It’s a weekend thing. A Happy Hour thing. Margaritas and Guacamole are to be taken serious as means to let loose. It just feels right. It turns frowns upside down, causes serious memory loss of hard work days and other nuisances. Personally, I enjoy an elegant meal at a five star restaurant as much as a good guacamole with some tacos and tequila. It just has to be good! Of course I want the same for you, so I have composed a list of my favorite guacamoles in the city, as far as I can tell (and taste). I have accumulated these over a couple of years, I did some serious taste testing!
Añejo has two locations, one in Hell’s Kitchen, one in the West Village. Guacamole here is a religion, it’s delicious and it has several versions: Original, Bacon Habañero and Spicy Pineapple. So different, right? My absolute favorite is the Bacon Habañero. The bacon is cut into pretty small pieces, so it is not taking over the whole guac, but gives it an amazing addition instead. Diced tomatoes on top make the whole bowl a winner!
Turns out Guacamole doesn’t always have to be Mexican! Nowon on the Lower Eastside has turned out to be one of my favorite spots in the city right now, and therefore of course their guac. It consists of avocado, pickled onions, sunflower seeds, cilantro and roasted chili oil, the chips are sesame rice crackers. It is basically a Korean-American version, and it is positively addictive!
La Diagonal is located uptown on St. Nicholas Avenue, and it is an Agaveria, which means you will get the most delicious cocktails here. But don’t sleep on their guacamole! this perfect addition to any cocktail here is of course delicous, but if you want something extra yummy, then by all means, have some of their Crab Guacamole, it is heavenly!
Rosie’s is a super popular spot downtown, right on the corner of 1st Avenue and 2nd Street. In the summer the walls seem to come kind of down, and it’s an inside/outside place, if that makes any sense. It’s really, really nice. Guacamole here is traditional, topped off with Pico de Gallo, it hits the spot, seasoning on point. Goes well with a pitcher of Margaritas….
Legend has it that Rosa Mexicano is the restaurant that brought table side guacamole to New York City. Table side means, the server brings a big stone bowl to the table, then mashes up the good guac with all the ingredients right there in front of you. It’s super fun, and you do have a bit of input of how you like your guac. This place has three locations, one on the Upper Westside, one by Union Square and one on the Upper Eastside.