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Fonda - East Village
Fonda - East Village

Fonda - East Village Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fondarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (212) 677-4096
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Raul Leyva
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 3th and 4th streets
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: F train to 2nd Avenue.
A word from Fonda - East Village
Contemporary, authentic Mexican cuisine in a relaxing, fun atmosphere. Incredible margaritas and "best of its kind" Mexican Home Cooking.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food is tasty although the portions won't get you full unless you're a light eater. Frozen hibiscus rosalitas are good however you may have to wait a bit for the machine to freeze the drink. You can def taste the tequila, though. Nice, chill spot with good service but don't come here starving."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The food was amazing, very much authentic!! Best mexican restaurant in Manhattan!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This restaurant was expensive for what it was. Some items were very spicy and we weren't warned. The skirt steak was over-salted. Entrees such as enchiladas which were very simple cost $20. There was a strong draft from he Ac. Table was uneven. Bathroom toilet didn't flush. If it was a $7 entree it would have been ok."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food selection was great!. The meals were worth their price. I would recommend anyone who likes Mexican food to come here."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The guacamole was incredible. I had the shrimp and scallops which was really delicious and presented beautifully. The Tres Leches dessert was a tasty treat. Would definitely recommend this place."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We thought the food was light and fresh, plated well and tasty. It might compare favorably with Rosa Mexicana's food, although the menu is smaller. We will have to try more dishes."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Restaurant week menu was quite good and plentiful. Skirt steak excellent, flavorful. Wife's red snapper equally excellent. Half price wine was very nice. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My experience was great. I would go back in a heartbeat. We made reservations and had to wait but the manager was very nice and accommodated us with a free drink while we waited to have brunch. Everyone was helpful and the service was very good as well. I totally recommend Fonda."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "we were very pleased with our experience at Fonda. Food was great and service up to par and atmosphere was trendy and lively."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "First time at the East Village location. Found the menu choices to be creative with an ample number of items to select. The food was fresh and the taste was enhanced by the addition of herbs and spices. Service was attentive and available when needed. Be prepared for the volume of music which at times impacted our discussion. The manager, Juan was very helpful responding to our questions relating to the food and the other branches located in Chelsea and Park Slope."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great guacamole! Everything we ordered was fresh and tasty!!!! We'll be back."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great food, definitely get the guacamole and anything in the mole sauce. Sat by the open windows which was really nice. The drinks were delicious, and our waitress was very sweet. Will definitely be back whenever I am in New York!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "This is truly one of the best restaurants in the East Village. The food is nothing short of outstanding. It is not your standard Mexican fare. There is an originality to it with huge levels of flavor. Service is absolutely outstanding. Order the duck for an appetizer. You won't regret. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great dinner and drinks, highly recommend! The Blood Orange Margarita is worth a trip back to the city!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great food, but what really sets this place apart is its great service. Been here a few times now, for brunch and dinner, and the service is fast and courteous. Try their guacamole and queso fundido, its so yummy!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food was absolutely delicious, as always, and the portions are generous. They were so, so accommodating to my family member who has gluten and dairy intolerance - it was awesome. The waiter was super helpful when we were ordering. Only negative comment was that it was very dark in the restaurant - and not only for the older folks at the table. Other than that, spectacular."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Boozy brunch was a blast at Fonda in East Village. The Frozen Hibiscus Rosalitas were wonderfully bottomless and the servers were very attentive in refilling our glasses. The Huervos Rancheros were scrumptious and gobbled down with some delectable sides of black beans and rice. This was the perfect place for Cinco de Mayo brunch indulgences. I was there this past Sunday and it was so vibrant and loud. Definitelt a great place for a large group regardless of the occasion. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We waited an hour to get seated for our reservation. After asking for the manager several times, he finally came over and said "don't worry I got you guys". That ended up being the furthest from the truth as we sat down and found out for the first time that we would be charged more for brunch per person because we were a larger party. No one had told me this beforehand. I used to like this place but I can't recommend it to anyone after how insulting they were. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The service here was pretty spotty. Waiter was not especially attentive and left us sitting for quite a while waiting to place our order. He seemed a little spacy, and was also not overly friendly. Good service would've garnered this place a better review. The food was good, but the drinks were better. I ordered the "fish tacos" as my meal, and while I realize it was on the appetizer section of the menu, it was only 1 taco and very small. For $8, pretty skimpy."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Went for a birthday dinner (mine!) as a party of 8. We had plenty of room, but the place wasn't empty. The staff was super friendly. The food and drinks were both delicious and didn't take forever to come out. I've heard the brunch is great too, and will go back to try it. Came highly recommended and will be recommended in return. As a vegetarian, there were a few options for me, so I did have choices."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Great food, atm and young crowd but was rushed to finish and give up the table for the next party. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We ordered three items - the cheese/chorizo fondue, cheese//chorizo-stuffed chicken and the shrimp & scallops plate with the hazelnut-chipotle sauce. The latter seafood dish was the only stand out. Others dishes were decent but not outstanding. The partial disappointment may be that we were so impressed by the innovative and progressive menu, and while Fonda does have an admirably different twist on Mexican food, the end result largely fell flat. Likewise, the table was a bit cramped, and the noise levels were extreme. I don't know if it has to do with the dining room dimensions or what, but you could hear conversations at tables all over the room, and unfortunately there were a few shrill customers. Happy hour seemed popular, tho. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We were recommended this restaurant from an awesome private tour guide we had on our visit to NYC. Although we had a bit of a hard time finding it, we were glad we did and had an excellent meal. Great authentic, non-traditional Mexican!! Even our kids enjoyed it! "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "My family + another met at 5 on Sunday for dinner. The food was unique and had loads of flavor. I wanted to try every appetizer. My son isnt too adventurous but I dont think he ever ate more in one sitting. He had the plantains and brisket. I had the guacamole shredded beef appetizer and the salmon. Best guacamole ever! Enjoyed leftovers the next day as entree portions were huge. The only issue was they kept changing the air (was often blowing on us and freezing), the lighting, and music level. I think each changed 10 times throughout the meal. I would absolutely frequent Fonda for the food and service."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "amazing mexican food at this lower east side hotspot. everything from the guoc to the tortillas are super fresh and wonderfully tasty. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Came in with high hopes and an appreciation for authentic food from Mexico. Didn't find much to love. No Sangrita to go with the tequilas. Chile relleno was a letdown. I hate to say it, but I would pass on this restaurant and go to Empellon instead."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed our second meal here. The waiter was great-- fun and attentive. Great food, awesome drinks (margaritas and sangria), and they comped us a round after they had to move us from one table to another, which we appreciated. It was really loud when we arrived (a bit before 9) but quieted down around 10."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We ended up leaving before we even got food. I ordered a Bloody Mary and it was the worst drink I have ever had. The brunch menu didn't have many options so we paid for the drink (even though I couldn't finish it, it was so bad) and went to Waffles and Dinges down the street. Would never reccommend this place."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I come to Fonda on a near weekly basis for happy hour and the amazing guacamole and it NEVER disappoints. On the dinner menu, I particularly love the pollo norteño and the fish. The dishes are flavored so well and so complexly that as each bite unfolds there is something new about the dish to enjoy. This was my first time at Fonda for the brunch special. The service was fantastic and the food was very good, but it wasn't comparable to the dinner fare. A friend who ordered chileaquiles said they would go for something else next time because the ratio of chips to everything else was off, making it mainly a bowl of chips. I enjoyed my omelette, but there was nothing inventive about it."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Took ages to get anyone's attention - the second we asked the waiter for more time to decide on food it was like he just checked out in favor of tables he thought he could turn faster. The food was delicious and indulgent. Fresh guacamole, drinks with flair, and main dishes that tested self control. I had the chicken with mole - complex and rich as expected. My friends had salmon, enchiladas, etc. and all were happy, but if service lacks in the EV it's not worth a second shot."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "One of the best brunches in NYC - delicious food, drinks didn't stop flowing, attentive staff who knew we needed refills before we even realized it ourselves. Excellent for groups - make a reservation at least a day ahead, though, to secure a table!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend to this wonderful Mexican restaurant for her birthday and we had a wonderful evening. The portions are small but absolutely delicious. The ambiance is fantastic - quiet and candlelit. The service is excellent - our waiter knew the menu very well and was able to answer all our questions and suggest a few things. I highly recommend the fish taco, it is mouthwateringly delicious. We were a bit late to our reservation but were seated immediately. There is a full bar as well, but note that they do close down completely at 11."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "the waitstaff tried on two occasions to take away played with food that was clearly being eaten. that's really unfortunate lack of training. it's punishingly noisey... so at a small table for four there was simply no possibility of heating what the person sitting diagonally across said. that produced interesting conversational dynamics. one dies not wish to have to yell throughout dinner after all. it's hard still to find good Mexican inspired regional cooking in NY city. and this place is better than most. they could use a bit lighter hand with the salt however. some of the plates were overwhelmingly slaty to the point that the salt rather than bringing out complex tastes erased them."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "polished off guacamole, had to order 2 orders it was that good. Mole was excellent."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Went to Fonda for brunch last Saturday with a group of 6 people. It was recommended by a friend. Great food. Everyone ordered something different and was pleased with their meal. Unlimited brunch is one of the best deals in NYC! You can choose mimosas, bloody Mary's, margaritas, beer or a Rosalita ALL UNLIMITED for 1.5hrs!!! This is probably the best/tastiest food I have ever had at an unlimited brunch place. It also had a very cool ambiance. Would definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Came here for last day of NYC Restaurant Week. Guacamole starter was good; ordered the Carne Asada for a main and meat was overcooked, under-seasoned and completely flavorless. Only one dessert option left. Really rowdy and noisy, even at 7pm. Not worth the $38 price point per person, and wouldn't come back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I took my husband here for his 60th birthday as he loves Mexican food. It surpassed all our expectations. The cuisine was flavorful and well presented. The variety of beers on tap was terrific. The service was prompt and cordial.We'll be back for sure."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Amazing food and bottomless mimosas. It's a brunch made in heaven."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We really enjoyed out experience. Endless margaritas were great and the food was delicious I just wish our server was more attentative."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The food was excellent and I would definitely go back but we had to wait entirely too long for a table. We went for restaurant week and dad reservations for 2 at 7:45. We showed up on time and didn't get seated until almost 8:30. They offered us a quarter of a margarita while we waited. So that whole situation was frustrating, but otherwise our waiter was fine - it was just the host staff that we were unhappy with."
    Dined on 2/26/2014