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About Fonda - East Village

Contemporary, authentic Mexican cuisine in a relaxing, fun atmosphere. Incredible margaritas and "best of its kind" Mexican Home Cooking.

40 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm; Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Sunday 12noon - 5pm

Cross Street:
Between 3th and 4th streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 677-4096

Website:
http://www.fondarestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
F train to 2nd Avenue.

Executive Chef:
Raul Leyva

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Fonda - East Village Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (8)
Casual (8)
Fun (7)
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Good for Groups (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Spicy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Authentic (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Cozy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

We went to Fonda on Sunday afternoon. Some friends have gone to Mexico and a person there recommended the restaurant. Some of us had the brunch with unlimited drinks for 90 min and others just had lunch with one drink. The menu is different if you have the unlimited drinks + main course ($35+tax) or the regular meal. We shared a delicious Guacamole with chips and then I had the carnitas which was pretty good. Other people had tacos that said that it was not something special (They were coming from a Food tour in Mexico) but for me the food was really good.
Service was good also and the server was all the time looking if we were happy and had all that we needed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food, great service. I’ve visited Fonda at least 4 times and they’ve All been great dining experiences. The hibiscus margarita never disappoints! It’s a great local eatery with delicious food and nice atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It took almost 1 hour for the food to come out of the kitchen, and it was very very salty, wrong texture, and cold. I could not eat the dish I ordered, so I had to send it back. This was my second time sending back the dish I ordered in 6 months. I wanted to try if they were okay this time, but no. Overall, the quality of the food was extremely poor. I used to love going to Fonda, but they are no longer watching the quality of their food, and the kitchen seems to run by people who do not know anything about Mexican food. My friend and I used to go at least twice a week to eat there since we live in the neighbourhood. This experience informed me I no longer wish to dine there. I cannot torelate it any more. It was very bad.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Awesome time, great food, great music, great service, great company. All and all Great time

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

My only real complaint is the noise level but that seems to be in all NYC restaurants these days. But as the crowd got louder ( screeching 20 something women) the music got louder.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The brunch menu is very limited and if you don’t like eggs then you probably won’t find a brunch entree here. I had the burrito and it was meh. Definitely not great and I only ate a few bites. They slather it with some type of sauce so it basically tastes like a soggy burrito I’m my opinion. The few bites I did have were only from the inside (eggs, potatoes and chorizo). My friend had the French toast and she also only had a few bites. She said it had a weird taste and it was too sweet. My other friend had the torta and she said it was “interesting” not wonderful but it was okay. The guacamole was good and the drinks were good as well. Overall not a place I’d recommend or go to again - for brunch anyway. Their menu is totally different for dinner so I may give them another shot.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was fantastic, the guacamole though was a bit stingy. The service was great per usual. The enchiladas suizas and flautas de pollo are by far my favorite dishes on the menu.

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

Had a great time at Fonda East Village. Food was excellent and service was superb! Will definitely return!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was delicious and authentic. Everything tasted homemade and had a ton of flavor. Margaritas very well made. Guacamole was outstanding as were the filet tacos and enchiladas suizas. Service is polite and friendly without being too intrusive. All around great experience!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This was my second time having brunch here this month, both times with friends from out of town. The first time was great, but this time the food portions were half the size for the same cost. When I pointed it out and even showed pictures of last time, I was giving two excuses - one form our waiter and one from a cook. They said they would get a manager, but they never did and they didn't bring it up again. They just totally ignored it, and from that point forward the service was extremely slow in getting us drinks, bringing the bill and cashing out.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

The reservation was necessary to get a table even when the restaurant was empty. Glad I made it. Thanks opentable!

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I found the inside of the restaurant to be quite claustrophobic because of the decoration and also quite smelly. We sat outside and had margaritas, the blood orange one is fantastic. Very kind service as well.

Tags: People Watching, Quick Bite, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very good overall. Only problem- we showed up, but were recorded as a no-show. Not very cool!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I always keep coming back here. The food is good and the drinks are strong. Their specials (happy hour, brunch, etc) make it a good deal.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Waiter was very eager to help and his recommendations were good. However the drinks were VERY weak. I was actually convinced there wasn't any alcohol in my margarita. I'm a lightweight and can feel it after a glass of wine- I was stone cold sober after two margaritas.

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

The guacamole was yummy and so was the hibiscus margarita! Great happy hour too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Guac was amazing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Get the carnitas de fonda, guac, and Queso with chorizo. You won't regret it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

This has been my second visit to Fonda and I must say the food is great.. the tamarind margarita are a must, but they are a little too pricy. Iwish they would consider in changing the pricing just a tad.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

This is the best Mexican food outside of Mexico in town. The tortillas are fresh and excellent. We stayed for several hours with no problem. The tres leches cake was the best. I highly recommend Fonda.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Great food, great service and great vibe!

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

I had Fonda bookmarked for the longest with the intention to try it out. I'm so glad I finally had the opportunity to do it. The food, the service, the ambiance were all top-notch. The food was so fresh and the flavors were so vibrant, your taste buds were doing a happy dance. I can still taste the flavors. I highly recommend the Red Snapper dish and the guacamole, but what my friend ordered (steak dish) was delicious as well. The service was superb. I see why everyone raves about Fonda!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Great place for a first date! We loved the guac and pasilla de Oaxaca!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We really enjoyed our later dinner at Fonda-- the tacos are a great deal for NYC and the guac is excellent! Loved my margarita as well! Fun and cute place.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great Mexican joint that has yummy hibiscus margaritas. They were able to recommend what foods were gluten free and safe for me to eat.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great food, amazing service, would gknbavk again and again

Tags: Spicy, People Watching, Healthy, Cozy, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on July 2, 2017

Good device, a nice informal ambience and the Mexican food was authentic and of an excellent quality. Highly recommended

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Fonda has god food, good service, and god flavors. The prices are a but high but that's life in the E Village.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The guacamole comes with tortilla chips as well as soft tortillas, which are my favorite! The al-pastor tacos are my favorite and the chicken flautas are the perfect appetizer.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Delish and everything we were looking for in a Sunday brunch for gal pals. The waitress was so nice and made sure we got the most out of our bottemless brunch. Food came out quickly even though they were quite busy and it was delicious! Loved the guac also and that rosarita - a must! :)

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Fun, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The host was not nice but the servers was super nice and made it for it. The food was great, the music was fantastic and it made me nostalgic for my Ecuadorian roots.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Food and service was excellent...as always! Always enjoy my visits to Fonda

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Authentic, Fun, Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

The service was great along with the food and drinks.. however, I did think it was a bit pricey. Overall i would visit them again, hopefully they might consider a price reduction on the menu and extend happy hour beyond the bar area.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Cozy, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Honestly great service. Great food and great drinks. I leave my own Resturant down on Rivington just to come chill at Fonda. Keep up the good work guys

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Fonda is my favorite Mexican restaurant in the City. Their food is both innovative and authentic and the portions are huge, which makes their prices a good value. I always take home enough food for another (equally delicious) meal, so next time I might actually choose to split an entree with a friend. Recommend is the Queso Fundido as an appetizer to share - it's outrageously delicious if you are cheese lover. Carnitas - a huge mound of crispy and tender roast pork - is also an excellence entree choice. To drink, I love the Hibiscus frozen margarita! Service is very friendly and attentive. A+

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Amazing! Service was great, food was outstanding. We went for brunch which was so reasonable and the drinks were flowing the entire time. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Amazing service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2017

The filet tacos are a must-have. Plantains were super delicious as well. Good margaritas and outdoor seating to round it out.

This definitely goes on our 'approved restaurants' list.

Tags: Spicy, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

While my individual grades were good, overall our meal was overshadowed by the initial hostess meting. We arrived more than 20 minutes ahead of time and the restaurant was not yet open for brunch. We asked if we could wait at the outside tables and they said yes. I told them we want to be seated out there anyway. When the restaurant opened, people came in and stood in line to have their reservations taken as well as a party of three that was a walk in.

The hostess took them to our table and made my wife get out of their seats (I was in line) and rudely told them that we cannot sit there. When it was my turn the hostess was rude and said they were here before us and I told her my side and she ignored me and said that they can seat me inside if you want or not at all. If it wasn't for Mother's Day, I would have walked out after being treated like that as there are many other great restaurants in the neighborhood.

That said, our waitress was awesome and apologized to us and took very good care of us. The food was great and the bottomless brunch was worth it too.

So if you can not deal with the poor quality of the hostess and the lack of management process for reservations and since they didn't apologize but had someone drop off one little piece for cake for three people to share as "a gratuity", then go there for the food and the wait staff. If not, there are many other great places within a walking block all around Fonda.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Really enjoyed the food, the atmosphere and the service team were fun and attentive- top mark!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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