Whether frozen or on the rocks, a good Margarita can set the tone for a great day…or night. While there are plenty of places across the city that pour a tasty tequila and triple sec concoction, we’ve picked out some of our favorites where you simply can’t go wrong.
Dos Caminos SoHo
Dos Camino prides itself on its extensive tequila selection, so its only fitting the trendy Mexican chain know how to mix a quality Margarita. Choose from a menu of six signature blends or cool off on a hot, summer day with one of eight varities of their refreshing frozen cocktail. We especially love the “Prickly Pear Cactus Frozen” Margarita, which takes their signature frozen and blends it with cactus fruit and strawberry.
El Rio Grande
160 East 38th Street (At 3rd Avenue)
Ask some of its frequent patrons in Murray Hill and they’ll tell you they’re sure El Rio Grande spikes its Margaritas with something potent. Or perhaps it’s just the fact that they serve monstrous mega-Margaritas in a chalice fit for a yeti, and they don’t hold back on the tequila. A tableside Margarita, where you can pick your favorite tequila poison, will run you $14, but you mignt not need seconds after attempting to take down one of these powerful cocktails.
With three locations across Manhattan, there’s no question Rosa Mexicano sets the standard on being the very best when it comes to tequila, and it starts with their extensive menu. When it comes to your basic Margarita mix, you’ve got a massive selection of silver tequilas to quench your thirst. Of course, we also love Rosa Mexicano’s signature Margarita, their Frozen Pomegranate blend they call the “perfect balance of sweet and tart.”
179 Avenue B (Betw. 11th & 12th Streets)
100 7th Ave South (At Grove Street)
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Head to one of Mercadito’s two locations if you like unique Margarita mixes that are more than just your basic blend. For the less daring, we recommend the “margarita de fruta,” a traditional cocktail with your choice of seasonal fruit. But for the thrill seekers out there, we loved the “tres citricos,” a terrifically tangy blend of orange, grapefruit, lime, and habanero.
Benny’s / Harry’s Burritos
Harry’s is uptown and Benny’s is downtown, and both mix an equally mean and delicious Margarita that packs a powerful punch. The food isn’t spectacular and the tight quarters, especially during happy hour, can become a bit too cozy for comfort. But whether classic or frozen, Benny and Harry pour giant, fruity Margaritas that may make your walk home more like a stumble. Despite the crowd, happy hour is the time to go, however, thanks to those $3 Margaritas…yes, we said $3.