Populares: Where Mexican Tradition Meets Manhattan Chic

March 22, 2024

Nestled in the heart of NYC’s vibrant East Village, a stone’s throw from Harlem lies the eagerly anticipated new Populares Mexican Restaurant & Bar.

This sleek, modern boutique eatery promises to revolutionize the local dining scene with its innovative take on traditional Mexican cuisine, all within an atmosphere that seamlessly blends retro-stylish charm with the vibrant energy unique to the neighborhood.

At Populares, guests are invited to embark on a culinary journey like no other. Led by the talented Chef Niklas Lucich, whose impressive resume includes stints at esteemed establishments such as Spice Market and Jean George-Bouchon, the menu tantalizes taste buds with a tantalizing array of Mexican classics reimagined with a contemporary twist.

“… innovative small plates and signature cocktails crafted …”


From mouthwatering tacos bursting with flavor to innovative small plates and signature cocktails crafted by renowned mixologist Fernando Louis of Casa Mezcal, each dish is a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to culinary excellence.

But Populares is more than just a place to eat – it’s a destination in its own right. With its unique layout seamlessly integrating the taqueria into the dining room and bar area, guests can savor freshly made tacos at any hour, immersing themselves in a truly dynamic and interactive dining experience. Whether dining in the cozy interior or sipping cocktails at the sleek bar, patrons are transported to a world where the vibrant spirit of Mexico meets the eclectic energy of the East Village.

“We’re thrilled to introduce Populares to the East Village community,” says owner Mido Emad. “Our goal is to offer a dining experience that not only celebrates the rich flavors of Mexican cuisine but also captures the essence of both Mexico and the East Village in a vibrant and inviting atmosphere.”

offerings in the coming weeks (include) happy hours, brunch, and party packages…

And the experience doesn’t end with dinner. Populares plans to roll out a series of exciting offerings in the coming weeks, including happy hours, brunch, and party packages, ensuring there’s always something new to discover at this culinary hotspot. Leading the charge is Director of Operations Marcus Andrews, a seasoned restaurateur dedicated to ensuring Populares reaches its full potential in the East Village and beyond.

So whether you’re craving a taste of Mexico’s vibrant culinary heritage or simply looking for a stylish spot to sip cocktails with friends, look no further than Populares – where tradition meets innovation in the heart of Manhattan.

Photo credit: 1) Outside atmosphere. 2) Wild Mushroom Tostada. 3) Cucumber Margarita. By Populares.



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