Tio's Bistro

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5 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
TioS Bistro, Mexican & Latin Food at its best !... Harlem, 131st. Lenox Ave.
Handcrafted cocktails, food make to order and full bar available.
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84 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019

This is a new location for an established restaurant, so you have to give them a little slack as they gear up. I have been there twice now for dinner, the second time being to try some alternative dishes.
It is a lovely airy and modern looking building with a large outside patio. The furniture in the dining area is eclectic. You might get a very comfortable table and chairs worthy of a high end restaurant or a wooden one with metal chairs. The bar is a good size but perhaps a bit narrow to allow people to mingle and pass by. Staff are really friendly and service was very good.
The drinks menu is reasonably priced and the food menu extensive.
We had paella the first time. It was a pleasant taste, but made without meat and thus lacked those flavors you get from the chorizo etc. the salsa and chips, the guacamole, the tacos and enchiladas all came well presented and cooked nicely but were bland. They are nice but just lack the punch, and I do not mean burning sensations, just the spices associated with these type of dishes. The Cuban pork was good, very tender and I recognize that it is not meant to be spicy.
The pace of the meal was good and the staff really trying hard. I will go back in a couple of months and see if they have picked up on the spice issue because I noticed that mine is not the only review mentioning it.

1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019

The food was amazing and the drinks were really strong . They played good music Nothing too loud on a Tuesday night . Thank you guys !!!

New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019

Nice atmosphere and great food. Definitely a go to spot in the neighborhood.

New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019

This is an amazing spot in Harlem. Food is out of this world. The deco is calming. Great place for a date.

36 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018

While the food was quite good, the service experience was among the worst ever. The waiter was clearly in another world. He never put in our order (no apology) so we waited an inordinate amount of time. We asked for water 3 times and didn't get it. He had an annoyed expression when we only ordered on appetizer and our friends' drinks sat on the bar so long after they were made that one of our party got up and took our drinks off the bar. The waiter threw 4 dessert cards onto the table, and walked away; never asked if everything was all right. The noise level from the music without anything to absorb the sound was awful; had to scream at our friends in order to be heard. Would not recommend.