ATLA

4.5
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104 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Mexican
All-day eatery for contemporary Mexican bites by Enrique Olvera and Daniela Soto-Innes served alongside an approachable, yet sophisticated beverage program created by Yana Volfson.

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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.8
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

The portions are fairly small for the price but that was not unexpected. The service seemed confused, as multiple different servers came to ask us about the same thing after someone had already handled it (ordering food, dessert, etc.) The one thing no one asked us is whether we wanted another drink and we had to flag someone down to order that. Overall, a number of the dishes could have had a more robust flavor to them and were fairly mild. The guac was good, the sauce in the Fluke Aguachile was very good and the Suadero tacos were tasty if somewhat simple overall. It was all good, just not quite to the level of reputation of one of the better restaurants int he City.

AA
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a fantastic experience. James our server was wonderful

AV
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was exqusite. Best herbal guacomole I ever had. The lobster salpicon dish was phenomenol. Excellent waitering staff with excellent choices offerred.

J
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

Great food, poor service. Wrong orders delivered three times during three visits. Doggy bag presented to wrong table.

e
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

open airy space with great peoplewatching outside, food is good but portions and small and very overpriced

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was unexpected, deliberate, and absolutely delicious. Service was tight and precise while still being warm. Great, great dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall1Food2Service5Ambience3

Excesivamente caro para lo que son las porciones. Tortilla muy mala. Mezcal CARÍSIMO!!! He ido a otros restaurantes de Enrique Olvera y nada que ver con esto.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants. Food is delicious and inventive.

e
New England
57 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience1

With only one bathroom in this small restaurant, long waits, slow and cursory service it is hard to recommend this restaurant despite the outstanding food.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Good food, nice atmosphere. Good recommendations from the waiter

OT
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Increíble la comida!!! El sabor de cada platillo fue espectacular! Todos los detalles en los platillos perfectamente cuidados, comida mexicana literalmente con el sabor perfecto!!!
Muy buen servicio!
Me hubiera gustado ver más vinos mexicanos en la carta de vinos pero los que tienen son excelentes también!!

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A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall1Food4Service3Ambience2

The hostess said my reservation was for 2 people, but it wasn't (I can see on the pentacle app). Therefore we got stuck at the bar which was uncomfortable for 3 people. Food was good, but too loud and uncomfortable. Doesn't seem like a nice place to work.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

Food was good but our table wasn’t ready for 45 minutes after our reservation time

L
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A wonderful Mexican kitchen! Looking forward to my next visit.

K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience2

It is over priced. If you order around $15 taco, surprisingly you will get only one taco. You know that is not real mexican and it was delicious but not worth for $15 for one taco. Service was good but again we paid $80 for casual lunch.

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service1Ambience4

The food is amazing! Ambiance is great

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

The food is great but the service could be better. It might be because we sat outside but our waiter was not super responsive. And there was some significant wait for our food.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Savory, authentic food. Relaxed, energetic atmosphere. Great place for casual lunch with friends/colleagues.

BA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

i thought this was going to have the same quality than Cosme, I tried some of the same dishes and they were poorly executed. For examples the quesadillas and guacamole where not their best. Also if you are going to charge $18 for a mushroom quesadilla it better be outstanding, hopefully ill come back.

AL
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

I was super excited to visit a place where a Mexican American chef was represented as we lack so much representation in different industries in the US. I started off with a quesadilla which I though needed a salsa with it. The suadero tacos were really good, the carne was nice and crispy though it was a bit to greasy for my taste, I would recommend adding more lime so customers can have a chance to cut through the fat. The enchiladas were PERFECT, I am usually not a big fan of chicken in them but the chicken in these enchiladas was so good. It was a nice balance with the tortilla and salsa verde, also I love how they had three enchiladas the quantity was great. I was very disappointed at the service I received from the waiter, he was rude and condescending and never really checked up on us. Even though I was in a Mexican restaurant I constantly felt inferior due to the service provided by this waiter. I was finishing up my drinks after finishing my food when he unexpectedly gave me the check without me asking, I honestly felt like I was being kicked out. It was so disappointing. My partner also noticed this behavior. Luckily the hostess noticed it too and he approached our table to take the check back and told us to take our time. I really liked the attention to detail that the hostess gave, he was amazing. However, these little things matter in a place where a mexican women should feel confortable and I though I should bring this to your attention because I would hate to know other people like me were given a service that felt forced.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Cosme is much better option.

M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

I think Atla was incredibly underwhelming. I had high hopes for it, because Pujol, but the service was no bueno and the food was just OK. Probably would not go again.

n
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We were expecting better food essentially. The service was excellent but the food just lacked punch and savory, usually associated with Mexican food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Server was awkward and revealed a bit of personal information that was inappropriate in a dining setting. The food was ok, although portions were very small. The mole was way too sweet. It tasted like a dessert taco.

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience2

The food was good, however our experience less than stellar. He brought the wrong drink on two separate rounds. The biggest issue, however, was that hair was visible in the food he had just brought to the table and when we immediately pointed it out, asking if he could bring us a new one, he asked if we would be ok with the one with the hair if he removed the hair for us. Cringe-worthy.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Given all the glowing reviews and hype that Atla has received since it opened, we were extremely disappointed by our experience. The small space is uncomfortably crowded, with the round tables so closely placed that it’s impossible for people to get out of their seats without bumping into each other. The staff is neither particular friendly or helpful and so affectedly casual that one would think it’s an inexpensive restaurant, which it is not. The food tastes good but not even close to being worth the prices charged. Atla charges $15 for a single small shrimp taco or $20 for a bean tamal that is about a third the size of a normal sized tamal and only marginally more tasty than what one could find in an average higher end Mexican restaurant in just about any major urban area. There is literally nothing special about the decor, ambience or service to justify the higher price other than the fact that it was created by Enrique Olivera, who created both Pujol and Cosme, both of which are far better restaurants. It’s one thing to pay $250 for a meal for two people, it’s another to pay $250 for a meal and to leave feeling unsatisfied and ripped off. When it comes to the hype surrounding Atla, it’s safe to say that the emperor has no clothes.

I
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had an amazing meal at ATLA! The service couldn’t be better! I would have given it a perfect score except the sound level is very high. That being said, I would go back in a heartbeat!!!👍👍

UW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food and ambiance are always phenomenal but I do feel it’s a bit overpriced.

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I did also let our concierge know this: Atla was a huge disappointment. A foodie and chef myself, I found Atla recommended on Time Out. I expected to be at least somewhat impressed. They sent the wrong cocktail, the sent one wrong appetizer out of four, the forgot a dish and they recommended a dish that they assured me did not have the one ingredient we said we don’t eat, and it was right on top. The dishes were either too salty or they neglected to season them. The staff was inattentive. We will never patron nor recommend this restaurant. I recommend you look elsewhere. Our concierge told us afterward that they do not recommend Atla for dinner for their guests based on their own experiences there.

OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Make your reservation now! Great place for lunch or dinner. Excellent service. Not your typical Mexican but the type of place for foodies.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitivamente espectacular! El guacamole, los tacos de camarones y pescado exquisitos. Tuvimos la fortuna de encontrarnos al chef Enrique Olvera en el restaurante y nos firmó su libro. Sin duda magnífica experiencia

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SF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about Atla was fabulous. The servers were friendly and attentive and the food was next level. The shrimp taco was the best I've ever had. It's a must-go.

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

While visiting NYC , decided to try this placed based upon some reviews I had read. Our hostess sat us at the bar instead of st s table, in spite of us requesting a table and there were a couple of tables open. The bar would not have been terrible had not for it being st the very end, where the waitstaff exit the kitchen to the dinning room. I was being bumped into continuously and even had a plate of food skim my elbow.

The resturant itself is pretty plain. It was very load. We could hardly carry on a conversation. The temperature in the dinning room was stiffling, my wife even wondered if they had the heat on in July.

We ordered the bean tamal ,the shrimp taco, and the beef cocina, as well as two different kinds of Margaritas and a glass of white wine.

The hana I was good , but nothing special. The shrimp taco was probably the best thing we ate. The cocina was , like the tamal, was ok, but nothing rememerable about it. I have had dozen of carne asada's in the 7-10 dollar range in Texas that would blow this away. Same for the margaritas, nothing special, in spite of both of them being billed as two of the top in NYC.

Overall, it was our worst meal in NYC in 5 days.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Order everything!!

a
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

A bit expensive! Very good margheritas, good and tasty food

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

We love Atla, and anything Enrique Olvera has had his hands in. The food here is excellent, and we loved our server. But it’s woeful not to have an adequate air conditioner during a New York Summer! This brought our experience way down.

NY
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

It's a nice place for very nice looking Mexican food, some of which tastes pretty good. But given the cost and the hype, nice means just a little better than so so for a little too much $$

F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall1Food3Service3Ambience2

An all-around bad experience I have to hope was a fluke. From high indoor temperatures to tepid food; from being out of half the menu to saying it's last call five minutes after we sat down. Save your money and go for Atla's much, much better sibling, Cosme.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

I don’t get the hype.
The food was fine at best.
The guacamole was fantastic. At 18 USD however majorly overpriced
The quesadilla was boring. Found soggy chicken skin and little bones in there. Gross. Waiter had no comment when he saw us leaving that on the plate, but we also didn’t say anything
The taco was fine

The mitake was good
Price was crazy for a simple meal. We expected the price but thought the food would be worth it. It wasn’t

Service was not very friendly. The woman that served us couldn’t break a smile and seemed in general annoyed.
The guys seemed more engaged but they didn’t serve us

Considering how hyped the restaurant is online, it was almost completely empty
I guess I know why

R
Denver
81 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

Terrible lugar, nada recomendable, no hay refresco, él servicios terribles y la comida deja mucho que desear, nada que ver con otros, no lo recomiendo

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