Casa Mezcal

Casa Mezcal

Mexican Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Has a stamp of approval from Time Out New York and Village Voice
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  • Amy W.
    "Our all time favorite when it comes to mezcal!"(14 Tips)
    Matthew F.
    "Get the cucumber margarita with the spicy add-on."(5 Tips)
    The Corcoran Group
    "The drink list is awesome - we loved the Hibiscus Margarita."(3 Tips)
    Diana H.
    "Mmm the mole is delicious!"(5 Tips)
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  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupSeptember 20, 2013
    We stumbled upon this place by accident, when the wait was too long at Barrio Chino. The drink list is awesome - we loved the Hibiscus Margarita. We paired it with the shrimp tacos & the steak tacos.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BrethelMarch 27, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A perfect first date spot. Dim lighting with a red hue. Background music, but not overpowering. Social and lively, yet private. A great selection of drinks, and small, tasty, manageable plates.
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica CFebruary 16, 2013
    Great atmosphere! Here for cocktails; we had a variety. favorites were: spicy margarita, rose margarita and the cucumber margarita - light on the cucumber with some Serrano peppers added. Fantastic.
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundJanuary 11, 2015
    As the name implies, they sure do know their Mexican spirit drinks, particularly mezcal. There is an extensive mezcal margarita menu with some build it yourself as well as selection of cocktails.
  • Kam
    KamAugust 27, 2014
    Rose infused mezcal margaritas are what I go here for. And I don't even like tequila. Great and intimate atmosphere. They even have an upstairs section for dinner for larger groups.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkFebruary 1, 2012
    Get cozy in a velvet booth at this mescal bar adorned with folk art, statuettes, masks and other mementos of the co-owners’ travels. Taste the namesake spirit in a flight of three one-ounce pours. Read more
  • Stephanie T.
    Stephanie TanAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    There's a tasty margarita for everyone here. Take advantage of Happy Hour, which is all of Monday, and 5-7pm the rest of the week.
  • İpek A.
    İpek A.May 22, 2016
    If you are in the mood for mexican this LES place will pleased you. Delicious guac & chips, and melted cheese with mushroom. Of course tacos are good as well.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    The kitchen churns out small bites that you won't find at your standard burrito joint like melted cheese with grasshoppers and tomato, and braised lamb in a chipotle sauce. Read more
  • Brian T.
    Brian TothSeptember 28, 2014
    Came here for Sunday brunch... The chips and guacamole are the best in NYC... Margaritas are handcrafted... Friendliest service. Great hidden Mexican food gem.
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 4, 2014
    The tacos de cazuela—tender stewed meats and vegetables served on a tortilla—offer a change of pace from the Puebla- and West Coast-style tacos found around town. Read more
  • Brittany
    BrittanySeptember 23, 2011
    Burlesque/variety show downstairs on Thursdays, $!0 to get in. Pretty fucking cool. Love the bar - they have the best and most unique drinks made with fun spices and herbs.
  • HOBNOB Magazine
    HOBNOB MagazineApril 6, 2015
    Mixologist Miguel Aranda creates perfectly balanced Latin cocktails with an Asian influence. You might also catch an impromptu band, burlesque, or dance performance.
  • Irene M.
    Irene MAugust 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    More elegant than Barrio Chino round the corner, CM has comfy seating and creative drink menu for people who like their cocktails strong and spicy.
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 4, 2014
    Order this: Tacos de cazuela, tinga de res tacos, chapulqueso, choriqueso, guacamole and chips Read more
  • Adam A.
    Adam AlixNovember 3, 2014
    Chicken Itake lunch special: $11 for a giant burrito with guacamole. Includes a large Mexican coffee to pick you back up after.
  • Eva A.
    Eva AgoulnikApril 11, 2013
    The mojitos are fantastic. Come on a Wednesday night and see a band play upstairs while you dine or lounge on the sofas.
  • Cici Y.
    Cici YoungNovember 5, 2016
    I love the brunch here!$26 including 2 brunch drinks. Will be tipsy and full enough to spend a weekend day.
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 4, 2014
    You can't go wrong with the tinga de res tacos, filled with beef braised slowly in a tomato-chipotle sauce then shredded. Read more
  • Nina L.
    Nina LoSchiavoJuly 31, 2015
    Incredible lunch special—$12 for an enormous burrito and freshly made agua fresca. Unbeatable deal for quality eats.
  • Amy W.
    Amy WangMarch 7, 2015
    Our all time favorite when it comes to mezcal! Huge selection. Also checkout their second floor super cool
  • CRUZiiiE
    CRUZiiiEMarch 17, 2015
    The cocktails are great, especially at happy hour prices, but the service could improve. The "large" guac is TEENY...skip it!
  • Wade V.
    Wade VetiverMarch 6, 2016
    Great environment. Tasty food. Mezcal Margaritas are the bomb. A bit expensive. Good place for a nice date.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyFebruary 7, 2015
    Get a classic margarita with salt (of course) and make it spicy. It will make your night.
  • Suri R.
    Suri RSeptember 6, 2013
    Just excellent. The martini-style cocktails are ace if you can handle high octane drinks. Sunday night burlesque!!
  • Tyger M.
    Tyger MadendaNovember 21, 2012
    El llano en llamas put this spot on my spicy drinks list. Great food and cute interior!
  • Mayra H.
    Mayra Hernandez OApril 4, 2015
    Decent mexican food, nice mezcal and mexican beers, great mexican music, casual spot for melancholic Mexicans.
  • Patricia D.
    Patricia Diaz SwedinSeptember 2, 2013
    Place packed. One server. Wait between courses. Still worth it. And, Bernadette is great- love her.
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurAugust 8, 2014
    Try not to notice the C health rating and just sit at the bar for your mezcal margarita. Delicious.
  • Sergey S.
    Sergey ShmidtJune 8, 2013
    Check out Quesadilla, Taco or Tostadas. Be sure that you will not be disappointed.
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria UgarteJune 18, 2015
    Choriqueso and the chorizo tacos. Do it. A good alternative to Barrio Chino.
  • Mindy C.
    Mindy CarstensenFebruary 12, 2016
    Have them add Serrano pepper to the cucumber margarita. Spicy, refreshing perfection!
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.July 3, 2011
    Get there before 7pm for the $6 margaritas. Try the Hibiscus Margarita, it has a nice tartness to it.
  • Marina J.
    Marina JimenezJuly 13, 2014
    If you are very Hungry, do not hesitate and order the Tlayuda!!!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 2, 2010
    This three-floor ode to Oaxacan culture features a top level art gallery, subterranean cinema/music venue, and a street level festive mescaleria. Read more
  • K D.
    K DMarch 28, 2015
    Cocktails are better at The upstairs bar! Best Mezcal drinks in the city.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 11, 2011
    Winner of Best Latin Bar in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue! Order mezcal from the owner's private Oaxacan distillery.
  • Joe M.
    Joe MathebulaFebruary 13, 2012
    Valentine is very special to all and it's a special day, but i won't jst make u feel special that day only i'll make u feel special every day of ur life*i'll always love
  • Alex
    AlexJuly 21, 2013
    Looking for that alt taste that any foodie / cocktails aficionado / New Yorker look for ? Try d mezcal Margarita for change.
  • ashleigh
    ashleighMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great room downstairs for a burlesque show venue. Drinks are moderately pricey.
  • Monica C.
    Monica CullenApril 26, 2015
    Variety of margaritas; try the ginger--has tang but still tastes like a margarita
  • Mae K.
    Mae KarwowskiJuly 15, 2010
    eat a cricket (they're free and hoppin' on the bar) and learn about the intricacies of mezcal from the bartender.
  • Matthew F.
    Matthew FergusonFebruary 18
    The food is ok. Get the cucumber margarita with the spicy add-on.
  • Darrell L.
    Darrell LewisJanuary 6, 2013
    I asked for a Mexican Coke and was given this. Had a good groove going until this.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinSeptember 17, 2015
    Another subpar Mexican spot. Decor is festive, margaritas are good (spicy cucumber!), but the food is below average and the chips and salsa are borderline embarrassing
  • Robin
    RobinMay 19, 2013
    Watch out for the mole. Wow is it pungent. The service was amazing !!!!
  • Taco A.
    Taco AficionadoMay 28, 2013
    Order any taco made with mole or sauce from the cazuela. Delicioso!
  • Sean S.
    Sean SammisFebruary 5, 2012
    Owner doesn't let you take your drinks from the bar to the table... A little over priced. Chorizo queso was pretty good considering
  • Erika G.
    Erika GrijalvaOctober 15, 2014
    The mole is superb! Dont miss it.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DonatelliDecember 20, 2015
    Live music on the second floor is fun.
  • Luc D.
    Luc DoanApril 4, 2016
    Drinks were sweet and tasty but didn't move me
  • Ting T.
    Ting TsaiOctober 31, 2015
    Great variety of margaritas but food was not memorable.
  • Jeremy J.
    Jeremy JacobowitzApril 19, 2015
    Great cocktails made with mezcal!!
  • Calvin M.
    Calvin MultanenJune 6, 2015
    Good happy hour drink specials. Food is also pretty good
  • Rivka G.
    Rivka GMay 26, 2014
    rose margarita and shrimp tacos.. seriously fantastic
  • Marisa F.
    Marisa FrancoMarch 30, 2015
    The vegetable cazuela is incredible. A delicious hearty stew!
  • Jasmine D.
    Jasmine D2 weeks ago
    Best margarita I ever had! Serrano-lime.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SalazarFebruary 18, 2013
    Rose Margarita is perfection.
  • Bea M.
    Bea MetitiriMarch 25, 2013
    Waiters make loops of tables actually looking at the customers. Took half an hour for them to pick up our credit card when there were only two other tables with people.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CamutNovember 7, 2014
    Shrimp avocado tacos, so tasty
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 9, 2010
    The Village Voice voted this Best Free Bar Snacks in our Best Of New York Poll!
  • Jackie M.
    Jackie MucilliDecember 4, 2015
    Lots of interesting decor....Giant alligator on the wall!
  • Yosef S.
    Yosef ShumanApril 25, 2013
    May just be a fluke, but this is my first time here and the service SUCKS!! Probably not coming back anytime soon,,,,
  • Crystal T.
    Crystal TaylorJune 15, 2013
    Chicken tinga tacos! Mmmm!
  • Dave K.
    Dave KornreichMarch 8, 2015
    Try the grasshopper appetizers. Surprisingly tasty.
  • Rafael N. C.
    Rafael N. CollazoAugust 27, 2014
    Atmosphere people drinks service & food.
  • Estefania H.
    Estefania HelfonAugust 27, 2011
    If you like mezcal... This is the place to drink it!
  • Yvette F.
    Yvette FibleuilJune 12, 2013
    You can't go wrong w/ the Los Nahuales reposado.
  • LC
    LCJuly 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Rose margaritas.... great until the last drop.
  • Alayna C.
    Alayna CarterMay 6, 2014
    Cucumber margaritas are soo good!
  • Brad C.
    Brad CMarch 23, 2014
    $20 credit card minimum... expected at a bar, sketchy at a restaurant :P
  • Noah @Noah_Xifr X.
    Noah @Noah_Xifr XifrDecember 3, 2013
    Go ahead order the Chapulqueso. Grasshoppers are just crunchy.
  • Traci T.
    Traci TournouxMay 1, 2011
    This place is awful - they tell you to go down to the lounge for a drink as a scam to make the bar downstairs a few dollars - only to not let you bring it into the restaurant. Never again.
  • Oliver B.
    Oliver BouchardDecember 23, 2010
    Tlayuda! I had one with chorizo. Excellent.
  • Lea C.
    Lea CeasrineNovember 3, 2016
    Tostadas with Oaxacan cheese = amazing
  • Mariel A.
    Mariel AlvaradoApril 26, 2015
    We were really excited to be here. The food was great but they gave us the check without asking for it. So rude. Don't bother to come.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 30, 2015
    Hibiscus margarita & rose margarita = great night out
  • Robert B.
    Robert BeckerSeptember 6, 2014
    Holy hell those tacos at big!
  • Diana H.
    Diana HamiltonAugust 22, 2016
    Mmm the mole is delicious!
  • Jason K.
    Jason KaplerMay 27, 2013
    Micheladas are soooo good here.
  • James S.
    James ShehanApril 3, 2016
    Chile rellenos, shrimp burrito
  • Amelie L.
    Amelie LelargeSeptember 2, 2014
    Salsa downstairs on Thursday.
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BloomSeptember 25, 2011
    Walk in. Sneer back at the pretentious hostess. Walk back out.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SloanMarch 24, 2012
    Jicima salad and rose margarita rock '
  • Katie E.
    Katie EytchMarch 7, 2015
    Our pitcher of margaritas seemed watered down.
  • Adriana M.
    Adriana MoniodesNovember 10, 2011
    Must try the cucumber margarita!!!!
  • Alberu
    AlberuDecember 13, 2011
    Avoid anything with chorizo unless you want your night ruined.
  • Engin C.
    Engin CilasunJune 30, 2013
    The food is great :)
  • vonHottie v.
    vonHottie vHSeptember 13, 2014
    Rose margarita!
  • Adu G.
    Adu GSeptember 15, 2015
    Al pastor tacos 🎈🎈🎈
  • Noah P.
    Noah PriceMay 25, 2013
    Beware they add gratuity to your check with no warning
  • Brendan
    BrendanAugust 19, 2016
    Margaritas are great
  • Moumin G.
    Moumin GhanemMay 24, 2012
    Riazul tequila. Yes!
  • @kdeamat ™.
    @kdeamat ™July 17, 2011
    RIAZUL Anejo neat is a MUST!!!!
  • Bill M.
    Bill McLeanMarch 20, 2011
    They do, in fact, have waiters.
  • Millie M.
    Millie MardahayFebruary 28, 2015
    Food, drinks.
  • Viktoria V.
    Viktoria VityukMay 7, 2014
    Dirty glasses, good drinks n foods
  • David P.
    David PSeptember 11, 2011
    Celeste was a particularly slow server.
  • Katie H.
    Katie HinesMay 6, 2011
    Um, yeah, Barrio Chino around the corner is way better.
  • Stephan V.
    Stephan Van DamOctober 12, 2014
    Xxxxx margs
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  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 30, 2015
    Tacos De cazuela, Mole de Pollo Oaxaqueno & Botana Oaxaquena are delicious
  • TAMMY G.
    TAMMY GIAJanuary 2, 2015
    Learning how to drink mezcal! São Paulo drink is super yummy!
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