Mexican food: delicious, diverse, and beloved around the world. From a bite of savory tacos to a soul-warming sip of tequila, the sheer delight of indulging in an authentic Mexican meal is beyond compare. It’s no surprise that Mexican food is on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. If you’re lucky enough to reside in one of ARO’s no-fee apartments in Manhattan, you’re surrounded by some of the finest Mexican dining outside of Mexico itself. Whether you want a “Taco Tuesday” with some delivery, or you’re planning to celebrate a special occasion with a night out, Midtown West is the ideal destination.
Let’s explore some of the best Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood. Vamos!
Vida Verde | 248 West 55th Street
While you might be tempted to stay in and enjoy your digs at ARO, take the five-minute walk from home and immerse yourself in a bit of fun. Vida Verde is a lively spot where the food and the drinks are of equal importance. Order enchiladas drenched in spicy salsa to pair with your expertly handcrafted cocktails, which, of course, means margaritas. The vibe of Vida Verde is unstuffy and irreverent; it’s a place to have fun and relax. Head up to the Margarita Rooftop Market for some post-work revelry. And if you really feel like staying in, you can always order delivery. However, we recommend the in-person experience.
Tortazo | 1441 Broadway
Piled high with meats and cheese and smothered in salsa, tortas are a lunchtime staple in Mexico. You might mistake it for a plain sandwich, but with cloud-soft bread and a melding of flavor, a torta is anything but plain. And no one in the U.S. knows their way around a torta better than Rick Bayless. Bayless, an author and Mexican food expert, spent years studying and loving Mexican cuisine. At Tortazo, he brings this passion to show New Yorkers what Mexican is really all about. The menu here offers mouthwatering options like tacos and guacamole, but the true standout is the torta. Roll up your sleeves and bite into a massive torta stuffed with crispy chicken, spicy jalapenos, and a delightful cilantro crema that balances the whole sandwich.
Toloache | 251 West 50th Street
A buzzy atmosphere, an excellent location, and an extensive menu make Toloache an unmatched Mexican restaurant. With a contemporary take on traditional techniques and dishes, Toloache manages to be both accessible and upscale. Here, the quesadilla is taken to the next level with a wood-fired oven, and the zesty and bright ceviche is equally delicious. Just remember to save some room for dessert. A sweet cinnamon churro is the ultimate way to end a meal.
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