Iguana

4.2
1161 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
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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4.1
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4.1
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Well, we drink some shots and beers.
The service is ok, it took so long to bring the food.
Some food was over cooked, filet mignon

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ColleenD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Juan did an excellent job. Food (stacked enchilada, vegetable quesadilla)
was hot and tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was amazing and music was great , party started at 9:30 it was fun.

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vipAngelC
Caribbean
17 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose Luis is awesome!!! Spectacular service!!!

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DeanE
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy eating here. Sometimes it’s way too loud, but timing is everything. Book for an early time before the place fills up and you’ll be able to enjoy a great meal! I’ll certainly be back again next time I’m in the City!

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ZackFlow
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The music was decent. They even played requests. The margaritas were great. They had many different flavors, mixed well and had a good choice of alcohol. The ambiance was very appealing. I do think the food was a bit overpriced. It tasted good, but it was little food for a lot of money. Then again, it’s New York. The plantains were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and staff! Try the avocado fries!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

There was no Spanish music playing 😩

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is excellent. I've been going to Iguana for years with my nieces who are now adults and it the place we always come to when we come to the city.

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Marlena
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food service and drinks will be back with a group kid friendly

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SamanthaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Great service and environment. Unfortunately, the food was not worth the price. As well, the waiter notified us that all appetizers are made in the morning and heated up. That was very unfortunate to hear because it made us not want to order anything off of that part of the menu.

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JessicaV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was amazing would recommend going for that alone. Nice music and ambiance just not very lively so do not recommend for night life purposes and service slow but friendly.

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vipVictoria
Miami
51 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good but the service was very slow which was a bit surprising given the staff/customer ratio. Liked the setting and music (although I think it was too loud - maybe what they're used to when the dance club portion is open lol). That said, decent value and I would go again.

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vipShaniceS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loveeee this place!! The best drinks and the food is amazing

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Jackie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Margaritas and food were great! Will definitely be back!!

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RWH18
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Had a great time and would definitely return with friends.

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JWH48
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have been before and got to see Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks again. They were fabulous, playing their music with joy and enthusiasm and outstanding musicallity. There were several pairs of highly skilled dancers who demonstrated their fabulous abilities with style and grace.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I treated my best friend to a day in NYC for her 50th birthday on Sunday March 8. I made reservations for Iguana at 4:15 after Seeing Mean Girls. It was a quiet afternoon in the restaurant and we were greeted enthusiastically and given a great seat! We were very impressed, the restaurant is beautiful. The pretty lights at the dining room entry made for the perfect picture. The drink menu was extensive and so many good options it was hard to choose! We had the Iguana French Margarita first and second was the Coconut Margarita on the rocks! Both awesome! We had the post theatre pre fixe dinner and were pleasantly surprised how much food it was! First of all the appetizers: we each ordered a different choice and shared half, house salad was great with apples and cranberries and the dressing was delicious and the chicken taquitos were good. We had the fajitas as the entree, the steak was cooked perfectly and the chicken was juicy! The rice and beans side plate was a nice amount and delicious also. We chose the fried ice cream for dessert with coffee and it was worth every calorie! So wonderful!
Our server was Isabelle and she was delightful. Funny polite and attentive. All of the staff were friendly and efficient. The restaurant was quiet so we were able to relax and eat slowly and enjoy each course and drinks. We were not rushed. The price for quality and service was a great value in NYC. Would totally recommend to anyone! Great atmosphere, food, drinks and price. What a great end to our day in NYC. Loved our dinner here!

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PhilipD
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pre-theater spot. Guac prepared at tableside a particular treat for my 16-year old companion. Very good food, attentive service.

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TBill
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was excellent. Food was OK. Atmosphere was fun but very, very loud on a Saturday night.

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DavidM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was very attentive and food was served hot & quickly.
Great find in Manhattan

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plenty of delicious food for the reasonable price..great attentive staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice environment and drinks and food were very good. Very good customer service.

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gigi
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and small but strong margaritas!!! Loved our server!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

They overcharged my credit card for $56.00, this is unacceptable.

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ChristinaE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I met my friend for after work dinner. I don't drink but they made a fantastic virgin mojito. The guac was SO good and extra spicy just like I requested it. The service was very good, waitstaff was very kind. For the location price was decent.

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AlexandraS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was wonderful it just took too long for the food to come to table. We did not mind this because we had drinks and were enjoying each other’s company. The club upstairs was fun a lot of fun and had a nice playlist.

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DianneB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time at Iguana. I had the special valentine menu and the food tasted good and was a good portion. My husband ordered the filet mignon and it came out overcooked but they quickly bought him another. It was pretty good considering it is a Mexican restaurant not a steakhouse. We then got a code to be able to go upstairs for free because they were charging $15pp. Upstairs the music was good, we danced a lot, the bartenders were nice and we had fun. Of course be prepared - the drinks are $16 each which I believe is typically for NYC. We did have a great time.

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MercedesW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Nancy was so friendly and nice. She gave us honest reviews of certain dishes and made some good suggestions. When we told her that this date was us coming back to the place my husband and I first met a couple years ago, she was genuinely excited and asked the manager to give us a round of shots on the house, which was nice! The food was good and the service was great. I prefer the dinner food over the brunch food here.

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HopeE
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lively atmosphere and fabulous food. The avocado made at the table was a bonus!!!

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MiriamM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friend from LA visiting. Picked Iguana for the two dance floors. We shared appetizers which were good. We’re ballroom dancers so motivation was dancing. The music is excellent with Latin upstairs and Top 40, reggae, disco etc in below.

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vipmaria
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Once we got our food it was yummy. Very authentic and wonderful fresh and bright flavors. It was not crowded and we waited a bit more than we felt was necessary.
An unfortunate event at the end of our meal was a loud disagreement with several patrons at the bar. They obviously had been over served. Punches were thrown and guests thrown out.
Our server was ver kind and allowed us to exit a side entrance as to avoid the disturbance.
All this being said, we would go back, the food was that good 😌

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time!

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ThomasW
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

My wife and I truly enjoyed seeing and hearing Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks Orchestra at the Iguana on January 20 and 21, 2020. Seeing the Nighthawks perform was the reason we traveled 200+ miles to visit the Iguana. I am not really a Tex-Mex fan, so I ordered non-Tex-Mex offerings (steak and salmon on different nights). My wife did indulge in Tex-Mex offerings. The food was tasty. We have only two negative comments: (1) the second floor where Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks play smells musty, like mildew. Restaurant managemen should explore what is causing this odor as it could indicate pernicious mold growth; (2) our waiter gave our table of four one check without inquiring whether we were separate couples (we were!). He was unable to split the check, so we had to work out payment with the other couple ourselves.

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vipnyroast
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Went to see the Vince Giordano show which was fun. Surprisingly, the food was good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome ! The staff was friendly and courteous. It was a bit noisy but other than that it was a nice experience. Lovely place, lower and upper levels are the places to party and get down. The drinks at the club are pricey. It was my birthday weekend and celebrated it with my closest friends. Everybody had a good time. I definitely want to experience it again.

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LindS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Huge fun. Very friendly place with delicious food.

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LanaBelle
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall nice dining experience. Great fresh made guacamole, crispy yet tender calamari and the margaritas packed a good punch.

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Mryrth
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I used to come here for happy hour, which I'm sure is still fine, but today's lunch was HORRIBLE. There were only 3 tables of people total and the service took over 35 minutes for someone to take our order. Then it took another half hour for it to arrive and it tasted terrible! I got the steak tacos al carbon and it was lacking everything. They basically cut up a steak and wrapped it up in a flour tortilla shell. No flavoring whatsoever. I should've just ordered a steak. Very disappointed and will NEVER return for food.

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Iguana offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 765-5454.

Iguana is rated 4.2 stars by 1161 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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