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Javelina - Union Square

4.7
4.7
759 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tex-Mex
Welcome to Javelina, New York City's only authentic Tex-Mex restaurant!

*Please note If you are booking STANDARD SEATING this will be for an indoor table. 

Home of the best Queso & Margaritas in New York City!

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 29 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tex-Mex, Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 539-0202

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Lawrence Ofori

  • Catering

    We offer all of our menu items for off-site catering no matter how big or small! Please email info@javelinatexmex.com for more information on how we can help make your next event amazing!

  • Private party facilities

    We offer full and partial buyouts of our restaurant for corporate events, parties, rehearsal dinners and everything in between. Please email info@javelinatexmex.com and we can help plan your perfect private event!

  • Private party contact

    events@javelinatexmex.com: (212) 539-0202

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Cross street

    East 18th and Irving Place

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Javelina is just a couple of minutes walking distance from the Union Square subway - 4/5/6/L/N/Q/R/W and also close to the NJ PATH stations at 14th and 23rd streets.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 759 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. AE

    AlexandraE

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing!
  2. AM

    AngellikaM

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food recommendation and service was amazing 😋😋😋👏👏👏👏
  3. S

    Scoting

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love eating outside here. It’s a side-street so it’s not crazy loud like restaurants along avenues or every-damn-where inside. Love the salsa here and the mole enchiladas. Good margaritas. Food came lightning fast, by the way. Nice server. Was our second visit of 2022 maybe-almost-post-pandemic summer. (We had been once before the pandemic and it was super loud, which we didn’t like, so this review is admittedly a bit influenced by having been outside most recently. Of course, the food and all the other factors were the same when we ate inside here, too.) Definitely recommended. (Did I mention we hate loud restaurants?)
  4. RC

    RebeccaC

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Super friendly! Food a tad salty but def please check out the queso and delicious food!
  5. MZ

    MichaelZ

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Food was great as always. Service was great as always. We sat indoors. They did not have the air conditioning on and it was sweltering. I felt especially bad for the servers who had to work in that heat.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    AC could be better otherwise good time
  7. K

    Kayla

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful day for outdoor dining, our server was lovely and we had such a great time!
  8. T

    Timothy

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Not really tex mex. Egregiously salty salsa too. Tasted like salt water.
  9. AD

    ArnonD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. Food is great. Quality ingredients. Service very friendly and quick.
  10. MJ

    MatthewJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truest form of Tex mex I’ve had in nyc. Best queso in the city.
  11. G

    Grace

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The food was all right overall, but not worth the price. I would not recommend.
  12. NM

    NotmyfaveMexicananymore

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Both and myself and my friend got sick from the food. I had a fairly swift and severe allergic reaction to the prickly pear margarita apparently. Rash and swelling all over my face and neck. My friend was up all night with digestive distress.
  13. F

    Food4me123

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Found hair in rice. Ew.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always great. No complaints!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing food, excellent service, and stellar margaritas!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience at Javelina. From food to service, everyone is always hospitable.
  17. MR

    MariaR

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Way too hot and loud in there and food is pretty ok. Service was great though
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a cute spot!
  19. BE

    BriannaE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    This restaurant now clearly prioritizes delivery & pickup orders over their in restaurant patrons. Wait time to get even a water refill was incredible. Either increase the staff or decrease the online ordering system. Both will continue to suffer
  20. MZ

    MichaelZ

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Do yourself a favor and get the queso.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience2
    Good food, restaurant was a little hot!
  22. a

    andisa

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good quick food option, excellent service and carnitas
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extremely accommodating. We got there a bit early and sat us early. Waitstaff were accommodating and friendly, catering to whatever whim we had. As a Texan, the TexMex is the best in the city and is a place I look forward to going.
  24. E

    Estrada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Waited well over 30 minutes past my reservation time for a table for two… What’s the point in making the reservation?
  25. BN

    BethNY

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Waitress was nice, but service was horrible. Drinks didn’t come, we also had to remind we ordered appetizer, then food came out right behind it but was not hot. Different people brought food or drink, so if you asked for something (ie serving utensils) we had to ask multiple times. Also, a sewage truck parked right next to our tables and hooked up sewage line (we had outdoor table)
  26. MU

    MelissaU

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, fresh food. Everyone’s meal was great & the service was too!
  27. NY

    NYCgirl

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My only complaint is they don’t serve decaffeinated coffee. At brunch, both decaf and caffeinated should be available.
  28. E

    Elfields

    New York Area

    127 reviews

    4.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was good. But our waitress was swamped. Best part of the meal was the nachos. If you order wine, order it by the bottle, the glasses are like 3 ounces.
  29. MC

    MarrahC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great drinks. Great server (I believe his name was Donato). Great time had by all.
  30. JM

    JMichael53

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I love this place—great queso, great crispy tacos and great margaritas. The homemade flour tortillas are the best I have had in NYC—and go perfectly with the queso. Service is always upbeat and helpful. Avery did a super job!
  31. M

    Mariam

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this spot! Great food, great drinks. It can get sooo loud though.
  32. Z

    Zehr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food, ambiance and location. Best service in NYC
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great spot to hang with friends and grab dinner. Both locations are legit
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    Food was good. Atmosphere is great. Never got the appetizer we ordered which was unfortunate. And had to wave someone down anytime we wanted to place and or needed anything.
  35. C

    Carlitos

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Bad food, worse service. Spilled drinks.. no acknowledgement just sopped up w dirty rag while shoving food aside. Cold over spiced overcooked tacos.
  36. J

    Jess

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing !! The food was sooo delicious and I am definitely going back !
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor seating. Food was incredible
  38. MS

    MarciaS

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Tex Mex in NYC!
  39. b

    burkesbites

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    You go for the queso. It’s just out of this world.
  40. PP

    PalPo

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Yummy food

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Javelina - Union Square does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now, Postmates and Uber Eats. Javelina - Union Square also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 539-0202.

Javelina - Union Square is rated 4.7 stars by 759 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 29 times today
Google Map for Javelina - Union Square

119 E. 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    East 18th and Irving Place

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tex-Mex, Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Javelina is just a couple of minutes walking distance from the Union Square subway - 4/5/6/L/N/Q/R/W and also close to the NJ PATH stations at 14th and 23rd streets.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lawrence Ofori

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 539-0202

  • Catering

    We offer all of our menu items for off-site catering no matter how big or small! Please email info@javelinatexmex.com for more information on how we can help make your next event amazing!

  • Private party facilities

    We offer full and partial buyouts of our restaurant for corporate events, parties, rehearsal dinners and everything in between. Please email info@javelinatexmex.com and we can help plan your perfect private event!

  • Private party contact

    events@javelinatexmex.com: (212) 539-0202

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