When dining at a Mexican restaurant or catching the football game by the bar, you can dip into some of New York’s most innovative guacamole, complete with everything from mango to spicy crab. Below you’ll find our five favorite eateries for guac in New York City. By Sarah Shaker.
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Chef Alex Garcia serves more than just your standard guacamole at his Upper West Side restaurant. Made tableside, the A.G. Guacamole Trio features classic, pineapple-pomegranate and mint-papaya varieties served with a cone of freshly fried tortilla chips. Look no further for a delicious combo of savory and sweet. Their classic guac is also served on the Manhattan Latin Burger, which is topped with bacon, melted cheddar, lettuce, tomato and special sauce.
Hop on the train to Astoria, Queens for guacamole offerings with a meaty twist. Scoop up freshly ground, thick guacamole featuring spicy crab, crispy pork or chicken. Make your guac a full meal by adding one of these gourmet proteins.
Their spicy and fresh tableside guacamole can be made with one or two avocados, depending on the size of your party. Take advantage of their great after work happy hour every day from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at all of their locations, including Happy Hour Guacamole and Chips or Happy Hour Nachos for $5.
This party-friendly Mexican joint serves three varieties of guac. Purists will enjoy the Tradicional (tomatillo pico de gallo, jalapeño, garlic, lime, cilantro) and for those looking for a new twist on the standard, there’s the Mango (pico de gallo, jícama, chipotle) and the Pomegranate (tomatillo pico de gallo, habanero, mint, queso fresco).
This Mexicana eatery offers a three-guac tasting. There’s the traditional, mild cilantro-spiked version; a frutas variation with pomegranate, mango, apple and Thai basil; and a spicy chipolte queso-infused rojo. Enjoy dipping all three for a spicy, sweet and savory combination with a real kick for your taste buds.
This upscale, yet trendy Mexican restaurant in the East Village serves homemade masa crisp chips. The chips are flat and crisp, yet you won’t find a greasy stain on your hands or plate. The guacamole is chunky, mixed with fried pistachios and pickled jalapeños, and served with a tangy salsa.
Rosa Mexicano’s five large, colorful New York City locations are known for their theatrical, tableside preparation of the green gold. The tableside preparation of guacamole in a giant mortar steals the show, with both regular and spicy options available depending on your taste. First your server grinds onion, chilis and cilantro in the traditional stone mortar and pestle (molcajete), then tosses the spicy paste with cubes of fresh avocado.