Fonda Chelsea

4.6
664 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Now serving Lunch, Dinner and Brunch on weekends!

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 664 people are saying
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4.5
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipamasnyc
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beat Mexican in Chelsea

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vipdiver
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The staff was great and the food tasty.

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vipSKB400
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food in a nice area and excellent service. A little pricy for some items but the food was worth it. We were not rushed at all and enjoyed the evening outdoors.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Went for my cousins birthday- service was awful. The speakers that play music was broken which drove us insane. We wanted to order more drinks but it took forever so we gave up

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DawnS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

My erstwhile dinner companion, Mykel, and I tried an unfamiliar restaurant in the neighborhood this evening: Fonda, located at 189 9th Avenue.

The wait staff was warm, friendly and polite. When making the reservation, I selected indoor dining because it is pretty damn hot here in NYC tonight. While it was cool indoors, it was pretty loud. It wasn’t the music, which played at a perfectly reasonable volume. Rather, it is just one of those spaces where sound bounces around too much. I think I would prefer to eat outside next time.

We started with guacamole made to order with soft tortillas and homemade spicy salsa. I had a mojito and Mykel had a Negra Modelo.

For an appetizer, I had Ahi Tuna and baby shrimp ceviche. Mykel had “zarape de pato”, or soft corn tortillas filled with braised duck and a roasted tomato-habanero cream sauce. I tasted the duck; it was luscious. My ceviche was spiced with chipotle and bright with lime, fresh parsley and mint. It was huge, too.

Mykel had seared salmon fillet over sweet potato mash with an ancho pineapple sauce for his main dish. I decided on chile relleno de espinacas, or roasted poblano pepper filled with sautéed spinach and raisins with a roasted tomato sauce and cotija cheese. Again, very spicy but nicely offset by the raisins. Additionally, I ordered a side of esquites, which, of course, is otherwise known as Mexican corn. This version of the dish was served not on the cob but as roasted corn kernels tossed with mayo, cotija cheese, lime juice and chile powder. It was just as delicious as the more common “on the cob” preparation but much less messy. Like the raisins, the sweet corn helped temper the spicy chile. I took home the leftover esquites as well as one of the two stuffed poblanos on my plate.

While the dessert menu sounded fantastic, neither of us had room for anything but a cup of coffee at the end of the meal. And, what a fine cup of coffee it was! They brought one of those little pots of freshly brewed co

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was great, drinks strong and food good

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jen43
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best guacamole I’ve ever had. Great service and atmosphere. Will be back!

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vipParisienne
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a gem of a Mexican restaurant. Very varied menu, top quality ingredients presented in an elegant manner. Upscale ambiance. Not your typical refried bean/rice/taco joint. Excellent margaritas. The zarape de pato (duck zarape) is to die for.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Service was slow.

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vipase1707
New York Area
452 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, friendly service, and fun drinks make for a good evening. Nice menu, but the outdoor seating is hot and stuffy on a warm summer evening. Some ventilation would have been a welcome addition.

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Meghan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious drinks and food with a beautiful presentation at fantastic prices. Where else can you get three cocktails and a brunch entree for $35?? Will absolutely be back🙌🏼.

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JodiG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Guacamole, Cadillac Margaritas, flautas and mole great.

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Sweets
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service but REALLY LOUD AD NOISY

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Russ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good, the guac to start was perfect and the place is pretty cool... if you want some good mexican - not a bad choice!

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CandD212
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Enchiladas in mole sauce were dreadful, virtually uneatable.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality service. Delicious food.

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vipAgent99
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

If you do not like hot, spicy food, be sure to ask your wait person to tell the kitchen. EVERYTHING had too many jalapeños and too much red pepper flakes. I had to scrape the mole sauce off of my enchilada which was disappointing since without the heat, it would have delicious. The pico de gallo was equally as hot and for us, inedible.

Still love this restaurant but will def remember to tell the kitchen to hold the heat!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and service and margaritas

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maria was an excellent hostess!
I love going to Fonda. I have brought so many friends here and they all enjoy it. The food, ambience, and service are all great.

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vipSmithNYLA
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GreAt ambiance and delicious food. Portions are huge. We split guacamole and an entree and still had leftovers.

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vipDesignMattersSpeaks
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Find is one of the true Mexican gems in Manhattan. The food is brilliant, the ambiance simple, the staff cordial and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to place in Chelsea, best staff and food!

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ElizabethS
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Love the outdoor seating and the pollo sandwich was delish! Margarita is def the go to drink

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, will be back

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amasnyc
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

2nd visit had the same food and drinks and will be back again. Love this little gem. Thursdays the place is packed so the wait staff are running around nonstop. The Classic Margarita @$13 is a bit expensive but our favorite drink. Carne Asada Taco and Guacamole are delicious. This time we added the Esquites...yummy!

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vipmadmax
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was very good as usual, but definitely need more servers since service was quite slow....could not get the attention of one for a long time.

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vipValerie
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant never disappoints. I always ask for the server to order for me—which always exceeds expectations—because there are too many delicious options to choose from.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat outside- well done- great service- food delicious!

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amasnyc
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our first visit was on 4/15/21, greeted promptly and were sat upstairs. Ordered the guacamole (for 2) @$14.95, Carne Asada Taco @$11.95 and the Pollo Taco @$10.95. We drank the classic margarita @$13.00 ea. The guac and the carne were excellent and the chicken was very good. The classic margarita was excellent! The staff are friendly and attentive. This is our new neighborhood restaurant will be back weekly.

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Shine
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The food was nice. I found my mole a bit smoky and almost bitter. Guacamole was Excellent. Drinks were nice as well. I do wish they indicated the level of spice in dishes my friend had fish tacos and the amount of spice in them surprised her. Not the best Mexican restaurant I've been to but not the worst. We sat inside on the 2nd floor and it did make me nervous that there were no windows open and it did seem to get crowded at one point. A nice experience, and if I had a friend who was visiting and wanted to eat Mexican nearby I'd take them.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!!!

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vipvocid
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

staff a bit abrupt not very welcoming at all, food ok better mexican nearby will not be back

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vipPickleEats
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love their guacamole. Their margaritas are excellent as well. The stuffed peppers were a healthy option!

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Karolina
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was so patient with us & very understanding of our meal preferences/needs. I randomly found this place & will definitely be coming back & recommending to others! Also- GREAT music!

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vipfoodieMIAMI
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

food is authentic mexican cuisine and great quality. brunch is really good for the price and includes three drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Mexican food we’ve found since moving to NYC! The Guacamole was exceptionally fresh and flavorful. The mole enchiladas were delicious too, but our favorite dish was the Camarones Adobados. Service was friendly and efficient. My only minor complaint was that the music was a bit louder than it needed to be, in my opinion.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

New location is beautiful and the food has authentic flavors of its origin. The brunch was very good and came with 3 cocktails or beer for $35. We kept it traditions with margaritas and the ingredients are super fresh (I was a mixologist). The manager was super awesome and helped us find and purchase some of their glassware we fell in LoVe with. Beautiful decor throughout, very clean and the outdoor seating area is well decorated and inviting! Great Job Team Fonda!

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BeckyG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was delicious and hit the spot! We sat upstairs and our waitress was amazing. Came to check on us as needed, but left us to really enjoy the meal together. The guacamole was delicious and we loved the tortillas and the side sauce that came with them, it had a nice smoky spice to it. The Carnitas De Fonda is not to be missed! We’ll certainly add this place to our list when we visit NYC.

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Pasch
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had a great time! Whenever I am in the city, I always recommend Fonda to my friends. The food tastes great, and it’s a relaxing ambience. Thank you for a great night!

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You can order delivery directly from Fonda Chelsea using the Order Online button. Fonda Chelsea also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Fonda Chelsea also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (917) 525-5252.

Fonda Chelsea is rated 4.6 stars by 664 OpenTable diners.

Fonda Chelsea does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/fonda-chelsea/giftcards.

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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