Recently,  the mega restaurateur Stephen Starr opened a new Mexican restaurant in NYC: El Vez. The space of the restaurant is designed in partnership with the Rockwell Group and is a beautiful bright and vivid mix of Mexican and Mexican-American Culture.

A big restaurant with an ornate design, El Vez has a capacity of 200-seat and is broken up into a few different areas, offering several distinct dining experiences. Just beyond the entrance, you’ll note the wooden bar that resembles a 1900s-era saloon from the Old West. Past the bar you’ll find colorful circular booths and banquettes along the walls of the main dining room. The “garage” room features old car seats in the booths, cement floors and a hand-painted mural. A large outdoor seating area can be found on the wrap-around landscaped patio. And coming soon: a grab-and-go burrito stand will open.

The NYC El Vez Mexican restaurant manages to create a warm and cozy atmosphere with a Mexican vibe in it, but not in an overly thematic way. The space has mosaic crowned banquettes, terra cotta floors, portraits of Elvis and luchadores, a photo booth and some artfully weathered chairs in the “garage” dining room.

And although the unique and awesome design was the one that caught our attention, we should mention that the menu will follow the thematic line of the restaurant and isn’t supposed to reflect authentic Mexican cuisine — it’s filled with fun, familiar dishes, like build-your-own tacos, oxtail enchiladas, classic corn on the cob, and three types of guacamole.

Take a look around the space and if you like what you see and you’re in NYC, don’t hesitate to visit it.

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