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El Maguey y la Tuna

18 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups (14)
  • Neighborhood Gem (10)
  • Kid-friendly (6)

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We are a family run restaurant established in 2003. We provide Mexican homestyle cooking. We have strong Margaritas and Sangria. We are known for our Moles sauces such as Mole Poblano, Mole verde, Mole de 5 chile and more.
Great for Large groups!!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican, Spanish, Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation


Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Closed Mondays
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Phone number
(212) 473-3919
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Are you looking to plan an event in New York? Welcome to El Maguey Y La Tuna, where you can find great Mexican food prepared and served by skilled staff dedicated to your gathering's every need.The traditional fare and unique atmosphere will surely make your event one to remember.
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Private party contact
Maria L. Cortez: (855) 383-8561
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Cross street
Attorney St.
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Public transit
Essex St (J, M, Z)

Delancey St (F)

2 Av (F)
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TACTAC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2017

Another great meal & good time had by all. Staff were welcoming and friendly. I just love the signature enchiladas. Great food!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

Nice staff, good food, great for casual night out

Mikki26 (N. Ireland)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

This is a great family run Mexican restaurant. The family were very friendly and helpful and the food was excellent. Portion sizes are large so the food is good value for money. There is nothing fancy about this restaurant but the food and service make up for what it is lacking in decor and ambiance. We will definitely be back and recommend it to our friends and family.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Went with friends for a relaxed New Year's Eve dinner. Delicious authentic mole, great margaritas and friendly service. Perfect!!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

I rang to change the reservation time and the woman who picked up the phone said she was going to be charged $2.50 for my alternation and refused to proceed. Needless to say, I did not feel the need to eat at such establishment!

vipDisappointingTreatment (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2016

Food was good. This small family-owned and family- staffed restaurant is super friendly. WIt has a far-from NY ambience created by music (not too loud!) and eclectic decorations. I was introduced to El Maguey y La Tuna (the Agave and the Prickly Pear) several years ago by a food- science teacher from Washington, D.C.. She'd learned about it from a video relating to her work. This restaurant is a little out of the way,- a five minute walk from the Second Ave./Houston Street stop on the F line, not where most New Yorkers would happen upon it. But it is well-worth going there. I will go again. If this restaurant were on the UWS, there'd be a line at the door.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

Guac was pretty good. Quesadillas took too long. All the food was out for at least 6/7 minutes before they came.

Kate (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2015

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!

Downtown (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2015

I found this place while looking for lunch and loved it so much i returned with 4 friends for dinner. Genuine, home made, family service will keep this place my favorite!

StarvingLawStudent (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 29, 2014

The food is ok, the service was good. There was a very aggressive fellow with a guitar alternating between mariachi and classic rock. It has a fun, hole-in-the-wall vibe, which adds a lot to the experience. It's also pretty cheap.

Get a mezcal margarita if you go.