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35 E 21st St (btwn Broadway & Park Ave S)
New York, NY 10010
(212) 913-9659
5:00pm - 10:00pm
5:00pm - 10:00pm
5:00pm - 10:00pm
1:00pm - 10:00pm
1:00pm - 10:00pm

After years of hearing the refrain that “there’s no good Mexican food in New York,” New Yorkers now seem to have new Mexican places popping up everywhere, each purporting to be the Mexican-starved Gothamite’s salvation. Alex Stupak has taken several stabs at it; April Bloomfield too. Texas chefs like San Antonio’s Jesse Perez have started trying to bring the goods; there have been pop-ups; and now, even Tex-Mex is getting some traction (though it remains to be seen if it’s any good). Meanwhile, one of Mexico City’s most well-respected chefs has set up in the Flatiron District, so far with great success. Cosme represents chef Enrique Olvera’s return to New York (he attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park before returning home to open Pujol, one of the 50 best restaurants in the world according to San Pellegrino). But Cosme isn’t the Mexican that New York’s chefs play at, trying to “upscale” a cuisine whose essentials they’ve never mastered. Olvera has the chops to carry off dishes like uni tostada with avocado, bone marrow salsa, and cucumber and half lobster pibil with chorizo and black bean purée. And his duck carnitas — a whole bird cooked for days in ingredients that include Mexican Coke until it shreds easily into tender morsels — served with just-made warm tortillas is one of the great duck dishes in the city. True, it carries a $59 price tag, but it's enough for three or four.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015


  • Can't snag a res? Bar seating is their best-kept secret -- order from the full menu. Install the Cover app to skip the check and leave when you want.
  • Cosme is now being fueled by caffeine direct from Mexican espresso company Buna. Make sure to pair it with this bursting meringue bomb.
  • Trendy, inventive Mexican food that is 30% too expensive for small portions -- but worth trying anyways. Awesome tequila / mescal cocktails. Uni tostada with bone marrow and burrita are great.
  • Orgullo Mexicano, excelente men, lo que pidan es garanta aunque el ms popular son las carnitas de pato
  • Duck carnitas are worth every dollar. Quack-quack.
  • Gorgeous, sexy space! Amazing tapas-style Mexican, all done with a touch of elegance. My favs: burrata, lobster with mole, meringue with corn mousse! I may or may not have had 2 of the mousse!
  • The mussels tostada, cobia al pastor and white bean salad were all hits. Chilaquiles was a miss. GET THE HUSK MERINGUE!
  • Try the Anti Histamine with Tequila Ocho Reposado.
  • Enrique Olvera's new restaurant. Everything is amazing,from the unreal food to the ambience to the service this place is a perfect 10.
  • The duck carnitas is an astoundingly delicious skillet dish that takes four whole days to prepare, but its worth it. Just ask Adele, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone.
  • The food is excellent and you really can't go wrong. Whatever you order make sure you end with the churros - best churros ever
  • The 2015 Eater Awards for New York City awarded Cosme as the Restaurant of the Year. Enjoy a lovely at this restaurant serving contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine.
  • Qu delicia de lugar!!! Cada platillo mejor que el anterior, la tlayuda estaba buensima, el pescado al pastor y el new york! todo estaba bruto!! de precio mas o menos caro, pero vale cada dlar!!!
  • Here's what you need to order: Spicy Mezcal margaritas, Cobia Al Pastor, Raw Blue Shrimp and last but not least Crispy Octopus with the heavenly hazelnut mole and the guacamole was delicious too.
  • Excelentes tostadas de erizo
  • Worth the 30-day in advance res if you love Mexican flavors. scoville sour with Serrano chili, duck carnitas for 2 (wow), blue shrimp, and husk meringue for dessert. 2 thumbs up
  • Gran lugar! Una exquisita cena fue la Carnita de Pato. Muy recomendable.
  • 2015 James Beard finalist for Best New Restauran
  • The duck is incredible!
  • The Husk Meringue is da

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200 5th Ave (at W 23rd St)
55 Irving Pl (at E 17th St)
Madison Ave (btwn E 23rd & E 26th St)