Where to find the best Margarita in Nolita …..

There’s something very nostalgic about drinking a cool icy fresh margarita in the summer time that transports us back to that picturesque beach bar in Mexico! But since we can’t escape New York right now, we’ve discovered the next best thing to do is drink a good margarita here. So we decided to go on a true quest to find the most authentic, freshest, zestiest Margarita there was in Nolita.

Beach Bar Tulum Margaritas
Beach Bar Tulum Margaria
Tacombi Tijuana Tonic Nolita Hearts
Tacombi Tijuana Tonic Nolita Hearts

Margarita’s can vary from one bar to the next. Different tequilas vary considerably. Tequila is separated into five classes that refer to the time of the maturation process, and two different categories that are related to the amount of sugar held within the tequila after the maturation process is complete. The most potent level is 100% agave tequila, which means that the sugars are 100% from blue agave, found within the tequila designation in Mexico. The most common maturation classes include: blanco/silver; reposado, añejo and extra-añejo. So now that you know a thing or two about tequila, the most important ingredient within a delicious margarita, we wanted to now reveal what we consider to be the best Margarita joints in Nolita. Here it is…

Tacombi Bar Nolita Hearts
Tacombi Bar Nolita Hearts

Tacombi – 267 Elizabeth St New YorkNY 10012 – our top pick!!!!

Tacombi van in Nolita on Elizabeth Street
Tacombi van in Nolita on Elizabeth Street

Located on Elizabeth Street and Prince Tacombi make a mean cold refreshing lime margarita. It’s served on the rocks. It’s light, refreshing and zingy! You get that ahhhh moment after every sip. The zesty fresh lime juice, extra salty rim, loaded up with plenty of ice (some may say too much for their taste but I like my margaritas slightly on the icy side) makes it dead easy to knock back 5 or 6 and feel just buzzed.Oh and we should mention the prices at Tacombi are so cheap, you can’t go wrong knocking at least one margarita back here!

Margaritas Lime Nolita Hearts
Margaritas Lime Tacombi Nolita Hearts

La Esquina – 114 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012 (Corner of Cleveland Place)

La Esquina on Kenmare and Cleveland Place
La Esquina on Kenmare and Cleveland Place

La Esquina’s brasserie has an exclusive underground tequila bar, which sets up the perfect scene for some boutique margarita making. It’s slightly upscale and possibly not as Mexicana authentica as I would prefer (Beyonce, Jay Z and Jessica Simpson have been snapped here recently) but the hip fancy margarita selection is well worth it. These are my favorites: Hibiscus Rose Margarita Espolon Reposado Tequila, Hibiscus Rose Water Infused Syrup, Triple Sec, Fresh Lime Juice or Margarita de Tamarindo Corralejo Reposado Tequila, Tamarind Syrup, Triple Sec, Fresh Lime Juicela esquina or Pepino Diablo jalapeño infused tequila, cucumber, lime juice, agave nectar, tajin rim (below – yum).

La Esquina Hot Margarita
La Esquina Hot Margarita

Barrio Chino – 253 Broome St New YorkNY 10002 b/t Orchard St & Ludlow Street 

Barrio Chino on Broome street
Barrio Chino on Broome street
Margarita Barrio Chino Nolita Hearts
Margarita Barrio Chino Nolita Hearts

Serve more of a traditional strength Agave style Margarita. Their grapefruit margarita is served with a brown sugar rim which takes the tartness away from the grapefruit and makes it  just delicious.

Barrio Chino Margaritas Nolita Hearts
Barrio Chino Margaritas Nolita Hearts

Barrio Chino’s choice of margaritas is plentiful! Above you can see the left back: fresh lime; front: strawberry vanilla; right back: fresh grapefruit; front: raspberry Paloma! Their margaritas are made on the stronger side, so only 2-3 of these drinks is all I could take.