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El Rio Grande

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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160 E. 38th St, New York City, NY 10016 (3rd Avenue)
+1 212-867-0922
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 12:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Evesham, United Kingdom
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289 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Recommended by our hotel that was close by, we opted for Mexican and were pleasantly surprised by the quality and tastiness of the experience. We booked in advance on line which was worth doing as the restaurant certainly got busy as the night went by. The menu offered lots of options for any taste and I would highly recommend the... More 

Thank Lwatson1970
Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Came across this local Mexican restaurant while visiting NYC. The food, drinks, staff and prices were wonderful. Recommend this restaurant for someone looking for a good meal in a clean and enjoyable atmosphere.

1 Thank msga159
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Why aren't you already there? Go!!!!! We love. Weekly spot. Best food and service and great, happy atmosphere!

Thank Elizmoev
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Elizmoev
Poughkeepsie, New York
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 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.

Thank madale315
New York City, New York
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208 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 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 

Thank Atheyrn
Yorktown Heights, New York
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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 

Thank tmichael2016
Brighton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

Thank clower2015
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159 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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 

Thank Bearsdenbloke
New York City, New York
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$35
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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, Bar Scene, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 160 E. 38th St, New York City, NY 10016
    (3rd Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-867-0922
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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