Fonda - East Village
Fonda - East Village

Fonda - East Village

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fondarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2126774096
  • 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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Fonda - East Village reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (34)neighborhood gem (33)great for brunch (19)vibrant bar scene (17)good for groups (15)hot spot (14)special occasion (14)romantic (11)late-night find (11)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Guacamole Must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Seriously. It's the best. Have been there for brunch and dinner now. Dinner was really good, but I'd probably go back for brunch because it's has great bottomless drinks, a ton of food, and the guacamole.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch!
    foodlover
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Delicious food and drinks! The Huevos Divorciados is delicious paired with their unlimited drinks. The ambiance is great (they even have a TV for Football on Sundays). I highly recommend this place for brunch! You can also get fresh made guac with varying level of spice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Guacamole
    NYFoodie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Their Guac is really good. Very fresh. You can taste the tomatoes in the mix. The drinks were strong (I had the frozen hibiscus drink) but not as thick as the 7th av location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    Tina
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    A great restaurant with a spectacular dining area and very tasty dishes and suprising combination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mrlucas
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Ac in the back was really high was cold during the whole stay but other than that great food and great service
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • StMarksGal
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Good brunch special with drinks included! Tasty meal and good service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Watchful eye
    DineOutFrequetly
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Brunch as great as they have a $27.00 all you can drink along with SUPERB FOOD We elected to order a la carte and get the Hibiscus Margarita on the rocks (superb) We ordered the food and it was perfect except the the salad which as very salty Upon notifying the server he quickly wisked it away and removed of from the bill. When leaving Fonda someone asked us how the food was and I told him it was great except for he salad. He was the owner and said he tasted it in the kitchen and responded that I was right and that it was over salted. I appreciate the fact that he cared enough to check it for himselfet us know. HANDS-ON
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Andyjo
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Very pleasant atmosphere, gracious service. Great drink menu. Decor quite pretty. And it was quite affordable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Ok Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I had brunch here, love the huevos rancheros. Wish there was more on the plate, but excellent. Service was ok, they were a little rude about switching tables considering the place was practically empty. Also hostess wanted our table back by a certain time, also super rude considering it was empty. Good brunch deal though, and good food. Hostess never checked us into opentable so I had to deal with that after the fact.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MEMarg
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I've always loved this restaurant, it's one of the only restaurants in NYC with authentic oaxacan style mexican food. But the quality seems to be slipping a bit.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great table with very good food
    Vlo75
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I have discovered this restaurant with Zagat. The ambiance is really cool (but a bit noisy) and the food is very different from a regular mexican restaurant, especially gacamole !
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch won't fill you up
    lifeisfood
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing place!
    contajuan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was amazing, very much authentic!! Best mexican restaurant in Manhattan!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    Bkdiner82
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mexican Food at th very finest.
    Alex9219
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fonda
    David
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    ShojinMonkeyVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Time
    LivetoeatVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    foodie47
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    we were very pleased with our experience at Fonda. Food was great and service up to par and atmosphere was trendy and lively.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fonda Mexican
    TGsView
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 226 reviews are from the Fonda - East Village reviews archive.
  • KimballVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great guacamole! Everything we ordered was fresh and tasty!!!! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loved everything!
    ksgshmoopsVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the best
    khaycoxVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I can't wait to return
    Gardyngirl
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Great dinner and drinks, highly recommend! The Blood Orange Margarita is worth a trip back to the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food even better service¡
    aidaliz
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MicoleR
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Refreshingly Delicious
    AshleyD
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, ok service
    alisonbklyn
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun time, good food
    vnc202
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sdogra416
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Great food, atm and young crowd but was rushed to finish and give up the table for the next party.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent but Not Excellent
    davidjenisonVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum! (even if a bit hard to find!)
    lovestoeat
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sun nite group
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • real mexican food!
    vegtravelerVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    amazing mexican food at this lower east side hotspot. everything from the guoc to the tortillas are super fresh and wonderfully tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A letdown after excellent reviews
    LIsaLVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud but fun Sat night dinner
    icecreamVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Godric
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fonda is wonderful!
    LESFoodloverVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.