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Playa Betty’s

Restaurants, Mexican Upper West Side
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Playa Betty’s
Photograph: Courtesy of Filip Wolak

Time Out says

Californian cuisine had a moment in 2015, from the reincarnation of Jonathan Waxman's Jams to the expansion of SoCal-inspired health-food café Dimes and now this beach-ready eatery from Reunion Surf Bar owners Tom Wilson and Eugene Ashe. Like its sister haunt, this 3,000-square-foot space taps into a sunny West Coast aesthetic with house-made pine communal tables, surfboards from the owners' personal collections and walls papered with beach-themed movie posters (Ride the Wild Surf, Beach Ball). The menu likewise takes cues from the Golden State, with coastal dishes inspired by the food trucks of Mendocino County (pimiento cheese fritters) as well as the soulful fusion cuisine of Baja (tempura-battered mahi-mahi tacos, butter-bacon chicharrones). Los Angeles’ health-minded ethos is captured in a selection of Dharma bowls, built fast-casual style with a choice of grain (brown rice, white quinoa), beans (pinto, black) and proteins such as grilled steak, roasted chicken and Veracruz fish. At a white-ash bar, beverage director Aviram Turgeman serves fittingly tropical cocktails, including a mescal-based Smokey Playa (passion fruit, smoked salt) and a blue curaçao-built Wipe Out (gin, mint and citrus).



Address: 320 Amsterdam Ave
New York
Cross street: at 75th St
Transport: Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St (Broadway)
Price: Average main course: $9
Opening hours: Mon-Wed, Sun 11am-midnight; Thu-Sat 11am-2am
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Users say (3)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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This place is awesome, and a slice of California in the heart of NYC.  I love the laid back beach vibes, and of course the tacos.  But first...guacamole.  Their guac is DIY - they bring you a bowl of mashed avocado with all the mix-ins on the side - tomato, onion, cilantro, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds, chilis, etc. and you mix in your own concoction.  Their tacos are awesome too, and they let you order singles so you can sample a bunch. Save room for the dessert because their churro ice cream sandwiches are out of this world! 

:: FOOD :: 

No need to leave the city on a hot summers day to experience the Cali Beach Life Style!

Taco's, Burrito's, Carnitas,... They have about everything to make you feel good! 

Add couple Margarita's and you're set for the day/night! 

Sit outside on the patio to watch people pass by or feel outside in the nautical atmosphere inside. 

Only the bonfire is missing to transfer this Urban Jungle into California! 


Playa Betty’s is a super cool and chilled out place serving California style beach food. The space is light and airy with beach themed décor and festive atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. They are open for brunch, lunch and dinner but be sure to reserve a table as it’s usually very busy. The avocado toast which is creamy avocado, cilantro oil, lime juice, and chili flakes on crispy sourdough bread is utterly delicious. Craving a burger? Then order the Baja sliders which are tasty Los Angeles style beef burgers. If you need some greens in your life, the Kalefornia salad is a hearty and filling kale salad.

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