Iguana
Iguana

Iguana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://iguananyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 765-5454
  • Hours of Operation:
    SUN-WED 11AM TO 11PM - 11:30 FOR APPETIZERS
    THURSDAYS 11AM TO 12AM - 1AM FOR APETIZERS
    FRIDAYS - SATURDAYS 11AM TO 1AM - 2 AM FOR APPETIZERS
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Entertainment: Come and explore what everyone is raving about. Our tri-level, fourteen thousand square foot facility has two working stone fireplaces, two spectacular waterfalls, three large mahogany bars, and two dancing lounges where New York’s hottest DJs spin. Come and enjoy Iguana’s Friday and Saturday night dinner and dance experience. Our two dance clubs offer exclusive VIP areas for your next group night out. Join us Wednesday, Thursday, for our after work salsa dance parties with free salsa lessons. Friday's and Saturdays ladies free all night. Sundays everyone is free doors open at 6pm. 21+ w/ proper ID.
  • Special Events: Friday ladies free on both clubs and saturday ladies are free all Night on the lower club
    Free Dance club open every Wednesday-Thursday & Sunday at 6pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 8th Avenue and Broadway
  • Public Transit: B, D & E trains to 7th Avenue and N, Q, R & W trains to 57th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Iguana
New York’s premier Mexican restaurant and dance lounge. Our talented chef utilizes the culinary diversity of Mexico in the preparation of Iguana’s tasty fare. Iguana is the perfect setting for any occasion. Come and enjoy our 25 flavors of margaritas and mojitos. Try our weekend brunch with a wide array of dishes including fresh guacamole prepared tableside, crab quesadillas, sizzling fajitas, shrimp enchiladas, plus an assortment of mesquite grilled items including prime aged steak, tuna, and salmon. You will be pleasantly surprised to discover dishes you would not normally expect to find on a Mexican menu such as baby back ribs, Tex-Mex shrimp scampi, and vegetarian entrees, all prepared with a creative Latin twist. Complete your meal with a selection of our homemade desserts. We truly offer something for everyone.
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Iguana reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (49)neighborhood gem (25)special occasion (24)vibrant bar scene (23)fit for foodies (21)hot spot (19)late-night find (18)great for lunch (15)romantic (11)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • enjoyable meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We ended up arriving later than our reservation time but were quite pleased with the fast, efficient service. When we told our waiter we were trying to make an 8 pm show he immediately expedited our order and we had our appetizer in no time. The food was better than expected especially the black bean soup which arrived with accompaniments (onions, cheese, avocado). Delicious way to start the meal on a very cold evening outside! The outstanding service continued throughout the meal accomodating our wish to be finished in time for the show.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    stephy24
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I had my 26th birthday celebration here. The food was great, they didnt rush us and i even got sung happy birthday to by a live mariachi band!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shawny
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The only problem that I had was with the appetizer. My boyfriend order Calamari with scallop and shrimp. There were only 3 shrimps and a few scallops. The plate was fulled and bowl was filled with calamari. That was the only problem. If the menu specified a mixture the cook should at least even out the shrimp and scallops instead of with so much calamari.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great group get together
    leelee923
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    good food, small portions.who drinks.lively and very comfortable.excellent place to get together a group of old friends!!! nice lighting I'm good wait staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smelled bad
    Hereshowitwas
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    There was a smell that permeated everything to the extent that you tasted it on your tongue and it saturated your pores. They need to deal with that immediately. It could have been stale beer but it was impossible to tell. It is too bad because the staff couldn't be nicer, and tried so hard. I hate to write reviews that are not positive but I hope they will take this one to heart and do something about it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tex-Mex Plus Big Band Jazz/Swing at the Iguana
    RichardInAlexandria
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I ordered black bean soup, two chicken rancheros burritos, and fried ice cream from the $32.95 fixed price menu. Portions were large and tasty. My two companions also enjoyed their meal, although the steak fajita was a bit tough. Afterwards, the three of us headed upstairs to hear the fabulous Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, a big band playing tunes from 1910-1940, with space for dancing. Now that's entertainment!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect After the Show
    LivCloseByVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We went to Iguana after seeing Cabaret. So convenient - a couple of doors down on 54th. The people at Iguana were very friendly and we felt totally welcome at the late hour. The menu is limited but each item seems to be very good. The shrimp and layered avocado was excellent as was the chicken quesadilla. Items that might seem mundane come to life with the extra effort put forth at Iguana.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dining-Great Dancing
    Newfan
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Wide menu, generous portions, fresh-tasting and affordable. And there's the dancing. Terrific live music. These folks had the extreme good taste to hire THE top orchestra on earth for authentic 20s & 30s dance music- Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Salsa on other nights. Social dancing for show-offs dressed to the nines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1:st time in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Nice restaurant, easy to find but the service was a little to noisy and stressed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We wanted to eat at a restaurant close to Studio 54 and this fit the bill as it is a stones throw away from the theater. Food was very good. Definitely recommended. Our waiter appeared to get swamped towards the end of our meal so we had to flag down a different waiter to get our bill. The chili was delicious and they make a great flan. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best night: the best music!
    VinceBandNight
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks are an amazing band who play whilst the restaurant serves great Mexican food and American wine. Just a wonderful night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Mexican
    Luvgr8foodVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food was great. We had guacamole that was excellent, better than many I've had before. The coconut shrimp was fantastic and cooked perfectly. The third appetizer was cut up shrimp with some veggies in an avocado-tasty, but not as outstanding as the other dishes. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Good for a night out with the wife, or hangout with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Iguana
    MaruzellaVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Beside the delicious guacamole prepared right next to you (!) the mojitos are just amazing!!! Very lively ambiance 😉
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, wonderful service
    PatfromWyo
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Iguana serves wonderful Mexican food in a great atmosphere. The service was first rate and judging by how quickly it filled up, it is popular with the NYC locals. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overated
    Foodieeee
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Everyone kept telling me this place is nice, it was alright. The bouncers were rude, it was lame it felt like a weekday as oppose to a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    excellent food and service staff was friendly and courteous and accomodating
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    TashaVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal. Loved the guacamole ...which was made at the table, would have preferred a tiny bit less salt..but still we ate the whole thing! We also had a steak fajita and a side of spinach. The steak was tender and very tasty. Service was fine and everyone was polite and accommodating. Was a nice atmosphere, not noisy...and we were easily able to have a conversation. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but a little loud
    kcny
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Enjoyed the food but the room was really too loud for a real conversation. I would definitely go again in a group of friends but not really date friendly due to noise level.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good
    LuvNYC
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was very good, especially the fried avocado. It was a lively atmosphere perfect for group of friends or birthday gathering.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    People were very friendly. Had a great selection of Margarita's. Very close to the theatre.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made to order?
    Jim59
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I ordered a dish I make myself, grilled Tuna. The plate contained everything I make with it and it was better than mine! I'll have to try harder.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a very enjoyable dining experience
    vm1220
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were in town from Chicago and the restaurant came highly recommended by a friend. Well, weren't disappointed . The Food and Service is OUTSTANDING !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theater find
    LindaTVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    When looking for a restaurant near the Kit Kat club theater for lunch before seeing Cabaret, I found this restaraunt only four or five building from the theater. The menu read well, so we tried it. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I am not on 54th street often, but I will be sure to dine here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beware of cilantro
    dori
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    If you can not stand cilantro, this is not the place for you
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Take your Mama to Iguana
    MsChiff
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had great fun! Guacamole made at tableside was a real treat ! Just a suggestion - all flatware should be changed between courses without having to ask
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Theater District spot!
    Rider66
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This has become my go-to place for lunch before Broadway shows because the food is top-notch and creative, and the service is excellent. I'm surprised it isn't busier, but I suspect the club is probably hopping at night. Iguana serves a Sunday champagne (or tequila sunrise) brunch menu along with their regular options, and I've yet to have a dish that wasn't tasty, nicely presented, and well-prepared. The avocado fries alone are worth the visit, not to mention the bar, which offers enough creative drinks to keep everyone happy. The menu includes plenty of vegetable-heavy non-meat dishes along with the standard seafood, fish (fish tacos!), and meat items. And their Tres Leches is wonderful! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vivi
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I came to this restaurant for my 21st birthday dinner celebration and I can say I was not disappointed. The service was good and the food was great. The ambiance had a great Latin feel and the tables were both clean and comfortable. The wine selection was large and had great choices; however, I was not too fond of the mixed drinks. The only thing I would comment on negatively was the noise level-- it was quite loud even though the restaurant was not full and my friends and I had to scream at each other to be heard. Other than that however, I had a great experience at this restaurant and would come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and service
    NYkerDiner
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We were running on a tight schedule before a show. They were flexible with our reservation seated us quickly and got our drinks and orders quickly and timely so we easily had time to get to the theatre on time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Iguana ..good proximity to theatre
    LIfoodie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Food was ok, not great, not terrible. But very rushed service, we were going to a show and wasn't planning on lingering for hours, but every time a fork was put down, we were asked if we were finished. The restaurant was busy and I guess they needed tables, but we were out of there in less than an hour, having a appetiser, entree, desert and coffee. If we wanted fast food, we would have gone to McDonalds.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Celebration
    Mochahantas
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I was kind of skeptical about this place because I wanted a fancy place & judging by the cheap menu price I was thinking it was casual. Upon arriving I was very pleased. Its such a nice layout the waiters are very friendly & fast. The food was very well made & affordable. My friends & i decided to hit the nightclub & the DJ was very good. He played a mix of every type of music. I enjoyed myself a lot. I would recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good music!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This place is located near times square, so It did feel a little bit touristy. The food was average, however, We only ordered a bunch of appetizers to share, so I cant say much. The appetizers were all pre made, arrived to our table literally 2 minutes later, which always bothers me. They had really good desserts, yummy chocolate mousse and tres leche. The latin club upstairs is fun, and the crowd is mixed, averaging to late 20's- mid 30's. I'd go back for maybe a birthday or something, only because of the convenience of having the club upstairs after dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible staff
    goodfoodlover1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    If I could give no stars for this place, I would. I'm vegetarian, but was given crabmeat quesadillas. I could've had a shellfish allergy. We got no apology, just a shoulder shrug and a comment about the order being put back in. Service was okay, but dealing with the incompetent and RUDE MANAGER named CARLOS & a mouthy hostess who had the full support of the incompetent Carlos was too much. My bf´s keys got lost, & she was RUDE, not helpful, way quick to dismiss him, & the keys were on her hostess stand the entire time. We left, came back the next day & my bf saw them behind the monitor. It was stressful and wasted time. Never again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Theater Distric Restaurant
    nicknameVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    If you like Mexican food, Iguana is a great theater district restaurant. The food is good even if your not going to the theater and the Margaritas are tasty.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dishonest Practices Here
    LocalLVDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We selected the restaurant for lunch after reviewing their menus online here. When we arrived, I noticed the pricing of the menu was different. I checked the Opentable app and saw that the pricing was the dinner pricing. We asked the waiter if there was a lunch menu and was told no. I went to the hostess and asked for the lunch menu and received it. We ordered from the lunch menu. We were there for about one hour. Throughout that time, every guest seated at the restaurant was offered the dinner menu only. These practices are completely dishonest and show the character of the ownership of the restaurant. I would NEVER recommend this restaurant.
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  • Festive spot near theater district
    Marina2
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I met a business associate after work, and other than the music being a little too loud for easy conversation, we enjoyed everything else. The service was excellent -- quick, friendly, efficient -- and the guacamole was made fresh right at the table. It was excellent. So were the margaritas (19 to choose from) and the quesadillas. The bill was reasonable, the atmosphere festive (lots of Christmas tree lights), and we would recommend the restaurant to others who want a tasty Mexican meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good group get together
    leelee923
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    went after work with a few coworkers.we enjoyed the drinks and the food.great after hour spot.good music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    Woody
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This restaurant was good but not great. Nothing really stood out and made it separate from any other Mexican restaurant. However, the was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vince
    Mentaldiet
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    A big band experience in a small venue. the sound was terrific The food was just fair, but tasty. Go for the entertainment stay for the meal. the service was terrific and attentive. 20% tip added to bill. Skinny Martini was just right.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disgruntled customer!
    HonestLexi
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We arrived 10 mins earlier than our scheduled reservation and were told that our reservations were given to someone else with my same name. (STRIKE ONE) Then were told we can either sit outside or in one of the club areas to eat dinner. We decided to sit in the downstairs club area. When we ordered our food, it arrived fast but was colder than what it should have been. My enchiladas were so cold that I could stick my finger through the middle of it. (STRIKE TWO) Then we ordered drinks, I got the frozen strawberry margarita but I could taste no strawberry! It was straight alcohol! I sent it back and ordered the citrus punch alcoholic drink, but again, it was way too strong! I had to mix it w/ sprite! (STRIKE THREE)! IGUANA SUCKED!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic