Best Spots for Margaritas in New York City
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Today is National Tequila Day, but we think it’s always a good time for tequila. Especially when the agave-based spirit is mixed with fresh lime juice and triple sec in a refreshing margarita.
New York City rolls deep with plenty of tasty ’rita options—many with creative twists such as infused tequilas and flavorful add-ins like seasonal fruits, fragrant herbs, and spicy peppers. Here are 10 spots that are shaking up next level margs.
Both Hell’s Kitchen and Tribeca locations boast an eclectic selection of high-quality tequila and mescals, and flavorful ’rita riffs. Our fave? The Mexican Firing Squad: an enticing blend of peppery Tapatio Reposado tequila, grenadine, and fresh lime juice with a spiced salt rim.
Known for its strict door policy and authentic Mexican fare, this trendy underground eatery in SoHo also serves up some of the best margs in the game. Their rotating flavor selection includes the vibrant house favorite, Pepino Diablo, made with jalapeño-inflused tequila and cucumber purée.
This Mexican-inspired West Village hotspot offers inventive tacos and 2-for-1 classic margaritas at happy hour. The cocktail menu features four other mouthwatering margs including the ¿Porqué No? made with Cimarron blanco, fresh pineapple, cilantro, and serrano tincture.
Williamsburg’s rustic neighborhood spot offers authentic Mexican cuisine and a selection of artisanal margaritas crafted with house-infused premium tequila, 100% agave, and fresh muddled fruits. Don’t miss the oh-so refreshing watermelon.
At this elevated Latin-American restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, ordering a margarita (or two) is a must. Our pick: the basil jalapeño, made with oak-aged Dulce Vida Anejo and a basil salt rim. This signature marg’s mild, tingly heat and bright herbal notes complement the cuisine beautifully.
This casual Mexican taqueria in Gramercy churns out street-style tacos and super tasty margs—including their signature ’rita (on draft!) and others using fresh ingredients like juicy watermelon and tomatillo water. Bonus: this place has both weekday evening (4-7:30pm) and late night (11pm-2am) happy hours.
Mexican chain Rosa Mexicano has a slurpee machine dispensing their highly-popular frozen margaritas, and a freshly-made “tradicional” unfrozen version (on the rocks, strong, slightly sweet) that’s always solid.
A well-made margarita for just five bucks sounds like happy hour to us. This West Village cantina’s tasty traditional marg is discounted from 4-7pm, seven days a week ($1 more for frozen or flavored with mango, prickly pear, pineapple, or cucumber).
This lively East Village restaurant from Executive Chef Marc Meyer offers a flight of killer ’rita renditions in flavors like watermelon peppercorn, passion fruit habanero, and charred citrus with a charcoal salt rim.
At this funky Lower East Side spot, mixology maven Lynnette Marrero shakes up both smoky mescal and blanco tequila in her signature mi casa margarita, and adds a generous amount of smoked salt around the rim. It rocks.