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El Rio Grande

$$ - $$$Mexican, , Latin
160 E. 38th St, New York City, NY 10016
+1 212-867-0922
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“guacamole” (12 reviews)
“fajitas” (7 reviews)
“refried beans” (2 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
$$ - $$$
160 E. 38th St, New York City, NY 10016
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really, we've been eating here for 30 years and the margaritas are still the best, the fajitas the tastiest and the staff as cool as ever. How many other restaurants can you say that about after three decades? We live in Southern California now with...More

Thank Arthur M
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Found this restaurant via trip advisor as it was close to our hotel. We were not disappointed by this very tasty Mexican. Lovely margaritas . Service very good . Would definitely recommend

Thank kirstyb42
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Came to el rio on Labor Day for the first time. And was very impressed I was seated outdoors at my request. At first only a few customers then out of the sky a busy rush blew in, and all outside seating was full. My...More

Thank ChrisH1221
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Visited again after a long break. Always felt like going back and I wasn't disappointed. Had the Pork,, and colleague had a steak. both well cooked and the Margarita, as usual with the kick. Could have had some more but it was during working hours....More

Thank devinewise
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Tasty dinner of chicken burrito and fish tacos. 15+ different margarita flavours on the menu; delicious but packed with alcohol. Enjoy; pace yourself!

Thank CM67Melb
Reviewed 7 August 2017

A modern restaurant but it's got a good atmosphere. The food and service was very good. I'd recommend it for good, no frills mexican food.

Thank SolanaMike
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed my steak on salad. Tender meat, very nice dressing. Friendly staff! My family really appreciated burritos. Good portions as well.

Thank Hei K
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

We were invited by my friend and her Mom to have dinner here, so we could view July 4th fireworks from the rooftop of my friend's building. Dinner was ok. We have been to so many authentic Mexican restaurants lately that we can't say this...More

Thank NoraFrydman
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Popped in with no reservation and was sat down very quickly- good service followed by great drinks and some nice authentic Mexican food - totally recommend the table prepared Guacamole

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Great after work place to go after work for a drink with coworkers. Frozen and regular margs are strong. You have been warned!

Thank Johnakey
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$35
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 160 E. 38th St, New York City, NY 10016
    (3rd Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-867-0922
  • E-mail
Great Tex-Mex restaurant featuring the best margaritas in New York City as voted by City Search. Authentic Mexican cuisine with a flare for grilled fish. *Please note: Reservations are not available for outdoor seating. Thank you.
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