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Macondo East, New York, NY

Macondo East

4.3
4.3
231 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin / Spanish
Located at 157 E. Houston Street, Macondo East brings you street food Latin Tapas. Macondo is young, fresh and hip. Named after the fictional village in Gabriel García Márquez “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, our Tapería Latina is a magical oasis bursting with downtown energy.
Our menu pioneers the Estilo Libre Latino (Freestyle Latino) cuisine, signature dishes created with the free spirit of being influenced by flavors and traditions from all over the Spanish-speaking world and yet still respecting its traditional base. We serve arepas from Venezuela, cocas from Barcelona, tacos from Mexico, ceviches from Peru, and churros con chocolate from Madrid. You may find "Macondo locals" enjoying a "porron", a fun way of drinking wine poured out of a traditional glass wine pitcher with a spout, raised high above the mouth.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Brunch: Friday Noon - 4PM, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday: 5:00PM - 7:00PM Happy Hour: Friday: 4:00PM - 7:00PM
  • Phone number
    (212) 473-9900
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef Pep
  • Private party facilities
    Featuring Latino comida de la calle, Macondo East offers a very unique and exciting concept with a menu featuring Latin American and Spanish staples in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. We offer different options for special occasions.
  • Private party contact
    Hector Sanz: (212) 473-9900

What 231 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 1.8Value

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231 Reviews
  1. Susan

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service every time! I have been coming here for close to 4 years for brunches, birthdays and more. Their brunch deal ($15 for 1.5 hours of mimosas) cannot be beat. Food is outstanding as well - we especially loved the cuban sandwich, the empanadas, arepas, and deli fries.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Over all I like this place. I am rating the service neutral because they called to confirm the reservation the day before at 11.30pm!! Additionally, they first tried to seat us at the end of a high table that already had 4 people sitting there because apparently the hald empty restaurant was booked. However, we were able to sit at the bar on the outside, so it was not to loud with the music and people on the inside. The bar service was a bit slow but ok, nothing extraordinary . What is super is their brunch special food is yummi and mimosas are unlimited for $15. The bad thing is it's only 1.5 hour and they are very strickt about it, wgich sucks, it used to be 2 hours, but they stop serving on the dot, they even mentionen that when confirming the reservation. Management should reconsider this, it comes off as ridgid. But I like the place, lovster grill cheese was delish!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good happy hour

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  4. ChloeE

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the fish bowls (poke bowl) which was incredible. Great fish, great ambiance, great prices.

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  5. KelseyS

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Obsessed with this spot will forever be a go too! Make sure to try the Bloody Mary

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great drinks for brunch, friendly atmosphere, wait staff friendly and fun.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Staff at Macando East are super accommodating and extremely nice. We had an excellent time!

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  8. RA000

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Brunch was delicious and the overall atmosphere is fun and lively. However, servers were impatient, and rushed guests through the brunch. Additionally, there was no indication of a "$12 minimum" for food orders (which was only conditional to those ordering bottomless brunch). Moreover, our server gave us lipstick stained drinking glasses, and did not apologise when we - politely -requested for a cleaner glass. She was rude and hasty with the food service, and approached us 3-4 times to leave the table for the next party, (who had not arrived until much later). I would not anticipate "prepping the next party's table" would take a considerable amount of time, as the table only seated a party of 4 and simply needed to be wiped down. All in all, tasty brunch options, bright and aesthetically pleasing decor and fun vibe, but service could be better and pricing conditions for brunch could be more explicitly stated on the menu or explained to guests via phone when making the booking ahead of time.

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  9. Christina

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    My friend and I went to Macando East around 4PM on a Saturday. They allowed us to sit and have drinks and small tapas. According to their website and business hours, they begin serving dinner at 5 PM. Once 5 o'clock came around, we asked our waitress for a menu and she told us they were not serving dinner at the moment. Eventually, she allowed us to see and order from the menu at 5:40PM. Like what?! I've never experienced such a chaotic mess in the city.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Brussels sprouts - phenomenal.

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  11. MP345

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was very pleasant and when you do bottomless mimosas, they come and refill your glass quite often, so you're sure to get your money's worth. There was miscommunication between our server and a woman who took our order... I don't get why people take orders for tables that aren't theirs but that was the only weird thing. Other than that, delicious, and lovely!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun thanks

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  13. JCR65

    New York City

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and delicious mojitos. Monday - Friday is the best time to go because they have happy hour from 5:pm-7:pm.

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  14. Eddie

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall everything was pretty great especially the food!!

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  15. Jennc

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was terrible. Everybody got their food except one and the waitress didn't even come by often to ask how things were and my friend got his food when everybody was finished with theirs. I can't believe they still demanded gratuity and already included in the check. I will be leaving review on yelp as well. They need some customer service training.

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  16. lenariz

    New York City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff was very nice and it's a nice place to stop for a drink. But I wouldn't come back for food. We ordered the cheeseburger for my nephew which looked like a greasy burger, pork belly tacos and ropa viejo empanadas. The tacos were pretty bland. I liked the freshness of the cucumbers but the pork was rubbery and tasteless. The empanadas were super greasy and the meat was stringy with little flavor. Overall the place is good for a drink with guac and chips but that's as far as i would go.

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  17. EksST

    New York City

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food. Their take on steak & eggs was unorthodox (clue: it comes in a bowl) but delicious. The atmosphere was nice, servers were friendly. We did the $15 unlimited mimosas with brunch. The drinks are not strong but they keep you topped up. They said it's 90min but last call is 15min before the end. That sounds like 75min to me but to be honest I don't think they enforced and we probably went over the time. Would do it again!

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  18. DoloresP

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    absolutely love the food and drinks here. Want a really good dish. Go to Macondos

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  19. Sheryl

    New York City

    470 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    470 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We wanted to order the whole menu! Our server was helpful with quantities to order, and recommendations for our group. Enjoyed tacos: pork was yummy and tuna in lettuce leaf was a nice twist. Empanadas were also good, patatas bravas were crunchy and just enough spicy. They were out of brussel sprouts, which we wanted to try. Gnocchi surprisingly good! Sangria was not worth the price for a carafe (mostly ice) - would go with a bottle of wine or cava next time. And we will be back to try the rest of the menu!

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  20. CamJ

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Came to Macondo on Saturday for brunch. It wasn't my first time since the food is always good. I usually order the bottomless mimosas for 1.5 hours, but on Saturday I was informed that I'd have to make my last drink order 15 minutes before the end time. In that case, don't advertise bottomless mimosas for 1.5 hours when it's really an hour and change. I just didn't care for that at all.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome, friendly service! We arrived a few minutes late because some people were joining us from out of state and they were super understanding. Service was excellent and the food was great!

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  22. YH234

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were terrific. Our server was friendly, professional, and amazing. Only reason why I gave 4 stars and not 5 is because they do not have dining tables exclusively for small groups of 4 or less. The three of us shared a table with 2 others.

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  23. JessicaN

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time! The limitless flavored cocktails were awesome and the food was pretty good!

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  24. Mark

    New York City

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    4th time at this restaurant, and really enjoy the variety of the menu and sharing with friends, as well as their tasty drinks and decent happy hour prices

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I would not recommend this place for boozy brunch. The mimosas were not good, they basically had a syrup mix with a tiny bit of champagne. The food was ok and so was the ambiance. The price was too much for the quality.

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  26. RobynB

    New York City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Got unlimited mimosas. At first they didn't seem that strong but they creep up on you. $15 extra is s great deal (you must spend at least $12 on menu in addition. Loud music and good times. Staff is very friendly. I will return.

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  27. Cate

    New York City

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice ambience, although the music is sometimes too loud. Food and cocktails are great and well priced. Service is a little slow, especially for the bottomless mimosas at brunch. Faster at the bar. The staff is very friendly though!

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  28. Kathie

    New York City

    44 reviews

    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I always like the food at Maconda East - have been there three times. I usually get the tamarind tequila cocktail and it is always really good. we got a carafe this time and it was all juice and hardly any tequila. that's my only complaint. service was wonderful and the food is always delicious. Taco Tuesday deal is really good!

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  29. Purveyorofrecipes

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was so much fun. We went for my birthday and the staff took such good care of us. It's a really lively and fun atmosphere. Definitely perfect for a girls night or bday party! Totally recommend.

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  30. Betty

    New York City

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went during the weekend around 7pm. The menu was a bit confusing, but I managed to pick empanadas, which were very good. I also ordered chicken tacos, but they lacked in flavor. They provided sauces, however, none of them were good. I would recommend going only for the bar area and for the music.

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  31. MJGReview

    New York City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great find from the Oracle of Yelp. This was a very pleasant surprise for my wife and I and some friends. Fantastic menu and tasty cocktails (try the mango and gin). Drink service can be slow when it's busy - they could use another bartender to keep up with the crowds. But an overall gem that left our group incredibly sated and satisfied.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Did not enjoy the food. That unlimited brunch deal is a bit of a rip off. Only allowed to stay at the restaurant for 90 minutes. Feels very rushed. Will not return!

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  33. Emily

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was great but the noise level was too high for my liking. The table over to us was obnoxiously loud and I had to scream across the table to talk to my own friends.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful Service as Alexandro and Staff were extremely accommodating. Brunch is fabulous as the food selection is extraordinary, and various tasty unlimited mimosa. In a great location, fabulous environment, Kitchen and preparation of food visible with a unique ambiance. Wonderful place for an friends or mature outting, date, or casual business meeting.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it, I was told 2 hours for bottomless on the phone though and it ended up being 1.5 hours. I'd be fine if we were told 1.5 hours at the beginning cause it was busy. But to be told something different in person as compared to what I heard on the phone was kind of disappointing

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  36. JCR65

    New York City

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had a great time. Food was delicious - we had the ceviche and fish tacos. The specialty drink of the night was delicious (vodka with fresh crushed blueberries and mint). Our server Ray was so attentive, helpful and nice. We really had a good time. I've already been back with my sister and she loved it.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Though there are a lot of rules for brunch (like how you get 1.5 hours of bottomless mimosas, and that starts the minute that your reservation stars) it actually was much less strict than I anticipated after multiple phone calls with the restaurant. We had 2 friends who were running late with suitcases. They accommodated us by seating us when the majority of us had arrived, and they also put the suitcases aside for our friends once they did arrive. Given the fact that we were a party of 12, it was surprising that they didn't give us more trouble! The kitchen closes at 4pm after brunch and before dinner, but they easily took our order and got us our food even though we arrived right at 4pm. We were served a lot of mimosas. We didn't really get our pick of which flavors (all of which weren't the traditional orange juice flavor too), but each one was delicious and they did come frequently to refill our glasses. The actual food was really good. I got the huevos rancheros and loved it. Other hits were the carne with polenta and the chilaquiles. Not to mention, they were a lot more accommodating than they had implied from my phone calls leading up to this reservation. We'll be back!

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  38. Paulina

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    $15 1.5 hr bottomless brunch with 3 delicious flavors of mimosas. Great brunch food that's a delicious twist on the favorites without being the same thing you can get everywhere else. Waitress was very nice and friendly, even though we were a big group. This is the second time we've been here and both times the experience was perfect.

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  39. PamM

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for dinner with 6 girls. Food was very yummy, fun vibe.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Bozzy brunch was amazing!

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Macondo East is rated 4.3 stars by 231 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Macondo East

157 E Houston St., New York, NY 10002-1004

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Eldridge Street and Allen Street
  • Neighborhood
    Lower East Side
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Brunch: Friday Noon - 4PM, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday: 5:00PM - 7:00PM Happy Hour: Friday: 4:00PM - 7:00PM
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Executive chef
    Chef Pep
  • Additional
    Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch
  • Phone number
    (212) 473-9900
  • Private party facilities
    Featuring Latino comida de la calle, Macondo East offers a very unique and exciting concept with a menu featuring Latin American and Spanish staples in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. We offer different options for special occasions.
  • Private party contact
    Hector Sanz: (212) 473-9900
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