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Restaurants, Mexican Gramercy & Flatiron
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)

Time Out says

Native Texan Matt Post teams with chef Richard Caruso (Rosa Mexicano) for this Tex-Mex canteen, pressing tortillas in-house and serving plates like a fried-avocado taco (with black beans and poblano sauce), a 26-day-aged rib eye served with a spinach-artichoke enchilada, and complimentary sugar-and-honey sopaipilla pastries.



Address: 119 E 18th St
New York
Cross street: between Park Ave South and Irving Pl
Transport: Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St-Union Sq
Price: Average main course: $19. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
Opening hours: Mon-Wed, Sun 5-11pm; Thu-Sat 5pm-1am
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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I've passed by here a few times while walking home and always wanted to come in and try the food. Came here on a Tuesday night and it was just okay. I was surprised at the prices ($14 per drink) for a place that seems like they should be serving to-go and take out tex-mex food. The actual restaurant itself was very nice, the ambiance was really nice and the servers were super friendly, but I don't think I'd come back here again, just based on food and prices. 


If the world is coming to an end, and the last thing you want to eat is queso, come to Javelina. Their queso is by far the best in NYC. Even if you don't like queso, you should still come for the free chips and salsa (yes, it's free!), the deliciously tender meat for the fajitas, and the savory brisket tacos. Their margaritas are on point too, so you really can't go wrong. The only downside is that the service is a little on the slow side. In normal situations, the service is probably better than normal, but at a New York pace, it's not quite as quick as preferred. Last but not least, be sure to put in a reservation! It's small and fills up quickly during peak hours. 


Holy guacamole. And queso. And margs. There's a lot of good Mexican / Tex Mex in NYC, but this is exceptional. It's a little slice of Texas just across the border right in our little Island. 

Javelina is the type of place you go once and then crave every time you want Mexican. From the blended Avocado Cilantro Margarita to the numerous Queso options, you will not leave hungry or sober, but you will likely leave happy. 

Highly recommend reservations! They tend to fill up (and are not that large to begin with).