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El Rey del Sol

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232 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10011 40.7389 -74.000627
nr. Eighth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-229-0733 Send to Phone

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    5 out of 10


    2 Reviews | Write a Review

  • Scene: After Work, Bar Food, Outdoor Area, Restaurant & Bar
Photo by Shanna Ravindra

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A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.

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Happy-hour hounds have long appreciated this funky, cheap, basement-level Mexican joint—and for good reason. El Rey’s margaritas, made with fresh-squeezed watermelon, cantaloupe, and grapefruit juices, pack a mighty wallop and come in economy-sized pitchers for easy sharing. In good weather, the best place to enjoy them is on the spacious back patio, where a dozen or so tables are surrounded by trees and festively strung Christmas lights. The crowds can get thick—and roaringly drunk—so it’s a good idea to come early and eat something to help you go the distance. The menu of Mexican comfort-food dishes seems custom-designed to absorb alcohol: Crispy tacos are heaped with savory ground beef, manchego cheese, and fresh pico de gallo; burros (no diminutive burritos here) are the size of small logs; chicken mole enchiladas are wrapped in lightly charred corn tortillas then drenched in a sweet-spicy sauce. In winter, a more subdued scene occupies the low-ceilinged dining room—which is crammed so full of tinsel, flashing colored lights, faux-Mayan artifacts and Day of the Dead marionettes that it looks like a piñata exploded.

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