El Vez

Restaurants, Breakfast Battery Park City
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Stephen Starr knows a thing or two about importing a Philly restaurant into Gotham—he's done it twice before with Buddakan and Morimoto. Now the industry titan adds a splashy Mexican crowd-pleaser to his list of transplants. Inspired by roadside cantinas, the 160-seat dining room is kitted out with circular banquettes, a photo booth and a grab-and-go burrito stand. Carrying over chef David LaForce to the FiDi kitchen, the menu includes regional South of the Border specialties like shrimp-and-passion-fruit ceviche, chile en nogada (beef-and-almond-stuffed poblano peppers) and mole three ways: negro with lamb, poblano with chicken and pipian-rojo with pork. The drinks list spotlights agave spirits, from the familiar (mescal, tequila) to the exotic (sotol, moonshinelike raicilla).


Venue name: El Vez
Address: 259 Vesey St
New York
Cross street: at North End Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11:30am–10pm, Fri 11:30am–11pm, Sat 10am–11pm, Sun 10am–10pm
Transport: Subway: A, C to Chambers St; E to World Trade Center
Price: Average entrée: $24. AmEx, DC MC, V
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Robyn C

Nachos...I used to work downtown where the options are limited (and too expensive), I found El Vez and became addicted to their nachos, they maybe my favorite in town.  You can order anything on the menu and rest assured it will be delicious.  Happy Hour gets a little crowded but not so much as you have to fight for a drink or a spot.  Waitstaff is very attentive and last time we were there we even got a round of drinks comped, a rarity in NYC.   If you feel yourself downtown do yourself a favor and stop on by...it won't disappoint.