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Jul 12, 2012 05:22 PM

Mexican flavors and frozen margaritas?


Is there any place downtown where I can enjoy some Mexican flavors and frozen margaritas?

I need the place to be somewhat cozy, trendy or romantic if possible.

So far, I am considering Barrio Chino and Diablo Royale, but perhaps there are better places?

Thanks so much!

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  1. It sounds to me like you'd like Rosa Mexicana.

    6 Replies
    1. re: michelleats

      I've been to Rosa and looking for something else. Thanks though.

      1. re: elskin

        I haven't been to Barrio Chino, but mostly, I'd avoid Diablo Royale. It's extremely loud and the food is bad.

        Empellon, which is around the corner from Diablo, is very good for food, but I don't think I remember seeing frozen margaritas on the menu. They do have excellent cocktails (including regular margaritas) and great bartenders. Not entirely romantic, though. The lighting's conducive to romance, but the main dining room can be very loud, as well, depending on where you sit. It's possible the back room is less loud.

        Agave, also in the WV, has frozen margaritas -- good ones -- but so-so southwestern food. It's romantic-ish.

        And Ofrenda across 7th Ave. from Agave has good Mexican / Mexican-inspired food made with great ingredients and fairly good cocktails. I think they do offer frozen margaritas, but I can't speak for the quality, since I've never tried them. The smoky jalapeno margarita is very good. The restaurant is low key and in my opinion romantic, especially if you are seated at one of the tables against the wall. (These tables are a little more private.)

        1. re: michelleats

          I know it's not easy to find good Mexican in NYC... just a monthly craving for all those juicy flavors!

          1. re: elskin

            I think there's pretty good Mexican around these days -- but maybe not too many that also serve frozen margaritas.

            1. re: michelleats

              I was just thinking about that... frozen margaritas not being a sophisticated drink... but they're just so good on a hot summer day!

              1. re: elskin

                I understand! They can be completely enjoyable, but places that think of themselves as being more authentic may not want to admit to serving them.

                Maybe you could go to Agave for a frozen margarita -- they have a good happy hour IIRC -- and then head to Empellon for dinner.

    2. Barrio Chino does not make frozen margs.
      Consider La Camelia - the food was great. Double check to see if they offer frozen margaritas.