La Cocina

★★★☆☆
  • 217 W 85th St

    New York, NY 10024

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  • 212-874-0770

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i've ordered from several mexican places in the area and all have been below average. This place is great. tasty, fresh, not oily like so many of the other mexican joints. The service was a little slow but I was in no hurry. Definitely would go back.

2
★★★★☆

i've ordered from several mexican places in the area and all have been below average. This place is great. tasty, fresh, not oily like so many of the other mexican joints. The service was a little slow but I was in no hurry. Definitely would go back.

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Being from Texas and a vegetarian, I have yet to find a great mexican food place in New York City, until now! I have lived here for over a year now, and finally I stumbled onto La Cocina. This place reminds me of home(Texas). They are super vegetarian friendly as well!!! I had the vegetarian tamales!! AMAZING! the hot sauce and the guacamole, were amazing. The best guacamole I have ever had! This place is great and I can't wait to go back and try something else!!!

2
★★★★★

Being from Texas and a vegetarian, I have yet to find a great mexican food place in New York City, until now! I have lived here for over a year now, and finally I stumbled onto La Cocina. This place reminds me of home(Texas). They are super vegetarian friendly as well!!! I had the vegetarian tamales!! AMAZING! the hot sauce and the guacamole, were amazing. The best guacamole I have ever had! This place is great and I can't wait to go back and try something else!!!

Pros: food amazing!!

Cons: pricey

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I like this place- good burritos or salad- good prices, really nice people who work there- I would go back again.

1
★★★☆☆

I like this place- good burritos or salad- good prices, really nice people who work there- I would go back again.

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I love this place. The decor is really fun with tons of Mexican artwork scaling the vaulted ceilings and glass-top tables that are filled with colorful items like dried red peppers and black beans. The Chiles Rellenos are delicious, as are the 2-for-1 margaritas on weeknights (which even includes flavored frozen ones). You won't be disappointed.

4
★★★★☆

I love this place. The decor is really fun with tons of Mexican artwork scaling the vaulted ceilings and glass-top tables that are filled with colorful items like dried red peppers and black beans. The Chiles Rellenos are delicious, as are the 2-for-1 margaritas on weeknights (which even includes flavored frozen ones). You won't be disappointed.

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Used to be great Mexican food, but the last couple of times have been horrible especially last night. Ordered a chicken burrito and was served chicken fajita. When I told the waiter this was not what I ordered. He said it would be easier if I just kept the faita and he would only charge me for the price of the burrito. I said no that I ordered a burrito because that is what I wanted. When the burrito finally arrived, my friends had all ready eaten their meals by now, the burrito was filled with rice and two small chunks of chicken. Again the waiter was useless and I figured I cut my losses and just get out of this place and get a slice of pizza next door.

This used to be a great place, but I won't be going back any time soon.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Used to be great Mexican food, but the last couple of times have been horrible especially last night. Ordered a chicken burrito and was served chicken fajita. When I told the waiter this was not what I ordered. He said it would be easier if I just kept the faita and he would only charge me for the price of the burrito. I said no that I ordered a burrito because that is what I wanted. When the burrito finally arrived, my friends had all ready eaten their meals by now, the burrito was filled with rice and two small chunks of chicken. Again the waiter was useless and I figured I cut my losses and just get out of this place and get a slice of pizza next door.

This used to be a great place, but I won't be going back any time soon.

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I have been to La Cocina Mexicana many times. While the food is ok, it is totally forgettable. That is ok though, because from Monday through Thursday they have buy one get one free margaritas. Usually I am too buzzed to care that the food is only so-so. The place is clean with a nice decor. I would definitely recommend coming here.

3
★★★☆☆

I have been to La Cocina Mexicana many times. While the food is ok, it is totally forgettable. That is ok though, because from Monday through Thursday they have buy one get one free margaritas. Usually I am too buzzed to care that the food is only so-so. The place is clean with a nice decor. I would definitely recommend coming here.

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The food here really is very good and the people running it are lovely. My favorite food there was actually dessert which was a Mexican wedding cake. I don't know if it's still on the menu, but if it is, you should try it.

4
★★★★☆

The food here really is very good and the people running it are lovely. My favorite food there was actually dessert which was a Mexican wedding cake. I don't know if it's still on the menu, but if it is, you should try it.

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The drinks are very good I would suggest the La Cocina Margarita which is the specialty drink and it is delicious. The food is top notch and the staff are excellent, go here with a group of people and have a good time.

4
★★★★☆

The drinks are very good I would suggest the La Cocina Margarita which is the specialty drink and it is delicious. The food is top notch and the staff are excellent, go here with a group of people and have a good time.

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This place is definitely recommended. Just went last night with a few friends and we had a great time. We were there for about 3 hrs and never felt rushed. The food is great, the drinks are great and most of all the staff is very friendly and attentive. The decor and music make it a very cozy and chill spot. It?s not to loud and not to quiet. La Cocina is a high quality Mexican restaurant at a reasonable price.

2
★★★★★

This place is definitely recommended. Just went last night with a few friends and we had a great time. We were there for about 3 hrs and never felt rushed. The food is great, the drinks are great and most of all the staff is very friendly and attentive. The decor and music make it a very cozy and chill spot. It?s not to loud and not to quiet. La Cocina is a high quality Mexican restaurant at a reasonable price.

Pros: food, drinks,music and friendly staff

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We had a very good experience at LaCocina on last saturday night, perfect margaritas with amazing fajitas,and the end super good cheese cake with white chocolate wow, yammi... They had this Mariachi who was very funny guy, and great personality. We were 12 of us downstairs and first time for us, and we will return there very soon.
Thanks and see you later.....

2
★★★★★

We had a very good experience at LaCocina on last saturday night, perfect margaritas with amazing fajitas,and the end super good cheese cake with white chocolate wow, yammi... They had this Mariachi who was very funny guy, and great personality. We were 12 of us downstairs and first time for us, and we will return there very soon.
Thanks and see you later.....

Pros: Very nice high ceiling..

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I was here last week for happy hour and the frozen margarita's were out of this world. The 2 for 1 drinks are something that i took full advantage of. I also had the chicken fajitas which were very tasty. All in all this was a great expierence and perfect place to go for an early dinner.

2
★★★★★

I was here last week for happy hour and the frozen margarita's were out of this world. The 2 for 1 drinks are something that i took full advantage of. I also had the chicken fajitas which were very tasty. All in all this was a great expierence and perfect place to go for an early dinner.

Pros: Strong margaritas

Cons: none

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I wonder how their business can survive.
Last time we went there, my husband got his dish and finished it.
I still did not get mine and waited for forty minutes even they were not busy.
They even did not apologize to me and the manager and the host started staring at me. Where are they from??

0
★☆☆☆☆

I wonder how their business can survive.
Last time we went there, my husband got his dish and finished it.
I still did not get mine and waited for forty minutes even they were not busy.
They even did not apologize to me and the manager and the host started staring at me. Where are they from??

Pros: Worst management

Cons: Leftover food

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We had a large group for dinner on a Friday night. They were so hospitable and welcoming, gave us a big space downstairs, waitor staff was very attentive, friendly and no one rushed us. The portions were huge and everyone enjoyed their meal. We all had such a good time, & they really made us feel "at home".

2
★★★★★

We had a large group for dinner on a Friday night. They were so hospitable and welcoming, gave us a big space downstairs, waitor staff was very attentive, friendly and no one rushed us. The portions were huge and everyone enjoyed their meal. We all had such a good time, & they really made us feel "at home".

Pros: Inexpensive, Friendly, Large Portions

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We went to a E30th Street location. Very disappointed! Food did not taste like Mexican AT ALL! I picked chicken burrito and enchilada. It tasted awful. The substitute was supposed to be a grilled chicken quesadilla. In fact, it was anything BUT GRILLED CHICKEN! After my 2nd complaint I finally got the desired dish (miniportion was free, as the waitress put it). The bad food was still charged to my tab. No apology was offered. I paid for a full portion of bad food and got in exchange a half-portion of okey food for free. That was my last visit there! I love Mexican food, when it's fresh, good and tasty. This is not the case here, sorry to say that.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We went to a E30th Street location. Very disappointed! Food did not taste like Mexican AT ALL! I picked chicken burrito and enchilada. It tasted awful. The substitute was supposed to be a grilled chicken quesadilla. In fact, it was anything BUT GRILLED CHICKEN! After my 2nd complaint I finally got the desired dish (miniportion was free, as the waitress put it). The bad food was still charged to my tab. No apology was offered. I paid for a full portion of bad food and got in exchange a half-portion of okey food for free. That was my last visit there! I love Mexican food, when it's fresh, good and tasty. This is not the case here, sorry to say that.

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First of all, the service was pretty bad. We had to ask 3 times just to get water. The food was beyond bad. The chicken burito had an old taste as if it stayed on the kitchen counted for days, and then was reheated. We addressed that and asked for a GRILLED chicken quesadilla, but instead got the SAME old minsed chicken now in the quessadila form. The waitress said that it was the OWNER who prepared it - "compliments of the house". I wanted to just pay and get out. The also charged us more for frozen margaritas than the special deal that was advertised in the front!!! Don't go there!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

First of all, the service was pretty bad. We had to ask 3 times just to get water. The food was beyond bad. The chicken burito had an old taste as if it stayed on the kitchen counted for days, and then was reheated. We addressed that and asked for a GRILLED chicken quesadilla, but instead got the SAME old minsed chicken now in the quessadila form. The waitress said that it was the OWNER who prepared it - "compliments of the house". I wanted to just pay and get out. The also charged us more for frozen margaritas than the special deal that was advertised in the front!!! Don't go there!!

Pros: decor, music

Cons: food , service

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Yes, I grew up in California (both Northern and Southern) and then lived in Texas for a few years. . .I feel pretty qualified to recommend a Mexican restaurant. In the three years I've lived here I've not found a restaurant that I've frequented quite as often as La Cocina. I absolutely LOVE their chicken tamales. I will say the salsa lacks kick, but I'm not a big chips and salsa person anyways. I've never had a hard time getting a table and have never had a problem with the service. The 2 for 1 margaritas are a good value and quite yummy!

2
★★★★★

Yes, I grew up in California (both Northern and Southern) and then lived in Texas for a few years. . .I feel pretty qualified to recommend a Mexican restaurant. In the three years I've lived here I've not found a restaurant that I've frequented quite as often as La Cocina. I absolutely LOVE their chicken tamales. I will say the salsa lacks kick, but I'm not a big chips and salsa person anyways. I've never had a hard time getting a table and have never had a problem with the service. The 2 for 1 margaritas are a good value and quite yummy!

Pros: Not Crowded, Quiet, Inexpensive

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Having just moved from Dallas, I can assure you, this is not Mexican. The food is below average, the guacamole is not good, the salsa is edible. The service was below average..border line rude. Watch out the for 2 for 1 Margaritas. It is PER PERSON. When we complained, the mamanger removed the charge and then argued with us about it. He then promptly stated the he could add the charge back on to our bill, if we continued to discuss. Obviously, this place is a joke!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Having just moved from Dallas, I can assure you, this is not Mexican. The food is below average, the guacamole is not good, the salsa is edible. The service was below average..border line rude. Watch out the for 2 for 1 Margaritas. It is PER PERSON. When we complained, the mamanger removed the charge and then argued with us about it. He then promptly stated the he could add the charge back on to our bill, if we continued to discuss. Obviously, this place is a joke!

Pros: Outdoor patio

Cons: , Service

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Being from Texas, we are always on the lookout for decent Mexican food. La Cocina was a great find. Their downstairs dining area is well decorated, they can accomodate large parties and there is a great guitar player to make you feel like your back home. We went there on a Saturday night, they had a 2 for 1 margarita deal. The chips and salsa were fantastic, it was authentic pico de gallo. Everyone was satisfied with their meals and my hard to please boyfriend was able to order his taco salad to his specifications w/o a problem. Highly recommend this place if you're looking for great Tex-Mex!!!

2
★★★★☆

Being from Texas, we are always on the lookout for decent Mexican food. La Cocina was a great find. Their downstairs dining area is well decorated, they can accomodate large parties and there is a great guitar player to make you feel like your back home. We went there on a Saturday night, they had a 2 for 1 margarita deal. The chips and salsa were fantastic, it was authentic pico de gallo. Everyone was satisfied with their meals and my hard to please boyfriend was able to order his taco salad to his specifications w/o a problem. Highly recommend this place if you're looking for great Tex-Mex!!!

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During the weekends this place is a must go for brunch. The best eggs you will ever have and so much food, you will never eat it. The price is great!

2
★★★★★

During the weekends this place is a must go for brunch. The best eggs you will ever have and so much food, you will never eat it. The price is great!

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I went here the other night with another friend, I ordered the taco salad and he had a burrito. I could not even touch my salad it smelled so awful. The chicken was brown. stringy and smelled and there wasn't even real lettuce or tomatoes in the salad. The buritto looked like it had been microwaved. Even though we didn't touch a thing on our plates, the waitress couldn't be bothered asking what was wrong, but rather chose to leave the plates sitting there. I wouldn't go here again if I was starving and they were giving the food away for free!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went here the other night with another friend, I ordered the taco salad and he had a burrito. I could not even touch my salad it smelled so awful. The chicken was brown. stringy and smelled and there wasn't even real lettuce or tomatoes in the salad. The buritto looked like it had been microwaved. Even though we didn't touch a thing on our plates, the waitress couldn't be bothered asking what was wrong, but rather chose to leave the plates sitting there. I wouldn't go here again if I was starving and they were giving the food away for free!!

Cons: terrible service, awful food

 

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