Skip to content, or skip to search.

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Home > Restaurants > Selena


252 W. 38th St., New York, NY 10018 40.754102 -73.990299
nr. Eighth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-921-1147 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price Range: $

    Key to Prices and ratings

    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating: Write a Review

Share this listing


Daily, 10am-4am

Nearby Subway Stops

1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S at Times Sq.-42nd St.



Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary


This venue is closed.

By day, this airy taqueria is known as Selena, named after the Tejana music singer who was shot dead by her fan-club president. The food isn’t nearly as exciting—overstuffed burritos, quesadillas, and Spinach tacos for midtown’s lunchtime crowd. Even a late afternoon happy hour of cheap piña coladas and margaritas fails to draw much of a crowd. After dark, however, things heat up. Selena becomes Al Ritmo de la Noche, a local dance hall for laborers, who check their coats at the door, sit in groups at white-clothed cafeteria tables, order buckets of Tecate and shots of Patrón Silver, then ogle the short-skirted, corseted women leaning against the wall. It’s not 10 cents a dance anymore. But you’ll still need to tip your partner if you want to take a spin on the dance floor. Should anyone desire privacy for conversation, a terra cotta balcony provides a refuge from the tacky blue lights and the latest rendition of “Ay Hombre.”