Agave

Restaurants, Mexican West Village
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Agave
Copyright © 2010 Four Green Fields DBA Agave Restaurant
Agave has taken only a couple of years to make a sophisticated name for itself. The dining room’s hombre theme is refreshingly understated, and the menu travels the authentic Southwestern route with a few creative detours. Swordfish tacos are wonderful, with moist, flavorful fish; spareribs, bathed in a bitter mole and tender beyond expectation, are nicely matched with chili-corn mashed potatoes.

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Venue name: Agave
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Address: 140 Seventh Ave South
New York
10014-31
Cross street: between Charles and W 10th Sts
Opening hours: Mon, Sun 11:30am–11pm; Tue–Thu 11:30am–midnight; Fri, Sat 11:30am–1am
Transport: Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: Average main course: $16. AmEx, MC, V
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Morgan L
tastemaker

I recently attended brunch at Agave with a couple girlfriends. The brunch menu consists of a large variety of options, but of course we all had to take advantage of the 2-hour 'unlimited' margaritas, mimosas, or wine that come with your meal when you choose from a certain section of the brunch menu. Their margaritas are DELICIOUS. Although it is $1 additional for each flavored margarita you get, I definitely recommend giving one of their flavors a try if you haven't before. You wont be disappointing. Their regular margaritas are also delicious, and deadly! However, I will say that our waiter was a little slow to come by and refill our drinks. I mean, if you come for unlimited drinks, you want to get your money's worth in for the 2 hour time-slot, right? After a couple margaritas, we decided to switch out to mimosas, as the margaritas are a BIT potent, and we were trying to still enjoy and drink without all the tequila. However, they tasted a bit off, almost like pear juice. We were not impressed. The food, of course the MOST important, was amazing. everything from the guacamole, to the huevos rancheros and lobster Benedict were definitely something to go back for alone. One thing to note is that Agave is strict with their reservations, if you want a brunch spot, make sure to make a reservation well in advance. Also, be ready to give up your table precisely as the clock hits the 2-hour mark from your seating time. However, if you still have drinks to finish, you can head over to the bar!

Maria C

I visited Agave one evening for happy hour drinks and appetizers. Those margaritas, let me tell you. They are SO good and the flavors are so unique. I had a blood orange margarita and a prickly pear margarita (7$ each during happy hour). You can get them frozen or on the rocks.

The restaurant is large but the bar section does get cramped. They have nice outdoor seating which I didn't get to enjoy because of the rain. Overall a really fun atmosphere for a birthday or just a get together with friends.

As for the food, I shared chicken tacos and squash blossom tacos (2$ each) which were pretty good but unfortunately nothing special. Also had the beef empanadas (2$ each) which were alright. Even though I didn't get to eat much, I don't think I'll be back for the food, but definitely will pay another visit for a margarita!

Wherewendygoes

No reservations??? Expect to wait. This spot always have its tables full...of customers & amazing food. Brunch?? No problem...this is a go to brunch spot. Ask anyone in the neighbors and Agave is their suggestion. My love for French toast is intense when in Agave. Want a good drink?? No problem!!!! Sangria is my drink of choice when in Agave. Keep them coming with chips and salsa & Agave will become you fave brunch spot too!!!!

Andi Y.

I've attended a boozy brunch and a family dinner at Agave, needless to say you can make what you want of it. 


Brunch was great! We had a large group, about 20, and reserved a back room in the restaurant. There was a set menu for us to choose from. No worries, there was still a great selection. With bottomless sangria and margs I don't think the meal matters, just keep the guac and chips coming! The bill was a bit slow coming but I find this to be the norm for popular brunch spots. But hey, it's brunch it's suppose to be an all day thing, right?


The dinner menu was different than the brunch menu. They do NOT have a special gluten free menu and seemed to not be very knowledgable of which items were gluten free or which dishes could be altered to be gluten free. So if you are gf be prepared to create and tailor your own dish. 


If you're looking to go on the weekend be sure to make a reservation in advance to guarantee a table. This place is usually very busy on weekends, especially for brunch. Dinner during the weekday would be your best time to snatch a table quickly. 


The acoustics in the restaurant are very bad. It gets extremely loud! So if you're looking for a chill quiet place for some guac and margs, you may want to try somewhere else or come back at an off time. 


mattscheetz
tastemaker

This review is for Agave's brunch only. Cannot speak for it as a dinner establishment but I hear it's fantastic. 


If you've been lucky enough to procure a reservation for brunch at Agave (that is, you booked it 11 years in advance), then you know what I'm about to say. 


It. Is. Awesome.


Who woulda thunk that frozen margs would pair so well with breakfast food? Together, this combo achieves the perfect balance of salty and sweet (assuming you get a savory dish), while simultaneously getting you intoxicated (it should go without saying that this is a bottomless situation).


An otherwise relatively high end restaurant (as far as Mexican food goes, anyway), Agave keeps their brunch deal in line with what wayyy poorer quality places offer. $33 gets you an entree and 2 (flexible) hours of the aforementioned margs, mimosas, and wine.


The food is a big step above what you'd normally find in this scenario. The pancakes come layered on not-too-sweet heaps of whipped cream cheese (think, IHOP stuffed French toast version 2.0), and the steak and eggs is also a winner. And not that I need to remind you when out for Mexican, but when the waitress asks if you want to try the guac, you nod assertively. 

Melissa S

SUPER great for big groups: birthday brunches, bachelorette parties, you want to just randomly gather all your friends together on a Wednesday night for pitchers of margaritas...The food is good/average, but the vibe is welcoming and the service is great. Definitely try the chorizo eggs benedict if you're there for brunch, it's to die for.

Katie E

If you're not a big foodie, this place does the trick! Average food, great drinks!

Ariel A

My dinner was good, but certainly not that good for the price I paid. I won't be back. 

Madeline N
Tastemaker

It's become a running joke with my best friend when we are trying to decide what restaurant to go to that we shouldn't waste our time looking because we're going to end up choosing Agave. While they still have your favorite classics like chicken quesadillas and steak fajitas they also have more modern and innovative choices like their ahi tuna tar tar with an avocado cruda salad or their squash blossom tacos.

M.

In true boozy brunch fashion, Agave serves very average food with above average drinks. You've got to pick and choose, and I've come to realize that if you are looking for quality brunch fare in NYC then you've got to sacrifice the unlimited booze. 


Don't get me wrong, Agave's brunch is not a bad deal. For 30 dollars you get an entree plus unlimited mimosas, sangria or margaritas. The drinks are strong and refreshing. I stuck with frozen margaritas the whole time and after 5 I was feelin' it. 


Our table ordered guacamole as an appetizer and I'm glad that we did. The portion was large and came with pico and blue corn tortilla chips. I was about it. 


Unfortunately, the food was alright- nothing to crazy. I'm an egg at brunch person and am usually more interested in the lunch part of brunch. The brunch menu had plenty of great lunch options, but you can only get boozy with an egg dish.


I ordered a breakfast burrito, which promised chicken and chorizo but was mainly filled with rice and beans.  One of my friends really let down by scramble eggs with chorizo, cheese and peppers with potatoes on the side. The potatoes were starchy and lacked in flavor and the eggs were just okayThey were really dried out and instead of being evenly mixed in, the toppings sort of just clumped together.


The service was great and if you are looking to get tipsy at brunch with a large group of friends then this spot is on the money. We did just that and had a great time.

Deepal P

Agave is an excellent mexican food restaurant in the West Village. If you're looking for a boozy brunch spot, with generous refills on mimosas this is the place to go. I remember the staff really makes sure you're having a fun, especially for brunch. It's great for large birthday brunches - but remember to book in advance. The guacamole is fresh, spicy and extremely flavorful - highly recommended. The huevos rancheros is delicious.

Charly Lester
moderatorStaff Writer

Great, affordable food.  Good location and nice atmosphere.  Shame about the service - our waitress checked on us once every hour and looked like there was a bad smell every time she spoke to us.

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