Are there bears in Mexico? That’s a thing we Googled while waiting for our tacos at Oso (translation: bear), a newish modern Mexican place in Hamilton Heights. Turns out, Mexican grizzlies became extinct a long time ago. Which is sad, but at least the tacos here turned out to be pretty good. (If you’re not feeling tacos, there’s a wide-ranging menu of stuff to keep you happy.) Oso isn’t big, but the colorful, attractive space is the kind you want to hang out in for a while. Especially when drinking their excellent margaritas.
Where we've featured it
15 Uptown Spots That Feel Like Downtown Spots
When you want to feel like you’re in a bar or restaurant 70 blocks south of where you actually are, go to any of these spots.
More spots in HarlemSee more
Harlem Shake falls somewhere in between Johnny Rockets, Shake Shack, and Cafe Habana. We're looking forward to this spot becoming our new Harlem neighborhood staple.
Lido is a neighborhood Italian spot in Harlem that also does a serious bottomless brunch.
Mountain Bird is a poultry-focused French bistro in Harlem, run by a Japanese couple. Sound interesting? It is. It's also excellent.
More Mexican spotsSee more
When your tequila list is longer than your menu, we start to worry. The food at Añejo would be wonderful, but sadly they take the “small” in “small plates” really seriously.
La Morada is a Mexican restaurant in Mott Haven with seven different kinds of mole, some excellent tacos, and many other things you’ll want to eat.
La Esquina Brasserie
Does La Esquina have the best Mexican food in NYC? No. But it is in a secret basement in Nolita, and it’s worth a trip for the experience.
Suggested by our writers
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more