Ithaca’s own Viva Taqueria lands atop list of New York’s best Mexican

If you love Viva Taqueria’s legendary “Ith-Mex” tacos or enchiladas or margaritas this won’t surprise you — Ithaca’s downtown corner eatery just landed on a list of New York State’s best Mexican restaurants.

Viva Taqueria's ranchero burrito and their signature escabeche.

Viva Taqueria’s ranchero burrito and their signature escabeche.

That’s the word from Only in New York, which put Viva at #1 on the list of “13 restaurants in New York to get Mexican food that will blow your mind.” The list also includes popular spots in Syracuse, Albany, Niagara Falls, Kingston, and Poughkeepsie. They name Viva’s “fantastically friendly staff” as a big reason people keep coming back to this “uniquely decorated spot.” Whether you’re after slow-cooked meats or gooey queso or just a cold Dos Equis, we get it.

Viva Taqueria and Viva Cantina (the full-service dining room and bar next to the original taco take-out spot) aren’t the only options for tacos or tequila cocktails or the like here in I-town, but the crowd at the outdoor tables suggests Only in New York has the right idea. Viva’s where it’s at.

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