Fonda - East Village

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Contemporary Mexican

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Contemporary, authentic Mexican cuisine in a relaxing, fun atmosphere. Incredible margaritas and "best of its kind" Mexican Home Cooking.
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OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It is consistently good food but it is overpriced. The service is great and the drinks are good. Love the decor and ambiance, but just go knowing that you will be paying more than you should for good mexican food!

CS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service. Both the crab croquetas and pork dish on a skillet are excellent! We loved it so much, we went back the next evening with friends. The manager Ricardo is very friendly and welcoming. Cool vibe. We will be back again soon!!

HR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I must confess that when we have eaten inside, the food was far superior to the noise level and ambience. (But my relatively advanced age may make that irrelevant). Eating outdoors is a joy. The waitpeople are amiable, attentive (especially to my dog, who needs nothing less). The drinks come in good time, and the Mexican/Spanish food is...well, I can't vouch for authenticity, but I can vouch that it is tasty, and after a few appetizers, we ordered a few more.

OT
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have the best brunch! We had great service, delicious drinks and flavorful food. The portion sizes are great. I also really like their guacamole and like the fact that you get chips and warm tortillas. The salsa is delicious too. I would highly recommend it.

NM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Staff was very welcoming to our disabled son!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Service was very slow, had to wait a long time for drinks. Drinks we’re disappointing, Margaritas were watery and tacos dry. Waiters were very friendly and I enjoyed atmosphere however just did not make up for food and drinks.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I had been wanting to do brunch at Fonda for quite some time and I must say it was very good. The food was authentic and delicious. The Rosalina was amazing. I guess because brunch is so busy they couldn’t really check on you often. I had thought they forgot about my guacamole order because it took long. I ordered it as an appetizer and got it along with my food and everything barely fit on table. Other than that everything else was great. Food ✔️ drinks✔️ people ✔️

LA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food - the best
Great service
A little too loud though - had to almost shout to talk

O
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, good recommendations, tasty food and great drinks for our brunch on Saturday. Muchas gracias!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal. We sat outside with our dog and everyone was really nice. The guac was especially delicious

DR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The good is always stellar. The Sopa de Tortilla is outstanding. The Cadillac Margarita is great. I had the guacamole for the first time and it was perfectly flavoured.
The only reason I didn’t rate the food five stars was that I was served a chicken dish that was not good at all. This is the first time that has ever happened and we my waiter noted I hadn’t eaten very much he quickly said they would take it off my bill which they did.
I highly recommend.

E
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and drink were really incredible. Restaurant week deal was amazing.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, the place is chill and the staff is just incredible, our waiter and the hostess were super attentive.

DE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food ... good drinks ... absolutely will be back

JB
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and attentiveness by the servers was top notch. Would definitely highly recommend and come through again, especially for their dessert and starters.

MT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service and great brunch drinks.
I'm not familiar with Mexican food but I've tried what I thought was good, and I was pretty satisfied, I've been to this location 3 times.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Food was dry, over cooked, tasteless, not authentic
Way overpriced for Mexican food
Best dish was chips and guacamole (need to ask for fresh cooked chips) should have stopped there
Much better options of Mexican food in east village and LES
Very disappointed overall

OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great traditional Mexican spot.

AB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, one of my favorite places for celebrating special occasions with amazing Mexican food. I have left several other reviews here so I will just add that the quality of the food and the service continues to be excellent, and we are happy to attest that increasing popularity has not affected the experience!

L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every time my husband and I come here we say to each other, why don’t we come here more often? The food is wonderful and consistent, atmosphere relaxed but upbeat at the same time, great service, great drinks and quality ingredients.

AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Guacamole too expensive but otherwise great experience and friendly, responsive service. Blood orange margarita was delicious

OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guacamole is amazing

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MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food wasn’t good, the service was horrible, the whole experience was super disorganized. The waiter was dropping things onto us and more than once did a waiter bring us guacamole and chips only to immediately take it away because it wasn’t for our table. I’ve been at the Fonda in Chelsea and had a better experience but I won’t be back here again. It’s not run well at all.

BC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great attitude and great food. We sat outside which was lovely and quiet - inside seems a bit louder but also very fun and lots of buzz. Our waiter was excellent and did not forget about us even when it rained outside!

BS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I choose Fonda for it's location near a film festival we were attending and was glad I did. First of all our drinks were exactly how we asked for them to be made. We like a very tart margarita, nothing sweet, adding some seltzer. Usually bartenders can't resist and add something sweet. This one at Fonda was perfect. The seating was great, hightop with a bar to rest your feet. The waiters listened at every point, we really liked the Duck appetizer, the guac was delish and the pork taquitos were yummy. The habanero beef tostada was a bit dull so one out of three dishes was mediocre the rest we would re-order.
Would have been perfect if the music was turned down a notch or two.

PJ
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I go to the park slope fonda a lot, the east village fonda staff was rather rude. The music was extremely loud for 3pm on a Saturday. The staff left the a table alone for long periods despite the restaurant not being crowded. The food was wonderful as always but the ambiance and the service was lacking.

SB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good!

r
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food is ok but a bit pricy I found for what it is

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to Mexican place LOVEEEE

Q
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food wonderfully fresh and, speaking as a cook, prepared by someone who cooks like they really care what goes on the plate. Absolutely first class all the way. Ditto the cocktails – on target, no skimping on the booze – and some imaginative, fresh originals – great. Friendly service feels like family. The space is immaculately clean and looks like it was decorated yesterday – deceptively simple but relaxing and energizing at the same time. A great time all round. Yay!

B
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere, and service. Will definitely be returning.

PG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I personally think this is the best Mexican in the East Village and that includes the two on my block; fresh, unique, and inventive handling of traditional Mexican. Guacamole is made when you order it. Don't get fresher than that. Fish tacos also great.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Very good food and drinks. The ambiance is cheerful and nice for summer. However, the rude and unprofessional hostess greatly detracted from our experience

MB
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there on a Tuesday night before a STOMP show. It was not very busy, we could choose our table. The service was outstanding, our waiters were super friendly and patient, they helped us choose the right dishes for each of us 4. Delicious food! Cocktails very good too. Will definitely come back :)

TL
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have eaten at this restaurant’s place in Brooklyn and food as good as ever. This restaurant is a bit bigger than Brooklyn’s-both have backyards but I’m referring to indoor seating- making the experience a bit more enjoyable.

S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and margaritas. The servers were really nice and gave great recs. Good vibe too. A little pricey, though.

PW
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is fantastic -- we went on Cinco de Mayo, but unlike other Mexican restaurants on this day, the service was good and the food was even better. Had delicious specials, which we ordered, but you could also order from the regular menu. And the margaritas were great -- lots of choices, so we had to try a few different kinds. Highly recommended -- we will definitely be back!

l
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I realize there’s a time limit but after spending close to $400 and because we were standing waiting for one of our party to get out of the bathroom I felt uncomfortable and unappreciated being asked to leave. We were obviously getting ready to leave it’s not like there was anywhere to stand and wait it was pouring outside.We did get our table about 15 minutes late. Not a big deal. In addition I thought I saw stated that a gratuity will be automatically added if your party was of six or more. Out gratuity was added for our party of five. I would have tipped more generously had this not be done And I felt it offensive. For this reason I felt a little put off. However our server Brenda was good Considering it was so busy.

AB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic Mexican food. Mole, carnitas and the Duck zarape are a must. Service kind and attentive, Mexican hospitality at its best.

TC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I like Fonda in Chelsea but Fonda in the East Village feels more like a bar atmosphere. It's pretty dark inside. We went for brunch but even that is geared toward the bottomless drinks crowd. If you want a simple, nice brunch with coffee and sunlight and not an hour and a half of endless drinking, go elsewhere.

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