179 Avenue B, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.727356 -73.979687
Mon-Wed, 5pm-11pm; Thu-Fri, 5pm-midnight; Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-11pm
Neighborhoods: Alphabet City, Downtown, East Village
Let's say you're in the East Village and have a yen for tacos, but you aren't actually interested in going to that ultra-real Mexican bodega, and eating them over a garbage can. Nor are you looking for something as upscale as Yerba Buena or Empellon. Mercadito is the place for you! It's not scary enough to spook the brunch crowd, but not so g-rated as to keep away the local residents. Funky but neat, with solid b+ food and low-ish prices, it's a middle course for Mexican in the neighborhood.
Best service and ceviches in town – I brought my family to mercadito after receiving a great recommendation from a friend of mine. He was really right about Mercadito. Since the moment we arrived the staff was very polite and attentive. we ate in the back room and received and excellent service from Marcelo and the rest of the staff. My wife was delighted with the ceviche tasting and my children amazed me because they only want chicken fingers and fries every time we go out but in mercadito they ate everything, is not great? the pollo a la brasa was delicious with that corn pico de gallo. Finally I found a restaurant where I can bring my family without any concerns. In our ride home we could not stop commenting about our great experience at Mercadito. I am looking forward to coming back any time soon. I highly recommend mexican cuisine lovers to give a shot
DON'T EVER EAT HERE!!!! BAG STOLEN AND SHADY EMPLOYEES!!! – Do not ever go here very sketchy place!!! My friend's purse was stolen here over dinner and when we realized and told the staff they were extremely uncooperative. They did not help us search the place and were very defensive. The manager didn't even offer to pay for our dinner!! The restaurant is tiny, uncrowded and only people that were ever near us was the staff.....Suspicious, right? Unfortunately for the them, whoever stole her purse used her credit cards and now police is on them. Don't recommend to anyone.
Where are the Carne Tacos? – Let me just say that I love Mercadito. While dinning there again last Saturday night I was once again impressed with the food, service, and margaritas. The tacos are my favorite - they may look small - but they are truly wonderful. I am also partial to the strawberry margaritas, but don't order them if you go to the west village location - they're not nearly as good. I was disappointed to see that they changed the menu and replaced the amazing lime and mint carne tacos with a sad substitue. The new tacos are still the same beautifully prepared skirt steak, but now they are served with fried potatoes - some sort of sharp baby french fries that add no flavor. Please, please, please bring back the old carne tacos!!!
Good Customer service, but small! – I probably would review the place better had i visited in the summer because they have a great outdoor area. We sat inside and they crammed all the tables together. We were also by the door, so people who were waiting hovered over our table waiting for us to leave. The food was great, but expect to spend 30 - 40 per person. I reccommend the chicken platter. The tacos only come with 4 mini tacos.
It is also a traditional mexican restaurant, so the tortillas are corn and everything is made fresh on the spot. I would not reccomend the sangria, waste of $8. The bar is tequila only.
I LOVE MERCADITO – This is my favorite restuarant in the entire east village... great food... amazing drinks... and terrific bartenders.
Ask for Amesh.. he makes the best margaritas in NY....
Their tacos and guacamole are so good... just make sure you get there on time cause it gets packed.
not bad at all – ate here a couple of weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised-
great food, friendly service, and killer margaritas.
a little on the pricey side, but definitely something to remember.
Way too expensive – The food in this place isn't bad, but don't go there if you're hungry at all unless you're planning on spending a lot of money. A tacos entree is about USD 14 and you get four tiny tacos with that and the side isn't included (a side of rice & beans is 4.50). Unlike in other mexican restaurants, you don't even get tortilla chips with guacamole or anything like that.
The service is also very bad. The server was rude, and was insisting so we'd order appetizers. When we left, we didn't give a big tip because we weren't happy about the service or the food. When he saw that, he ran after us on the street, so he could get his tip.
Don't believe the other reviews, avoid this place!
Awesome Margaritas/Guac – Stumbled on this place just walking around the neighborhood. Sat in the back in super cute enclosed garden dining area. They have a lot of awesome flavored margaritas and an amazing guacamole tasting dish. Casula but friendly service and excellent ceviche...would certainly come back!
Loved it - try the tasting menu! – Had a reservation for 6 people and showed up with 8 - we ended up having to wait a while at the bar, but the manager went totally out of his way to make sure we were having fun and sent us drinks and appetizers to make up for the wait (and some excellent tequila at the end of the meal) - we enjoyed ourselves at the bar, and the food was totally worth the wait. Did the tasting menu, which was a great deal for delicious guacamole, ceviche, tacos and dessert. Would definitely go back. Great atmosphere, wonderful food for a great value, and the service was so gracious. Made for a great night, despite the wait, which was admittedly my fault for not adjusting the reservation.
Make reservations! – Recently, I had decided to take some good friends to Mercadito but couldn't remember the address so I had to look it up. I was amazed to read some negative reviews. I felt compelled to write in. I love this place. I always get the guacamole taster, the ceviche taster, fundido, the fish tacos of the day and some other tacos they might recommend. The food is delicious and not cheap! It's a night out and I always figure a few hours because the plates come out one at a time. It's a real experience. And don't forget the magaritas because they are delicious too! Service is casual and not hurried, which I like. One time we had reservations and they couldn't seat us for 45 mins but gave our entire party (8) a round of drinks on the house. This place is the 1st place I think of to take out of towners. Enjoy!
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