Celebrate National Tequila Day With The Best Margaritas In NYC

What is it about a margarita that is so delicious? After all, in a nearly endless world of cocktail options, few drinks garner the kind of love and devotion that the simple mix of tequila and citrus gets. Sour and sweet, with just a hint of savory, it's also endlessly customizable. Fruit? Frozen? On the rocks? Salt or sugar rim? There's no wrong answer.

So we don't exactly need an excuse to sip on a margarita, but it doesn't hurt to find one, either. In honor of National Tequila Day, we've rounded up the best spots to drink margaritas in NYC. In a city of millions (and perhaps even more margaritas) how could we narrow it down? Our friends at Yelp took a look at the highest-ranked restaurants that mention the drink in their reviews. From there, they looked at overall ranking and number of reviews to give us an idea of the most popular spots to sip margaritas around the city. Chips and dip are totally optional, but highly encouraged. Cheers!

10. Javelina
Started by homesick Texans missing tex-mex classics like queso, Javelina has proven popular with non-Lonestar natives as well. The ten margarita options, including frozen and on the rocks, range from the expected (classic and strawberry) to the truly unique (avocado and cilantro, anyone?).

Javelina, 119 E. 18th Street (between Park Avenue and Irving Place); 212-539-0202.
9. Ho'Brah
Bay Ridge is far from a lot of NYC, including most of Brooklyn. But if you don't visit, you'll be missing out on a chance to visit Ho'Brah, a taco spot inspired by beachside surf shacks. Aside from fresh and inventive tacos, you can also order the margarita flight, four servings of mini margs perfect for the indecisive.

Ho'Brah, 8618 3rd Ave (at 87th Street); 718-680-8226.
8. Tolache
Yes, there are the famous grasshopper tacos, but Tolache has more to offer. Named for a Mexican flower used in love potions, we can't promise similar results if you bring your next Tinder match here, but we can promise you'll find an extensive list of margaritas and tequila drinks, including a rotating cocktail of the week that often takes a further spin on one of our favorite drinks.

Tolache, 251 W. 50th Street (betweeb Broadway and 8th Avenue); 212-581-1818.
7. Casa Enrique
This charming L.I.C. neighborhood spot also happens to have a Michelin star — three years and counting. Even its basic margaritas turn the cocktail on its head: the house version is made with brown sugar simple syrup, giving it an amber glow.

Casa Enrique, 5-48 49th Avenue (at Vernon Boulevard); 347-448-6040.
6. Don Chingon
The top-rated spot for margs in the borough of Brooklyn, Don Chingon is beloved for its tacos and burritos, as well as classic and specialty margaritas. The Dulce Y Caliente lives up to its name of being a little bit sweet and a little bit salty, complete with cayenne-salted rim.

Don Chingon, 216 Flatbush Ave (between Dean and Bergen Streets); 718-576-3521.
5. The Black Ant
You can get a classic margarita at The Black Ant, or you can get a little fancy — the smokey jalapeño margarita is, yes, smokey and spicy, but perhaps most memorably, it also comes with black ant salt. Yes, made from actual black ants.

The Black Ant, 60 2nd Avenue (between 1st Avenue & 4th Street); 212-598-0300.
4. Casa Agave
A small spot near Times Square, Casa Agave is nevertheless a crowd-friendly place for people looking for margaritas, freshly-made (like right-before-your-eyes fresh) guac, and tasty Mexican food. Drop in at Happy Hour and snag a classic margarita for just $5.

Casa Agave, 693 9th Ave (between 47th and 48th Streets); 212-265-2229.
3. Hell's Kitchen
You'll never forget where Hell's Kitchen is — or be at a loss for where to eat before a show (or when your family from out of town drags you to Times Square). Handily named for its neighborhood, Hell's Kitchen has been serving up margaritas and tacos (try the Brussels sprouts ones!) for over 17 years.

Hell's Kitchen, 754 Ninth Avenue (at 51st Street); 212-977-1588.
2. Favela Cubana
Drinking with a crowd? At Favela Cubana, you can order margaritas by the glass or liter. It will take a thirsty group to down two liters of their signature marg, but it will save you some serious money, too.

Favela Cubana, 543 LaGuardia Place (between W. 3rd and Bleecker Streets): 212-777-6500.
1. La Contenta
There's usually a crowd at this LES spot, known both for its elevated Mexican food and craft cocktail-style drinks made from tequila and its smokier sibling, mezcal. The devoted diners willing to crowd around a table or bar for a drink have made their love known, making it the most popular spot for margaritas in NYC.

La Contenta, 102 Norfolk Street (between Rivington and Delancey Streets); 212-432-4180.
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