Best Mexican Restaurants on the UWS

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 a bar on the Upper West Side, these Mexican Restaurants on the UWS are sure to please any appetite!

In addition to our great Mexican fare, Upper Manhattan is known for it’s outstanding food from south of the border. Definitely check out Washington Heights Tacos to learn more!

The Great Burrito

405 Amsterdam Ave

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).

Best Mexican Restaurants on the UWS


Oaxaca Taqueria

424 Amsterdam Ave

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.

Best Mexican Restaurants on the UWS


El Mitote

208 Columbus Ave

Expect a wait as El Mitote is crazy popular! There was much rage when they first opened. The space is small and gets packed to the brim frequently, but they also offer outdoor seating.

Their frozen margaritas are outstanding. El Mitote is known for their amazing and authentic Mexican sandwiches, which include Tortas and Molletes (Griddle Toasted Gratin Open-Face Sandwich Topped With Refried Beans & MELTED CHEESE!).

Check out El Mitote’s website here.

Best Mexican Restaurants on the Upper West Side


Sante Fe

73 West 71st Street

Long-term staple of the Upper West Side, this southwestern and Mexican restaurant is family owned and operated. Popular for their frozen margaritas.  Try the Yucatan chicken or the shrimp chipotle!

Santa Fe’s chef is José Gonzáles, who has been noteworthy in the food scene for many years. Much of his culinary inspiration comes from his birthplace of Atlixco, Mexico.

Learn more about the chef, and the restaurant, here.

Best Mexican Restaurants on the Upper West Side


Casa Mexicana

894 Amsterdam Ave

Amazing drinks! Fresh ingredients and authentic Mexican food. Warm and lively atmosphere. Friendly staff and superb, fast service.

We recommend their “Tamales Mexicanos”:  two corn dough tamales filled with choice of chicken or roasted poblano pepper with Mexican cheese topped with crema Mexicana.  For only $8!

Casa Mexicana will be a great place to celebrate Cinco De Mayo for (hopefully) years to come.

 Casa Mexicana’s Yelp reviews say it all.

Best Mexican Restaurants on the Upper West Side

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Marla Michelle

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.