Mon–Thu, 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri, 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sat, 4 p.m.–11 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Nearby Subway Stops
1, 2, 3 at Chambers St.; E at World Trade Center
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
- Bar Scene
- Brunch - Weekend
- Dine at the Bar
- Outdoor Dining
- Full Bar
Fulton St. to Murray St., West St. to North End Ave.
Since April 2014, Wall Street suits have been flocking to El Vez, Stephen Starr’s upscale Mexican restaurant and bar in the northwest section of Battery Park City (the original is in Philly). Even in early evening, the venue is stuffed with young professionals, unwinding after a long day at the office or rejuvenating before a late night. Accordingly, there’s a healthy emphasis on libations: There are eight margaritas on the menu, including a spicy, tangy red-bell-pepper variation made with red-bell-pepper juice and Thai chili, as well as an exhaustive tequila and mezcal list. The menu, divided into apertivos and los platos principales, can please both finicky and adventurous eaters — start either with a classic guacamole or a “bazooka” version, made with goat cheese, chili flakes, and pistachios. A trio of ceviches also appears on the appetizer list: The simple snapper aguachile, served with ginger, toasted morita chile, and cucumber, is toothsome, but over too quickly to make an impression. Instead, opt for the macho nachos: melted jack cheese, black beans, salsa ranchera, sour cream, onion, jalapeño, and chorizo layered atop a crust of tortilla chips. Tacos, enchiladas, and special plates round out the entrees menu, but steer clear of the weak mole tasting and instead try one of the nine varieties of tacos. Portions are small, but the drinks are strong, so stop by to slowly sip and snack away.
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