Hacienda Del Rey in Westchester opened in 1973. Founded and still operated by Alfonso Hernandez, the recipes created here have remained virtually unchanged over the past 40 years.
Outside Hacienda Del Rey, the restaurant portion has a brick front wall with ornate window coverings, while the section that houses the bar is more basic with large windows, neon signs and a candy-cane like white and red striped wall.
Inside you are greeted by a mish-mash interior with fish tanks, various Mexican themed knickknacks, neon signs, framed pictures of various people and different ceiling and wall styles depending where in the restaurant you are. Of note – the main restaurant with the outside brick wall is located in a building built in 1947 while the bar area in the northeast portion of the restaurant was built in 1979. This disjointed construction and unique interior lends the restaurant to an interesting charm.
The food here is above average Americanized Mexican Food with homemade tortillas (there is a tortilla making station right in the middle of the restaurant where you can watch), homemade chips, and is probably the only place I’ve been where you can order a pitcher of margaritas (you’ll probably want a designated driver if you end up ordering one of these – 64oz of margarita is no small challenge)