Skinny's Cantina - LIC
Love the place
Great food, ambiance, service was polite but i waited for food 30 min since i placed an order
I would recommend this restaurant to people who live in the immediate area or who will be in LIC for without a vehicle. I made a reservation via Open Table for six. We arrived at different times having to drive from different points all over New York. In the description there was a mention that the restaurant validated parking. That was not the reason I booked the restaurant but we asked about parking validation when we arrived and was told to give the tickets to the waitress when getting the check.
Bring your patience! The offered the standard chips and some sort of salsa that contained some form of dairy which we only know because a member of the group has a food allergy. The server didn't ask about allergies or any restrictions so we had to ask about each individual dish. After a long wait, we got 4 out of the 6 dishes ordered. The two entrée salads came out last. The server didn't put the salad order in until after everyone else got their entrée. Then one salad came out while we waited for the other salad. Once we all had our meal we ate and the food was good.
As with most restaurants a group of 6 or more already adds a gratuity to the bill which is lucky for our server because she was the opposite of attentive.
While waiting for the check, we handed the server our parking tickets for validation. She said that the restaurant doesn't validate parking any more; so we asked for the manager. Someone came to the table and said that their validation machine wasn't working. When we mentioned that no one said anything when we first arrived and asked for validation. After more back and forth they "validated the parking." Their version of validating parking offering a $4.00 discount.
Parking in LIC can be quite challenging. And with our diverse group coming from as far as Suffolk County, Mount Vernon and Staten Island you can bet the next time we want to meet up for dinner we'll do it in Manhattan where public transportation is more accessible.
The food was great and the service was on point...the host was also helpful, she did what she can to make sure we go our seats together and the wait wasnt a problem at all, the waitress was patient on taking our order and the service was great...highly recommend to anyone to come here
Celebrating my sister’s birthday here was great! Friendly staff, great drinks and amazing food.
Troppo tempo di attesa tra l’arrivo, l’ordine e la consegna.
The music and the atmosphere was great...the food and the service was great...recommend this place to anyone...
Had a great dinner date. Food was amazing, service was absolutely great. I had used a Pulsd deal and it was so worth it.
Skip it. Bland terrible food. I won’t bother going back. Taco Bell is better.
Excellent food !
Favorite restaurant in the area. Good food, better drinks, although the drinks can be a bit pricey.
Great low key spot! The food is fantastic and the service is always spot on and fast. Not the trendiest when it comes to the ambiance but the service and food completely make up for it. Thumbs up from me!
Great food, enjoyable atmosphere, excellent service and the best location to look at the New York City skyline.
We came here because we had previously been here in the summer for margaritas and apps, but unfortunately the brunch experience was not as great as we’d hope for it to be. The bottomless service was slow, the food was also slow to come out and appeared to be low quality. Even though we did not enjoy the experience, our waitress was really nice and attentive when she came around.
Ambiance is very good and teh staff are very good and attentive. The food is enjoyable I would have enjoyed some more authentic and spicy Mexican food.
The food was so delicious, the staff was friendly and attentive, it was a fun place with great music
Had my birthday party there. Great food, great service. Met Skinny and also the Chef. Very rad people running this restaurant. Thanks Skinny!
Excellent as always.
Ordered the crunch beef tacos. So good!!! We were in NYC for the weekend, staying in LIC and are here TWICE!! Margaritas were delicious and strong!!
Highly recommended. We (3 adults and 2 kids) did like the place. Everything was excellent. Mexican flatbread with the steak was surprisingly good. Tacos were great as well. Also, I and my wife enjoyed a glass or two of Argentinian Malbec. A+++
I had the tostada de camarones in the appetizer section as my meal as per my waiters recommendation and it was awesome. Also had a skinny margarita w jalapeño added. I would come back and get both again!
Good food, great margarita pitchers and fun atmosphere.
The server was very friendly. Food came quickly. Love the coconut pancakes!
It took 45 minutes for our food to come, and while dining with 3 children, their meals came out last. From the time the first dishes were delivered, to the final dish was 10 minutes (not exaggerating). Additionally, one of the children complained that the chicken didnt taste good - upon further inspection, his was not cooked (pink/raw in the middle) and the meat smelled rancid.
We always knew the service was slow and moderate at best, but never had such issues with the actual food. Will not be going back.
Good food, the coconut pancakes were fantastic! My margarita on the rocks was awful - very sweet but tasted like fake sugar. I didn’t drink it but ordered a frozen margarita (much better). The server didn’t even ask if something was wrong with my drink. We also asked for our check and had to wait about 20 minutes and ask again. Overall the food was good, some drinks good, service just ok.
Bustling and delicious menu!
Fabulous evening during the latest NYC heatwave. They were so accommodating and attentive. Food and service were top notch. Drinks were excellent and setting is lovely. FISH TACOS were superb!
Great music, good food, nice ambiance and location.
Food was great but I had reservations for 5pm and me and my family weren’t seated until 20 minutes later so that was the downside of it me and my family were just waiting by the bar which wasn’t a good experience . Once seated we ate and enjoyed our selves .
My waiter was the kindest and most exceptional to my family.. ty!!!
Fantastic place!! Amazing food, amazing margaritas and service is great! Brunch or dinner this place is a wonderful!
The tacos were outstanding!!! The soft shell and crunchy shell combination is to die for.
Really nice, casual spot for tex mex style food. Love coming here. Close to the water. Outside seating can get very windy. always a lot of kids/strollers so be prepared for the occasional kid having a meltdown.
It was great. Food was excellent and the atmosphere was awesome.
Someone recommended this restaurant and it turn out to be fantastic!
Although the location was great the drinks were terrible. We went for bottomless drinks and the food was good but the drinks gave us headaches immediately. Not sure what was in the margaritas but it didnt have that lime taste and the headaches hit quickly. Had migraines all night long after this.
Bellinis and mimosas were also warm.
Found a long hair in my food. Waitress didn’t seem phased by it (guess it’s a normal occurrence?) And they didn’t offer to replace the dish, or attempt to make it right.
And, we STILL got billed for that plate that I didn’t end up touching!!!!
I am from Texas and love Tex-Mex as well as authentic Mexican food. This restaurant provides neither. I've had straight from the head barbacoa con seso, and never have I ever tasted even a touch of sweetness. The barbacoa in the enchiladas tasted candy sweet as did my wife's corn and chicken salad. The fact we left a third of a pitcher of margaritas on the table should be very telling.
Food was great ! The music was a little loud and hear anything the waiter is saying or hear you with.
Skinny's Cantina - LIC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (718) 729-8300.
Skinny's Cantina - LIC is rated 4.3 stars by 49 OpenTable diners.
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.