This is a great gem in the Lower East Side. I'm an RA for NYU, and I took a group of residents out to dinner to share a good meal and learn more about Dia de Muertos. El Maguey y la Tuna easily accommodated all seven of us, and the place was beautifully decorated for Dia de Muertos. The family who owns the restaurant had an altar towards the front, and allowed us to take a closer look and take pictures. The staff, without prompting, took the time to explain to my residents the symbols and meaning of the altar, as well as other traditions related to Dia de Muertos. They were very welcoming and happy to share about their culture and personal experiences. This made the night very special!
On top of it all, the food was affordable and delicious. Their guacamole, salsas, and house mole are incredible. My grandmother is Mexican, and the food reminded me a lot of home-cooking I grew up with. I am definitely coming back, and will be sure to bring along friends!