And you know what that means: we’re going to take advantage of this day and get our drink on. And while we don’t agree that we should only spend one day out of 365 celebrating this fruity (or spicy) drink, that’s not stopping us from celebrating it all the same—and there’s no shortage of delicious margaritas around New York City just waiting to be sipped!
So, would you like yours frozen or on the rocks? Regardless of your preference we’re sharing. Here are 10 of our favorite spots for delicious margaritas in NYC.
1. Fonda, Multiple Locations
Located in Park Slope and Chelsea, Fonda is the place to go for tasty margaritas. Plus, they’ll pair perfectly with the hand-made tortillas and fresh guacamole you’ll also find on the menu. If you’re not sure which margarita to order, “Rosalita,” their signature frozen hibiscus margarita made from silver tequila, hibiscus, orange liqueur, and lime juice with a hibiscus rim is definitely a good choice.
Where: 434 7th Ave, Park Slope / 189 9th Avenue, Chelsea
When: Monday-Thursday 4p.m. – 10:30p.m., Friday 4p.m. – 11p.m., Saturday 12p.m. – 11p.m., Sunday 12p.m. – 10p.m. (for both locations)
2. Cantina Rooftop, Midtown
Ever drank a margarita out of a Hornitos skull cup? At Cantina Rooftop you can! Choose from the extensive list of options like their “Mezcal Smash,” made of Mezcal Koch de Oaxaca, pineapple, mint, lime, and agave syrup, or their “Piña Rita,” made of Mezcal Burrito Fiestero, pineapple, lemon, and ginger syrup.
Where: 605 W 48th St
When: Tuesday-Thursday 5p.m. – 9:30p.m., Friday 5p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Saturday 11a.m. – 10:30p.m., Sunday 11a.m. – 6p.m.
3. Calabrije’s, Ridgewood
With 21 different margarita flavors it may be a bit overwhelming, but it also means there’s an option for you no matter what you’re in the mood for! From blood orange and lychee to mandarin and pink guava you can’t go wrong with any of the options. And, giving you even more options, you can choose between frozen or on the rocks, your preferred spice level, and whether or not you’d like it made with Mezcal.
Where: 234 Starr St
When: Monday 5p.m. – 11p.m., Tuesday-Friday 5p.m. – 11:30p.m., Saturday 2p.m. – 11:30p.m., Sunday 2p.m. – 10p.m.
4. The Black Ant, East Village
The Black Ant has a number of delicious items on their menu made with a luxurious twist, like the “Pulpo a la Diabla,” which is seared octopus, adobo, celery root puree, pico de gallo, Chile ashes, and chervil. What we’re really focused on though is their margaritas, which are made with house-infused jalapeño tequila and sprinkled with chipotle salt around the rim. If you’re a spicy marg person this is the place for you!
Where: 60 2nd Ave
When: Tuesday-Thursday 4p.m. – 11p.m., Friday 4p.m. – 12a.m., Saturday-Sunday 11a.m. – 3:30p.m. and 4p.m. – 10p.m.
5. Casa Enrique, Long Island City
Michelin-star restaurant Casa Enrique’s food is definitely delicious, but their margaritas are what we’re really focused on. Their fresh fruit margaritas are perfect on a warm, sunny day (or any day for that matter) and include flavors like strawberry, blueberry, coconut, mango, and tamarind. Plus, they can also be made frozen!
Where: 5-48 49th Ave
When: Tuesday-Thursday 5p.m. – 10:15p.m., Friday 5p.m. – 10:30p.m., Saturday 11a.m. – 3:30p.m. and 5p.m. – 10:30p.m., Sunday 11a.m. – 3:30p.m.
6. Mexicocina Mezcaleria, Bronx
The perfect blend of brightly colored decor and south-central Mexican food, Mexicocina Mezcaleria is a must-visit for tasty margaritas. For a fruity tropical vibe we suggest trying their “Mangorita,” made of silver tequila, mango puree, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and agave syrup.
Where: 503 Jackson Ave
When: Sunday-Thursday 9a.m. – 11p.m., Friday-Saturday 9a.m. – 12a.m.
7. Empellón Taqueria, Greenwich Village
Empellón Taqueria does their happy hour Monday through Friday 5p.m. – 7p.m. where you can get a tasty margarita for only $10! And whether you like it spicy or sweet they have an option that will satisfy.
Where: 230 West 4th Street
When: Monday-Wednesday 5p.m. – 10p.m., Thursday-Friday 5p.m. – 11p.m., Saturday 11:30a.m. – 11p.m., and Sunday 1p.m. – 9p.m.
8. Mesa Coyocan, Williamsburg
Mesa Coyoacan is definitely a favorite on the list and a go-to spot for locals. Their margarita list is endless and made with the finest house-infused tequila, fruits, and juices. Step out of your comfort zone and try a flavor that isn’t typical, or try the hottest one in the menu if you’re feeling brave enough—the “Toronja Habanero,” labeled as “VERY SPICY.”
Where: 372 Graham Ave
When: Monday-Friday 4p.m. – 10p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12p.m. – 10p.m.
9. ATLA, NoHo
Whether you want a classic, spicy, or mezcal margarita, you’re in luck because ATLA has them all and then some! Spend your day sipping away and if you get hungry there are tons of bites to choose from like chilaquiles, ceviche verde, and potato and cheese flautas.
Where: 372 Lafayette St.
When: Monday-Saturday 12p.m. – 11p.m., Sunday 11a.m. – 5p.m.
10. Sofia’s Taqueria, Staten Island
Sofia’s Taqueria doesn’t play around with their margaritas that you can get either frozen or on the rocks. They of course offer a traditional marg, made with fresh lime, sauza silver, and cointreau, but they also offer some other great flavor combinations such as strawberry mint, blueberry ginger, and chipotle pineapple.
Where: 977 Bay St
When: Monday-Friday 11:30a.m. – 10p.m., Saturday 11:30a.m. – 11p.m., Sunday 11:30a.m. – 9p.m.