In a city that lacks decent
In a city that lacks decent Mexican or TexMex, Fonda is pretty good. The enchiladas were delicious, the tomatillos sauce was really great. I think the best part of the meal was the guacamole! Delicious. I wish they had more chips and salsa, though.
There was an extremely loud and obnoxious group in the corner bothering everyone and the management did not ask them to be more respectful. I would have stayed for another drink, were it not for their obnoxiousness.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food and margaritas were
The food and margaritas were delicious. I will say though, on date night, my fiance and I like to stay for a while and have a couple drinks, and I did feel somewhat rushed / judged by the waitress of the time frame we stayed. Which is odd, considering we'd have to pay for it all!
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a great time at Fonda
We had a great time at Fonda on Saturday night! Loved this place, the atmosphere, food and service were excellent! Would love to go back soon :)
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Their food is simply awesome.
Their food is simply awesome. Some of the best mole sauce I've ever had and awesome guac.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Some of the best upscale Mexican
Some of the best upscale Mexican in town!!! Fantastic Margaritas to!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was very good. Margherita is an excellent server! The margaritas are excellent, made w/ fresh juices and fresh ingredients. It is a little on the expensive side for Mexican, but it's worth it.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food, ambiance,
Excellent food, ambiance, service.
We will return very soon!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great happy hour and food.
Great happy hour and food. The host wasn't very warm but our server was amazing
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
The flavors were delicious.
The flavors were delicious. I got the veggie enchiladas and did not miss eating meat at all!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic food, serviceExcellent
Fantastic food, serviceExcellent spot for drinks that are killer margaritas, and Mexican food that is delicious.Definite destination.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Fonda. We arrived a bit early for our 7 pm reservation and were happy to get our delicious frozen margaritas at happy hour prices.
Service was excellent. Quacamole appetizer was fantastic. Loved our entrees also. We will be back
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything we ate was delicious!
Everything we ate was delicious! Probably the best Mexican I've had in a long time. Even the rice was amazing. You know how Mexican rice is usually dry? Their rice was so moist and awesome. Highly recommend the Fonda Burger, guac and chicken enchiladas.
5/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Mexican Cuisine
Great spicy guacamole; strong margaritas and the best huevos divorciados ever!!!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Been three times. Excellently
Been three times. Excellently prepared, all tasty, not a scrap left on the plate of any of the seven of us. Regional cusines represented. Noise level in the back room where we sat made it impossible to here someone at the other end of our table. Service was disjointed, then again it was the day before Cinco de Mayo and the bar area was packed.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great friendly staff
I went there for dinner with my wife and 2 kids, waiter took the order, didn't have to wait long for the food, margaritas were very good, staff were very pleasing, food was delicious and we all had a great time, went there on a Sat. Night @ 7:00.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We read a review about Fonda in the Boston Globe the week we were visiting New York and decided to try the restaurant located on Ave B in the East Village. We weren't disappointed. Service was very attentive and prompt. We really enjoyed our Enchiladas Suizas and Chilies Rellenos. Everything had a very fresh, zesty taste. The brownies for dessert were the best. We would definitely return to Fonda again.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
The East Village Fonda lacks
The East Village Fonda lacks the delightful backyard garden of its Brooklyn twin, but the food is the same gourmet Mexican fare. The appetizers are superb and while I enjoyed the delicious Yucatan shrimp, the green rice and black bean sauce that accompanied them lacked flavor and arrived lukewarm. My husband enjoyed the spareribs, which were a special that night.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cute place, good food
Recommend trying a few appetizers including the made-to-order guacamole. Will definitely go back here.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, great restaurant!
Tucked away on Avenue B in the East Village, Fonda is a great find for this area. Restaurant has great decor and ambiance, we went on early on Friday night and had plenty of time to have a drink of the bar and still get a high top table in the front. We were not rushed, the service was great and the food & drinks were even better! Definitely want to go back here soon!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good mexican food, especially
Very good mexican food, especially the freshly made guacamole and tortillas.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
My only gripe is that even though we made a reservation we had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. The food is good - not fantastic, but good. The cocktails are amazing!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great happy hour specials
Great happy hour specials at the bar and a fun atmosphere.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Up Scale Mexican in Lively Setting
We had a fun time at Fonda which has good appetizers and well made cocktails. Overall the food and service were great. I found the prices a little high for Mexican food, but it was upscale. I would definitely go back when I am in the neighborhood.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dined at Fonda for the second time and everything was a wonderful as the first time around! Great food, great service!
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really nice mexican spot in the lower east side. Don't get to the area often enough but when we discovered this place we had to come back. The bar has a great scene and every time we have been back it has been very busy. Great energy and crowd. The food is simply wonderful. They bring warm tortillas along with friend chips for the salsa...a very nice touch as we try to avoid the fat!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid Mexican food!
Awesome spot - I love the food here. Have been here multiple times for brunch - unlimited margaritas - ahem - yes, plus they make a fantastic margarita. It's worth the trek to Avenue B!
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best guacamole!!! Skirt steak
Best guacamole!!! Skirt steak was delicious.......staff was super nice. My husband felt the menu was a bit limited but he enjoyed what he ordered.
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of my favorites!
I have been to Fonda numerous times because it is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is always amazing and I never have any complaints about the service. I normally go for dinner but I have tried brunch a few times and it was just as good and I left very tipsy after bottomless drinks. I always recommend this place to friends!
7/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
My 2nd visit to the restaurant..Food was excellent and those margaritas were amazing ,esp the watermelon one!! The skirt steak wins hands down..
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fonda - Food and Fun
Fonda has a great atmosphere for small or large parties. The happy hour prices are great, the food is good, and everything is on par for a great Mexican place.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never ceases to impress me. I leave this place alone for a little while, come back and it's even better than I remember. Try the pork shoulder. Last time I went the waiter had his favorites listed in Top 10 format and the pork was #1. I had to try it after he had them numbered... i mean c'mon... was NOT disappointed.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very fresh food from Mexico City area of Mexico. Unique, spicy food. The guacamole was like no other. I ordered the chille relleno and it was stuffed with spinach and pignola nuts. The wine from Mexico was full bodied. The service was excellent and the ambiance was lovely.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very attentive service, fanstastic
Very attentive service, fanstastic specialty cocktails, fresh, table-side guac, and perfectly-cooked meats all add up to the best Mexican-style food in the neighborhood!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the unlimited brunch
Love the unlimited brunch here. Just a note: if you don't like your things very spicy, make sure you tell them before you order! I like spice but the food was too spicy for one of my friends. They are really nice about refilling your drinks and telling you when your brunch time is almost up as well.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a really nice dining experience there. The drinks were good, service excellent and the ambiance young but vibrant. The dining area is small but we had a couple of big tables so it was a bit noisy but not an issue for us. We enjoyed the people watching! We usually like super authentic plastic tablecloth Mexican restaurants but decided to jazz it up a bit with Fonda. Pricier than usual Mexican but we knew that and we weren't disappointed. The ceviche seafood special was good - spicy and tasty although pretty small portion. Our enchilada entrees were large and yummy. Dessert was the special - avocado cheesecake. I'm not usually a fan of dessert but we fought over this one. Great place for couples and groups. We'll definitely be back.
9/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
Was a good time. Waiter was very helpful in taking care of our party as we had a small kid with us. Would come back.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place
I have been to this restaurant several times, and the food, drinks and service have been exceptional every time. I love the margaritas, guacamole, shrimp dishes! The only negative is that Fonda is usually very busy and there is a wait, so I recommend making a reservation.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome as always!
Love this place for brunch. I keep coming back. Love the guacamole!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best guacamole, flautas, duck, etc.
Best guacamole, flautas, duck sarape, avocado cake... well, I can not mention all the dishes I had and all of them delicious.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
yummy and authentic
I took my boyfriend there because having lived in Mexico various years, I was curious if the promising menu was going to deliver. Well, it did. He absolutely loved the chicken tacos which must have been as yummy as my tacos al pastor. If in season, try their avocado cheesecake! Our waiter Juan was very attentive and we were served very quickly for a Saturday night. I also really liked their decor which is nowhere near the tacky style you get in other places.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very accomodating. Fun. Delicious.
Very accomodating. Fun. Delicious. Great happy hour!
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Mexican Food
Excellent food prepared authentically. Not going to get chain style dishes here! The carne asada was one of the best I've had and the watermelon margaritas are amazing. The best part of this restaurant is the incredible service! Attentive, no pre-tense (tough to find in NYC), like-able, and very educated on the menu items and preparation. Great find for mexican food with a clean restaurant, excellent decor and good seating. Only down-side is it's on avenue B, but would definitely return and recommend.
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had a birthday gathering at Fonda last month. Very festive! Great margaritas, interesting dishes as well as your usual mexican fare, great service. We had a great time!
10/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of the best Mexican restaurants in NY city... Wonderful menu (food and drinks), beautiful and clean. Great service!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I came here with 5 other girlfriends for a birthday brunch on a Sunday (made reservations that same morning) wanting to get a really good meal along with a little bit of boozy fun. I got the huevos divorciados and they were AMAZING. Both sauces complemented each other very well! The table also ordered the fried plantains and those did not disappoint either.
As far as drinks, we tried everything the mimosa, bloody Mary, hibiscus rosalita and reg margarita. The Hibiscus margarita is STRONG but so sooo good! There was a time where the waiter disappeared for a bit and we were waiting for our refills but he was able to make it up for it quickly (which is the reason I would think service could improve a bit). Would definitely come back!
10/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Mexican with a twist
Intrigued by the Mexican-born/Cordon Bleu-trained combo of its head chef, our group of 6 headed to Fonda last Friday. The place is fairly small and although rather noisy when we arrived - due to the happy hour crowd at the bar - the level dropped somewhat when they moved on. The guacamole was fabulous (order the spicy!) and all cocktails were excellent - Blood Orange Tequila and Paloma were divine!! Mains were too delicious - especially the duck, which was melt in the mouth perfect!
I disagree with others who felt it was too pricey - this is definitely not your average Mexican (ie not a refried bean in sight!) and still very reasonably priced. Quality of the food and drink is high, the vibe buzzy and happy in a great neighborhood!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Exploring Mexican cuisine
A friend who knows Mexican cuisine suggested Fonda as a nearby place with an interesting menu of authentic dishes. That proved to be true, with some out-of-the ordinary preparations. The food tends to be spicy but the waiter will help you find something mild if you prefer it. I had a chicken enchilada dish with a rich mole in a style from Oaxaca that was unlike any enchilada I've had before. The service couldn't have been nicer. We were the oldest people there by about 10-15 years, but the servers seemed to really want to help us enjoy the food. My only reservation was that it is LOUD there. Since the clientele is mostly young, they don't seem to mind, but don't expect to have a quiet, calm dinner.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dia de Los Muertes Celebration
The food of Tlaxcala was a revelation. Chef Santibanez was hospitable and his kitchen really delivered. Service was friendly, helpful and efficient. This is superbly executed authentic Mexican food . We would recommend it to anybody with an interest in Quality Regional Comida Mexicana. This was our third visit and we will definitely be back, even though it is a two hour drive for us.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Took my friend here for her
Took my friend here for her birthday, I really loved Fonda, food was fantastic and the server was attentive, and quick to provide service. The brunch special was one of the best I have ever had.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I can't wait to get back to NYC so I can go back to Fonda. I've been to both locations. Staff is wonderful. The food will blow your mind. Oh, and the margaritas authentic and perfect. Ugh. I love it.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM