The Best Damn Margaritas in New York City, Ranked
Pineapple cilantro, please
Give us a marg on the rocks with salt and we’ll immediately forget being stuck on the 6 train for 30 extra minutes…well, make that two margs on the rocks with salt. Thanks.
Here are the nine best margaritas in New York City. From the classics to kale-infused, there’s a boozy treat for everyone.
9. THE MARGARITA DE REMOLACHA AT GRAN ELECTRICA
You love beets in your salad, so why not in your marg? This downtown Mexican joint mixes Pueblo Blanco tequila, Combier, lime juice, beet juice and simple syrup to create its signature cocktail.
5 Front St. (at Dock St.); 718-852-2700 or granelectrica.com
7. THE TRADITIONAL MARGARITA AT ZENGO
Sometimes you’ve just gotta go plain and simple. And make it a double.
622 Third Ave. (at 40th St.); 212-808-8110 or richardsandoval.com
6. THE HIBISCUS MARGARITA AT TOLOACHE
If you like your margaritas tart and sour, this sweet, refreshing treat made with real hibiscus flowers probably isn’t for you. (You probably hate ice cream and puppies, too.)
Locations in the West Village, Midtown and the Upper East Side; 212-581-1818 or toloachenyc.com
5. THE TAMARIND MEZCAL MARGARITA AT MASA Y AGAVE
Tequila’s equally dangerous cousin mezcal is combined with tamarind paste, cinnamon-infused agave, lime and a smoky kick at Rosa Mexicano’s downstairs agave bar.
41 Murray St. (at Church St.); 212-849-2885 or rosamexicano.com
4. THE MANGO MARGARITA AT ROSIE’S
Claim a spot on the patio and sip a kinda-sweet, kinda-spicy concoction of Serrano-infused tequila, mango, lime, OJ and cilantro with a chipotle salt rim. Hey, that’s like, three servings of fruit.
29 E. Second St. (at Second Ave.); 212-335-0114 or rosiesnyc.com
3. THE BASIL JALAPENO MARGARITA AT ABC COCINA
This one means business. It won’t make you breathe fire or anything, but maybe don’t go for the super-spicy salsa while you’re drinking this guy.
38 E. 19th St. (at Park Ave. S.); 212-677-2233 or abchome.com
2. THE PINAPPLE CILANTRO MARGARITA AT EMPELLÓN TAQUERIA
Cool things down with a fresh and not-too-sweet pineapple cilantro margarita. (Unless you’re one of those people who thinks cilantro tastes like soap. And if you are, we’re so, so sorry.)
230 W. Fourth St. (at W. Tenth St.); 212-367-0999 or empellon.com
1. THE GARDEN VARIETY MARGARITA AT THE WAYLAND
This cocktail made with kale and ginger juice is even better than your morning green smoothie. Why? Tequila.
700 E. Ninth St. (at Avenue C); 212-777-7022 or thewaylandnyc.com