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Playa Betty's

4.3
4.3
774 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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Booked 51 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Happy Hour Beer

  • HH Tecate Can$4.00

    • HH Modelo Especial$4.00

      • HH Betty's Blonde Draft$6.00

        • HH Betty's Amber Draft$6.00

          • HH Bucket of Coronitas$14.00

            Happy Hour Cocktail

            • HH Frozen Paloma$9.00

              • HH Rum Runner$9.00

                • HH Wipe Out Rita$9.00

                  • HH Wipe Out Mango Rita$9.00

                    • HH Wipe Out Strawberry Rita$9.00

                      • HH Wipe Out Passion Fruit Rita$9.00

                        • HH Wipe Out Cactus Pear Rita$9.00

                          • HH Pico Back Shots$4.00

                            Happy Hour Wine

                            • HH Malbec$8.00

                              • HH Rose$8.00

                                • HH Sauvignon Blanc$8.00

                                  Happy Hour Pitchers

                                  • Wipe Out Marg Pitcher$40.00

                                    • HH Sangria Pitcher$40.00

                                      • HH Betty's Blonde Pitcher$24.00

                                        • HH Toasted Lager Pitcher$24.00

                                          Last updated: February 10, 2022

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                                          What 774 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                          NoiseModerate

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                                          1. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Philadelphia

                                            1 review

                                            vip
                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                            overall3food3service3ambience2

                                            If you are from the suburbs and have eaten at any chain “Mexican” restaurant, you have also eaten here. But this is much louder.

                                          2. UW

                                            UWSide

                                            New York Area

                                            83 reviews

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            83 reviews

                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                            overall2food1service2ambience2

                                            Super loud. Food was mediocre at best. Tuna taco was spoiled - could smell bad fish when it came onto the table- and all waiter did was tell me he took it off the bill!! Wait staff kept clearing condiments off table even though there were other tables with guests still eating. Good taco Tuesday deal but food has to at least be decent!

                                          3. D

                                            Duke

                                            Denver

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Perfect for summer brunch. All the right vibes. Good food and drinks and friendly staff. Thanks!

                                          4. M

                                            Maates

                                            Hertfordshire

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 17, 2022

                                            overall2food1service1ambience2

                                            Disappointingly average. Service was slow & then waiter was disinterested. Food was lukewarm and boring. We asked for 2 more beers that never came. We paid & left. Will not return.

                                          5. AB

                                            AmyB

                                            New York Area

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 15, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Play Bettys is such a go-to. Need a nice outdoor space with friends? Check. A chill vibe, friendly staff. Check. And Whether you need just a couple margs or some great mexican beach eats - they have such a decent variety! I have also come here solo in between errands on the weekend and its such a delight. Such a fan!

                                          6. MG

                                            MarioGa

                                            New York Area

                                            4 reviews

                                            1.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                            overall1food3service1ambience1

                                            Service was horrendous! Food was ok and drinks were ok. Would have been a much better experience If they actually served the tables and gave more attention to customers instead of all the employees trying to have a good time with each other. Never going back.

                                          7. s

                                            seefood

                                            New York Area

                                            6 reviews

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on May 13, 2022

                                            overall2food4service2ambience2

                                            I was very disappointed and may not return again after my experience last night. After making a reservation for a work event more than 2 weeks ago for outdoor dining experience, and then confirming said outdoor reservation the night before, we were seated inside. The waitress told us outdoor dining was more of a request, which is rediculous. Don't have this as an option for reservations if you can't actually reserve outdoor seating! I was very uncomfortable eating indoors as the pandemic still rages and I am an at risk individual, however I had no where else to seat my entire team so we were forced to eat inside. And even after that it took over 30 minutes for someone to take our appetizer order and then another hour before food order. In previous experiences at this place with my same work team, we have been served 3 to 4 rounds of drinks, appetizers, and dinner and been done in 1.5 to 2 hours during their packed Taco Tuesday nights. This 3 hour dining experience left alot to be desired.

                                          8. IA

                                            IANP

                                            New York Area

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 11, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great setting, team, food and drinks. Our family regular 'go to' for a fun and easy meal out at any time or day of the week

                                          9. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Philadelphia

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                            We had a perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Great food and cocktails. The short rib tacos were wonderful! We’ll be back as this is now our favorite place to gather!

                                          10. r

                                            rebeccak

                                            New York Area

                                            1 review

                                            1.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 5, 2022

                                            overall1food1service1ambience1

                                            we had a 7pm reservation, they took me to my table, but people were sitting there? then said it would be another 20-30min. check in at 7:30pm, they say another 20-30 min. Check back in at 8pm and they seat us but tell us we cannot order food as the kitchen is backed up so we just ordered chips and some drinks. The drinks came but the chips never did so we left around 9pm. literally the worst experience.

                                          11. ML

                                            MarkL

                                            Los Angeles

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on May 5, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Outstanding food & service!!! Fun & Lively! Blood Orange Margaritas are Awesome!!! A+++ Highly recommend!

                                          12. DB

                                            DeanaB

                                            New York Area

                                            29 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            29 reviews

                                            Dined on May 5, 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            Great spot for margs and their food is good too.

                                          13. c

                                            cbab

                                            New York Area

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on April 22, 2022

                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                            Fun place with excellent food. The tacos were excellent especially the fish taco which was crispy and delicious.

                                          14. SE

                                            SantosE

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 12, 2022

                                            overall3food4service2ambience2

                                            Didn’t get the seat area I requested on my reservation and didn’t get the cocktail I requested until after I finished my meal.

                                          15. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 8, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            It was great! Great food and drinks!

                                          16. WB

                                            WendyB

                                            New York Area

                                            6 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on April 2, 2022

                                            overall4food4service3ambience4

                                            We had a 7:15pm reservation and weren't seated until 7:45pm bc of overwhelmed kitchen. Also, plates and glasses not thoroughly cleaned. Service and food good

                                          17. r

                                            ridn4life

                                            Philadelphia

                                            6 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on March 30, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Amazing food and staff!

                                          18. JM

                                            JeremyM

                                            Minneapolis

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on March 28, 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            Good value in a fun space. Great service and food a block from the Beacon Theater.

                                          19. C

                                            Coquille

                                            New York Area

                                            65 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            65 reviews

                                            Dined on March 27, 2022

                                            overall4food3service4ambience4

                                            Still very good. Some brunch dishes were not as stellar as they used to be. But overall, still love the place.

                                          20. O

                                            Oldtimer

                                            New York Area

                                            30 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            30 reviews

                                            Dined on March 26, 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            My friend and I had a reasonable time, and I’m glad to have checked out this popular neighborhood spot, but it was very very loud in there. Staff was very nice, but honestly it’s as much a bar as a restaurant and as I said it was very very loud. Of course it was Saturday night and a party atmosphere so it was fun.

                                          21. v

                                            vincentv

                                            New York Area

                                            2 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on March 25, 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Solid drinks, good food at a reasonable price, great service, fantastic location next to the Beacon for pre show, and bit loud, but other than that a great spot not far from the park on the UWS.

                                          22. TB

                                            TheresaB

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 25, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Fantastic margarita & enchiladas and fast friendly service, definitely will return.

                                          23. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 23, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            We had the taco trio and chicken enchiladas and the food was great. We had the guacamole appetizer which was wonderful because it came with fixings so you could doctor it up to your liking. The drinks were good and the server was friendly and very helpful. Overall, a very enjoyable experience!

                                          24. BE

                                            BigEater

                                            New York Area

                                            16 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            16 reviews

                                            Dined on March 19, 2022

                                            overall4food5service5ambience5

                                            Prices are particularly high, but nice atmosphere. Good food.

                                          25. NC

                                            NajaC

                                            New York Area

                                            17 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            17 reviews

                                            Dined on March 18, 2022

                                            overall3food4service4ambience4

                                            Nice food but the noise level inside is just too much. It’s impossible to have a conversation with 4 people around the table!

                                          26. MD

                                            MikeD

                                            San Francisco

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 12, 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience4

                                            Solid food and great happy hour for drinks on a Saturday

                                          27. LV

                                            LeeVW

                                            Philadelphia

                                            11 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            11 reviews

                                            Dined on March 12, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            This is my favorite spot in Manhattan. The drinks are always to notch and the food is fresh and delicious! The ambiance is super chill, like stepping off the street into a beach front lunch spot and the servers are always fun, friendly and quick!! Its a MUST DO!!!

                                          28. UW

                                            UWSFAMILY

                                            New York Area

                                            8 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            8 reviews

                                            Dined on March 9, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Alfredo was our waiter and his energy made our dinner so fun and delightful. A neighborhood favorite. Good food. Good drinks. Good people.

                                          29. DF

                                            DanniF

                                            New Orleans

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 6, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            I came here with a few friends on sunday evening for my birthday. We had a wonderful time sitting outside enjoying queso (FINALLY found a place that does it right in NYC, excited southerners here), margs, and delicious entrees. The quality of the food was great for a decent price. I live in Brooklyn and came all the way out for some queso if that tells you anything!

                                          30. n

                                            nlbnyc

                                            Nashville

                                            4 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on February 22, 2022

                                            overall4food3service3ambience3

                                            It's a neighborhood place with reliable tacos, queso and guac. Fantastic frozen Paloma margarita. One request: pls don't put the salt down the edge of the glass. No need to French kiss the glass in order to reach that addictive spicy salt. Keep it on the rim - and ALL around the rim please. Less is not more.

                                          31. LB

                                            LalouBize

                                            San Francisco

                                            42 reviews

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            42 reviews

                                            Dined on February 20, 2022

                                            overall2food3service1ambience1

                                            The pounding noise level was one step lower than "dance club." The food was O.K. -- average salad, average guacamole, decent cocktails and club sandwich. But the horror was that the old-fashioned white enamel tray on which the sandwich came was rusted all over. They had a piece of foil on top of it the base that did not cover it fully, and when I lifted the sandwich I was gobsmacked to see the rust. Never in my long life have I seen anything like it. And there was no way to complain, beyond getting up and walking across to the hostess station. That's because phone-app ordering takes the place of a waiter, with runners delivering the food. This may be the trend, but the problem is, if something is wrong (my salad arrived with no dressing, for one), there is no one to fix it--no button on the app to say "I have a problem."

                                          32. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New York Area

                                            38 reviews

                                            vip
                                            3.0

                                            38 reviews

                                            Dined on February 19, 2022

                                            overall3food3service3ambience4

                                            Bottomless brunch is shorter than others but they also don’t serve as frequent as you would like either. The food was good, their service has been better in slower days

                                          33. RD

                                            RuqaiyahD

                                            New York Area

                                            4 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on February 18, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great quick place,before beacon theater , service was great

                                          34. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on February 16, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Located near the Beacon Theater. Fast service, great food. Fun!

                                          35. CH

                                            CaitlinH

                                            New York Area

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on February 12, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Only complaint was that they had no record that we specifically had made a reservation for the outdoor cafe. Food was excellent, service was excellent, value was excellent!

                                          36. DM

                                            DanaM

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on February 11, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Funa and festive restaurant. Service was great, however I felt very rushed.

                                          37. FG

                                            FranG

                                            New York Area

                                            7 reviews

                                            vip
                                            3.0

                                            7 reviews

                                            Dined on February 6, 2022

                                            overall3food3service4ambience4

                                            The quality of the salmon was mediocre at best

                                          38. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New York Area

                                            3 reviews

                                            vip
                                            3.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on February 5, 2022

                                            overall3food3service5ambience4

                                            I love this place for the frozen palomas and queso. Everything else is just ok. I’m a Texan and I’ve had better in the city. The restaurant seems to never have the heat on and has a weird ordering system. I keep wishing everything would get a little better, bc there’s so much potential.

                                          39. L

                                            Lofty

                                            New York Area

                                            67 reviews

                                            vip
                                            3.0

                                            67 reviews

                                            Dined on January 28, 2022

                                            overall3food3service2ambience2

                                            Cesar Chavez chicken burrito was good. Menu, not printed, was very difficult to understand. They brought our main course when we were halfway through the appetizers.

                                          40. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New York Area

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on January 25, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Took my younger brother here for lunch so he can experience something new compared to his usual NY hamburgers and pizza diet. He thought it was great and enjoyed the food very much. Definitely going back for brunch.

                                          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 774 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                          Booked 51 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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