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Gabriela's Restaurante y Tequila Bar

688 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10025 40.791231 -73.96875
nr. 94th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-961-9600 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

gabrielas.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, 11:30am-11pm; Fri, 11:30am-midnight; Sat, 11am-midnight; Sun, 11am-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1, 2, 3 at 96th St.; B, C at 96th St.

Prices

$15-$25

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Singles Scene
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

65th St. to 110th St., Central Park West to Riverside Dr.

Profile

When the first incarnation of Gabriela's debuted in 1995 on 93rd and Amsterdam, it was an oasis of authentic Mexican food in an Upper West Side flush with combo-plate menus. Backed by Arthur Cutler, the late mastermind behind Carmine’s, Ollie’s, and Virgil's, Gabriela Hernandez turned out shining versions of traditional dishes like tongue tacos and pozole. Gabriela’s Version 2.0, one avenue over, is clearly no family enterprise. From the generically tasteful Southwestern-ish décor (folkloric doodads, putty-colored walls, subdued lighting) to trendy Tex-Mex ingredients like salmon and portobello mushrooms, it feels market-researched. Still, there's something likable about the sprawling place. A well-stocked tequila bar and an attractive sidewalk patio contribute to a party-town sensibility. Though sauces seem toned down, familiar dishes are done competently and the guacamole is far better than adequate. Simply cooked meats like Yucatan-style rotisserie chicken are strong; the ribs included with the mixed grill are tender faux barbecue, tasty if a bit sweet. The caramel-drizzled tres-leches cake is extremely sweet as well but also extremely delicious.

Bar Hours

The bar stays open until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Recommended Dishes

Guacamole, $10.95; pollo Yucateco, $15.95; parillada mixta, $23.95; pastel de tres leches, $6.95

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