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Macondo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.macondonyc.com/about.php
  • Phone: (212) 473-9900
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Friday: 2:00pm - 2:00am, Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Cuisine: Latin / Spanish
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Eldridge Street and Allen Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Macondo
Located at 157 E. Houston Street, Macondo brings Latino comida de la calle (Latin street food) to the gourmet level with a menu offering seven different signature items representative of cuisines from all over the Spanish-speaking world. Macondo was created by Executive Chef Máximo Tejada and emerging restaurateur Héctor Sanz, the pioneers of Estilo Libre Latino (Freestyle Latino) cuisine. It serves arepas from Venezuela, cocas from Barcelona, churros con chocolate from Spain, and tacos from Mexico and features a Brazilian Juice Bar with freshly-squeezed extracts. A fresh fruit cocktail menu will be designated by "fruit" + "spirit" and, in a New York City first, Macondo will introduce Escanciar Sidra, a traditional and dramatic way of pouring hard cider that originated in Spain in which the liquid cascades four feet from a spout into the customer's glass to create a brief, Champagne-like effervescence.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The Latin music keeps the energy high, but it's the food coming out of Macondo's busy kitchen that'll make you want to come back. Macondo takes the greatest hits of Latin street food from many countries and puts a bunch of it on one menu. Traditional Spanish tapas mix well with arepas and empanadas from South America. Try the grilled octopus or the roasted short ribs to start. The ceviches are well prepared and fish tacos are superb. For fun, just order a bunch of stuff, some sangria or a bottle of Albarino, and share. A fun night that won't break the bank."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Always my go-to spot when I have a group I want to entertain"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I had brunch with a friend here and and we enjoyed ourselves a great deal. Our Spanish waiter was friendly, funny and very attentive. The food was delicious and we like the $13 for bottomless mimosas in different flavors. I'll be back."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Fun atmosphere! Service could have been better, but overall we had a good time."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Loved this place. Awesome mimosas, awesome service, and awesome food!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "the ambiance of this restaurant is lovely, the drinks were great - we shared a carafe of a ginger and lemon margarita that packed a punch - but the food was so so. we started with the chicken empanadas, which were overly floury, a little hard, and overall just not very fresh tasting. next we had the quinoa and beet salad, which was good but a very sweet, mushy and overdressed dish in my opinion. finally, the flatbread with seared tuna which was absolutely fantastic. one of the best tuna pizzas i've ever had! if we ever return we'll just get 3 of those!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Okay, if you don't care about slow service, or the fact that you have to get up every 5 minutes so the person next to you can go pee because the tables are weirdly positioned too close to each other, and you just want to enjoy a yummy meal, then definitely check out Macondo. Way too crowded and again with that seat. But also, it's beyond annoying when you go for an AYCD brunch and have to wait about 20 minutes between each drink. The patatas bravas were delicious, however, and made up for everything."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This is my second time at Macondo for boozy brunch and it was definitely a better experience then the first time! The first time wasn't bad but they have seemed to step up their game (or at least my server did) making sure your glass was never empty! The food is also delicious!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great food. the flavors were bold and authentic with a modern trendiness to the dish. Great service. appreciate Latin beer being on the menu. lighting was dark bar like, and a little cramped. delicious, delicious food!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Had a wide variety of items off the menu and each one was great. They use high-quality food for everything. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Amazing boozy brunch - loved everything, and definitely among my Top 3 brunch spots in the city. A little disappointing that tables were only for partis of 6 or more. Usually I'd avoid the bar, but in Macondo the bar was fine - great view of the dishes coming out, and each bar section was short enough that it didn't feel like everyone was in your business."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I made my reservation at Macando specifically for their boozy brunch, and I must say, it did not disappoint. Their selection of mimosas were great. I made sure to try all three but the more traditional ones were my favorite. I will admit that I wasn't exactly thrilled with my entrée (chicken chilaquiles) but thankfully between the yuca fries I ordered to start and the amazing cocktails, I was able to get over the disappointment of main course."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Cannot complain about the food, it was great! Price was also very reasonable. On the down side, there are no individual tables, you are forced to sit at the same table with other people. Tables accommodate 6 people, would recommend going with 6 or more."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food at Macando was very good. Unfortunately, that is the most that can be said. Despite making a reservation, we were asked to wait 30 minutes because "there are people who have paid but aren't leaving their table." We asked about one of the open tables but were told "a larger party is coming in so we're holding it" even though other groups of four had been sat at similar tables. The service was dismal. We weren't asked how our food was. I understand that restaurants don't want to give unlimited alcohol, but our mimosas went un-refilled for about 25 minutes at one point. We needed to flag the waiter down repeatedly. There was a woman working at a host/waitress and she was great. Kudos to her. Overall, I would not return."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Went with a group of 6 women for the unlimited brunch. The food was excellant and I loved the look and feel of the restaurant. I cannot vouch for the drinks (I was doing a Whole 30, so no alcohol for me), but the rest of the group literally tried all three flavors of the mimosas. The El Monumento was excellant, totally hit the spot with the chorizo and mangu. We also ordered the yuca fries which were lovely. I would definitely go back again if I am in the city! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "Came here with a group of 8-10 ppl .. hostess and waitress very accommodating in terms of being able to give us the bigger table considering our group kept getting bigger. We were the only ones in the back, so the restaurant was quiet but perhaps it was due to the holiday (although the other time I was here it was also quiet). Food and drinks were great for sharing, a bit pricey but worth it as it all tasted great (happy hour has a better deal of course). The only thing that kinda bummed us was the fact we were expecting it to be happy hour, esp since there was a sign up for it, but were told there was none due to the holiday on Monday. Overall, service was attentive, and I would definitely return again and recommend to other people."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "I made reservations at 1:45, but wasn't seated until 2:15. Apparently, some customers weren't willing to get leave even though their 2 hours max was over. However, the waitress was really nice and offered a seating at the bar with a complimentary on them for making us wait. We declined because we wanted a more comfortable seating and was seated shortly after. Once seated, we were given't guac and chips on the house for making us wait, which was really generous. I love the friendly staffs and I would definitely come back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The restaurant was very slow since it was a cold Sunday nigh, we were seated promptly and the wait staff came over right away, which was nice. What wasn't so nice what their lack of respect for personal space or their interest in anything other than getting our order and running back to hang out with the other waiters that we're standing around. We ordered the special, rib eye, and a chicken and rice dish. While the chicken was missing a little salt and flavor, the ribeye was missing everything. The meat tasted old, had no flavor what so ever. The only reason I ate half of it was because I was so hungry. Neither of us finished our meals. The waiter was quick to take our dishes away, not ask how the meal was wanted dessert and drop the check"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "This place is great! Food is absolutely delicious and the ambiance is great for a night out with friends or significant other. It's pretty loud, but only because everyone is having fun and laughing. There's spanish/caribbean music playing as well, but you can still carry on a conversation. Prices were fair...three of us shared sangria, one appetizer and three main dishes which with tip came to $34 each. Not bad for NYC! Waiters don't rush you and all staff are very friendly and accommodating. It's also in a great location. Very convenient to train and surrounded by great lounges to go hang out at after you eat. Awesome dinner spot!! I can't wait to go back. The fish tacos and vegetable empanadas are calling my name.."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I was very pleased with the experience. I went for brunch and definitely would go again. Bloody Mary's and Mimosas get an A+."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "The food was very good and you can't beat all-you-can drink mimosas for the price."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Just what we want when we go out to eat. Since we cook a lot at home eating out is for food we wither can't do at home or have never thought to do at home. The flavor combinations were just great for us. The Tuna Cocas was excellent. Everything else as well. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Seating can be crowded but the brunch menu is extensive and not tied up in pre-fix restrictions. Worth a try, for sure."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Great food at reasonable prices, service was also great. Only complain is the type of music playing and the level of the music. Had to shout to talk with the friends we were with. Playing Funk music, merenge, and regeton all to loud. When is regeton music for dinner? When is the trend of loud music in NYC restaurants going to a stop."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Great brunch deal - $12 all you can drink mimosas (within an hour and a half)...if you can find the waiter to bring them to you. The food was great but the service was not spectacular."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Macondo certainly was a pleasant surprise and a great find especially for post-movie dining – it neighbors the Sunshine Cinema and is conveniently across the street from the F train. We loved the ambience, décor and above all, the cuisine. Each dish was more sumptuous than the next and the Sangria was delicious. We sampled the regular menu fare as well as the specials, and we eyed the dishes and drinks that our ‘neighbors’ ordered which looked delectable. The most outstanding feature of our dining experience, however, was our waiter – Antonio was extremely familiar with the menu and had a way of describing the options that made each one enticing. He is charming, entertaining, and congenial – his service was the best.. We will return."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Was very disappointed in the service here. First time I was there I was with a large party in May and was excited to bring friends back. We had the same waiter and I remember he was a bit overwhelmed but thought it was due to our large party. Sadly, it was the same case. Repeatedly he asked us for orders when he had already done so about 20 minutes beforehand. Some of the runners seemed clueless as well. Perhaps more waitstaff is needed on the weekends? This was the first time in a long time my friends and I only tipped 15%. Too bad the food is yummy!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I love this place- great ambience and energetic feel. I always bring groups of friends here!"
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "I have been coming here for brunch for several years. The food and atmosphere are great. Perfect for one on one dining and groups. Make a reservation to get seated quickly because it is a very popular spot. Everyone who works there are extremely friendly. They are very attentive. The water glasses are always full, not to mention the unlimited memosas. This will always be my go to place for brunch."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Decent food at a good price. Affordable wine list though the cocktails were a bit off the beaten path."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Much of the food is deep-fried (which is not indicated on the menu). Dripping with grease and unappetizing (but then again, the crowd is mostly very young). Also overpriced. We sat next to a table with a young man who talked loudly, with every other word a variant of the F-word. Very unpleasant. We were last at this restaurant 1 to 2 years ago. It was crowded then, and the food was much better. (I'm not someone who usually writes bad restaurant reviews)."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "tapas and regular dishes all outstanding. great service too"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Came here for a birthday brunch, enticed by their all-you-can-drink mimosa special for $13 for 2 hours. Difficult to find a reasonably priced AYCD brunch special that also takes reservations, and and accommodate large groups, so this was great. Service was fine on the food but a bit slow on the drinks, which is par for the course. They even brought out desserts with a candle for my friend's birthday. Overall a very positive experience."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Very good food, fun ambience, good drinks and attentive service. I loved the empanadas and the chicken avocado arepa. The chicken croquetas were also very good. I would recommend this place for fun group dining."
    Dined on 8/14/2013