Good Mexican food is hard to find in New York City. Especially if you don’t want to sign over your first born child in the process. My friends and I had been talking about how affordable Mexican restaurants are few and far between, and we had given up trying to find one in Manhattan.
Lo and behold, Guac Tacos + Tequila recently opened in the East Village! They launched their brunch menu a few weeks ago, and invited us in to check things out. Keeping my conversation with my friends in the back of my mind, I couldn’t help but wonder–could Guac be the answer to our “is there such a thing as affordable Mexican food in NYC?” question.
Guac has a split-level floor plan. When you first walk in, it seems the whole restaurant is made up of the initial eating area, the bar, and the kitchen. But, there is actually an additional room, located in the back down a small flight of stairs. It’s larger and its high ceilings, give off a airy feel.
Living up to its name, Guac is known for its creative take on guacamole. They serve 11 types, ranging from traditional to scampi to fried golden bacon. Upon seeing all of the descriptions written on a chalkboard wall, I couldn’t wait to try a flight. But we were disappointed when we tried to order one and were quickly told that the specialty guacs aren’t served during brunch, only during dinner hours.
Thankfully, we weren’t sulking for long, as the pre fixe brunch options come with an individual serving of traditional guacamole. For $15, you get one brunch entree (unless you settle on the marinated steak and eggs, which is $5 extra), plus chips and guac, as well as a coffee.
For an additional $14.50, you can make it a boozy brunch with unlimited margaritas, sangria, mimosas, and Bellinis. Unlike some boozy brunches, you can alternate between cocktails as you please, which is a huge plus for me. I’m an indecisive Bitch, and don’t like being limited to one type of cocktail for my entire meal.
We were able to sample one of each kind of cocktail during the course of our brunch, and they each tasted exactly like they should. The sangria was boozy, the mimosa was bubbly, the Bellini was sweet, and the marg was tart and salty. Fields is exceptionally picky about his margaritas, and he described Guac’s as “very good.”
I ordered the breakfast burrito as my entree. Black beans, scrambled eggs, Monterey cheese, and even more guac were tightly wrapped inside a tortilla and topped with salsa verde. The flavors were on point, and this was a near-perfect breakfast burrito; the only thing missing was a crunch or an additional texture. Bacon or chorizo would be a great addition to this dish, or at least a good add-on option.
Fields went with the Eggs Benedict, but this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill Eggs Benny. Poached eggs sat atop ham and English muffins, all topped with a chipotle Hollandaise sauce. The unique sauce added a smoky, spicy element to this traditional brunch dish, while the ham was perfectly salty and savory. The beau was impressed—which isn’t an easy thing to accomplish.
Both of our brunch dishes were served with home fries and a side salad–as well as the individual portions of guac. While both were sufficient, we would have preferred a larger variety of side dishes to choose from to accompany our burrito and Eggs Benny; perhaps homemade salsa, rice and beans, or a fresh fruit slaw with jicama.
All in all, you get a fairly large amount of food for $15, with the option of turning brunch into Sunday Funday for twice the price–which is still extremely cheap for a boozy brunch in Manhattan.
The Bitches say: B+ You can’t beat this pre-fixe, boozy brunch option, set in an adorable spot in the East Village. We only wish their menu had a tad more variety and that their specialty guacs were also available during brunch hours.
Guac Tacos + Tequila
179 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009
Guac Tacos + Tequila serves brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.