About Iguana

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.

240 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, American

Hours of Operation:
SUN-WED 11AM TO 1 am - 12am FOR APPETIZERS
THURSDAYS 11AM TO 2AM - 1AM FOR APETIZERS
FRIDAYS - SATURDAYS 11AM TO 4AM - 2 AM FOR APPETIZERS

Cross Street:
Between 8th Avenue and Broadway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 765-5454

Website:
http://iguananyc.com/

Entertainment:
Come and explore what everyone is raving about. Our tri-level, fourteen thousand square foot facility has two working stone fireplaces, two spectacular waterfalls, three large mahogany bars, and two dancing lounges where New York’s hottest DJs spin. Come and enjoy Iguana’s Friday and Saturday night dinner and dance experience. Our two dance clubs offer exclusive VIP areas for your next group night out. Join us Wednesday, Thursday, for our after work salsa dance parties with free salsa lessons. Friday's and Saturdays ladies free all night. Sundays everyone is free doors open at 6pm. 21+ w/ proper ID.

Public Transit:
B, D & E trains to 7th Avenue and N, Q, R & W trains to 57th Street.

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch

Special Events & Promotions:
LADIES NEVER PAY A COVER CHARGE!!
HAPPY HOUR MONDAY-FRIDAY TILL 7 PM ( changes at restaurant discretion )
FREE SALSA AND BACHATA LESSONS AT 6PM EVERY WED & THU @ 6PM CONTINUED BY DANCING TILL AM / EVERYONE FREE ALL NIGHT.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: TWO DANCE CLUBS, SECOND FLOOR EXCLUSIVE LATIN
LOWER LEVEL MIXED MUSIC.
SUNDAY: LATIN DANCE CLUB / EVERYONE FREE ALL NIGHT / DRINK SPECIALS TILL 9PM
NOTE: to enter dance clubs must be 21+ with proper ID & dress code.

Iguana Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (17)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Fun (15)
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Good for Groups (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Authentic (13)
Casual (10)
Romantic (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Special Occasion (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Live Music (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Business Meals (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Spicy (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Cozy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

The service was very good and accommodating good drinks n music

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

I liked the restaurant. The food was good, the drinks were delucious. But once we were seated, we had no water and 3 service people came by asking if we wanted water and yet we did not get water for 6 minutes. That's not good. So that is service, plain and simple.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Drinks and service were great! Chips, salsa & guacamole are excellent! Food was tasty but served lukewarm and table was not all served at once. Perhaps a bit of an off night for Iguana.

Tags: Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The entire staff is very friendly and professional. The food was very good. Live mariachi music. Good experience. Both the black bean soup and roasted corn chowder were very tasty and the delicious guacamole was fresh made table side. The salmon tequila special was also good as were the fish tacos. Highly recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great happy hour! Fun ambiance...a noisy place, great for a party atmosphere.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Table booked for New years eve. Food was great, cocktails good and waiter's attentive. Would certainly go again

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The evening started out very promising with a busy bar scene, great ambience and twinkling holiday lights. By the time we sat down with our party of 4, I was feeling a bit happy after 1 margarita. The guacamole was made table side and was arguably the best part of the meal for me. 2 of us ordered the beef fajitas from the price fixe menu - they were quite tasteless and the meat was tough. The onions and peppers were not cooked much and with no carmelization, which to me adds good flavor. We were very disappointed.
As we were seeing a show at Studio 54 next door, it was quite convenient and the main reason why we chose this restaurant. Too bad the quality of the fajitas didn’t live up to the other dishes at our table. I really wanted to like it. To be fair, my husband enjoyed his pork, although a bit dry, and my cousin enjoyed her filet mignon. He really enjoyed the chili appetizer and the desserts were pretty good.

The waitress never came by to check on whether we were enjoying our meal and by that point we were just looking for the check. If you can’t get fajitas right, what’s the point of having it on the menu? Exit, stage right!

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Service was slow, food was ridiculously overpriced and was not allowed into the dance club despite what was advertised

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was excellent. My friend and I got out early from the John Leguizamo show and we appreciated being seated earlier than our reservation. In hindsight I wished I would have asked to be seated away from the large party celebrating a birthday but all in all my best friend and I both enjoyed the food and excellent service. I will definitely recommend it to my friends

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Other than the restaurant was FREEZING, I shouldn’t have waited 15 years to go back.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Having been placed on a table of 6 next to the kitchen door (there were 4 of us), we had to almost shout to each other over the noise. It took 3 waiters to eventually take our order and the one that did, had a go at another member of staff in front of us for giving us water. When the food arrived, the chicken was warm at best and the fajitas just tasted bland. It was extremely over-priced and so I wouldn’t recommend it. A real shame as it was meant to be a special occasion being our last night in NY.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Really loved the place. I loved how it was decorated. Very very friendly staff and great service. They are busy of course as we went during holidays season but attentive. Everything is pricey in NYC but for the price it was pretty good. I wasn't crazy about my burrito as they put the rice and beans inside instead of on the side and it seemed like that was all it was filled with but my kid got the filet which was cooked perfectly and the chicken nachos are amazing!

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great restaurant! Friendly, attentive staff. Great food, fresh, delicious and authentic. Went before going to a play. Service was quick without feeling rushed. Definitely worth a try.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Romantic, Spicy, Paleo Friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was delicious. Fresh guacamole was amazing! Will definitely go back.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

great customer service my friend was not happy with sangria taste and host graciously changed it to a mojito

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tapas
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food is delicious. Staff is very friendly and professional. Music upstairs is overall great. Great place to get your drink and dance on.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

It was a great experience. The food was very good. Being able to go downstairs and dance off the calories is a nice touch.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We were seated at a large table in the back corner. It was still a bit loud but manageable. Food was very good - black bean soup was not as good as it has been in the past. It was watery and lacked the usual rich taste. The enchiladas and taquitos were amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Wanted a quick post-show dinner and Iguana was close to hand. The food was tasty and inexpensive, the margaritas slipped down too easily and the upstairs bar was hopping. Good clean fun for a Thursday evening.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 18, 2017

From the moment we walked in the service was incredible. The food is wonderful and presented well. We highly recommended giving this a try.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Fantastic!

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

While everything is a bit on the pricier side, it is certainly a great value for what you pay. The food is excellent, and in the end, you don't mind paying a little extra for a high-class environment that promises not to break your bank. Can't say that for a lot of the surrounding restaurants in NYC! Great if you're going to see a show at 54 Below right next door.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

A little disappointed. We were there for a birthday brunch. The waiter was initially attentive but never checked back after we were served with our entrees. One of our meals was lukewarm. And we were not served with a side dish we ordered. No excuse for it. The restaurant was not busy. There were about 4 tables of customers at the time.

Hopefully this is a holiday glitch. Unlike the other customers, we are not tourists. We live in NYC and eat in restaurants in the area all the time.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Had lunch at 2pm. The restaurant was quiet so we could talk and relax. Service was great and the food was wonderful.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Brunch was an exceptional value! Pre-theatre was very convenient to Studio 54.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Came to New York for my wife’s B.Day

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was good and the guacamole dip was on point. The waiter service itself was a little long but otherwise the bussers cleared the tables on time and refilled drinks frequently. The mariachi band was a nice added bonus.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Iguana is several different restaurants. There is a large open seating area and bar on the first floor, I think a dance floor downstairs, and a smaller dining area and music stage upstairs. On Tuesday nights Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks play upstairs. This is why we went to Iguana. The band plays jazz from the 20s and 30s and I can't say enough good things about them -- they are amazing musicians and they put on a wonderful show. But this is supposed to be a restaurant review...

The upstairs dining room is quiet enough to talk when the band isn't playing.

Food is good but not great: pretty standard Mexican fare at a reasonable (for midtown) price. Servers were friendly and helpful when they were engaged with us but somewhat inattentive. The manager was terrific in terms of accommodating our schedule and seating preferences.

The upstairs dining room opens at 7.

There doesn't seem to be a way to request reservations upstairs through OpenTable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food was tasteful but very pricey and the portions for the price was way off. But i enjoyed the food.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food and service were excellent. We were seated instantly and food came rapidly once ordered. Drinks were made well, overall an excellent experience!

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Service was fine, location good, ambiance was fine (although very dark). Food was mediocre. It was not authentic tasting. Everything was fine but would not recommend if you are looking for authentic Mexican.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great time at Iguana. Showed up a little early after our show and they were immediately able to accommodate us. I love this place.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This place NEVER disappoints! Even when it is crowded, the food is delicious and the service is great.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Dinner here before going to the theatre. Good food. Good service. All worked well

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We went here for a quick lunch. The restaurant is clean and decorated beautifully. The service was friendly and quick. The menu had lots of options in all price ranges. Our food came out hot and delicious! We highly recommend this place. We'd like to return for dinner sometime and see what the nightlife is like. They have a downstairs bar and dance floor.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 2, 2017

My mom and I stayed at the Courtyard across the street and wanted a close place for our last dinner. Mexican is comfort food for us and after a LONG day of walking - this place hit the spot. Alejandro took great care of us - eager to answer questions and give suggestions! We loved it!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Iguana has been around for quite some time. Therefore I thought the quality of food may be mediocre. The food was wonderful and the service was perfect.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We were going to a theater on the same block, so had a very pleasant pre-theater fix prix meal at Iguana. The food was above average--my dinner was excellent and my husband's was pretty good. But this is not inexpensive Mexican food, so be prepared.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Well my Experience was great !! I went here for my Anniversary Recently and I loved it 👌🏼👌🏼😜 great for dancing and having a good time !! My favorite part was The guy makes fresh guacamole in front of you .. How aswome is that !! I love it I recommend this place totally !!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Some of the best guacamole in town. They make it tableside. Very authentic and the burritos are very good. Large portions on the entrees. We had the lump crab quesadilla was quite small. Go for the fajitas!

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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