Agave, a Mexican and Southwestern restaurant with locations in Kips Bay and Greenwich Village, has opened at 688 Columbus Avenue, between 93rd and 94th streets — formerly home to Gabriela’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar, which closed in September 2019 after 15 years.
Agave – which also has the words “Restaurant and Tequila Bar” in its full name – offers a range of margaritas, sangria, and non-alcoholic mixed drinks. It’s gotten quite a few press accolades, including a mention in Thrillist’s list of America’s top tequila bars.
A bottomless brunch offers 1.5 hours of unlimited drinks for $35 (with an extra $5 for flavored margaritas and a 20% gratuity included, the menu states). Agave’s daily happy hour (4-7pm) is also a big draw.
“Agave is where you go if you want to get drunk at brunch, but you don’t want to feel like you time-warped to freshmen year of college,” writes The Infatuation about the eatery’s West Village location.
Some interesting dishes include corn-crusted, Cajun-spiced calamari; empanadas filled with spinach and Spanish style ricotta; and gluten-free shrimp ceviche.
Agave also offers catering and hosting for private parties, as well as some seasonal onsite events (National Taco Day and Halloween celebrations are listed at both locations).
A representative from the restaurant tells me their hours are Monday-Friday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. They are also offering a weekend brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.