Javelina - UES

4.6
81 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tex-Mex
Welcome to Javelina, New York City's only authentic Tex-Mex restaurant!

Home of the best Queso & Margaritas in New York City!

*Please note If you are booking STANDARD SEATING this will be for an indoor table. 

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 81 people are saying
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipjosephf
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Different take on many classics—tacos, quesadillas etc.—with just enough spice to get you interested. Great chips and smoked salsa. That’s where it gets started and continues through portions.

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vipDeborahF
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We really enjoyed our meal. The white queso, in particular, was delicious. Drinks were a little strong for my liking but that may be a plus to others! Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers were excellent, food was well prepared and very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Terrible service. Will kick you out the minute you sign the bill for another party because they have a 90 mins limit (that they do not inform you of before you sit). Truly wondering if the manager is interested in keeping patrons coming back to the restaurant. Extremely rude.

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RYinNYC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience4

The food for grown-ups was okay, but not for kids. There were only two kid items (chicken fingers and quesadilla) and, unbeknownst to us, the chicken fingers came stuck in a vat of spicy queso which wasn't described as such on the menu. The waitress could have told us but couldn't be bothered. Ketchup sorely needed but she seemed to think that a family wasn't worth her time and only came by once at the end of the meal with the bill. Won't be going back, even sans children.

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vipSamanthaD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

I know this is Tex/Mex but they could do so much better. The quesos, which I believe are one of their specialties, tasted like velveta out of a jar. The fajitas and enchilladas were completely bland. Our server didn't write down our order and the food runners brought several incorrect things, also our drinks were forgotten.

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GabrielleZ
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great margaritas!

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vipHawkgold23
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Queso is to die for. The Margarita sizes are quite small.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Who doesn’t want some queso and guac? Always yummy. Great chicken tacos.

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vipArielleI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

We were sitting outside and a kid toy truck fell from the building above on the person I was eating with. It was beyond scary and terrible. I know it was windy and building fault but such a liability on the building / restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great food, great company, the service was not great. Much better at the Union Square location. However, still an overall good experience.

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vipjosephf
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a reservation for two but a third party wanted to come along at the very end so they set up an extra table for us right at reservation time. The food was great. I had brisket tacos, my wife had the guacamole. We had margheritas and they were more than fair with the tequila. Chips and salsa there are the best.

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Beau
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good to see that the pandemic hasn’t affected the quality of this gem. Texans beware, you will overspend to your heart’s delight.

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bklynrchl
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas and the only true tex-mex queso in Manhattan! always love the service and atmosphere at Javelina!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Such a great place! ❤️

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food! Would definitely return!

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vipforkingdeliciousness
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Queso is a MUST!! And the chips are always flowing along with the margs :)

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AndreaB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

It stated heated seating but I guess they just meant indoors because outside did not have any. The food was good (queso, fish tacos, brisket tacos) and drinks were good but nothing to write home about. I think we were the forgotten table as we had to ask for cutlery and waited a long time for our server to take our order, come back for more drinks orders and bring the check, when multiple tables around us came and went. Wouldn't not go back again but won't be running back either.

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Sammy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm staff, awesome margs! Definitely suggest the Habanero queso.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food!

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Joe6
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and service was great (Anna)

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vipDavidL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go, and order the queso. Any queso. Service is always outstanding, and the chips are always fresh and warm. Do it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was outstanding! Love this place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Maybe it was just an off day but the food and drinks were not great

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vipDeniseW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vicky, the server/bartender, was amazing. It was the best customer service I have received in NYC in the last 8 years. She was very attentive and friendly. It was my friend’s birthday and she made churros (not on the menu) and put a candle in it. The churros were delicious!!

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Vann
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The servers here are always great! Super helpful, speedy and friendly. And the queso is banging.
I only wish the tables were a little farther apart outside. It was a little too close for my comfort level (though others may not mind).

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vipamyloidbeta
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

I have been to this restaurant often and after outdoor dining. I have felt the restaurant slipping, but it is a neighborhood place for me and I have given it the benefit of the doubt. However the last visit has convinced me to move on.
The inattentive service was at the core of the problem. The order was not taken properly, food not delivered, water never refilled. I was asked about water, asked for it, and it was never given. My wife's order was not served, without explanation. At first we thought it was coming out but realized it was not coming. After some effort we asked about it to a different server, who said it was being "fixed". It was ultimately served, without any apology. Water was again offered, and never delivered.
Certainly this is not an inexpensive restaurant and better attention is needed to retain customers, even regulars like myself.

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vipjusteatit
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food. Very good value for the money as well.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner here with a friend. Had reservations for 8:45pm and we were seated right away. The queso sampler was amazing and we split tacos and enchiladas which were also very good. Frozen strawberry margaritas were delicious! Our servers were great.

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vipStephanieM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Had an 8pm reservation and left after not being seated by 8:45

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vipNYCDINING
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience1

Here’s the deal, I’ve frequented Javelina for years (before an UES location existed). The food is great and nobody in NYC does queso like they do. But even pre-Covid, the service at this location has always struggled. They have the same staff now and it’s just gotten worse. Our reservation was at 7pm and the staff was JUST putting tables out. There was a line of people waiting for their reserved table when I walked up. The staff ignored us the entire night, until it was close to our 90 minute window ending, then they hounded us to leave. They brought us queso without chips, and we couldn’t get anyone’s attention until our food arrived. So our appetizer just sat there. And the real kicker was when I went to the restroom, I overheard the waitstaff talking about the tables, complaining about their customers and the tips they left. It’s just not a friendly place. And not a place I plan to go back to. I won’t even get into my horrible cinco de Mayo experience. I’ll just say, they’ve gotten more than three strikes from me and they’re out.

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NycJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Waited over an hour for our food and got splashed by an incoming car on the avenue. Food never came. Filled up on chips. Rip

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vipTracy
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

If you love queso dip, this is your place. They have the most amazing queso dip. They even offered queso flights. The food also seems way more authentic than most of the Mexican restaurants I eat at. They don’t have a huge menu and the food is no frills, just ingredients and the flavors. Oh and their margaritas are 👌👌.

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Barry
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was very good as well as the portion size. Just a bit pricey for Mexican food.

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vipamyloidbeta
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is fresh and drinks are great.
Portions are generous and service is friendly

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vipBBounds
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Javelina. Best TexMex in the city! Hard to find good ground beef tacos. They have them!

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DavidF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The hostess was uninformed . I asked for two specific drinks which were into delivered correctly. The main course was not what I ordered. The place was noisy due to no sound reducing material and the chairs were uncomfortable
Don’t think we will return

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Service was quick and efficient. Food was tasty. It’s very loud and it feel a bit like a fast food joint. The waiter had no idea it was National Margarita Day and judging by the lack of margarita specials, neither did management. The Mexican martini was way too tart and I was not able to drink it. The waiter gladly took it off my bill. I would return for the food as it’s hard to get Tex Mex north of Dallas.

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LaurenT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Very poor service, food was overcooked. Server took forever and our drinks melted. It wasn’t that crowded and we say her 3 times in 2 hours

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vipcjdallas
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

As a former Texan who experiences serious Tex-Mex withdrawals, I was very pleasantly surprised by the food and the margaritas. Definitely some of the best of both that I’ve had in NYC (and I’ve tried a lot of places). The service was also very good—waiter was kind, patient, and attentive. Front of house staff was a bit dismissive, but our waiter made up for the host’s shortcomings.

My only real complaint is that the atmosphere leaves something to be desired. The lights are what I would call “gas station bright.” If the lighting was even a little dimmer, the restaurant would instantly feel higher-end and less fast-casual. As I said, the food and drinks are very good, but it’s not cheap, so the atmosphere kind of does it all a disservice/makes it feel like you’re getting less value.

FAQs

Javelina - UES does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Javelina - UES also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (917) 261-7011.

Javelina - UES is rated 4.6 stars by 81 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.