Javelina Tex-Mex

Javelina Tex-Mex

Mexican Restaurant, Taco Restaurant, and Burrito Restaurant$$$$
Gramercy Park, New York
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    Go here. Experience the Mexican food. It's worth it.
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    The experts at The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal recommend this place
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    Honghui Y.
    "The mag mud queso is amazing and will fill you up."(5 Tips)
    Jwow
    "highly recommend the Bob Armstrong queso and the avocado margarita"(4 Tips)
    Daniel F.
    "San Antonio Puffy Tacos"(6 Tips)
    John
    "Queso (all are good) and steak and chicken fajitas (sunset style)."(17 Tips)
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  • Allie M.heart icon on user image
    Allie MullenMarch 4, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    As a Texan, I can say that this is the BEST Tex-Mex in NYC. Sad to see it has a low rating. Authentic queso, great brisket and amazing margs.
  • Michelle W.heart icon on user image
    Michelle WilesMarch 16, 2017
    Veggie fajitas with queso ($20) means you get 4 tortillas, 2 quesos, chips, mini guac, rice, beans, tomatoes, plus tons of grilled veggies.. best deal at javelina for sure
  • Chris P.heart icon on user image
    Chris PolloneApril 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Displaced Southerner looking for an authentic Mexican joint: this isn't it. BUT it's as close as you'll find in NYC. REAL white cheese dip. Good tacos, tamales & enchiladas. Salsa a little too sweet.
    Upvoted Apr 15
  • Marc
    MarcApril 15, 2017
    GrubStreet: most authentically Tex-Mex rest in NYC in range of offerings (serves San Antonio puffy tacos) and overall tastiness... sizzling umami explosion that is its fajitas are some of the best
  • Chris P.heart icon on user image
    Chris PolloneJuly 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Tried the carne asada tonight and it was GLORIOUS. Comes with a mushroom enchilada for a little play on steak and mushrooms. The owner, Matt, came by & said hello, a nice personal touch.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    For a traditional appetizer, the tamales are freshly steamed and pillowy. And the queso dips—melted cheese loaded with tomatillos, serrano peppers, and roasted pablanos—are popular any time of day. Read more
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhJune 30, 2020
    Avocado margarita or sangria swirl margarita to drink. Get the queso blanco & juicy brisket tacos to eat. Order the puffy pork tacos too!
  • Chris P.heart icon on user image
    Chris PolloneApril 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the loudest rooms I've been in in a while. Would be tough to talk to a date here. Good vibe. Really good food. Try the avocado cilantro margarita.
  • Conall A.
    Conall AroraFebruary 17, 2017
    NYC only tex-mex option. A little taste of Austin in NYC, very good and definately the best we got. The chips and cheese are too good
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 4, 2016
    Veggie cocktails are having a huge moment, and you can stay on trend with the creamy and surprisingly tasty Avocado margarita here. (Oh, an avocado is a fruit? Whatever.) Read more
  • Sam W.heart icon on user image
    Sam WinnickMay 21, 2015
    Very loud but fun. The margaritas taste like they use a sugary premade mix. The queso is amazing/ glorified nacho cheese dip. The San Antonio puffy taco is awesome but the fried corn tortilla is OD.
  • Judy L.heart icon on user image
    Judy LuoNovember 13, 2015
    cute place! queso dip and pork tamales with red chile sauce were delicious. very friendly service but it's teeny and gets loud, so best for smaller parties.
  • Jackson I.heart icon on user image
    Jackson IsaacsonNovember 23, 2015
    You have to order White Queso. It's so hard to find in NYC
  • New York Post
    New York PostApril 23, 2015
    The must-have menu item is the Bob Armstrong ($12), a bowl of melted cheese topped with beef, guacamole and sour cream and served with an unlimited supply of tortilla chips. Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWowApril 9, 2015
    Tex-Mex invokes visions of nachos and queso, which are certainly delicious at this new Gramercy spot, but the frozen avocado margaritas are a thing of splendor. Read more
  • Rebecca S.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca SutterApril 14, 2015
    Nicest staff (surprise, they're 90% Texans), and delicious drinks and food, even if not exact replicas of the dishes they pay tribute to.
  • Elyse E.heart icon on user image
    Elyse EstradaMay 2, 2015
    Can't decide between guac or queso? Get the Mag Mud, it's both! Steak enchiladas were super flavorful and the spicy margarita was one of the best I've had!
  • Alice Eunjinheart icon on user image
    Alice EunjinNovember 25, 2015
    Order Queso, steak fajitas, and margaritas (I didn't like the enchilada or poblano pepper as much) Great food and drinks!
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanMay 31, 2016
    The queso sampler is amazeballs
  • Srinivas V.
    Srinivas VasudevanMarch 26, 2015
    Awesome Tex-Mex place. Special mention to the Maître d for arranging for dinner to be cooked after the kitchen closed. She was an amazing hostess.
  • Jwow
    JwowMarch 11, 2015
    Get your Tex-Mex on at the newly opened Javelina in Gramercy. I highly recommend the Bob Armstrong queso and the avocado margarita to start your evening off right.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 2, 2016
    July 24th: Sip a refreshing avocado margarita at Mexican hot spot Javelina. (Veggie cocktails are really in right now.) Read more
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerMarch 30, 2015
    “It’s hard to imagine eating anything else after all that melted cheese, especially because it’s hard not to eat all of that melted cheese.” Read more
  • Michael H.heart icon on user image
    Michael HaaralaJune 27, 2016
    Don't let the Avocado and Cilantro margarita scare you -- Easily one of the best on the menu!
  • Daniel F.
    Daniel FungMarch 28, 2015
    The San Antonio Puffy Tacos are a textual adventure of deliciousness. A must have along with the Bob Armstrong Queso. My new go to spot.
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroOctober 5, 2015
    Love me some original breakfast tacos with chorizo. Treat yo self and add avocado to them. If you're thinking about a Bloody Mary, pass. Not impressed with them.
  • Kimi C.heart icon on user image
    Kimi ChiangJune 19, 2015
    I felt like I was back in Houston! The mag mud made me extremely happy to find authentic queso in NY.
  • Ben K.heart icon on user image
    Ben K.October 3, 2015
    If you need a Tex-Mex fix this place is pretty tasty. Try the queso and puffy tacos. They apparently have breakfast tacos on the weekends.
  • Amy J.heart icon on user image
    Amy Johnson CookMarch 19, 2015
    Queso & avocado tacos are on point. Love the Shiner on tap. Not quite as good as being in Austin but closer than a plane ride.
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    StephanieOctober 21, 2016
    Got takeout from here - it was really fresh and tasty. They forgot to give me chips to go with the queso and guac so check your bag before you leave!
  • Lydia N.
    Lydia NormanNovember 12, 2019
    Frozen avocado margarita, white queso, and fajitas are my favs.
  • alicetiara
    alicetiaraApril 1, 2015
    Loved the mag mud queso & the gigantic mixed grill fajitas platter thingy (the chicken was great). Skip the avocado tacos, bland.
  • John M.heart icon on user image
    John MichaelApril 12, 2015
    Queso like they got back home in Texas. Get the sampler platter and definitely don't miss the brisket tacos.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchutzbankMarch 6, 2015
    Great new addition to gramercy/unionsq.. The avocado margaritas are a must! Guac and chicken fajitas were excellent.
  • John H.heart icon on user image
    John HarrisonJuly 23, 2020
    Fajitas are pretty good for Tex-Mex in New York. The best NY rendition I’ve had in two years here.
  • Ashley M.heart icon on user image
    Ashley MeadFebruary 29, 2020
    Amazing queso and Texan ceaser but we were so rushed!! Plenty of empty tables and we had a reservation but they tried to take my food before I was done TWICE.
  • Miguel V.heart icon on user image
    Miguel VargasAugust 4, 2019
    Get the Bob Armstrong, followed by the Puffy Tacos, and some Frozen Margs
  • yummiestNYCheart icon on user image
    yummiestNYCOctober 19, 2015
    Fajitas are delicious and huge portions. For cocktails - loved the Paloma
  • Amber L.heart icon on user image
    Amber LockwoodMarch 7, 2015
    It would be a huge mistake to not get the Mag Mud queso. Definitely the best in the city!
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley ReinerJune 18, 2015
    Mud queso tasted like home. Best tex mex in NYC, hands down.
  • Justin B.heart icon on user image
    Justin BretonApril 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The Mexican Martinis (aka MexiMarts) are very good and very strong. Consider yourself warned.
  • Mitra S.heart icon on user image
    Mitra SalaselMarch 16, 2015
    The white Queso is unheard of in NYC--it used to be the only thing I missed about my native Texas, now it's here! TL;dr--order it!
  • Jennifer Y.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer YuJune 12, 2019
    $6 frozen margs and $8 margs on the rocks during HH from 3-6pm
  • Johnheart icon on user image
    JohnJuly 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Queso (all are good) and steak and chicken fajitas (sunset style).
  • Archana M.heart icon on user image
    Archana ManiOctober 13, 2016
    Best queso and margaritas!!! Get both and enjoy the flavors melt in your mouth.
  • ᴡᴡᴡ.Necede.nxwo.ru H.
    Guilty pleasure- very heavy but pretty good food. The Mag Mud dip was quite good but the other quesos were underwhelming. Pescado Cilantro was incredibly good. Very loud place, even when almost empty.
  • Honghui Y.heart icon on user image
    Honghui YuApril 5, 2015
    The mag mud queso is amazing and will fill you up. Steak fajitas are good but expensive and not mindblowing.
  • julia t.heart icon on user image
    julia tApril 23, 2015
    Good lunch near Union square. Yummy javelina salad and decent fish tacos. Chips are just fine.
  • Abhishek P.heart icon on user image
    Abhishek PillaiFebruary 25, 2017
    The "Puffy" Pork Taco was ok. The puffy taco was somewhat gimmicky and didn't add to the taste. It was too oily but had a significant amount of meat. Chips+queso was pretty good!
  • Tom B.heart icon on user image
    Tom BethellJune 19, 2016
    Queso is awesome. Got the puff tacos and they were great!
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