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953 Second Ave., New York, NY 10022 40.755241 -73.968302
nr. 50th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-644-6740 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price Range: $$$

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Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 51st St.; E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Singles Scene
  • Take-Out
  • Teen Appeal
  • Catering


  • Full Bar



Delivery Area

40th St. to 60th St., FDR Dr. to Fifth Ave.


This venue is closed.

What passes for Mexican cooking in New York is a joke, though Zarela Martinez has never found it all that funny. So it's lucky for you that her fierce pride in her country's maligned cuisine is backed up by her fiery bravado in the kitchen. Taste her blazing poblanos rellenos, snapper hash, or her slow-cooked Oaxacan lamb, and you may suddenly have an urge to buy a great big Doberman pinscher on the outside chance that you might come across that Taco Bell chihuahua in a dark alley. Now, Zarela might find that funny.

Prix-Fixe Lunch

Mon.—Fri., $16.95

Couples who have enjoyed romantic dinners at Zarela’s eponymous Mexican restaurant in midtown will appreciate the huitlacoche-crêpe casseroles, crab tostadas, and mango-mousse-filled cake she serves at weddings.

Recommended Dishes

Tuna steak, $20; roasted duck, $21

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