About Us

A Small History

Enjoying margaritas at Santa Fe has been an Upper West Tradition for over 25 years. We tend to agree with New York Magazine that we have “New York’s best frozen margarita!” Whether you like them on the rocks, straight up or frozen, they’re always crisp and fresh and we add tasty new margaritas and cocktails to our drink menu regularly. Our drinks will get you in the door, and the food will keep you coming back for more! We serve contemporary Southwestern and Mexican cuisine, including our innovative weekly specials by Executive Chef José Gonzalez and the popular Santa Fe favorites that put us on the map in the first place. We use only the freshest ingredients and there is something for everyone on our menu.

Santa Fe is a true neighborhood restaurant; family owned and family run. Our customers feel our warmth and geniality from the moment they walk in the door and our friendly, efficient staff will make sure your night out is ever better. Bring a date or the whole family. We have many repeat customers and we are making new ones all the time. We want our guests to feel like Santa Fe is their home away from home. We have been an upper west side staple for over 25 years and we just keep getting better!

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About Our Chef

José Gonzáles has been a well-noted chef for over 17 years. Some of his achievements include being invited to judge talented new pastry chefs at the French Culinary Institute, and participating as a sous chef several times at the James Beard Foundation. José's New York experience encompasses long tenures at The Rocking Horse, Sueños, The Wyndham Hotel, La Guardia, and Los Dados. His titles have included Pastry Chef and Executive Chef. 

Chef González describes his food as "authentic contemporary Mexican cuisine." The inspiration for many of his dishes comes from his past. He was raised in Atlixco, Mexico, surrounded by family with a variety of culinary talents. His aunt is a chef and teacher at a renowned culinary school in Mexico. His mother-in-law specialized in pre-hispanic Mexican cuisine. José began his culinary journey at his uncle's bakery in Mexico where he learned the art of pastry. 

José brings the richness of his past, and a savory depth to the truly authentic fare he creates for Sante Fe. He has added many new items to our in-house menu, while keeping old favorites fresh and vibrant. José produces a weekly selection of special in-house dishes that should not be missed.