Fonda Chelsea

4.7
683 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 683 people are saying
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4.5
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4.4
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and delicious time.

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vipHGolightly
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to celebrate an anniversary (or any special occasion). Wonderful, creative, beautifully presented dinner, and terrific and kind service, as well. Thank you for a great celebration! Would recommend Fond Chelsea to anyone.

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vipWestchesterFoodie
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a discovery in Chelsea. Delicious regional Mexican dishes and delightful staff. We'll be back to work our way through the menu!

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vipMaxiliano11
London
33 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the go-to for authentic, outstanding Mexican food. I had a wonderful birthday meal there and would whole-heartedly recommend Fonda as the best for Mexican food in NYC.

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vipdiver
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Margaritas were very good.

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vipfdc40
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We eat at Fonda several times a year, especially for birthdays and other celebrations.

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barrett52
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was good. Upstairs we found it difficult to hear each other over excessively loud music and people speaking very loudly over the music

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Diz12
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and great service!

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MoniqueS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. The guacamole keeps me coming back as well as the cocktails Love this place!

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SanchitM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, amazing food as always!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots to go to!

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GuyF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant! It's always great. I'm vegan and thankfully there are several options.

BH
BetsyHK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The queso fundido was wonderful as were the tacos al pastor. The pescado was good, but not outstanding. We recommend the Rosalita margaritas. Noise level was fine - it was easy to converse.

BJ
BruceJ
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I have focused on Mexican food for years. Went to cooking school in Mexico and done a lot of cooking Mexican food myself. The food at Fonda is amazingly good. Inventive and traditional at the same time. I think it is the best Mexican food I have had in New York City. Very very good. Staff is attentive and the restaurant is welcoming and pleasant.

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PhyllisG
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience. Ate outdoors. Felt quite safe. Service was great as was the food. Accommodated gluten free beautifully. Looking forward to returning.

ME
vipMichaelE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Favorite Mexican restaurant in NYC. Frequent customer, never disappointed! Recommend the guac, tacos, camarones adobados, salmon. And the tortilla soup is both incomparable and very hearty. Viva Fonda!

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Diz12
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch deal and delicious drinks. Food was great as well.

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vipamasnyc
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beat Mexican in Chelsea

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vipdiver
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The staff was great and the food tasty.

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vipSKB400
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
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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viposlakd
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome margaritas! Nice place for a date or happy hour. Food was amazing too. Had the Enchiladas and they were awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
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
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Service was slow.

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vipase1707
New York Area
456 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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TravelChic340
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new favorite in NYC! Looking forward to my next NYC trip to go back

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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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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 4.7 stars by 683 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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