73 W 71st St, New York, NY | Directions 1002340.776705 -73.978910
Neighborhoods: Lincoln Square, Midtown
Margaritas – amazing food and drinks everyone who loves frozen margaritas must try one from here!
Good food. Better people – I recommend you start with a margarita at this place. You may want to try the bean dip. The food is great, from a simple cheeseburger and bean dip to more spicy dishes. They have pretty much every tequila you can imagine. The bartenders are fun and no other place on the UWS can replicate their local feel.
Now the quesadilla. Excellent! – Here I am again. I Looked over other reviews from restaurants in the area first. Either you guys up here in NY are a really tough crowd, or there just aren't that many good chinese restaurants in the area. In desparation, I went back to Santa Fe for the Grilled Chicken Quesadila.
I just wasn't that hungry, although the special for the night really tugged at me. I'm glad I didn't order an entree. The quesadilla, as an appetizer, was a full meal for me. The tortilla was perfectly cooked, with a light, buttery taste. There was just the right amount of diced chicken and cheese, and some other ingredients I could stop long enough to identify, to make it perfect. It had a kick, but a easy one. On top, there was a nice corn and black bean relish and lettuce shavings that I finished up with a fork at the end.
Of course, when I sat down, they immediately served the complimentary salsa & chips. They served so quickly that there was plenty of salsa left for the quesadilla, although, if two people had been eating it, I'm sure it would have been history. If that happens to you, ask for more.
There was sill a lively crowd at the bar again tonight. Everyone seemed happy and engaged. If you live in the area, you might want to check it out at happy hour. A nice end to the day with neighbors.
On the down side, the service tonight wasn't as good as last night. There seemed to be a lot of activity back in the dining section and I only saw 2 waiters, so maybe they were stretched a bit thin. I did sit in the bar area again, and I wasn't in a hurry. I guess I was spoiled last on my previous experience. Last night I had a lovely young woman wait on me. She was very attentive and very nice. Tonight, I had a young man wait on me. Not so good. I sat for while with the menus, waiting to order my Red Oak Merlot, when the bartender, who was very busy, noticed me. He came right over, took my order, and I had my wine in no time. By the way, it was very good.
As a side note, there is a TV in the bar. They had it on Jeopardy. I watched it. I'm not sure what that says, but maybe I'm getting old.
Great Service, Fun Atmosphere, Incredible Food! – I was staying just down 71st from this incredible NYC gem. I love NYC. I love this part of the city. Now I love this restaurant.
I was just up from DC for a few days and staying at the Comfort Inn Central Park West on the other side of the block. While out foraging, I stopped by. On a whim, I ordered the Chipolte Chicken. I really didn't think I could finish, but there's a frig in the room. I figured maybe a light lunch. Wrong......I ate the whole thing. I ate the incredibly good salsa and chips offered free of charge. The salsa had just the right amount of cilantro....not too much like most restaurants do...but enough to be great. I then ate the entire entree. The chicken appeared to have been marinated in chipolte peppers, grilled, cubed, and served in 2 wrapped floured tortillas. Great flavor but not overwhelming. It was served with refried beans, very respectible, spinach lightly sauted in garlic, and rice, very, very good.
Honestly, I didn't have room for desert, but I have to go back. I want to try their grilled chicken quesadilla. It's got to be good.
For those of you who care, the restaurant was clean, well decorated and lively. There was a good sized, fun loving crowd at the bar watching the Yankees playoffs. They have a quiet dining section in the back for those who want something quiet (or romantic). tI think you would enjoy the food and the experience. I did.
Great Food, Friendly Service, Comfortable Atmosphere – A friend of mine recommended I try this place because I love Mexican food. I have the say that the margaritas were amazing. I had the house margarita and it had to have been the best I have ever tasted. Apparently they just hired a new chef who totally changed the menu, and there were even some delicious sounding specials. I ordered the crab cakes, which were recommended to me by my waitress. She said that they are some of the best she's had, and she's from Maryland. As soon as she said that I knew I had to try them, and she was not lying. They were amazing. My boyfriend ordered the burger which was also really yummy and juicy (even though I thought it was strange it came on an english muffin instead of a bun). The waitress also recommended the flan for dessert, and again, she gave us a great recommendation. I don't usually like flan, but this one was so creamy and flavorful, and had great carmalization. I definitely recommend giving this place a try. You won't be disappointed. I think the next time I eat here I will try one of the specials.
Old Dog, GREAT NEW Tricks ! – This place has been around for years and except for the drinks, I have always felt that the food belonged in 1980. Needles to say, I was shocked when they started giving out "tastings" at the bar one night.
The bartender told me that they had just hired a Chef for the first time !
Last week, a friend and I decided to try the restaurant for dinner. I was disappointed to find the same old menu, but delighted when my Waiter started to recite SPECIALS ! There were 2 and they both sounded great.
I had a Tuna with a lovely, slightly spicy seafood rice rice. It looked beautiful AND tasted AMAZING. I hope this is a new beginning for this place because now I will have a reason to go for more than the drinks.
Editorial Review by Marcella Veneziale – This tranquil, Upper West Side Tex-Mex restaurant is known for its margaritas and peaceful setting.
Super Southwestern Cuisine, dynamite Margaritas at reasonable prices. – Santa Fe has to be one of the best values in top level Southwestern cuisine in the city. Tucked away on 71st Street right off of Columbus Avenue, it might not look impressive on the outside. But inside, the food is always wonderful while not being too trendy, the Margaritas are powerful and the service attentive and friendly without being overbearing. While the prices make it a treat you can enjoy again and again without guilt.
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