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El Rio Grande

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Midtown
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
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160 E 38th St, New York City, NY 10016-2651 (3rd Avenue)
+1 212-867-0922
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12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 12:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing!!! Manger Diane is a gem, staff is lovely, atmosphere unbeatable - must go!! Love this place!! Eat here twice a week

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Thank Elizmoev
Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The frozen margaritas where is specially delicious and the bartenders took great care of us. We'll return here during each visit to New York City.

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Thank madale315
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

For sure the place to be for the perfect best tasting frozen margarita (I chose the acai frozen margarita). The food is delicious too. Ordered the veggie fajita. It was not only cooked perfectly, but also served sizzling hot. What a perfect match for my margarita. I can't end my review without writing about the guacamole dip and chips. For... More 

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Thank Atheyrn
Yorktown Heights, New York
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We sat outside on a beautiful fall evening sipping a frozen margarita & Modelo Negro, as the after work crowd slowly started to grow larger and louder on this Friday night. The nachos with chicken were good but SPARSE ( 5 chips for the small, 10 chips for the large). The skirt steak was deliciously seasoned and served with assorted... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Modern interior, there are two entrances to the restaurant one for bar and casual dining and one for the restaurant, we went to the first door that we came to which was the wrong side, server then led us through the back of house kitchen etc. to the other side of the restaurant. Served water and plate of nachos and... More 

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Thank clower2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Visited on a Friday night to find it quite busy but got a table without any problem. Great complimentary tortilla chips and salsa, my red snapper cooked in banana leaf was delicious, my partners chimichangas were served cold in the middle, the staff were very apologetic and replaced them without hesitation, however they had obviously been microwaved because they were... More 

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Thank Bearsdenbloke
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Two bustling restaurants in one: Texas, on the 38th street side, is packed with the after work crowd sipping and chipping and chatting. Loud, boisterous and very young. Not quite your scene? Then the host or hostess will walk you through the small, narrow kitchen over to Mexico (entrance on 37th street). It's still an energetic spot, but you can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Such a fun spot --amazing for outside seating and groups but also super cozy in winter! Food is amazing, high quality Mexican. During crowded months or for couples go to 37th street side. Queso + steak nachos + flour tortillas will cure a homesick Texan! Legendary frozen margarita! Staff couldn't be more amazing and friendly <3!

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Thank Elizmoev
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

I've been going here for many years and I would recommend it to anyone that ask. Their food and Drinks are awesome and in the summer they have Great Outdoor relaxing area to sit.

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Thank Diva98
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

If you are looking for a nice Tex-Mex dinner in Mid-Town, this should be your choice. They serve real Mole Sauce and other very original dishes.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 35
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 160 E 38th St, New York City, NY 10016-2651
    (3rd Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-867-0922
Description
Great Tex-Mex restaurant featuring the best margaritas in New York City as voted by City Search. Authentic Mexican cuisine with a flare for grilled fish. *Please note: Reservations are not available for outdoor seating. Thank you.

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Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
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