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Best Margaritas + best mex food + cool scene?

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looking for location to have a little food, many margaritas, for a birthday, with a medium sized group - suggestions?

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  1. Dos Caminos?

    You can also check one of the tequila-mezcal focused places in the LES.

    1. Barrio Chino. Pretty sure they'll take a reservation if you're a party of eight or more. (If they won't, don't bother, as you will never get a table. It's crowded. Because it's good.)

      http://www.barriochinonyc.com/

      1. Empellon Taqueria - W Vill
        Hecho en Dumbo - E Vill
        Maya - UES
        Rocking Horse Cafe - Chelsea
        Hell's Kitchen - 9th ave

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        1. re: thegforceny

          Only 'scenes' of these would be Hecho and Empellon.

          La Esquina - NoLita - still feels like a scene even to us jaded New Yorkers. I still like it.

          Depending on where you are coming from, Dos Caminos Meatpacking might feel like a scene to you. It is a scene but may not be one to your liking.

          1. re: thegforceny

            For the OP note it's the "downstairs" at la esquina for the cool kids crowd....

        2. Salvation Taco

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          1. re: loratliff

            +1 for Salvation Taco
            For groups of 8 or more, they'll reserve a table for your group and put together a series of platters to share.

            1. re: Elizabeth E.

              Totally forgot about that, but I agree it's great for a group. I was with 8+ people last time and we had a table near the bar upfront all to ourselves and had a great time. Good margaritas as well as other cocktails for the non-tequila inclined.

          2. Barrio chino and hecho en dumbo have great margaritas and food- definately a "scene" as well.
            The margaritas at dos caminos were too sweet and after several visits i'm still not a fan of their food either.

            1. Fonda on Avenue B also will serve, particularly at the bar or the tables up front. All around we vote Fonda as our best Mexican option nowadays.