El Toro Blanco

El Toro Blanco

Mexican Restaurant
257 6th Ave (at Downing St), New York, NY 10014, United States
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:30 AM–Midnight
  • Sat
    • 10:00 AM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

El Toro Blanco bets on a trifecta of 100-plus tequila selections, a Mexican menu that sees traditional dishes, and a fashionable ambience.


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    Eileen S.
    "terms of food the corn tamales and empanadas are really standout."(4 Tips)
    melissa H.
    "pork empanadas and guac!"(8 Tips)
    Justin O.
    "Great food (Mango Marg, street corn, chix tacos, skirt steak, ques)."(29 Tips)
    "The Chili Rubbed Mango Margarita wins for best drink."(15 Tips)
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  • tacos
  • margaritas
  • corn tamales
  • empanadas
  • churros
  • skirt steak
  • tequila
  • spicy food
  • prix fixe menu
  • lobster
  • quesadillas
  • outdoor seating
  • brunch food
  • trendy
  • mole
  • good for groups
  • happy hour
  • good for dates
  • burritos
  • great value
  • Francis

    Great food, drinks and kids friendly

    Francis · 2 weeks ago
  • JP P.

    Tacos are delicious, solid Mexican street food

    JP Park · July 1
  • Stephen G.

    Overall, very average. Elote is great though.

    Stephen Graziano · June 25
  • Jing C.

    Happy Hour

    Jing Chen · June 17
  • Ryan A.

    The empanadas were great

    Ryan Ambs · June 9
  • Eric T.

    Trendy, sceney and the food was OK. I imagine the former outweighs the latter.

    Eric Tash · May 6
  • Lindsay C.

    Delicious, flavorful Mexican cuisine. Be sure to try the guacamole varieties, tacos, ensaladas (great for anyone looking for a healthier option) and specialty margaritas! Brunch is awesome too!

    Lindsay C · May 5
  • Christine L.

    Good tacos. Love the outdoor seating

    Christine Lustig · April 19
  • Shrikant S.

    Better of going to rosa Mexicanos. This place was nothing special.

    Shrikant Shanbhag · April 10
  • Matt S.

    Great, spirited fresh Mexican fare. Generous guacamole portions and a solid brunch menu. Al pastor tacos are brilliant.

    Matt Spector · April 4
  • Chris K.

    This is pretty good Mexican food and I really enjoyed my meal. That said there are better places in NYC.

    Chris Konecny · February 12
  • David G.

    Pretty ridiculous guac. Don't pass it up.

    David Greenberger · February 7
  • Jeremy J.

    I'll dream about this michelada!!

    Jeremy Jacobowitz · February 1
  • Jeremy J.

    Came for brunch and it was fantastic! Def get the plantains and Colorado guac!!

    Jeremy Jacobowitz · February 1
  • Carolyn

    Great food and good for brunch. They take reservations.

    Carolyn · January 19
  • julia t.

    Shrimp tacos! Guac! Mid-century / Palm Springs vibe! Tequila.

    julia t · January 18
  • Dipika A.

    Get the guacamole!! Yum. And the habanero salsa was just the right type of spicy! Paired with margaritas, you can't go wrong.

    Dipika Agrawal · November 12, 2014
  • Tom M.

    Churros and braised short rib empanadas

    Tom Maxim · November 10, 2014
  • Nicolette R.

    Had high expectations, but the service was horrible!

    Nicolette Romero · November 10, 2014
  • John B.

    Shrimp Tacos & Guacamole rock!!

    John Brian · September 7, 2014
  • Berk K.

    Overpriced and slow service. However, it has outdoor seating, which is cool.

    Berk Kapicioglu · September 6, 2014
  • Mark G.

    Very good Mexican, great seafood dishes.

    Mark Gracia · August 22, 2014
  • Kayleigh H.

    Short rib empanadas. Get lots of plates to share and go for brunch if you can.

    Kayleigh Harrington · August 22, 2014
  • Sean W.

    Only been here for happy hour, but it's a good deal for both snacks and cocktails.

    Sean Wilkins · August 16, 2014
  • Ashley G.

    If you love Mexican food this is the place for you. The guacamole and chops were freshly made. There's nothing about this place I didn't love.

    Ashley Grossett · August 12, 2014
  • Rich K.

    Mole. Guacamole. Margaritas.

    Rich Kearney · August 11, 2014
  • Omi L.

    The food is great, the service is great, their margaritas are great... What else you need?

    Omi Leti · August 10, 2014
  • Jessica N.

    The guacamole w/ the house-made chips were so good! The tacos were only so-so, but free refills on the chips

    Jessica Ng · August 2, 2014
  • harryh

    It's better than Dos Caminos. That's as high as I'm willing to go with my praise.

    harryh · June 19, 2014
  • Terry Y.

    great flavors and execution plus fresh produce = a memorable experience. Definitely try the skirt steak and the tuna ceviche. Portions are not huge but still well worth the money. Def coming back

    Terry Yang · June 2, 2014
  • Andrew D.

    Service was completely terrible. I'd never go again. Food was good, but small portions and overpriced by at least 15%. Reinforces why I would never eat here again.

    Andrew Der · May 12, 2014
  • Daniel K.

    Truly awful service. Decent food.

    Daniel Kressman · May 12, 2014
  • David D.

    Shockingly bad service. Food is decently tasty but overpriced.

    David DeParolesa · May 12, 2014
  • The Most Interesting Man in the World

    Never speak of El Toro Blanco. Unless of course you’re talking about my 17lb Chinchilla of the same name. Everyone loves hearing about his hijinks.

  • Wilson Z.

    The latest venture from John McDonald and Josh Capon, the team behind the crowd-pleasing SoHo establishments Lure Fishbar and Burger & Barrel Winepub. Tampiqueña, Al Pastor, Pollo en Mole Coloradito.

    Wilson Zhou · April 28, 2014
  • Eileen S.

    Loved my mango margarita, and in terms of food the corn tamales and empanadas are really standout.

    Eileen Sutton · April 26, 2014
  • Tani Y.

    Monday night 3-course prixe fixe dinner for $28

    Tani Yee · April 15, 2014
  • Kunal T.

    Lobster tacos, and don't forget to pay with cover.

    Kunal Tandon · April 7, 2014
  • Cover

    Start with the guacamole and split with a group of friends. You can't go wrong with any of the tacos on the menu. Try the Cabritos and pay with Cover!

    Cover · March 26, 2014
  • Andy R.

    Start with the guacamole and then try any of the tacos. I suggest the Cabritos. And don't forget to pay with Cover!

    Andy Rosenberg · March 26, 2014
  • Billy

    Al Pastor > Pollo

    Billy · March 23, 2014
  • Mike K.

    Awesome guacamole!

    Mike Klubok · March 15, 2014
  • Shirley B.

    Open faced quesso ! So yummy

    Shirley Braha · February 24, 2014
  • Sam Z.

    Chile rubbed mango margarita, delicious.

    Sam Zarzuela · February 18, 2014
  • Serious Eats

    The happy hour nachos are only available from 3 to 7pm on weeknights, but they are some of the best in town.

    Serious Eats · January 27, 2014
  • Adela G.

    I Order the fish tacos and they.weren't anything special, the tortilla was falling apart which shouldn't happen. But the raspberry sangria was really good!

    Adela Garrido Echeverria · January 26, 2014
  • Adela G.

    The fish taco were ok. But the tortilla was falling apart, no the way it suppose to be. The habanero sauce with pumpkin seeds delicious but hot.

    Adela Garrido Echeverria · January 23, 2014
  • Adela G.

    Raspberry sangría very good but small. Good things come in small portions? Ribs empanadas taste good but not authentic, they have BBQ sauce, in a mexican dish and ketchup as dipping sauce? ?!! WTH!

    Adela Garrido Echeverria · January 23, 2014
  • Ryan G.

    same people as Lure, bad service, get the chorizo queso fundido to start

    Ryan Gisriel · December 27, 2013
  • Cover

    Fun vibe. Share the Queso Fundido & open-faced quesadilla, then order several shrimp & fish tacos. The Chili Rubbed Mango Margarita wins for best drink. Pay with Cover and skip waiting for the check!

    Cover · December 17, 2013

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