10 great places for margaritas and more

MayahuelNew York City "Star mixologist Philip Ward just opened his mezcal and tequila bar a few weeks ago," Krader says. "Since he's considered one of the most creative drink makers in the country, everyone is looking for him to set a new standard for margaritas." The bar has been in a soft opening for the past few weeks; the official opening takes place tonight. mayahuelny.com

Tequila'sPhiladelphia With a name like Tequila's, there's no doubt the duo behind this elegant hacienda-style restaurant knows their stuff. "Restaurateur David Suro, who grew up near agave fields in the Mexican state of Jalisco, serves drinks by mixologist Junior Merino, making this hot spot a staple for 25 years," Meehan says. There's no shortage of tequilas behind the bar here which serves up around 100 variations. tequilasphilly.com, 215-546-0181

Lonesome DoveFort Worth You know what they say: "Don't mess with Texas." Apparently, that applies to their margaritas as well. Chef Tim Love evokes American West with his inventive menu of big food like Texas elk sausage and wild boar ribs," Krader says. "The rustic Fort Worth favorite, located in the historic Stockyards District, is also creative with their signature cocktails such as the jalapeƱo cucumber margarita." lonesomedovebistro.com, 817-740-8810

Mercadito CantinaNew York City "This excellent East Village Mexican restaurant has become a mini empire with three New York locations and one launching in Chicago," Meehan says. "The exceptional margaritas range from traditional to Tres Citricos, made with orange and habanero chile." Or try a mentirosa, featuring "tric-quila," a sake-based blend that imparts a crisper taste and smoother finish than regular tequila. mercaditorestaurants.com, 212-388-1750

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