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About El Camion

El Camion Cantina, newly opened in the East Village is taking a fresh and fun look at all things Mexican. Offering over 25 different brands of high end tequila and traditional house margaritas made with Patron and fresh lime juice. Or try the frozen margaritas with a dizzying choice of fresh purees including guava, tamarind, and coconut. The traditional Mexican menu is bursting with flavor, featuring fresh, local produce and inspired specials that are new every week and brought to life by Chef Jorge Torres.

194 Ave A
New York, NY 10009
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Monday: 10:30am - 4:00pm

Cross Street:
12th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 533-5436

Website:
http://www.elcamioncantina.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

El Camion Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.8

ambience

3.8

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

71% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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Good for a Date (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Pretty plain looking and small, I wasn't expecting much when we walked in. Tables are small and spaced tightly.

Chips and guacamole and especially their salsa were excellent, as well as our appetizers and entries. Wasn't expecting the food to be that good.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Extremely nice host! Excellent tacos.. server happily gave me his reccomendation. Grande margaritas were definitely grande!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Fun, Casual, People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Food was great but the portions were kind of small

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

IT WAS LIT GIMME MORE POINTS

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Terrible food, not authentic at all. No music playing, people are screaming and tables are too close to one another.
Cocktails were delicious though.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was pretty good! Can't say it was the best Mexican I have ever had by any means, but the margaritas were good. A little crowded inside, but overall made for a fun dinner with friends.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Went one lunchtime so it was relatively quiet. The waitress, who also ran the bar, was really friendly and efficient and gave good advice - stopping us from over ordering food! Enjoyed everything.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Happy Hour, Fun
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

The best burrito I've ever had. The margaritas were top notch too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

I have been coming to El Camion almost since its opening. The restaurant has never disappointed me. My husband and I now use it exclusively when we have friends in from out of town. The fist dishes are always fresh and excellently prepared, their mole sauce is the best I have ever had and if you are looking for lighter fare the black bean salad is a good choice.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Bar Seating, Spicy, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Happy hour ends at 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Everyone is always nice and the food is fantastic!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

The food was pretty good. The staff however wasn't very attentive. It took a while to get just drinks alone. The waitress that took our orders refused to ask the cook to slightly customize our order and then never came back to our table after placing the order. Only came to get the check. Wasn't very happy with my experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Great ambiance. Good food and service. A little loud but fun!

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We really enjoyed a casual dinner here. Great food at a reasonable price. The manager was so nice and he really gave his all to make sure we, and others, were taken care of with food and drinks. We'll definitely come back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2017

very Nice Staff ! very Good Dishes ! very accommodating when making "our" drinks = xx

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 11, 2017

nic local Mexican recommended, busy local crowd. food tasted genuine and fresh

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Worth it !!!! Food was great, my son enjoyed it and his god mother. DRINKS WERE GREAT!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Recommended from a friend and they didn't disappoint! Service was great, food tasty and overall a good experience. Must try their margaritas, either for happy hour or brunch! Will certainly return.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Horrible costumer service. Made a reservation for 7:15 and was not seated until 8:30. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

arrived for an 8:00pm reservation - large crowd at the check-in desk. Table was not ready; we waited 20 minutes to be seated (meanwhile, groups who showed up with no reservation were seated ahead of us). When we asked for an update, the staff was completely unhelpful - they just couldn't muster a care. We were on the verge of walking out when our table finally opened. The waiter told us the house would comp us a round of drinks, but they ended up charging us for them anyway. We were too disgusted to care anymore.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2017

The food was good. The frozen margariatas were amazing but a bit pricey for the size you get. You can get a frozen margarita at blockheads for $5 that is bigger. But overall we enjoyed everything.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Service was great. The drinks were super strong. Brunch selections are plentiful. I will return. The bartender who assisted us Danny was great.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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vip
 (London)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Great food and staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Went for a friends birthday, the food was good but the service was sparse and they failed to serve the birthday girl a dessert, which I had requested in advance. That being said, the place was packed and the food was decent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2016

This place was just okay. The Margarita was watery and awful. The fish tacos were bland and on cold tortillas. The salmon was delicious though.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Great neighborhood place. Love the drinks food and staff. But the noise not so much. You can hardly hear each other at a table. Would be so worth adding something to ceiling to help with the sound...

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Always great food here. Love the place. Four different orders and everyone loved everything.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Wales)·Dined on October 23, 2016

Fantastic meal - everything was really enjoyable

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2016

The food and the place were great but although we reserved a table we needed to wait half an hour.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 11, 2016

El Camion is our go-to for Mexican food in NYC, and we're from Texas. The meats all taste amazing, tortillas and guacamole are fresh and tasty, really I can't say enough good things. Margaritas taste great, but all in all it's pricey for Mexican food. If you don't mind paying a bit more than average, you can't go wrong with El Camion, for brunch or for dinner.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2016

This was my third going to El Camion and I think my last.

The noise level is very unpleasant, the food wasn't great and our waiter was terrible.

I could deal with the noise level once in a while and even excuse a bad waiter, but when the food sucks, there's no reason to go back.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Great food, good prices but not big portions. The atmosphere was fun, although very loud!
Great margaritas!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2016

I've been here several times at quieter times and although the earthy aesthetic is a bit tired at this point, the food is excellent and very reasonable. Not a typical Tex-Mex menu at all, and surprisingly well done and presented. However this particular visit was a Friday evening and it was LOUD, LOUD, LOUD, LOUD, LOUD. OPPRESSIVELY LOUD. U NCOMMFORTABLY LOUD. ANNOYINGLY LOUD. Could not hear the person next to you, let alone across the table. WHAT'S THE POINT OF GOING OUT WITH FRIENDS IF YOU HAVE TO TEXT THEM TO HAVE A CONVERSATION? No, we didn't actually text each other but even shouting was a "What? Huh?" all night. Usually this is a function of overly loud music but, frankly, I didn't notice that. It was the din of the diners. I honestly don't know how the staff here or anyone else can deal with it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 2, 2016

Food was good, waitress was wonderful, happy hour margaritas were so watered down, they tasted like fruit juice. We have been here several times, perhaps owners trying to save money but they lost three faithful customers.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2016

We really enjoyed our time in El Camion - the food and the drink were delicious! Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2016

While I've been here serveral times, I so enjoy their hanger steak with serrano sauce that I haven't yet ordered anything else for my entree. And, yes, the marguiratas are superb!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2016

Stiff margaritas and great variety. Good music and relaxinga atmosphere

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2016

Celebrated my birthday here. The food was amazing! And even when two unexpected friends joined the group one of the servers was great and let us add another table even though our reservation was for 6. However, I'm not sure if it was because the restaurant was busy or something else, but our service was super slow. We had to grab the attention of different servers for water, drinks, and food even. The food is amazing, drinks were great, would still recommend the restaurant strictly for food and drinks. Just try to go on a low traffic day!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2016

Love the comfortable, quality, tasty neighborhood option

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (London)·Dined on May 14, 2016

The food was good but it was very loud and crowded. It seems to be popular with younger groups (early 20's). The drinks were great and the food was good, however I was looking for something more special and this was more of a 'casual / fun' restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups
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