Best Mexican Restaurants on the UWS
Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas…we love Mexican food! Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic and authentic Mexican restaurants to indulge in on the Upper West Side. So whether you’re grabbing a fully loaded burrito for a quick and easy dinner during the week or satisfying a late night craving after hitting the bar on the weekend, these Mexican places on the Upper West Side are sure to please any appetite!
The Great Burrito
If you love big, fat burritos, then this is the place for you! The Great Burrito, located at 405 Amsterdam Avenue, has been cooking up great Mexican food for New York since 1994. And they really know how to pack a burrito.
To start, we recommend their famous homemade guacamole and chips ($9). However, there are a range of other starters that are equally as tasty, such as the Botana Mexicana, made with pinto and black beans served with jack cheese, guacamole and chips ($10.25). As for mains, they’ve got fresh and authentic tacos, quesadillas and platillos, but since “burrito” is in the name, you’ve gotta try their raved about Port Tinga burrito, a 12″ flour tortilla stuffed with tender shredded pork in a smoky and spicy chipotle chili sauce with rice, beans, jack cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce and sour cream ($11.25).
We must warn you – their hot sauce is flaming hot! So if you can’t handle spicy, go with a mild. The Great Burrito is open 7 days a week from 12pm to 10:30pm (10pm on Sundays).
Named after a city in Mexico best known for its exceptional food, Oaxaca Taqueria offers a wide variety of Mexican cuisine inspired by the flavors and ingredients of Oaxaca. Located at 424 Amsterdam Avenue (between 80th & 81st St), Oaxaca uses ingredients and produce from local, organic and sustainable sources when possible.
The restaurant is small and narrow in size, but its quaintness is what gives it that take-out-style charm. A delightfully decorated interior with colorful wallpaper and interesting posters make dining in more enjoyable. The menu is broken down by tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, tortas, burritos, platos and ensaladas. An Oaxaca signature is the Carnitas Tacos, made with citrus marinated braised pork shoulder with pickled red onion, salsa roja, avocado salsa, cotija and cilantro. Oaxaca also offers an awesome lunch special from Monday to Friday between 11am to 3pm.
Oaxaca is open Sunday to Thursday from 11am to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 1am. Visit oaxacatacos.com for a peak at their full menu.
Super Tacos – Food Truck
Everyone knows Super Tacos. It’s been hanging around the 96th Street and Broadway area for many years now. The service is great, the food is fresh and fast and it always hits the spot, especially after a late night out. One of the best things about Super Tacos that their fans seem to love and keep coming back for is their “plato del dia” – a different, authentic Mexican dish every day of the week. Try the Pipian on Tuesdays or Mole Poblano on Fridays. Prices are really reasonable here, usually under $10 – so you can’t go wrong!
There ya have it! Hungry yet? Well, at least you know exactly where to head to crunch that Mexican craving. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look at everyday Upper West Side activities.
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Marla is a blogger, foodie and lover of New York! She spent the last ten years in interior design and real estate but is now taking on a more creative path in writing and graphic design. In her spare time, you'll find Marla checking out the newest restaurant openings or baking delicious treats of her own.