Restaurants, Southwestern American Upper West Side

Fuel up for a day of exploring the exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History by grabbing lunch at this Tex-Mex Upper West Side eatery. Kids can share a chicken or wild mushroom quesadilla ($10)—or gobble one up all by themselves—or savor beef picadillo empanadas ($10). Tacos filled with marinated chicken, steak, beer battered fish and octopus are served with rice and black beans for a filling meal. The guacamole here is a must-order—it’s served in a mortar and freshly made to perfection.


Venue name: Cilantro
Address: 485 Columbus Ave
New York
Cross street: between 83rd and 84th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu noon–11pm; Fri noon–midnight; Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 11am–11pm
Transport: Subway: B, C to 81st St–Museum of Natural History
Price: Average main course: $12. AmEx, MC, V
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