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Playa Betty's

4.3
4.3
817 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
California-style beach fare served to New York City's Upper West Side. Stop by & enjoy the best of the West Coast.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:30 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 712-0777

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Porteda

  • Catering

    Off-site catering is available through Playabettys.com. Taco boxes: to-go, packed taco boxes for large groups.

  • Neighborhood

    Upper West Side

  • Cross street

    75th St

  • Parking details

    A parking lot is located right next door; entrance is on the Western side of Amsterdam Avenue between 75th and 76th Street.

  • Public transit

    We are located on the Northwest corner of 75th Street and Amsterdam Ave. <br />Trains:<br />1 Train to 79th Street & Broadway<br />1/2/3 Train to 72nd Street & Broadway<br />B/C Train to 81st Street, Natural History Museum<br />B/C Train to 72nd Street Central Park West

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 817 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. IS

    IsabellaS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Taco Tuesday deals were amazing! The indoor seating area has become louder and louder every time I go there now, so if you want to actually talk to your party, make sure to get a table outside.
  2. OL

    OLGAM

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great. Our waitress Jeanice was awesome!
  3. LO

    LouisO

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good food and service. Average drinks. Loud dinner room with plenty of energy and traffic. More of a hot spot than good dinning.
  4. B

    Bravo

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun feature delicious ‼️
  5. AM

    AnthonyM

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A group of us went out for a nice Friday evening meal and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The waitstaff was very friendly and the food was delicious. We will definitely go back again. Great neighborhood spot!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Jessica was a great server. Avocado and fish tacos were outstanding. Jerk chicken a little dry. Didn’t care for the rice and beans. Ate outside because inside was too loud. Definitely would go back.
  7. ED

    EileenD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Open to the outside, friendly waitress, great service!
  8. SS

    StarShine

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Hopefully this visit was a fluke. The food and drinks took a very long time to come out. The seltzer gun was not working behind the bar so they couldn’t offer many of their drinks. The food was only ok - ordered in the app and not all of my requests were listened to. In the past everything g was great - good, drinks, timeliness of service.
  9. m

    marks

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, decent outside seating, great service, and best of all, around the corner from the Beacon Theater. This is my new go-to dinner spot when seeing a show there.
  10. M

    Mick216

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very unique menu good for all types of eaters; carnivore to vegan, gluten to non gluten. Festive atmosphere, but a little on the noisy side.
  11. GM

    GM1977

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    SO NOISY!!! impossible to have a conversation. The waitress brought the wrong food, I think because she just didn’t hear the order correctly. She tried to fix it later but it took forever and we had no patience to wait. Overall not a fun experience. (We have been there before and sat outside which was fine).
  12. AW

    AnneW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and cocktails were great Gracie our sever was fabulous We wanted to sit outside on a very hot day and she still gave us all her attention Will definitely be back
  13. IA

    IANP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great team - super quick - great food and drinks and venue It’s our regular go to for quick and tasty food, great drinks and vibe and good value
  14. BJ

    BrandiJ

    New Orleans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worst Mexican I have ever had!
  15. D

    Drewbee

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Food was good. Fun atmosphere. But serving the main courses literally one minute after the apps hit the table is not good.
  16. AW

    AnneW

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gracie our waitress was amazing. We will Be back
  17. C

    Cellano

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Please give this restaurant a try. We loved the frozen signature drinks, the guacamole additions tray, the fish tacos and all the tacos. The service was excellent! I’m terribly at names but I remember the last five letters in our servers name was ****raina. She was excellent and super helpful. I hope she forgives me for forgetting the first part of her name.
  18. L

    Lena

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was average, there is better Mexican restaurants nearby. Service was lovely, no problems.
  19. m

    mrkhk

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very pleasant, very friendly ... and appreciate that they vegan options.
  20. F

    Foodeeeee

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great food & drinks!
  21. S

    Selines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Tried the sangria, moscow muke, and paloma and neither of them tasted even decent. Birria taco shells shouldn't be so soft & mushy. Churro for dessert was burnt.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Agradable, divertido y delicioso, recomiendo comer los Tacos y los Tochos
  23. M

    Megan

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food is delicious, but the deconstructed guacamole is a lot of work. We would have preferred an assembled guacamole. Other than that, the drinks and food were solid and the service was good.
  24. SW

    ScottW

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You WILL quickly forget you are in NYC.
  25. j

    jc22

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good quick spot for small tacos near the Beacon Theater. Fish tacos were excellent. Mushroom taco was good but there could have been more filling in the taco.
  26. T

    Tasha

    New York Area

    66 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    The food was ok, the restaurant very lively. We had the taco dishes and burritos. If your hoping to have a conversation with your friends (even outside) go someplace else. We could barely hear each other.
  27. E

    Elle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The tacos were a very small potion, with only one tortilla; traditional Mexican tacos have 2 tortillas. The beans also tasted like they were from a can. I did love the queso dip!
  28. SA

    SeanA

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Bad cocktails, decent food, great happy hour value.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Great location, happy, colorful place. Nice staff. Also good vegan option however, the food was just ok in my opinion. I was not impressed by it. Same goes for the cocktails. They were average and nothing special.
  30. DD

    DonnaD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Food was okay. Service was spotty and slow. They rush you (not the first time this has happened there, starting to see a pattern). They throw dinner at you while you're still eating apps and don't even offer to pick up plates to make room. Very noisy and hard to enjoy conversation without straining to hear and shouting.
  31. NJ

    NaomiJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food paired with amazing service!!! My server was extremely kind and she made sure I was comfortable and satisfied at all times. Hope to come here again.
  32. NU

    NycUES79

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    fun atmosphere. Great margaritas. Food was good but need more selection.
  33. DB

    DrBenelli

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    1.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Where to start. 1. Made res on Open Table for 5 on a Monday night. Left note requesting outside, we are COVID adverse. 2. Called rest on Saturday. Said we were a party of 5 with a res for Monday at 7:30 and asked that we have an outside table. Was told they don’t takes reservations for outside tables. That we would be able to wait for one. 3. Arrived at Playa Betty’s at 7:40. Asked about outside table. Was told “We don’t have outside tables for 5.” “We can’t add seat, the servers don’t like it”. 4. We joined our kids at a large round table inside. 5. Table was set for 6. We removed the xtra chair and place setting. 6. We downloaded the menu to our iPhones. 7. Then we waited. 8. Warm bottle of water was placed on the table. 9. Looked at drinks on the menu. All were silly frat bar choices. Frozen this and that. 10. Looked at food, the smallest part of the menu. 11. Server came by for drinks orders. 12. We waited 30 min for drinks to come. 13. Then ordered our dinner. Server was pushing the Guacamole app. We ordered it. 13. Guacamole arrives with delicious warm tortilla chips. The guacamole was ice cold. Not fresh. Looked like it had Been in the fridge for several days. Was turning color. 14. Then we waited 45 minutes for food to arrive. 15. A look at the food indicated it was sitting around for quite some time, ie dried sauces on tacos. 16. Food was mediocre at best. 17. A look at the E-menu and it becomes crystal clear that the owners of this operation hired a social psychologist to help design the menu. If you scrolled past many, maybe twenty pages of frozen drinks you eventually reached the adult drinks. The frozen drinks were not overpriced but no bargain. The adult drinks were priced better. We didn’t see the adult drinks because the BS section was so huge we got bored scrolling. 18. Our server stopped by several times to see “how we were doing with our drinks”. She never updated us on the food. All in all a horrible experience.
  34. C

    Chris

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great staff and good vibe. Inside is a bit loud.
  35. f

    friendslunch

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Liked the way they served guacamole, plain with garnishes that you can choose to add. Rest of food not very tasty. Meat in my husbands burrito was fatty. Fish tacos was mostly batter, little fish. Sangria was weak, no fruit, which is usually fun to eat
  36. CK

    CarynK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we meet friends that we have not seen in a long time. I usually do not write reviews, but the service was outstanding and the food was delicious. We stayed for 3 + hours and the waiter did not bother us at all. It has been the second time I was there and I would recommend it hightly.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    88 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Extremely loud even when not very full. Strange menu for a taco place. They have no chicken tacos which is unusual for the US or for Mexico. The food is also overpriced. The bill was over $100 bucks for two drinks and one dinner. I’d rather spend that for a higher quality place. I didn’t finish the meal and got it to go. It was that bad.
  38. JD

    JonD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The food was beyond underwhelming. It took over an hour to get some tacos and a burger and when it came out (after asking twice) it was borderline inedible. Tacos had obviously been sitting there for a while. They had soaked through the bland taco shell. The waiter tried to be helpful, but it was really a negative experience. No manager came over to talk about it. I would not go back there again.
  39. SB

    SarahB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Great happy hour! So nice it goes til 7:30 even on fridays!
  40. A

    Amanda

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great Happy Hour before a show at the Beacon Theater. The passion fruit margarita was delicious and tachos are always a good snack.

FAQs

Playa Betty's does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Playa Betty's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 712-0777.

Playa Betty's is rated 4.3 stars by 817 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today
Google Map for Playa Betty's

320 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    75th St

  • Neighborhood

    Upper West Side

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:30 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    A parking lot is located right next door; entrance is on the Western side of Amsterdam Avenue between 75th and 76th Street.

  • Public transit

    We are located on the Northwest corner of 75th Street and Amsterdam Ave. Trains:1 Train to 79th Street & Broadway1/2/3 Train to 72nd Street & BroadwayB/C Train to 81st Street, Natural History MuseumB/C Train to 72nd Street Central Park West

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Porteda

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 712-0777

  • Catering

    Off-site catering is available through Playabettys.com. Taco boxes: to-go, packed taco boxes for large groups.

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