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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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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (8)
Authentic (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
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Good for a Date (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Spicy (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Fun (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
People Watching (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

We had a heat meal and our server was really on point when it came to our table for bottomless drinks

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

It was great and the food was amazing !

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 (Gloucestershire)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything as been in control, the staff is very nice, the place very busy, bar as been crazy all night.
The food was incredibly delicious, particularly the guacamole.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

love this place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Too loud and the quality of the food was inconsistent. Not as good as FONDA Park Slope used to be!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Such good food! We went for restaurant week dinner, and the portions were still HUGE. The carne asada was cooked wonderfully, the guacamole was delicious, and the hibiscus margarita was beautiful to look at as well as nice to drink! Wonderful service as well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Had a few drinks between our table of four, all of which were well thought out and tasty, and the menu offered lighter fare (apps can serve as a light dinner) as well as delicious meals. I loved the atmosphere, the guac, the tequila list, and the entire experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very noisy restaurant on a Saturday night, tables are cramped, but that's to be expected in NYC. Food was 4/5. Service excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was delicious but the best part of this experience was our waiter he was very knowledgeable very

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great value! Half priced bottles of wine on Thursdays. Guac is so goooood. Service was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Fonda is popularly known for happy hour but for dinner the portions were adequate the food was tasty and the service was impeccable. the wait staff are knowledgeable and treat you very well!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Best guac and great drinks with quick refills

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Seeing my best friend at brunch ! Always a great experience here!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The food is truly authentic / “non-Americanized”. The drinks are delicious and the atmosphere is neighborhood-quaint. I will return many times!

Tags: Fun, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Spicy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Casual, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Love this place! Our waiter was super on it with refilling our mimosas and everything came out super fast. My friend and I had a great time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great service, great food, warm and cozy. I went there for my birthday and absolutely loved it!♥️

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

My wife and I enjoyed the vegetarian dishes at Fonda. We ate there after a matinee in area. I'd go again if we we're in the neighborhood, but it wasn't special enough to go out of our way to eat there.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·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 4, 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 21, 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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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (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 25, 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 22, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 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 4, 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 26, 2017

Great food, great service and great vibe!

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 (New York Area)·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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