Maybe it’s the salt-covered sidewalks or the thought of sunny skies in Mexico, but after a long work week—especially when the temperature is a chilling 1 degree—nothing sounds as good as a stiff margarita. And lucky for us, this Sunday is National Margarita Day! Whether you’re a fan of “classic, on the rocks” or “fruity and blended,” Haute Living has rounded up the best spots to get a really, really good margarita in New York City.
Church Street Tavern
313 Church Street
New York, NY 10013
Traditional margaritas have their time and place, but for those looking for something with more pizazz than a salt-rimmed glass and a wedge of lime, head to this Tribeca haunt for the The French Mexican (on Sunday it’s only $8). Composed of muddled ginger, Avion Anejo, pineapple juice, lime juice, and Lillet Blanc, it’s the perfect drink to sip while munching on fried oysters and a plate of crispy fries seasoned with garlic and herbs.
828 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Named after the muse who presided over comedy and idyllic poetry, this midtown restaurant located in the heart of the Theatre District, is the spot to enjoy a nightcap after seeing a Broadway show. For a tried-and-true margarita that will warm you up from the inside out, order the Ultimate Margarita featuring Tres Agaves Tequila, agave nectar, a salted rim, and grand mariner float.
114 Kenmare Street
New York, NY 10012
Want to feel like you’re in the tropics without leaving NYC? Then head to La Esquina for their Coco Muy Loco margarita crafted from El Tesoro Blanco Tequila, Coconut Puree, Fresh Lime Juice, Giffards Banana Liquor, and Orange Bitters. It’s sweet without being overpowering, but careful, it may make you whip out your phone and book an impromptu trip to Cancun.
87 7th Ave South
New York, NY
For a delicious drink with a kick of heat, stop by this West Village standby for a Brisa Caliente. Featuring Tres Agaves Blanco tequila, ginger liqueur, mango nectar, fresh lime, passion fruit and serrano chili, it’s the ultimate combination of sweet and spicy—and pairs perfectly with crispy taquitos.
1191 First Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Tequila aficionados will flip over this Upper East Side restaurant that boasts more than 200 types of agave-based spirits—some even made in-house. For a fruity margarita that’s not sickeningly sweet, try the Yucatan, made from agavales blanco, habañero blood orange, and achile pasilla rim.