandered around until we found a new place to eat. Not the best first impression — if your available dates aren’t current, don’t allow people to make reservations.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Four of us came to Vida Verde after a show. The decor was funky and fun, the food was great (we had the nachos), and we had good service. They did forget the chicken on one of the nacho platters which took quite a while to get (nachos sat on the table while we waited for the chicken). The music was a bit loud, but we were still able to hold a conservation.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food was okay but not as good as La Slowteria, the chef’s former restaurant in Brooklyn. Chips were stale and shrimp taco filling was sparse. Nice decor but music was super loud. Disappointed to say the least. Not worth the trip.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

All the food is brought to the table family style for sharing, presentation is unique in a good way and the wine list devine. Love the warmth of the atmosphere at this restaurant the wait staff is first class.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Very good food and good service, at a reasonable price, but music is too loud, event at lunch time.
Not suitable for a business lunch.
A la carte portions are small, you need to order several dishes.

Tags: Authentic, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Chosen for a pre-theater meal for it’s proximity and prior reviews praising the food, we were not disappointed. In fact, each dish was delicious and made with care. The table-made guacamole was luscious, and was served inventively with several salsas, and chips with different textures. Entrees offered original combinations as well and ample choices.

The staff was bright, responsive, and warm. Prices reasonable. One negative to the terrific eating opportunity is that the bar and dining areas are equal in size and adjacent, and the music is REALLY loud. Staff graciously turned it down—so, it will be great if the two parts of Vida Verde can forge a harmonious space.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The food good. Very small portions. Will definitely leave hungry !

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

The music was very loud and the food a bit disappointing. Still, it's a lively place to have drinks and nachos.

Tags: Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We were in a hurry as we had a Broadway show right after and the waitress took care of us very efficiently, recommending great choices, being available as soon as we needed her, food was quickly there and... delicious!!! I'll definitely come again.

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

Large group from office.

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

Do not go there for a quiet conversation or a gourmet meal! Go there for good cocktails , a fun atmosphere , colorful decor, good bites

Tags: Fun, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Overall the place was great,the food the ambiance were perfect,i would definitely recommend this place to friends

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

Great experience, very creative and well prepared dishes, will be back

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 (London)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Grest fresh Mexican food with a modern twist

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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Nice bar with cool drinks. Limited menu and very "different" than expected. Upscale, but pretentious. Way over priced food in general. The best thing we had were the Yucca Fries with roasted green beans. The broccoli tamales were not good. The mushroom quesadillas were very tiny and strange and definitely overpriced. Nice waiter.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Unfortunately the service was incredibly slow. They kept apologizing but it didn't encourage us to want to order another round. It was also recommended for groups - I would not suggest going with a group if you are planning on holding any conversation. It is very loud. Cocktails were fantastic.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Fantastic venue- amazing guacamole and their perfect margarita demands you have a second or third one they are so good

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We booked viva verde last minute as we needed something close to the theatre. What started as something close by has certainly turned into something that will be a frequent visit spot. This new space had amazing food and drinks, great ambience, and fantastic service. My partner and I were very pleased with the overall experience and will certainly come back time and time again.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Really enjoyed our meal. Great Margaritas. Gaucamole made at the table and a small was enough for 3 of us to share. The chef/owner came out at the end of our meal offering free dessert and thanking us for coming in. Really nice. I'll go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I've been to this place too many times since it's opened, but I love it every time. The tamales are my favorite part, but the tacos are really good too. It's a little on the pricey side, but the dishes aren't small.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great pre theater dinner, staff was incredible!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Consistently yummy. Authentic Mexican food- my favorite in the city. Love the staff here!

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 (London)·Dined on September 19, 2017

New Mexican restaurant in Midtown! Really nicely done, good set up, the staff is super friendly and food is authentic (I'm a MX national). They also have some creative menu options of making traditional dishes a bit more exciting. Good to go with friends and colleagues.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Vida Verde is really an incredibly noisy bar that also serves food. We went on a Thursday evening where large groups had congregated in the bar and the noise was deafening. To make matters worse, they blasted 80s music over the speakers which is not exactly conducive to a relaxing evening of dining. The taco small plates we ordered were nothing special and they serve small strips of taco chips rather than real chips before the meal. Stopped for ice cream on the way home since I was still hungry. Call it what it is, a bar - not a restaurant!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We were 3 at lunch had Guacamole for appetizer and each ordered separate dishes; we all were very pleased with our choices! I will go back!!!!

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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