783 9th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.764981 -73.988130
Neighborhoods: Clinton, Midtown
THIS PLACE IS NOT WORTH IT – I don't even know where to begin. For starters, they gave my friend a dirty fork that looked like it had been used to clean out a dirty drain. The service is awful. The waiters don't even know what's on the menu. After we were done eating they took our plates and never came back to ask if we needed anything else. The frozen margarita had virtually no taste. The food is over priced and not even that good. My friend ordered a beef fajita salad that hardly had any beef. I ordered a chicken chimichanga and they brought me a beef one. I will never go to this place again. Please save yourself the trouble and avoid this place at any and all costs.
Food is exceptionally delicious. – My fried and I find the food delicious. The Pollo con mole for me was rich and thick with ingredients. As for my friend it was the salad al carbon that keep her taste buds satisfied.The frozen magaritas are second to none
WORST EVER! – What makes this place "special"- There is so much to say about how bad this place is, it is hard where to begin. Let's start with the fact that our "hostess" (who was also a waitress and bartender) told us we would have a 30 minute wait, by shoving her finger in my face to hold on before taking our name. THEN 45 minutes later, we sat down, ordered our appetizer, and waited another 45 minutes to luke warm nachos. They were made with what could otherwise be described as jalapeno flavored ragu. Not to mention the nachos were cold, and we only received them after asking where our food was. Another 10 minutes later, two of us got our entrees, and my other friend didn't even get her meal. When asking the waiter where her food went, he simply said "that's not on our menu" and walked away. Would have been nice if they didn't serve tamale's to NOT PUT IT ON THE MENU. Then, when the bill came, we were charged for the entree we never received that apparently "wasn't served." All in all, do NOT go there. You will waste time, money, and a perfectly good meal gone bad.
Friendly staff---amazing guacamole and magaritas!! – never write revies but have to say that this little mexican restaurant is tops!! I am a mexican food lover and have been all over the city but this one really impressed me. I am originally from the west and the mexican food is much much better out there but I love la azteca and highly recommend it!!! Most margaritas have to much sour mix and this one was just right...my only complaint was the serving of guacamole which was delicious was a little small---otherwise everything was perfect!!!
great place to eat – i went to new york for the first time of my life today and my friend jamale took me to his best's friends resteraunt and it was beutiful.it looked liked mexican hevan. the service in that resteruant was the best. you couldnt find that kind of service in any kind of resteraunts. the owner might have been the nicest person i have ever meet.but the best part was the food
they had great tortia chips with a very good but spicy dipping sauce and their guacamolie was awsome but best of all they had great desserts and everything when you eat there make sure you get a bannana wrap with cinnamon on top and whip cream it is the best dessert i have ever tasted
Never again - a very bad Night and the NOISE – What Happened? I had a terrible meal there and the NOISE! I thought maybe it was just me (went with a group of friends). The idea was to get together - so I said Nothing. Then some days later, I check with 2 others (of the 6) and they also did the same (said nothing). We all had something different and we all thought the food was TERRIBLE! The sangria was so so and the nosie (did I mention the NOISE) un bearable. Service was adequate, but very slow. You had to repeat a few times to get what you wanted. The prices were very high for the quality. Chipoltie is Gorumet compared to what was served here (and I did have a combo with a burrito - so I can compare). If the food was bland that would be one thing: the rice was and needed some of the salsa to add some flavor). There was something about the refried beans that I can not place and do NOT want to... they just were not good. The cheese enchilada was Cold and seem artificial. Well you get my point. What a crappy meal it was and that Noise! I felt like that I should have been paid to eat there. Will I go there again = NEVER! Will I tell others how bad it was = You bet!
Other than the friends... it was NOT worth it!
Don't be fooled – As a boy who grew up in Austin, Texas and lived there for 30 years before moving to NYC about a month ago - please don't believe some of the hype.
I went to Azteca last night for the first time with some friends from work. I ordered 3 enchiladas which were fairly tasty. The cheese and pork enchiladas are rather tasty...but the 1 beef enchilada I had was rather...bleah. The iced tea was a bit more than bleah...it had that taste you get when the restaurant doesn't soak and clean the ice tea spigot like they should. Kind of a tinny metallic taste. Then there was the refried beans and rice. Good ness. I'm not sure what they did, but I had 2 bites of the beans...and couldn't eat any more.
I was very sad. :( I haven't had any Mexican food since I moved to NYC about a month ago - and I pray I find better soon. Basically 55-75% of my meal was inedible. And I won't even get in to how ridiculous loud it was in there (we had to shout across the table at each other to be heard)...nor how slow the service was.
Basically - I'm giving La Azteca 2 stars instead of 1 star simply because the pork and cheese enchilada were each fairly tasty.
I might give it another try - but with the copious number of restaurants in this city...it might be a long while before I do.
Disgusting food and service! – I am shocked that this place has been rated as good. The food was bland and not fresh. I immediately felt sick after eating here. The other person in my party's food was brought out wrong 3 times. When told they could try again for a fourth time, we simply asked for it to be removed from the check. We were told no. We were astounded. I asked to speak to the manager and was told I was speaking to the manager. When I inquired about the owner, I was told the owner was her mother and that nothing would be solved by going that route. We felt completely helpless. We refused to pay for the food that was not eaten. The manager and waitors were so rude to us. Our total wait time for a party of two was 2 hrs! We were ignored half the time since we had sent the food back and our waitor actually threw his hand up at us when we asked for something and said shhh. This experience was not at all acceptable. This would not happen anywhere but some mom and pop store in the middle of Hell's Kitchen. I have already reported this awful incident to higher powers. If you want a good meal walk anywhere up and down the street and go anywhere else. This place is AWFUL!
Best authentic Mexican food and friendly service – El Azteca has the best Salsa I've ever tasted. I crave it when even when I'm not there. The margaritas are delicious and all of my friends I've brought there who like Chicken Mole exclaim that it's the best they've ever tasted! The owner and staff are so friendly; you always feel welcome there! We have had 2 private parties there and are planning our 3rd. The large, regular Mexican clientele speak for the authenticity of El Azteca's food. This is my first post; I created an account especially to write a review of this wonderful place.
A Decent Mexican Joint – My fiance and I ate here a few times. The first time, we were walking down 9th Ave, window-shopping for a restaurant. We decided upon Mexican and we stumbled upon El Azteca. We decided to try it out and we were pleasantly surprised. We loved the margaritas, especially the mango and papaya ones. The food was great too. The menu didn't just subscribe to the typical Tex-Mex fare, such as just burritos, tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, etc. I had grilled stuffed peppers, which came out pretty good, except there was a little too much cheese (even though I'm a cheese-lover). We wished we had ordered the guacamole. They prepare it right in front of you, with big stone mortar and pestle. Service and price was average.
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