The 5 Best Mexican Food Restaurants to Visit in Harlem

The 5 Best Mexican Food Restaurants to Visit in Harlem

As one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in New York, Harlem offers a bevy of eclectic and vibrant dining options. A melting pot of people of various ethnic backgrounds makes Harlem an excellent place to find a variety of cuisines. Whether a New York native, new to the neighborhood, or are in New York on travel, when looking to satisfy a craving for Mexican food, look no farther than these five favorite restaurants:


Although it does not look like much from the outside, this Harlem institution serves up a variety of budget Mexican cuisine. Famous for its burritos and tacos, Frijolito's is located in a small but homey location, perfectly partnered with its friendly service. Wash down all of that taco goodness with a traditional Mexican soda for a real treat.

Lolita's Mexican Restaurant

Boasting large enough portion sizes to share, Lolita's is an excellent place to give in to all of your Mexican food cravings. Lolita's loyalists continue to come back for its unique queso dip, featuring a delicious mixture of cheese, chorizo, and jalapenos. This dip is a perfect match for the thick and crispy tortilla chips. Enjoying the homemade guacamole and classic Mexican mixed drinks is a fun way to spend an afternoon in Harlem.

Callie's Taqueria & Tequila Bar

This new addition to the Harlem dining scene is already impressing its customers. Giving off a lively vibe, this fun joint features live music and a DJ on select nights, making it a popular place with locals. The wide selection of tequilas complement the massive nachos and delectable Mexican street corn.


With a wide variety of cocktails, Oso is an ideal place to grab a drink and some traditional Mexican cuisine. Known for their top-shelf Mezcal margarita, this small restaurant also features some unique offerings with fresh ingredients and authentic recipes such as the spicy chorizo empanadas and mole tacos. The reasonably priced menu should offer something for every taste and preference.

Harlem Taco & Bowl Company

When you need a fast Mexican fix, Harlem Taco & Bowl Company has you covered. This quick-service location allows customers to customize their taco or bowls to their liking, offering a myriad of toppings and meat choices. With so much variety, you could visit every day for one month and try a different flavor combination each time.

Regardless of what restaurant you choose, you are sure to satisfy that craving for tortilla chips, salsa, margaritas, and a variety of other delicious Mexican foods.

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