After 15 years of business, this will be Gabriela’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar’s last weekend. They’ve posted on Facebook that tequila and other drink specials will be available.
The restaurant, open since 1992, became popular for their home-style Mexican food on Columbus Avenue between 93rd and 94th Streets.
Gabriela’s has offered an extensive menu of casual Mexican fare, including fresh guacamole, ceviches, as well as tons of taco choices.
Additionally, they’ve served a variety of tequila drinks, and specialty cocktails including an expansive list of margaritas. It’s been the perfect place to sip a margarita in their outdoor seating. With a warm atmosphere, and often a minimal wait time for a table, Gabriela’s and unpretentious and comfortable dining experience for dates, family affairs, and anything else in between.
While usually happy hour margaritas have a so-so reputation, Gabriela’s served an excellent margarita no matter the time of day, or evening. A personal favorite was the tequila flight, which offered a taste of three different kinds of tequila.
In the beginning, Gabriela Hernandez worked in the house of famed restauranteur Artie Culter as a nanny and housekeeper. Artie would come home after working on his restaurants such as Carmine’s, Dock’s, Ollie’s, and Haru, and would find wonderful and unique dishes being served in his own home. He was blown away by Hernandez’s exciting flavors and traditional Mexican cooking. During this time, most restaurants in New York served Tex-Mex. Culter wanted Gabriela’s to be different. He told Gabriela that together, they should open a restaurant serving food like hers.
Throughout the years, Gabriela’s was a family place. Operating with the assistance of uncles, cousins, and in-laws, you’d want to bring your family here too. Most recently, Artie’s family have carried on the legacy of Gabriela’s restaurant.
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