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These Are the 5 Best Places to Get Nachos in NYC

Nachos are certainly a favorite appetizer or snack for many. Although this delish dish originally hails from Mexico, it was created specifically for Americans. During World War II, the wives of American military officers in Texas would venture over to Mexico to dine. When they stopped in to a local eatery, the maitre d' had to improvise in the absence of the chef Ignacio who was not nearby at the time. The maitre d' rummaged through the kitchen and prepared a dish with some ingredients that were on hand in the kitchen. Among them: tortilla chips, cheese, and jalapenos. Since Ignacio was often called “Nacho” for short, the yummy dish was named after him.




We do nachos a little differently at Empellón. (Yes, that’s sea urchin.)

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Empellón on Madison Avenue describes itself as "contemporary American cuisine with Mexican influences." Chef Alex Stupac's crab nachos at Empellón are a unique and delicious twist on a common snack food. The nachos are a perfect match for Empellón’s margaritas and cervezas. 510 Madison Ave.,

Cantina Rooftop

Cantina Rooftop

For a mod Mexican dining experience, head to Cantina Rooftop. Enjoy snacking on Tater Tot Nachos while taking in the spectacular cityscape views. 605 W. 48th St.,


de Mole

de Mole nachos

Williamsburg’s authentic Mexican eatery offers a special nacho starter that pays homage to the vibrant colors associated with Mexico. Its “de Mole” Chorizo Nacho include warm beans and cheese. The nachos are topped with rows of crunchy chips. Sprinkled between the layers of chips are small bites of chorizo, which introduce another layer of texture and flavor. The nachos come with guacamole, sour cream, and chopped tomatoes in pico de gallo. The colors of the dish represent the green, white, and red of the Mexican flag. 2 Hope St. Brooklyn,


This casual eatery serves brunch, burgers, and Tex-Mex fare in a funky space. Cheese aficionados will enjoy its Barnacho Nachos, which feature three cheeses, black beans, spicy jalapenos, sour cream, and pico de gallo. Diners can choose chicken or skirt steak. 920 Second Ave., 212-832-9426,

Randolph Beer

Randolph Beer guac and tostones

Another Williamsburg staple is Randolph Beer—a brewpub that offers a playful twist on the ol’ nacho dish. Its Guac & Tostones brings an updated vibe to this classic appetizer. The chefs swap out the tortilla chip and opt for crispy smashed plantains instead. The nachos are served with a mound of spicy guacamole for dipping. 104 S. 4th St., Brooklyn;

Virgil’s Real BBQ

Virgil's Real BBQ

This long-standing BBQ hotspot in Times Square offers BBQ Nachos—a fave amongst guests. Loaded with barbecued pulled chicken, Carolina pulled pork, and Texas beef brisket, the nachos are an ideal appetizer or snack for carnivores. 152 W. 44th St.,

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Regina Molaro is a freelancer writer whose work spans from luxury to fashion, art, lifestyle, and beauty. Her work has appeared in Modern Luxury Hawai‘i, as well as Bespoke Magazine and In Season—the in-house magazines at the St. Regis and Mandarin Oriental New York.

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