New York, known for our delicious apples and drool-worthy pizzas, is also home to some pretty fantastic Mexican food. Our western states may attract the spotlight when it comes to this particular style meal, but we’ve managed to add our own East Coast flair to things. Whether you’re looking to inhale a few tacos or test the span of your stomach by tackling a large size burrito, there’s a spot on this list for all our residents.
Not the sort of places you’ll want to wear tight-fitted clothing to, these 13 restaurants will blow your mind and possibly pop a button or two:
1. Viva Taqueria, Ithaca
Known for keeping a steady crowd, this restaurant is visibly a popular place to dine at in Ithaca! A fantastically friendly staff, which may be a majority of the reason our residents keep coming back here, will wait on you at this uniquely decorated spot. Our suggestion? Try the Chicken Mole Burrito!
Location: 101 North Aurora Street Ithaca, NY 14850
2. Alto Cinco, Syracuse
Flavors that will make your taste buds flip and a wonderful atmosphere? Yes please! Great service and consistently great tasting food; we suggest you try the Catfish Burrito.
Location: 526 Westcott Street, Syracuse, NY 13210
3. Ama Cocina, Albany
Recently named one of the
best new restaurants
in the Capital Region, this spot is serving modern Mexican street food in a way that will make your jaw drop. Ama Cocina will take care of providing a unique ambiance and friendly service, now all you have to do is figure out what to eat! Our suggestion? Don't miss out on the Mexican popcorn you'll find floating around and be sure to try the Crispy Bay Scallop Tacos!
4-6 Sheridan Avenue Albany, NY 12207
4. Armadillo Bar & Grill, Kingston
A highly praised restaurant within the Hudson Valley, the funky and exciting atmosphere inside the Armadillo Bar & Grill will keep you coming back for more. While there's plenty of appetizing dishes here to choose from, we must push you in the direction of their tasty Coconut Margaritas!
Location: 97 Abeel Street Kingston, NY 12401
5. El Cubilete, Niagara Falls
Everyone needs to have a perfect affordable Mexican restaurant as their go-to spot, and El Cubilete is just that. Our suggestion? Wash down whatever dish you decide on with a great tasting margarita.
Location: 9400 Niagara Falls Boulevard Niagara Falls, NY 14304
6. Cantina Loco, Buffalo
What's better than eating Mexican food? Eating Mexican food
outside. Warm weather is here and that means the Cantina Loco patio is open once again! So what should you eat while you're here? Try a Tofu Taco and follow it up with a nice Tequila.
Location: 191 Allen Street, Buffalo NY 14201
7. Ole Ole Fresh Mexican, Syracuse
Hiding in the back of a small shopping plaza, this amazing Mexican restaurant is waiting to be discovered right in Syracuse! A great place to also grab take-out, we suggest you try one of their tasty burritos!
Location: 2803 Brewerton Road Syracuse, NY 13211
8. El Azteca Mexican Deli, Poughkeepsie
Anyone ready to have a blast celebrating Taco Tuesday? El Azteca is! A great authentic Mexican restaurant, this place is one of the best spots you can check out in the area for the perfect blast of unforgettable flavor. Unsure of what to order? Pig out on the Tamale Platter!
Location: 97 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
9. Caracara Mexican Grill, Farmingdale
The most upscale spot you'll find on our list, this Long Island gem will give you an unforgettable dining experience. The perfect place to take someone special or simply spoil yourself, we suggest you try their Carne Asada!
Location: 354 Main Street Farmingdale, NY 11735
10. El Mexicano, Saratoga Springs
A great place to check out if you find yourself shopping around Saratoga, El Mexicano has undeniably great service. The friendly staff and authentic Mexican dishes will easily win your heart over. Our suggestion? Try the Chimichangas!
Location: 208 South Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
11. Once Upon A Taco, Hudson
This food truck may not be open all year round, but you better be sure to check it out when it's open. Our suggestion? Try their Baja Fish Tacos!
Location: 346 Warren Street Hudson, NY 12534
12. La Cosina Mexicana, Queensbury
A charming restaurant filled with character and lots of vibrant colors to catch your eye, La Cosina Mexicana is an underrated spot you must make sure to check out. Not sure what to pick off the menu? Try a tasty Enchilada!
Location: 313 Bay Road Queensbury, NY 12804
13. El Loco Mexican Cafe, Albany
Our state's capital is filled with an assortment of delicious dining establishments, often making it hard to pick just one place to visit. Here to help you narrow down the search, we highly suggest you fix your Mexican food craving with a trip to El Loco! Our suggestion? Try the Chicken Fajita Ensalada!
Location: 465 Madison Avenue Albany, NY 12210
Yummy! Did you know that there were so many amazing Mexican restaurants right here in New York? Only In New York wants to know where you favorite place to get Mexican food in our state is!