The main dining room of Toloache. Photo Credit:

Address: 251 West 50th Street, btw. 8th and Broadway Avenues, New York, NY 10019
Opening Hours: Sunday - Monday: 11:30AM - 3PM & 5PM - 10PM, Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30AM - 3PM & 5PM - 11PM, Friday - Saturday: 11:30AM - 3PM & 5PM - 12AM
Phone: (212) 581-1818
Price: $$

With it’s distinct interior of mosaic tile murals, burnt yellow walls and vast expanses of exposed wooden beams, this is probably the closest you are going to get, to feeling like you’re in Mexico. Despite the vibrancy of the decor, the restaurant is brought up to date thanks to the integration of a super-sized sweeping beech bar, exposed brickwork and distinct wooden wall carvings scattered around the place. The combination of old and new probably shouldn’t work, but it somehow does, adding to the authenticity of the restaurant’s Mexican heritage. Prepare to be wowed by ‘Prix Fixe’ lunch menus offering Wild Sea Bass with three corn Pozole, Roasted Shredded Suckling Pig; both served with above-expectation flamboyant presentation. The passion for color and contrast extends to the dinner menu with brick oven baked dishes such as the Quesadilla de Camaron (shrimp, arbol salsa and pineapple), or Veracruz style Paella – known as Tumbada. The bar stocks a plentiful array of Mexican beers and spirits, while you’ll also find several well known brands on draught too. Despite it’s size, Toloache is considered one of New York’s most romantic Mexican restaurants, and when bathed in the glow of a hundred candles, you can really see why.

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