Best Margaritas in NYC

The fundamentals of a great tasting margarita must share a harmonious balance of sweet and tart-- and of course, just the right amount of tequila. No matter how you take yours-- on the rocks, frozen, tangy, sweet, or spicy--the city is packed with options that will quench your thirst. Here are 10 of the best spots for margaritas in all of NYC. 

1. The Black Ant 

60 2nd Avenue, East Village

This West Village spot brings a dose of Mexico City culture to the East Village with its Mesoamerican-themed setting, an impressive menu of bites, and of course, cocktails. Ordering the smoky jalapeno margarita made with silver infused tequila, agave, orange juice, and black and salt is a must for margarita-lovers. If you're extra thirsty, make your order a pitcher to share with your whole table. 

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2. Empellón Taqueria 

230 West 4th Street, West Village

This West Village spot offers a variety of unique and traditional Mexican dishes that Americans have come to love, with options including a variety of flavored ceviche, smoked plantains, 10 types of tacos including a red chile duck option, and of course, a vast variety of margaritas. The spicy cucumber margarita is rimmed with a pinch of smoked chile salt, while the sweeter side of the beverage menu features pear and pink grapefruit margaritas. No matter what you choose to order, you can't go wrong. 

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3. Fonda 

189 9th Avenue, Chelsea

At Fonda's Chelsea location, the tortillas are hand-pressed, the guacamole is made to order, and the margaritas are handcrafted and delicious. Their signature cocktail is their frozen hibiscus margarita, made with silver tequila, orange liqueur, and a hibiscus flavoring and rim. Other tempting options include the spicy blood orange, tamarindo, and of course, a classic margarita, recommended to be made with mezcal. If you're feeling extra ambitious, head over for their bottomless beverage brunch and turn your weekend into a fiesta. 

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4. Chavela's 

736 Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights 

Chavela's is one of Crown Heights' most lively and fun restaurants in the entire neighborhood, perfect for a group hang or a one-on-one date. With plenty of food options to share over a fun weekend brunch or festive dinner, you'll have endless options to choose from, including their delicious queso with chorizo, and handcrafted margaritas available on draft. You can also find the draft margaritas on their weekday happy hour menu for just $7 on weekdays, 4-7pm. 

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5. Zona Rosa 

571 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg 

Right off the Metropolitan G/L stop, Zona Rosa is perfect to meet up with friends for tacos, margaritas, and outstanding rooftop views.  The food and drink menu is a celebration of traditional Mexican cuisine that has something for everyone to enjoy. Every margarita is individually prepared, using Jimador, agave tequila, freshly squeezed juices, and a refreshing flavoring of your choice, like watermelon and mango, served with slices of fresh fruit and salted or sugared rims.

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6. Ofrenda

113 7th Avenue South, West Village

This cozy West Village restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine with an innovative cocktail menu of tequila-based drinks, all crafted with love and pride in mind to pay homage to the origins of its authentic flavors. Each margarita is made with premium tequila, offered to order as a single drink or to order rounds of pitchers of their smoky jalapeno, passion fruit, prickly pear, and so much more. 

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7. Javelina 

119 East 18th Street, Gramercy 

Javelina is known to be New York's first authentic Tex-Mex restaurant. After the owner moved to the city back in 2005, he was stunned to find no great Mexican food. He decided to take matters into his own hands and create a lineup of food and drink that stays true to the menu items he grew up eating in Dallas, Texas. Today, Javelina a must-try spot for fajitas, queso, and unique margarita flavors, including habanero and white peach, sangria swirl, and even avocado and cilantro. 

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8. La Biblioteca de Tequila 

622 3rd Avenue, Midtown East

La Biblioteca is a fitting name for the large, library-like collection of tequilas, agave spirits, and mezcals that the midtown spot has to offer. The dim and cozy space imitates the look and feel of a library, featuring leather books, reading lamps, and even a tequila "library card" program. Every margarita flavor is unique and refreshing, like the blood orange with citrus, watermelon soju, and more. 

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9. Alma

187 Columbia Street, Cobble Hill 

Built from the ground up, each of the three floors at Alma offers a unique atmosphere that features sophisticated and memorable cuisine. The roof deck, open year-round, is ideal for brunch and dinner, heated in the winter and open air in the summer and features panoramic views of Manhattan. The menu has plenty to choose from, from short rib enchiladas to fried avocado tacos. Their margaritas are delicious and perfect to enjoy at any time of the year, including a mezcal green chile margarita, and a rotating frozen of the day. 

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10. Playa Betty's

320 Amsterdam Avenue, Upper West Side

Skip the airfare and step into a tropical getaway at Playa Betty's, an Upper West Side spot that's filled with palm tree décor, holiday string lights, and novelty surfboards hanging on the walls. Your table will be greeted with buckets of warm chips and guac or queso, and of course, colorful cocktails, including their many margarita options that you can't pass on. Try their spicy "Holla Pain Yo!" served on the rocks, or go for the house margarita made with their "secret recipe" and Jose Cuervo Tardicona Reposado. 

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There's plenty to be happy about when it comes to delicious margaritas. If you're looking to keep the fun going, make sure you're in the know of some of the city's best happy hour deals, happening every day of the week for your thirst needs. 

Written by: Julia Gomberg