Mexican Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Chinatown, New York
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    Rafael R.
    "Great Mexican restaurant in the middle of Chinatown of all places."(13 Tips)
    Don N.
    "Sikil pak is a pumpkin seed dip that is SICK!"(3 Tips)
    Natalie W.
    "Great cocktails and margaritas."(22 Tips)
    Elise P.
    "Food is good but pricey.Great drinks.Loved the place!"(6 Tips)
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  • chinatown
  • margaritas
  • good for dates
  • tequila
  • trendy
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  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 19, 2013
    Pulqueria is the Mexican spinoff from the owners of Apotheke. In addition to food they offer beer, Micheladas, and Mexican inspired tequila and mezcal-based cocktails like pulques and Jarrito Locos.
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    Jineen CarcamoJanuary 26, 2018
    Awesome basement restaurant on Doyers street! Good margaritas (expensive though!) Went on a Thursday night and the DJ had the whole bar on the dance floor 💃🏽
  • Zuzia
    ZuziaOctober 6, 2012
    The music in here is awesome. No problem with doorman if you call ahead. The drinks are super tasty. We were totally surprised by uber cool ambience of this place. This is my new secret spot. ;)
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 4, 2016
    Walk down a hidden flight of stairs in Chinatown and you’ll wind up in Pulqueria, a Spanish joint with some damn tasty tacos. We’ll take ours with a side of cactus salsa, please. Read more
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    Ranu RajkarnikarOctober 26, 2015
    Great cocktails and a fun vibe. Fun throwback 90s hip hop and dancing too. Came for a birthday and loved it! Try the Smoking Gun cocktail and their spicy Tecates.
  • Tonya D.heart icon on user image
    Tonya DeFeliceMarch 4, 2016
    We had a large group and a menu to select from. EVERYTHING was absolutely awesome and the service was just as great. Thank you to the staff for a fabulous evening!
  • the A ingredient
    the A ingredientMarch 8, 2014
    Restaurant/Club in basement. Great (but quite loud) music plays in restaurant and bar/dance floor area. Recommend: Gringo Chicken Tacos, Tacos de Camarones, Esquites. Great Margarita list!
  • Elise P.
    Elise PoulainAugust 16, 2013
    Went on Thursday night, no problem to get in. Dj was great, loved the music and we danced till they closed.The Mexican staff is super nice. Food is good but pricey.Great drinks.Loved the place!
  • Erin M.heart icon on user image
    Erin MurphyOctober 2, 2014
    I went for my birthday with my boyfriend and had a great time. I love the interior and how it's sort of hidden. The guac was great and the drinks were tasty too.
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesApril 27, 2016
    The pineapple bomb is fun. Made with Pineapple, patron reposado, coconut, habanero, served frozen in a whole cored pineapple. Expensive but fun to share.
  • Valentina M.heart icon on user image
    Valentina MorettoMarch 27, 2019
    Go to Pulqueria on Tuesday - discounted drinks and food all night. Lovely place, amazing staff, fantastic vibes and oh the food! Highly recommended!
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    ValApril 6, 2014
    The ensalada de la casa is to die for. We were sure there was bacon in it but it's purely vegetarian. Absolutely delicious, you can't stop eating it.
  • Asia L.heart icon on user image
    Asia LindsayMarch 26, 2015
    Apparently according to the (extremely nice) bartender this is the only pulque place in N America. Awesome food, awesomely liberal with free drinks. Highly recommended :)
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    SusumuApril 22, 2019
    Subterranean Mexican deep in Chinatown. Cool place to hang our good friends. Happy hour starting at 5pm Tue - Fri.
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    jon accarrinoApril 6, 2013
    Not easy to find your first time. Doyers Street looks like an alley and there's no sign out front. Just take a leap of faith and go down the stairwell with the black and white square pattern.
  • Honghui Y.heart icon on user image
    Honghui YuSeptember 15, 2017
    Great bar to check out on those nights when the line outside Apotheke just seems too hopeless
  • Leigh F.
    Leigh FerreiraOctober 16, 2011
    ask for Sean @ the bar. adorable! order the sandia pulque and then the jalapeño cucumber margarita. then eat the pumpkin dip & street corn. yum! luv it here.
  • Patrick B.heart icon on user image
    Patrick BaskinMay 1, 2016
    seriously underrated and unexpected (being in Chinatown)...get the kale+mushroom burrito, worth it even if you aren't vegetarian
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 11, 2015
    Looking for an unmarked subterranean Mexican restaurant in the middle of Chinatown? Probably not, but now that you know it exists, you want to see it for yourself, don’t you? Read more
  • Frani L.
    Frani LiebermanJanuary 30, 2013
    Go ahead, walk down that alley. It's the right place. Fear not, walk down those stairs into never land and choose the blue door. Then, all of the guac and queso.
  • Rafael R.
    Rafael RoldánApril 6, 2018
    Great Mexican restaurant in the middle of Chinatown of all places. The tacos are banging and the bartenders are great!
  • Edward G.
    Edward GregoryJanuary 31, 2014
    A great festive hideaway under Doyers St. Unique and fresh ingredients in their mixed drinks. But how many "secret" bars does C Town really need?
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistOctober 13, 2011
    This bar specializes in pulques (made from fermented agave sap) and has a full menu with goodness like stuffed masa pockets known as Gorditas de Requeson O Papa Con Chorizo. Read more
  • Michael F.heart icon on user image
    Really enjoyed the drinks here, well made creative cocktails. The music was pretty deafening in the lounge area.
  • Marc S.heart icon on user image
    Marc SchneebergerMarch 22, 2017
    Good portions of food and very tasty. The guacamole is a good option together with the tacos being the fried fish my favourites!!!
  • Felix S.
    Felix SalmonJanuary 10, 2015
    This subterranean Mexican can improbably - yet credibly - lay claim to being one of the most expensive restaurants in Chinatown. You're paying for the atmosphere, although the food & cocktails are 😋
  • The Blonde Gourmand
    This trendy spot makes an amazing fermented agave drink called pulque which is soo yummy and unique. Reservations typically required from my experience...
  • Alex L.heart icon on user image
    Alex LangowskiJuly 8, 2016
    Awesome drinks and food. Loving the atmosphere.
  • Abner A.heart icon on user image
    Abner AcevesNovember 26, 2016
    Drinks are really good. Food is tasty but a little overpriced. Come on the weekends for a dance party!
  • Siovonne
    SiovonneAugust 26, 2014
    Restaurant and Bar is awesome. A good date spot, and great cocktails too. Dark and Intimate.
  • Compass
    CompassApril 24, 2014
    Aside from the classic Mexican food served here, Pulqueria was the first restaurant in the city to offer offer Aztec spirit Pulque.
  • DoubleDeuceheart icon on user image
    DoubleDeuceSeptember 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Below street level, charming find. A dinner side and a boisterous bar side, enjoy the Chinatown hideaway.
  • Erika G.heart icon on user image
    Erika GrijalvaOctober 15, 2014
    It is a great spot! The food is delicious and the service as well. The drinks are strong.
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne SJanuary 23, 2012
    Friends and family brunch had a few kinks to iron out. Took forever to get our food but the guava mimosas, bloody marias and tortillas were great. The bar area looks awesome… (2 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Nikki 🌺
    Nikki 🌺March 11, 2013
    Love this place! Can't beat reggae and Latin dance party on a Sunday night! Skip Apotheke and go here instead.
  • Natalia B.
    Natalia BakerApril 3, 2015
    Mexican restaurant with bar downstairs, great for a dance. Next to Apotheke for cocktails before!
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListFebruary 15, 2012
    This subterranean Mexican spot (found in Chinatown of all places) has started serving brunch with chilaquiles, guava mimosas and DJs from noon to 6 p.m. Read more
  • Romina P.heart icon on user image
    Romina PeñaMarch 6, 2014
    Loved the Mango Pulque, all dips were amazing and tacos were delicious. Will be coming very soon
  • Eliza
    ElizaDecember 7, 2013
    You definitely want to make a reservation. It was a long wait on a rainy winter Friday night. Worth the wait, though
  • 💖✨Brigitte V.
    This is the entrance, go down the stairs, right next to Apotheque. Enjoy :)
  • Sophie B.heart icon on user image
    Sophie BakalarJuly 24, 2015
    Such a cool, underground spot in a surprising location. A little pricey for the quality though.
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    stephiedooJuly 18, 2015
    HH all night long! $8 micheladas and margaritas. $4 tacos. Chicken taco is the best one. Trust me.
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GilchristMay 22, 2012
    Their version of a dark n stormy has tequila - it's delicious. Don't miss the sikil pak, mole tostadas, or the elote
  • Brian B.
    Brian BorsicsJune 18, 2012
    Don't be swayed by the scary door to get in. Try the pumpkin seed dip. Though this place is thoroughly hip, their entrees are still enough to fill you up.
  • Avneesh K.heart icon on user image
    Avneesh KohliMarch 26, 2022
    If you don’t get the taco party platters you’ve made a big mistake. Enchiladas are good too
  • Anwar L.heart icon on user image
    Anwar LopezAugust 10, 2012
    Great food, Great drinks and awesome stuff, what else you need?
  • Kevin P.heart icon on user image
    Kevin PhanDecember 3, 2015
    Great atmosphere and nice selection of pulque and mezcal in the city
  • Teresa M.heart icon on user image
    Teresa MariaOctober 30, 2014
    Amazing queso!! ALso very good mango pulque. The chicken tacos are delicious
  • Nat
    NatFebruary 28, 2012
    Isidro the beverage director is an amazing guy who will sit down with u n explain the whole pulque process. He also gives classes on tequila.
  • Eliza
    ElizaDecember 7, 2013
    If you come for dinner with friends you want to talk to, sit in the back. That's the quietest spot.
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