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La Caverna, New York, NY

La Caverna

4.1
4.1
30 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Nothing else in New York quite matches the atmosphere of La Caverna. Cavern isn’t just part of the name – it is the décor as well! You’ll get the instant impression that you are deep in a cave far below the earth’s crust, but with none of the dankness you might find in a real cave. The menu is relatively short but sufficient for a bar atmosphere. If you’re putting together a party and looking for somewhere unique, La Caverna should be at the top of your list. With wings, croquettes, salads, lamb sliders, calamari, mac n’ cheese, grilled chicken, grilled cheese and a burger, there are plenty of munchie items to keep the party going. The cocktail list has something for everyone to make the night fun at La Caverna.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, American, Lounge

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 475-2126

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    La Caverna has one of the most innovative designs of the lower east side bars. We do corporate parties, private parties, bachelorette parties, open bar & buffet , happy hour specials and we provide dj music for larger parties. Please email us with detailed information at: lacaverna122@gmail.com or call us at 212 475 2126 (after 4pm). Thank you and we are looking forward to speaking with you.

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Cross street

    Essex st.

  • Parking details

    public parking garage located nearby

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 30 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. NY

    NYCguest40

    Birmingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Food was pretty good but tiny portions. I chose it for my daughter’s birthday dinner. It was pretty good but more like tapas than regular Mexican food. I wish it had been described that way so we knew what to expect. Restaurant was empty at 7:30. Cool atmosphere better for drinks and some snacks than a special family birthday meal. If you’re not on a budget than go for it!
  2. ML

    MichaelL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The website says “Authentic Mexican restaurant” and that’s not accurate. It looked like a nice place to take my wife for dinner. This place is a bar/nightclub with a great underground cave theme but it’s not a “restaurant”. I got the feeling that they were a club that serves food. The chips were cold and bordering on stale. The salsa wasn’t salsa it was just chopped tomatoes and onion. No sauce to it. The tacos were plain (no cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion) but they were cheap so whatever. The enchiladas weren’t bad. But for what I spent on a short dinner it left me underwhelmed. I would love to party in that room, drink there, dance there, but for an authentic Mexican restaurant, it failed for me. Also, I asked if they had Guinness and they said yes and brought me a bottle. If it wasn’t on tap they should have said that it was bottled. I’m not a very picky person but when I comes to Guinness I am. Take a date here for drinks, the place looks cool, but grab food elsewhere.
  3. JK

    JeffK

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    More of a bar vibe not a Mexican restaurant vibe. Drinks were not made well, even after several attempts
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    There is no sheesha/hookah right now which was not updated on their website. We also made a reservation for 9 and were told at 9:30 to order anything quick because they had to move our table for the club. Had we known we would be kicked off within less than an hour, we would have made an earlier reservation or eaten elsewhere. Also our nachos plate had a total of 8 nachos. Not worth what we paid for.
  5. GS

    GinaS

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and cocktails! Waitress was amazing!!!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Great service! Great drinks! Music was super vibey
  7. MW

    MadiW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taco Tuesday was the best! Great Margs and Tacos, and it has lowkey adult Rainforest Cafe vibes.
  8. O

    Ozged

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it! Very nice service and prices are reasonable ✋🏻
  9. TQ

    TiffanyQ

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It’s such a cute place! I had dinner with my husband and teen daughter. We had a great time.
  10. BR

    BrianR

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a blast and our waitress was very nice
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. The food, atmosphere, and service. Linda was awesome. We’ll definitely be back.
  12. R

    Rudy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Food was great, drinks were tasty and strong. The staff was attentive and accommodating. I will definitely visit this restaurant again.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Churrasco medium rare and tenderly delicious... on point with fresh grilled peppers and onions on a bed of Spanish yellow rice...Dessert Churros with some sea salt caramel nice and warm and sweet to my palate...Will be back!!!!😉
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed my first time there on a Friday night! Love the cave like atmosphere! Sat at the bar with my friends and received great service. The food is delicious! Well seasoned except for the steak tacos was a bit too over seasoned in my opinion. Otherwise my steak with rice was very delicious! This place deserves revisits! At night there’s a DJ. As a geriatric millennial, I left, but GenZ came to enjoy that portion of the night!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went out on a weeknight. Attentive staff, taco and fajitas came out great. I would recommend.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for the ambience and was blown away by the food! A great experience start to finish! Go on a Sunday evening for a quieter experience.
  17. LM

    LindaM1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was great! Loved the cavern theme - would recommend for a fun place for drinks & tacos!
  18. A

    Andrami23

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I went with a few friends to celebrate my birthday, and it was better than I expected! We went at like 7:50ish, so it was pretty empty inside. But people started coming in at like 9 or 10pm. The food was really good, and worth the reasonable price. Definitely recommend the tacos, they were delicious! I also love the drinks. I had a Lychee Martini, which was strong but not that bad. I loved that they actually put a lychee in the drink. The other drink that I recommend is the Altomira. I wish I ordered another. Would definitely come back again.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love La Caverna! The perfect place to meet a large group of friends for drinks and dinner. One of the most affordable places in the city too! The place doesn’t get very busy or loud until 10pm so it is a great experience. The food and the drinks have only gotten better here.
  20. JD

    JasonD

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food is really good. The place has very good drinks. Great vibes at night as well.
  21. WH

    WillHer

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The Elote’s were horrifying. Nachos were great but the portion shocked me. Overall great place servers we’re cool!
  22. JJ

    JessicaJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Service was great! Neat setting. Food wasn’t great.
  23. K

    Kerri

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most amazing time!!! The food and service was everything we could have asked for!! 10/10!!!!
  24. Z

    Zoie

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Our server was great super attentive and helpful. Overall a good experience just as everyone mentioned prices for food were expensive.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Servers were really nice and the margaritas/ shrimp tacos were so good !!!
  26. SN

    SoniaN

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Everyone is so nice and the food was amazing! Def need to go back with friends- thank you!!!
  27. CB

    CherB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Food was good. The service and hospitality was GREAT. I love the ambiance. Will definitely attend again.
  28. RG

    RachelG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and they brought me a cake for my birthday!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great drinks were great can’t complain
  30. j

    jaye

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If your concern is how the set up is in regards to social distancing (as mine were) they did a good job of it... Food and drinks are always good and prices are very reasonable.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

La Caverna is rated 4.1 stars by 30 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for La Caverna

122 Rivington St, # 124, New York, NY 10002-2302

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Essex st.

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, American, Lounge

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    public parking garage located nearby

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 475-2126

  • Private party facilities

    La Caverna has one of the most innovative designs of the lower east side bars. We do corporate parties, private parties, bachelorette parties, open bar & buffet , happy hour specials and we provide dj music for larger parties. Please email us with detailed information at: lacaverna122@gmail.com or call us at 212 475 2126 (after 4pm). Thank you and we are looking forward to speaking with you.

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