Best Frozen Margaritas on the Upper West Side

It’s hot, which means frozen drinks for all! Check out these great UWS spots and enjoy yourself some frozen fun.

Playa Betty’s

320 Amsterdam Ave (between 75th and 76th Streets)

Playa Betty’s is a high-energy, California style restaurant with amazing food as well as drinks. I recommend trying their chicken wings!

You must try the Frozen Paloma! It’s a frozen grapefruit margarita with Cuervo silver, grapefruit and lime, and a pink peppercorn-salted ring.

This slushy drink goes for $12 unless it’s happy hour (Monday-Friday, 4-6pm), when it’s $9.

Frozen Margaritas on the Upper West Side

Rosa Mexicano

61 Columbus Avenue (between 62nd and 63rd Streets)

With locations throughout NYC and the country, this beloved Mexican chain has more up its sleeve than just its sensational guac!

Head to the Lincoln Center location and try the Frozen Pomegranate Margarita. Just focus on the fact that you’ll be getting some antioxidants with your good time.

This concoction is made with Blanco tequila, triple sec, pomegranate and lime. Get it for $11 per glass or $50 per pitcher.

Frozen Margaritas on the Upper West Side

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El Mitote

208 Columbus Ave (between 69th and 70th Streets)

The margaritas at El Mitote are made with Silver Tequila and served in giant jam jars. Lime frozen and flavored frozen margaritas are offered in 16 ounce ($14/$15) and 32 ounce ($27/$28) jars.

A popular destination for its Mexican sandwiches and other beverages – sangria, aguas frescas, Mexican sodas and more – El Mitote doesn’t take reservations and the place is usually super crowded, so try going during off hours.

Frozen Margaritas on the Upper West Side


485 Columbus Ave (between 83rd and 84th Streets)

Stop by Cilantro for a super strong marg and enjoy it with free chips and salsa. Flavors include strawberry, mango, coconut, pomegranate and wildberry, with serving size options of 12 ounces ($11), 16 ounces ($13) and $45 pitchers.

This southwestern joint serves up authentic cuisine and I dare you to get their nachos!

Cilantro is also a popular Upper West Side brunch spot; make your own omelette every weekend!

Frozen Margaritas on the Upper West Side


Santa Fe

73 West 71st Street (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue)

A long-time UWS staple, Santa Fe reopened in March after shutting down in August 2020, at which point the Southwestern and Mexican restaurant’s future seemed uncertain.

New York Magazine wrote that Santa Fe’s original ($14) is “New York’s Best Frozen Margarita,” but try The 71 Margarita ($17.50) – “an extra tart and clean version of [their] house margarita” – or the Ginger Margarita ($18) for some variety.


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