New York's Best Mexican Restaurant




Our menu boasts a wide selection of traditionally crafted, yet a bold refreshing take on Mexican cuisine. Our simple objective is to serve guests with an authentic, healthy, and delicious meal.

All our salsas, sauces, sides, and more are made on site using only the freshest ingredients that are delivered every day. EL CACTO also has a full tequila bar featuring a large variety of tequilas and other spirits. Diners are more than encouraged to enjoy one of our special cocktails, grab a quick bite at the bar, or both!

Come to EL CACTO and treat yourself to newfound layers of color, taste, and fun in your life.

Discover your own Mexican!

Eat Together

Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of sweet, salty, and sour — even dessert.


Our Story

EL CACTO follows the evolution of its chef, Javier Alfaro. An amalgamation of the classically trained chef, born and raised in Mexico, with the powerful influence of a Mexican upbringing. Drawing inspiration and flavors from a diverse community, EL CACTO offers an experience that is Unique, Characteristic, and Beautiful.

EL CACTO displays Chef Javier’s distinct culinary perspective with an elevated contribution to a bountiful culinary history. The cuisine is expressed in bold yet refined flavors. Preparations demonstrate elements of long-established tradition, while finished dishes are showcased with modern appeal.


The Kitchen


Javier Alfaro

Executive Chef

Chef Javier Alfaro has cooked for numerous restaurants in both Mexico and the United States, focusing his talents in the New York Tribeca area. Born in Mexico, Walfred took interest in culinary arts from a young age drawing inspiration from his family’s traditional home-cooking. He has the strong passion of cooking and the importance of good flavors and presentation. I promise to provide you with the best service and quality food.