El Maguey Y La Tuna

★★★★★
Traditional Mexican Cuisine & Margaritas in NYC's Lower East Side!
  • 321 E Houston St

    New York, NY 10002

    Cross street: Between Attorney St and Ridge St

    Map & Directions
  • 212-473-3744

About El Maguey Y La Tuna

Hours
Monday Closed Tuesday 12:00 AM - 11:00 PM Wednesday 12:00 AM - 11:00 PM Thursday 12:00 AM - 11:00 PM Friday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM Saturday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM Sunday 12:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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I have been to this interesting authentic mexican restaurant twice: once alone and once with friends. Both times the food lived up to the expectations raised by all the great reviews. The burritos are very delicate and melt in the mouth. A couple of moles I tried were very tasty too. The service in this family run restaurant is friendly, attentive, but unobtrusive. The ambience is nice and folksy. It may be a little chilly to sit by the huge windows on a cold day in winter, as the heat in the small dining room is not evenly distributed. They take reservations, but the place does not seem to be too crowded most of the time.

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★★★★☆

I have been to this interesting authentic mexican restaurant twice: once alone and once with friends. Both times the food lived up to the expectations raised by all the great reviews. The burritos are very delicate and melt in the mouth. A couple of moles I tried were very tasty too. The service in this family run restaurant is friendly, attentive, but unobtrusive. The ambience is nice and folksy. It may be a little chilly to sit by the huge windows on a cold day in winter, as the heat in the small dining room is not evenly distributed. They take reservations, but the place does not seem to be too crowded most of the time.

Pros: food, service

Cons: climate control, location in the city

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i used to live in new york and this was my favorite mexican restaurant (and i went all over the place looking for authentic mexican food)...now it's a must stop whenever i return to the city...the food is great, the pozole (hominy soup) is the best i've had ...their mole one of the best...try the fried banana desert, delicious...but what makes this place so special is the way the owner makes everybody feel at home...it's small but cozy...it's a no frills place where you go if you want real food and real people...

2
★★★★★

i used to live in new york and this was my favorite mexican restaurant (and i went all over the place looking for authentic mexican food)...now it's a must stop whenever i return to the city...the food is great, the pozole (hominy soup) is the best i've had ...their mole one of the best...try the fried banana desert, delicious...but what makes this place so special is the way the owner makes everybody feel at home...it's small but cozy...it's a no frills place where you go if you want real food and real people...

Pros: excellent food, service,

Cons: a little bit cramped (but cozy)

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to the ppl that r looking for tex-mex...go elsewhere! this is not tex-mex!! it is typical,authentic mexican food!!! i come from the same small town in mexico as the owners do, and let me tell u, this place is the real deal!! so to the guy looking for cheese && lettuce on his tacos, go to tacobell!!! and also, go back to texas, new york doesn't want you!!

2
★★★★★

to the ppl that r looking for tex-mex...go elsewhere! this is not tex-mex!! it is typical,authentic mexican food!!! i come from the same small town in mexico as the owners do, and let me tell u, this place is the real deal!! so to the guy looking for cheese && lettuce on his tacos, go to tacobell!!! and also, go back to texas, new york doesn't want you!!

Pros: awesome food!!

Cons: too far from me

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This is not Tex-Mex (there is a difference), so don't come here expecting it. But if you want good, honest, downhome Mexican food like they make on the border (which is where I grew up), this is your place and it will not disappoint. The meat is pulled, not ground. The emphasis is on flavor and not heat index (and if you want your salsa spicier, they have hotter salsa in the back; just ask for it - I usually mix a spoonful or two of the hotter stuff into the milder stuff). I have always loved everything I've ordered, but my favorite thing is their posole, and they make it just like my mom does. When I can't get on a plane and I need a taste of home, I come here. It's well worth the trip to the LES.

2
★★★★☆

This is not Tex-Mex (there is a difference), so don't come here expecting it. But if you want good, honest, downhome Mexican food like they make on the border (which is where I grew up), this is your place and it will not disappoint. The meat is pulled, not ground. The emphasis is on flavor and not heat index (and if you want your salsa spicier, they have hotter salsa in the back; just ask for it - I usually mix a spoonful or two of the hotter stuff into the milder stuff). I have always loved everything I've ordered, but my favorite thing is their posole, and they make it just like my mom does. When I can't get on a plane and I need a taste of home, I come here. It's well worth the trip to the LES.

Pros: casual, good food, friendly service

Cons: small, not much in the way of ambience

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After reading all the positive reviews, I was very excited about trekking to the outer region known as lower very east side. I should have known reading the menu online that it might disappoint. To caveat, I've spent most of my adult life in Texas, and I like the basics tex mex/american - my favorite things are far from adventurous: beef tacos or fajitas - but I've had enchiladas, mole, etc. Alas, I never realized it could be so hard to get basics downs like chips and salsa - I like my chips very thin and crispy, and I like my salsa basic with kick - literally roasted roma tomatoes, Serrano peppers, salt and pepper. Unfortunately, this place was average on all this - hard thick chips that chipped my teeth, and a very mild/sweet salsa which had cilantro and onions, but no kick. They didn't even have ground beef tacos - and the only toppings they had on their tacos were onions, guacamole, and pico. 90% of tacos I've eaten in Texas come with lettuce and cheese. Server recommended the mole chicken - I went with the Steak Asada which was basically the steak fajita not chopped - oversalted and well done - I like my meat a little rare. The positives was the service was good and friendly, and the margaritas were tasty and strong - and cheap during happy hour $4 from 6-9pm. Unlike many here, my search will go on, and Chipotle will still sadly reign as the best tex mex, particularly for the value - next up though is Mexi Mama's.

1
★★★☆☆

After reading all the positive reviews, I was very excited about trekking to the outer region known as lower very east side. I should have known reading the menu online that it might disappoint. To caveat, I've spent most of my adult life in Texas, and I like the basics tex mex/american - my favorite things are far from adventurous: beef tacos or fajitas - but I've had enchiladas, mole, etc. Alas, I never realized it could be so hard to get basics downs like chips and salsa - I like my chips very thin and crispy, and I like my salsa basic with kick - literally roasted roma tomatoes, Serrano peppers, salt and pepper. Unfortunately, this place was average on all this - hard thick chips that chipped my teeth, and a very mild/sweet salsa which had cilantro and onions, but no kick. They didn't even have ground beef tacos - and the only toppings they had on their tacos were onions, guacamole, and pico. 90% of tacos I've eaten in Texas come with lettuce and cheese. Server recommended the mole chicken - I went with the Steak Asada which was basically the steak fajita not chopped - oversalted and well done - I like my meat a little rare. The positives was the service was good and friendly, and the margaritas were tasty and strong - and cheap during happy hour $4 from 6-9pm. Unlike many here, my search will go on, and Chipotle will still sadly reign as the best tex mex, particularly for the value - next up though is Mexi Mama's.

Pros: Tasty, strong, and reasonably priced (during happy hour) margaritas.

Cons: Chips, Salsa, Tex/Mex American not good, location

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We found this place to be really tasty and economical. Service was very friendly. Not the best looking place, but really felt like we were taken care of. I am not a big fan of Mexican food and they really won me over. Best of what the LES used to be.

2
★★★★☆

We found this place to be really tasty and economical. Service was very friendly. Not the best looking place, but really felt like we were taken care of. I am not a big fan of Mexican food and they really won me over. Best of what the LES used to be.

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Great food for a reasonable price, was not a big fan of Mexican food till someone brought me to this restaurant. Food is real good and there desserts left me licking my fingers, honestly I left saying I will definitely come back , very nice date spot. The customer service is real good everyone is friendly and make you feel at home, good date spot good food that wont wipe away your finances, nice atmosphere good food will recommend it to anyone!!!!

2
★★★★★

Great food for a reasonable price, was not a big fan of Mexican food till someone brought me to this restaurant. Food is real good and there desserts left me licking my fingers, honestly I left saying I will definitely come back , very nice date spot. The customer service is real good everyone is friendly and make you feel at home, good date spot good food that wont wipe away your finances, nice atmosphere good food will recommend it to anyone!!!!

Pros: FOOD

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Poor service, no ambiance, below-average food, and over-priced. Granted it was busy due to Cinco de Mayo, but it was completely chaotic -- our order was messed up and on numerous occasions they put food on our table that was for someone else and just picked up the dishes w/o any apologies. The prices were raised for the special "holiday" menu which was similar the regular menu .

Will certainly not be going back and do not recommend it at all.

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★☆☆☆☆

Poor service, no ambiance, below-average food, and over-priced. Granted it was busy due to Cinco de Mayo, but it was completely chaotic -- our order was messed up and on numerous occasions they put food on our table that was for someone else and just picked up the dishes w/o any apologies. The prices were raised for the special "holiday" menu which was similar the regular menu .

Will certainly not be going back and do not recommend it at all.

Pros: Seemingly authentic atmosphere

Cons: bad service, over-priced, below average photo

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I give this restaurant a ten out of ten only because it is in New York, where it's way easier to get good anything than it is to get good Mexican food. The waitstaff is always extremely courteous and friendly, and the food is about as good as you are going to get in New York (Oh my god! Somebody actually grills their fajitas instead of sauteing them with 9,000 green bell peppers!). If you are from the southwest, it won't make you reminisce, but you're not gonna do better 'till you go home to visit the 'rents. Delivery is a crapshoot - sometimes fine - sometimes not so much - You're better off dining in.

1
★★★☆☆

I give this restaurant a ten out of ten only because it is in New York, where it's way easier to get good anything than it is to get good Mexican food. The waitstaff is always extremely courteous and friendly, and the food is about as good as you are going to get in New York (Oh my god! Somebody actually grills their fajitas instead of sauteing them with 9,000 green bell peppers!). If you are from the southwest, it won't make you reminisce, but you're not gonna do better 'till you go home to visit the 'rents. Delivery is a crapshoot - sometimes fine - sometimes not so much - You're better off dining in.

Pros: It ain't the southwest, but it's as good as it gets in NY

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This homey Mexican is cozy and unpretentious, serving all the classics and a few home-style specialties. We had the Enchiladas al Maguey and Mole Verde, both of which were very good. The green mole sauce was fresh, just spicy enough, and delicious. The rice 'n' beans were a bit on the stale side, but so it goes. Service was very good. The overall rating is porbably erring on the high side, but the quality and the authenticity are there.

2
★★★★☆

This homey Mexican is cozy and unpretentious, serving all the classics and a few home-style specialties. We had the Enchiladas al Maguey and Mole Verde, both of which were very good. The green mole sauce was fresh, just spicy enough, and delicious. The rice 'n' beans were a bit on the stale side, but so it goes. Service was very good. The overall rating is porbably erring on the high side, but the quality and the authenticity are there.

Pros: Food, service, drinks

Cons: Too far on the LES

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Good authentic mexican food. The location leaves a little to be desired, but the food and service make up for it. I would recommend definitely getting the hot chocolate. I felt as though I was in heaven when I drank it. No need to make reservations, it doesn't seem to get crowded.

2
★★★★★

Good authentic mexican food. The location leaves a little to be desired, but the food and service make up for it. I would recommend definitely getting the hot chocolate. I felt as though I was in heaven when I drank it. No need to make reservations, it doesn't seem to get crowded.

Pros: Inexpensive, dessert, service

Cons: Location

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El Maguey y La Tuna is long name I can barely remember , we always refer to it as Maria's place.
Maria is the owner. She is always friendly and inviting and it often feels like you came over to her home for dinner. The food is great. Many of the dishes have a very unique flavor. The taste is much richer than the
other casual Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood, and of course this is reflected in the prices. Just a little
pricier the other local establishments but totally worth it.

2
★★★★★

El Maguey y La Tuna is long name I can barely remember , we always refer to it as Maria's place.
Maria is the owner. She is always friendly and inviting and it often feels like you came over to her home for dinner. The food is great. Many of the dishes have a very unique flavor. The taste is much richer than the
other casual Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood, and of course this is reflected in the prices. Just a little
pricier the other local establishments but totally worth it.

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The first time I ate at this heavenly slice of Mexico I thought to myself, "Finally, REAL Mexican food in NYC!". Everything from the way the place is humbly decorated, to Vicente Fernandez singing through the speakers, the friendly staff of people who take real pride in the food they serve and the traditional recipes they love to share. This place oozes warmth, comfort and excellence. I am Mexican and let me tell you, I actually shed a tear the first time I tried their moble poblano. It brought a flood of memories of my grandmother to my mind, and to my tastebuds. They have it down, and I tend to be very critical of anything calling itself Mexican in NYC. Trust me, their beans and rice are authentic and this is telling of the real deal. The mole pipian, the sopes, the pozole and pancita soups, these are all wonderful! They used to serve lengua (tongue) tacos but too many people were afraid to order them so they took them off the menu. Too bad, they were the best. I have nothing but good things to say about this place. The margaritas use actual juice and my mango margarita had lovely mango nectar in it. MMMM. I keep taking my friends there and they all understand what real Mexican food is like now. Voy a volver, volver, volver!!!

2
★★★★★

The first time I ate at this heavenly slice of Mexico I thought to myself, "Finally, REAL Mexican food in NYC!". Everything from the way the place is humbly decorated, to Vicente Fernandez singing through the speakers, the friendly staff of people who take real pride in the food they serve and the traditional recipes they love to share. This place oozes warmth, comfort and excellence. I am Mexican and let me tell you, I actually shed a tear the first time I tried their moble poblano. It brought a flood of memories of my grandmother to my mind, and to my tastebuds. They have it down, and I tend to be very critical of anything calling itself Mexican in NYC. Trust me, their beans and rice are authentic and this is telling of the real deal. The mole pipian, the sopes, the pozole and pancita soups, these are all wonderful! They used to serve lengua (tongue) tacos but too many people were afraid to order them so they took them off the menu. Too bad, they were the best. I have nothing but good things to say about this place. The margaritas use actual juice and my mango margarita had lovely mango nectar in it. MMMM. I keep taking my friends there and they all understand what real Mexican food is like now. Voy a volver, volver, volver!!!

Pros: Best Mexican in NYC, bar none and what great people who work there

Cons: No more lengua on the menu

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I went to the maguey and I had a great time.
The waiter was really sweet and friendly.
I was curious to check out the Pozole and it was great.
I decided to try thier famous pipian enchiladas. My boyfriend loved them.
I think this is the only place in the city that they have pipian enchiladas.

My boyfriend and I really had a great time.
Las palamita drinks are awesome. Just like in Mexico City!!

2
★★★★★

I went to the maguey and I had a great time.
The waiter was really sweet and friendly.
I was curious to check out the Pozole and it was great.
I decided to try thier famous pipian enchiladas. My boyfriend loved them.
I think this is the only place in the city that they have pipian enchiladas.

My boyfriend and I really had a great time.
Las palamita drinks are awesome. Just like in Mexico City!!

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I have been on a hunt all summer to find great Mexican food in NYC, and this is the closest to the real thing that I've had so far. I went with a group of friends during their 3rd year Anniversary, and had a blast. They were very busy because of all of the festivities and probably a little understaffed, but they were all very friendly and hard-working. The cheese enchiladas, rice, salsa and margaritas were all excellent. The guacamole wasn't spicy though, it was very "avacodo-y." If you know what REAL Mexican food is, this is the closest you'll get in the Big Apple.

2
★★★★★

I have been on a hunt all summer to find great Mexican food in NYC, and this is the closest to the real thing that I've had so far. I went with a group of friends during their 3rd year Anniversary, and had a blast. They were very busy because of all of the festivities and probably a little understaffed, but they were all very friendly and hard-working. The cheese enchiladas, rice, salsa and margaritas were all excellent. The guacamole wasn't spicy though, it was very "avacodo-y." If you know what REAL Mexican food is, this is the closest you'll get in the Big Apple.

Pros: food

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I too come from rural West Texas and am always suspicous of any Mexican restaurant outside of Texas, CA, Southwest, etc...I know that sounds snobbish, but I know what good Mexican food is and this restaurant is the real deal. Like homemade. The chile on the enchiladas is fresh with actual spice to it, the beans taste homemade...the way my grandma's taste, and the hot chile/salsa is wonderful. If you want real Mexican food, come here! No glitz, no glamour, just a cozy, unimposing, small charming place to get some real food.

2
★★★★★

I too come from rural West Texas and am always suspicous of any Mexican restaurant outside of Texas, CA, Southwest, etc...I know that sounds snobbish, but I know what good Mexican food is and this restaurant is the real deal. Like homemade. The chile on the enchiladas is fresh with actual spice to it, the beans taste homemade...the way my grandma's taste, and the hot chile/salsa is wonderful. If you want real Mexican food, come here! No glitz, no glamour, just a cozy, unimposing, small charming place to get some real food.

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Coming from rural West Texas, I'm about as tough a Mexican food critic as you'll find and I absolutely ADORE this place. The food is as authentic as you're likely to find in NYC and the service is impccable. Every time I go I feel like I'm visiting old friends. The place is run by a single family and they always remember me even though I only come in once every month or so. Must try the Mole enchiladas and have the flan for dessert! Make reservations on Thurs or Fri night because the place is small and fills up quickly!

2
★★★★★

Coming from rural West Texas, I'm about as tough a Mexican food critic as you'll find and I absolutely ADORE this place. The food is as authentic as you're likely to find in NYC and the service is impccable. Every time I go I feel like I'm visiting old friends. The place is run by a single family and they always remember me even though I only come in once every month or so. Must try the Mole enchiladas and have the flan for dessert! Make reservations on Thurs or Fri night because the place is small and fills up quickly!

Pros: charming, inexpensive, authentic

Cons: small

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I'm on a quest to find the best Mexican restaurant in the city and this is by far the best one. I've been to some very well known places in the city and their so called Mexican food is always a disappointment. This place is nothing fancy, and kinda off the beaten path, but- the service is so wonderful and the staff very warm. Menu offers great selctions, and the prices are just right. Try the Sopapilla for dessert, wow what a treat. And the Carnitas tacos, yummy... so so good. If you're looking for true hom made Mexican food you must come here!

2
★★★★★

I'm on a quest to find the best Mexican restaurant in the city and this is by far the best one. I've been to some very well known places in the city and their so called Mexican food is always a disappointment. This place is nothing fancy, and kinda off the beaten path, but- the service is so wonderful and the staff very warm. Menu offers great selctions, and the prices are just right. Try the Sopapilla for dessert, wow what a treat. And the Carnitas tacos, yummy... so so good. If you're looking for true hom made Mexican food you must come here!

Pros: food, prices, service

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In a visit from Los Angeles to New York, my fiancée introduced me to the Maguey y La Tuna. I was certain there was no good Mexican food in New York, but el Maguey proved me wrong. The restaurant small size concerned me but on my first bite of the Mole Poblano the rich flavors excited me. Size no longer concerned me because I realized that the food served at the Maguey is fresh, authentic and delicious. Besides the home-style feeling of the food the staff is really friendly and attentive. The waitress drink recommendation was excellent. The Sangria was smooth and strong but my favorite was the fresh oranges in the drink. I recommend all Californian's to visit the Maguey and try their delicious flautas with salsa and guacamole.

2
★★★★★

In a visit from Los Angeles to New York, my fiancée introduced me to the Maguey y La Tuna. I was certain there was no good Mexican food in New York, but el Maguey proved me wrong. The restaurant small size concerned me but on my first bite of the Mole Poblano the rich flavors excited me. Size no longer concerned me because I realized that the food served at the Maguey is fresh, authentic and delicious. Besides the home-style feeling of the food the staff is really friendly and attentive. The waitress drink recommendation was excellent. The Sangria was smooth and strong but my favorite was the fresh oranges in the drink. I recommend all Californian's to visit the Maguey and try their delicious flautas with salsa and guacamole.

Pros: Authentic food, Friendly Staff, delicious margaritas

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Only in NY does a Saturday night include amazing Mexican food, great service and getting married! On Saturday, November 19, my fiancé and I were married at El Maguey y La Tuna!! We happily signed the papers while eating amazing guacamole, nachos, chicken mole, fajitas, and more. We drank margaritas, sangria and the staff broke out shots of Jose Cuervo in honor of our union! The dessert was divine and they even made us tamales to take home! Although, we are having a ceremony with our families next year, our evening here will be in our heart and minds forever!! THANK YOU EL MAGUEY Y LA TUNA!!!!

2
★★★★★

Only in NY does a Saturday night include amazing Mexican food, great service and getting married! On Saturday, November 19, my fiancé and I were married at El Maguey y La Tuna!! We happily signed the papers while eating amazing guacamole, nachos, chicken mole, fajitas, and more. We drank margaritas, sangria and the staff broke out shots of Jose Cuervo in honor of our union! The dessert was divine and they even made us tamales to take home! Although, we are having a ceremony with our families next year, our evening here will be in our heart and minds forever!! THANK YOU EL MAGUEY Y LA TUNA!!!!

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If you want a comfortable, relaxed, friendly, and no frills atmosphere with delicious and affordable Mexican food, then look no further! A group of us went here for dinner the other night and had a great time. The margaritas were made to perfection, the entrees were fresh and full of flavor and the staff was outstanding! I will definitely be returning with friends to make sure this hidden Mexican haven gets the recognition it deserves!

2
★★★★★

If you want a comfortable, relaxed, friendly, and no frills atmosphere with delicious and affordable Mexican food, then look no further! A group of us went here for dinner the other night and had a great time. The margaritas were made to perfection, the entrees were fresh and full of flavor and the staff was outstanding! I will definitely be returning with friends to make sure this hidden Mexican haven gets the recognition it deserves!

Pros: food, drinks, staff

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A friend and I sought out this restaurant because of Citysearch reviews, and we weren't disappointed. The food was delicious, and flavorful. Not what normally passes for Mexican in NYC. The margaritas were potent (do check to see how much the tequila list will run you, however. I wouldn't drink premium tequila in a margarita. Those are for sipping!) The mole sauce was dense, multi-layered with flavor. The portions were huge, and the prices were dirt cheap. Will be going back again! Not much to look at, though, but don't be put off.

2
★★★★★

A friend and I sought out this restaurant because of Citysearch reviews, and we weren't disappointed. The food was delicious, and flavorful. Not what normally passes for Mexican in NYC. The margaritas were potent (do check to see how much the tequila list will run you, however. I wouldn't drink premium tequila in a margarita. Those are for sipping!) The mole sauce was dense, multi-layered with flavor. The portions were huge, and the prices were dirt cheap. Will be going back again! Not much to look at, though, but don't be put off.

Pros: food, portions, prices

Cons: street parking, a little hard to find

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This place is just really good. After I finished my meal here, I felt like my six-year quest for a good (not just decent, but good) Mexican place was over. The food here, IMO, is more Tex-Mex or Cali-Mex than authentic Mexican. I still like Mexicana Mama for more authentic Mexican food. Just really, really impressed with this place. My life was just a little more complete after walking out of this place.

2
★★★★★

This place is just really good. After I finished my meal here, I felt like my six-year quest for a good (not just decent, but good) Mexican place was over. The food here, IMO, is more Tex-Mex or Cali-Mex than authentic Mexican. I still like Mexicana Mama for more authentic Mexican food. Just really, really impressed with this place. My life was just a little more complete after walking out of this place.

Pros: Sangria, Carnitas, Quesadillas

Cons: Out of the way, A little small

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Seriously, you'd be a fool not to. It's cheap and delicious -- just like the Mexican food I grew up with in Oklahoma. The salsa tastes fresh, with plenty of cilantro and a little bite. If you like it spicier, you can doctor it up (as we did) with the hot sauce on the table. The guacamole was delicious -- and they give you a lot of it. I had the mole verde, which covered large pieces of pork that were so tender that my knife was rendered useless. It was served with warm corn tortillas, rice and beans. My date had the chiles rellenos, which he deemed the best chiles rellenos he's ever had. Our waitress was very friendly and efficient. Did I mention it's cheap? For the guacamole, two entrees, two margaritas and a beer, the tab was $53.

2
★★★★★

Seriously, you'd be a fool not to. It's cheap and delicious -- just like the Mexican food I grew up with in Oklahoma. The salsa tastes fresh, with plenty of cilantro and a little bite. If you like it spicier, you can doctor it up (as we did) with the hot sauce on the table. The guacamole was delicious -- and they give you a lot of it. I had the mole verde, which covered large pieces of pork that were so tender that my knife was rendered useless. It was served with warm corn tortillas, rice and beans. My date had the chiles rellenos, which he deemed the best chiles rellenos he's ever had. Our waitress was very friendly and efficient. Did I mention it's cheap? For the guacamole, two entrees, two margaritas and a beer, the tab was $53.

Pros: guacamole, chiles rellenos, price

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Last Friday, I was walking with my college friends through the streets of the Lower East Side, when I saw a BIG sign that read "Fiesta Platter". With the Yankees and Boston Logos on it we thought that we should go in and check what this platter had to offer us. We reserved a Platter for Saturday. In which contained eveything that we expected for a good baseball game and good company. You could expected us back at the "Maguey" for reserving more platter for this postseason of the playoffs. Oh Yea, I can't forget to mention that we stood there on Friday and Drank from the new Drink Menu they have, big improvement. Highly Reccomended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2
★★★★★

Last Friday, I was walking with my college friends through the streets of the Lower East Side, when I saw a BIG sign that read "Fiesta Platter". With the Yankees and Boston Logos on it we thought that we should go in and check what this platter had to offer us. We reserved a Platter for Saturday. In which contained eveything that we expected for a good baseball game and good company. You could expected us back at the "Maguey" for reserving more platter for this postseason of the playoffs. Oh Yea, I can't forget to mention that we stood there on Friday and Drank from the new Drink Menu they have, big improvement. Highly Reccomended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: Fiesta Platter, Drink Menu, Inexpensive

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The food was delicious, as were the margaritas. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We had a big group and were there for a couple of hours, yet we never felt rushed. I had the enchiladas verdes, which were excellent. Be sure to leave room for desertthe sopapilla is worth it.
It's a small place, so if you have a large group it is best to make a reservation.

2
★★★★★

The food was delicious, as were the margaritas. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We had a big group and were there for a couple of hours, yet we never felt rushed. I had the enchiladas verdes, which were excellent. Be sure to leave room for desertthe sopapilla is worth it.
It's a small place, so if you have a large group it is best to make a reservation.

Pros: food, service, price

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The servive the food the price all great!!!! I recommend to everyone...

2
★★★★★

The servive the food the price all great!!!! I recommend to everyone...

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took forever to find real mexican food in NYC until i moved a few doors away and then BAM! left on my own again! okay, i am still pissed that El Maguey y La Tuna is no longer in williamsburg! loved the weekend late night live music. hate going to the LES, but, i am forced to go for the mole poblano (am addicted) and enchiladas (try any - they are all great). pozole and menudo are musts especially after late nights out drinking. please please come back!!!

2
★★★★★

took forever to find real mexican food in NYC until i moved a few doors away and then BAM! left on my own again! okay, i am still pissed that El Maguey y La Tuna is no longer in williamsburg! loved the weekend late night live music. hate going to the LES, but, i am forced to go for the mole poblano (am addicted) and enchiladas (try any - they are all great). pozole and menudo are musts especially after late nights out drinking. please please come back!!!

Pros: good prices, nice folk

Cons: not near me anymore

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delicious food, excellent service, and a super friendly staff... definitely worth a visit

2
★★★★★

delicious food, excellent service, and a super friendly staff... definitely worth a visit

Pros: food

Cons: out of the way

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I've been coming to this place for years, it's by far the best mexican restaurant in the city. Just wanted to let everyone know how great the new margaritas are though! I heard through a friend that they just got their liquor licence, so I had to go see what all the buzz was about. They were so good! Much better (and cheaper) than another certain LES Mexican restaurant... The food was outstanding, but that's a given. Everyone should to this place! Their margaritas are so refreshing during the hot NYC summer days.

2
★★★★★

I've been coming to this place for years, it's by far the best mexican restaurant in the city. Just wanted to let everyone know how great the new margaritas are though! I heard through a friend that they just got their liquor licence, so I had to go see what all the buzz was about. They were so good! Much better (and cheaper) than another certain LES Mexican restaurant... The food was outstanding, but that's a given. Everyone should to this place! Their margaritas are so refreshing during the hot NYC summer days.

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Being that I'm from Mexico, I know good Mexican food when I taste it. I've been to so many Mexican restaurants (in all boroughs), but El Maguey Y La Tuna is by far and away the best! My friend told me I had to go check this place out, and I'm so glad I did! The enchilladas al maguey y la tuna were soooo good. Even better than my mom's cooking! And their new margaritas were so tasty, I didn't even realize how strong they were (and cheap)! You NEED to go to this place. And the waitresses are hot!

2
★★★★★

Being that I'm from Mexico, I know good Mexican food when I taste it. I've been to so many Mexican restaurants (in all boroughs), but El Maguey Y La Tuna is by far and away the best! My friend told me I had to go check this place out, and I'm so glad I did! The enchilladas al maguey y la tuna were soooo good. Even better than my mom's cooking! And their new margaritas were so tasty, I didn't even realize how strong they were (and cheap)! You NEED to go to this place. And the waitresses are hot!

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This is my spot!

The waitress told me that El Maguey has thier liquor license they can serve tequila and Margarita!

I am so happy! Now, this is the spot to go afterwork.
Great food, nice & strong margaritas on the rock!

Make your reservation at this joint. This is the next hot spot for the summer!
Especially, that is so lay back and down to earth!

2
★★★★★

This is my spot!

The waitress told me that El Maguey has thier liquor license they can serve tequila and Margarita!

I am so happy! Now, this is the spot to go afterwork.
Great food, nice & strong margaritas on the rock!

Make your reservation at this joint. This is the next hot spot for the summer!
Especially, that is so lay back and down to earth!

Pros: margaritas, menu, atmosphere

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El Maguey y la Tuna is serving Margarita! Finally!
There Margaritas are really good and strong!

I have been going to this spot since, last summer and the owner told me that they were working on thier license. Well, they finally have their liquor license.

I lovethier food. It is the best Mexican food in LES and East Vilage.

Enchiladas verdes and Enchiladas Rancheras delicious!
Los Tacos - the best in town! Love their salsas!!

Cool place to hang out and now more then ever! Margaritas & Tequila with their food, party time!

this is a awesome joint!

2
★★★★★

El Maguey y la Tuna is serving Margarita! Finally!
There Margaritas are really good and strong!

I have been going to this spot since, last summer and the owner told me that they were working on thier license. Well, they finally have their liquor license.

I lovethier food. It is the best Mexican food in LES and East Vilage.

Enchiladas verdes and Enchiladas Rancheras delicious!
Los Tacos - the best in town! Love their salsas!!

Cool place to hang out and now more then ever! Margaritas & Tequila with their food, party time!

this is a awesome joint!

Pros: margarita, service, enchiladas

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It was my first time in New York and as a El Paso native I was highly suspect that there was any good Mexican food in this city. Locals recommended El Maguey y La Tuna. It has a cozy atmosphere and satisfying food that took me back home. Actually, it may have even been better than home but Shhh! My friend and I started off with ensalda de nopales. The cilantro dressing was very refreshing. I loved the Enchiladas al Maguey Y La Tuna. My friend enjoyed the Jalepeno Burrito. Although they did not serve margaritas, they made up for it with great sangrias. In addition to the great food, friendly service made me realize why this is such a local favorite.
P.S. Thanks Jimmy from the subway for the recommendation.

2
★★★★★

It was my first time in New York and as a El Paso native I was highly suspect that there was any good Mexican food in this city. Locals recommended El Maguey y La Tuna. It has a cozy atmosphere and satisfying food that took me back home. Actually, it may have even been better than home but Shhh! My friend and I started off with ensalda de nopales. The cilantro dressing was very refreshing. I loved the Enchiladas al Maguey Y La Tuna. My friend enjoyed the Jalepeno Burrito. Although they did not serve margaritas, they made up for it with great sangrias. In addition to the great food, friendly service made me realize why this is such a local favorite.
P.S. Thanks Jimmy from the subway for the recommendation.

Pros: Inviting atmosphere, Friendly wait staff, Amazing enchiladas

Cons: Long walk-Worth it!

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I love the service at this restaurant, but the food tends to be inconsistent in quality and arrangement. Huevos rancheros is meager and not the same dish at different times.

2
★★★★☆

I love the service at this restaurant, but the food tends to be inconsistent in quality and arrangement. Huevos rancheros is meager and not the same dish at different times.

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Only El Maguey Y La Tuna!
They make adobo Rojo, mole verde, & mole poblano like no other place in this city.
It is very homey & comfortable. I feel I am eating at my tia adela kitchen. This place reminds you like you were in a mexican kitchen or living room.
There specialty of the house should be rated 4 stars****.

There mole poblano is sweet, delicate, rich, and tasteful.
I tell all my buddy about this place.

try it and see for yourself!

2
★★★★★

Only El Maguey Y La Tuna!
They make adobo Rojo, mole verde, & mole poblano like no other place in this city.
It is very homey & comfortable. I feel I am eating at my tia adela kitchen. This place reminds you like you were in a mexican kitchen or living room.
There specialty of the house should be rated 4 stars****.

There mole poblano is sweet, delicate, rich, and tasteful.
I tell all my buddy about this place.

try it and see for yourself!

Pros: colorful, authentic, mole poblano

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if you want delicious, home-style mexican food, go here, period.

2
★★★★★

if you want delicious, home-style mexican food, go here, period.

Cons: small

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Mexican in NYC wavers betwn' Caribbean trying to pass as Mexican or Chevy's style food. Being Mexican-American from the west most Mexican food misses the mark catering bland tastes..losing their soul in the process. El Maguey is the west, their mole is proof. RICE and BEANS foremost to any Mexican palate; whoever gets that will shoot to meteoric success. El Maguey's pinto and refried beans, are unheard of in NYC! Truth:Black beans aren't typicaly Mexican;they are from the Carib. of Mexico. While rice should be toasted and smokey. El Maguey's rice is borderline/ better than most. Their salsa is authentic but variation is king..large portions is AKA Mexican style as is catering to customer wants..including delivery. Their delivery guys deserve every penny, be generous. These guys went out in the worst snow to satisfy my home sick stomach..guilty. This place is a find in the land of mediocrity.

2
★★★★★

Mexican in NYC wavers betwn' Caribbean trying to pass as Mexican or Chevy's style food. Being Mexican-American from the west most Mexican food misses the mark catering bland tastes..losing their soul in the process. El Maguey is the west, their mole is proof. RICE and BEANS foremost to any Mexican palate; whoever gets that will shoot to meteoric success. El Maguey's pinto and refried beans, are unheard of in NYC! Truth:Black beans aren't typicaly Mexican;they are from the Carib. of Mexico. While rice should be toasted and smokey. El Maguey's rice is borderline/ better than most. Their salsa is authentic but variation is king..large portions is AKA Mexican style as is catering to customer wants..including delivery. Their delivery guys deserve every penny, be generous. These guys went out in the worst snow to satisfy my home sick stomach..guilty. This place is a find in the land of mediocrity.

Pros: AUTHENTIC, INEXPENSIVE, COMFORT FOOD

Cons: FOOD PRESENTATION

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This restaurant has a lovely, homey feel, mostly attributable to the generosity and knowledge of our waitress and the hearty, extremely tasty food. I had the mole verde, which had just enough tang to tickle my palate, but didn't desensitize my tastebuds. The pork in the mole verde was succulently tender, rendering my knife useless. And the sangria...oh, the sangria. Perfect blend of wine and crisp, sweet apples. Highly recommended!

2
★★★★★

This restaurant has a lovely, homey feel, mostly attributable to the generosity and knowledge of our waitress and the hearty, extremely tasty food. I had the mole verde, which had just enough tang to tickle my palate, but didn't desensitize my tastebuds. The pork in the mole verde was succulently tender, rendering my knife useless. And the sangria...oh, the sangria. Perfect blend of wine and crisp, sweet apples. Highly recommended!

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This restaurant is a must for a birthday or other group gathering...not to mention the food is incredible and very reasonably priced. I would say it is the best Mexican food I've had in New York. I went here for my birthday with a group of 16 and the place was packed, but everyone had a great time. It seems like anyone would enjoy this restaurant, from kids to adults. Go!

2
★★★★★

This restaurant is a must for a birthday or other group gathering...not to mention the food is incredible and very reasonably priced. I would say it is the best Mexican food I've had in New York. I went here for my birthday with a group of 16 and the place was packed, but everyone had a great time. It seems like anyone would enjoy this restaurant, from kids to adults. Go!

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As far as my experience with Mexican food goes I've always had real home cooked Mexican food that co workers have given me.
El Maguey is a cozy space, but comfortable. You're seat isn't smushed up against the person behind you. The service is friendly and helpful. And the food is awesome. I ordered the Adobo Rojo. The waitress gave me a look like I was crazy, and then she warned me that it's a very hot dish and offerred to let me taste the sauce before ordering. I actually found it to be pretty mild, but then again I like eating whole jalapenos as a snack. The pork was nice, very tender, a little fatty but I just trimmed it off. The rice, beans and tortilla were great. The flan is out of this world. And I loved that they had the large glass bottles of pepsi.

2
★★★★★

As far as my experience with Mexican food goes I've always had real home cooked Mexican food that co workers have given me.
El Maguey is a cozy space, but comfortable. You're seat isn't smushed up against the person behind you. The service is friendly and helpful. And the food is awesome. I ordered the Adobo Rojo. The waitress gave me a look like I was crazy, and then she warned me that it's a very hot dish and offerred to let me taste the sauce before ordering. I actually found it to be pretty mild, but then again I like eating whole jalapenos as a snack. The pork was nice, very tender, a little fatty but I just trimmed it off. The rice, beans and tortilla were great. The flan is out of this world. And I loved that they had the large glass bottles of pepsi.

Pros: Great Food, Inexpensive, Comfy atmosphere

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Maguey is the best Mexican food on the LES. It is a more traditional restaurant, you can tell the owners know about Mexican food from growing up and mastering their trade.
Where to start? Everything is great. Carne asada, the soups, and just as important, the chips and salsa. I've heard from friends that they also have a great brunch, and you can sit down with a thirst quenching sangria, beer or wine. I really suggest that if you want the real deal, take a trip to El Maguey to experience a real Mexico.

2
★★★★★

Maguey is the best Mexican food on the LES. It is a more traditional restaurant, you can tell the owners know about Mexican food from growing up and mastering their trade.
Where to start? Everything is great. Carne asada, the soups, and just as important, the chips and salsa. I've heard from friends that they also have a great brunch, and you can sit down with a thirst quenching sangria, beer or wine. I really suggest that if you want the real deal, take a trip to El Maguey to experience a real Mexico.

Pros: Authentic, Food, Tasty

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I've never been inside this joint, just had it delivered. The food is great - just like in the taquerias I would go to in Queens. Carne Asada tacos with onions, cilantro and a wedge of lime, in double white corn tortillas and a little guacamole suit me just fine. Plus, they deliver to my *supposedly* out of the way neighborhood, no problem!

2
★★★★★

I've never been inside this joint, just had it delivered. The food is great - just like in the taquerias I would go to in Queens. Carne Asada tacos with onions, cilantro and a wedge of lime, in double white corn tortillas and a little guacamole suit me just fine. Plus, they deliver to my *supposedly* out of the way neighborhood, no problem!

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Come as casual as you like, seat yourself, immediately order a huge pitcher of red or white sangria, take a big drink and realize youve just found that off the beaten path little mom-n-pop joint you were looking for on your last trip to Mexico. The menu offerings are authentic and the flavors are fresh. The friendly service (if youre lucky youll get Gladys table) and the prices feel just as south of the border as the grub.

2
★★★★★

Come as casual as you like, seat yourself, immediately order a huge pitcher of red or white sangria, take a big drink and realize youve just found that off the beaten path little mom-n-pop joint you were looking for on your last trip to Mexico. The menu offerings are authentic and the flavors are fresh. The friendly service (if youre lucky youll get Gladys table) and the prices feel just as south of the border as the grub.

Cons: , no mezcal tequila

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Checked out citysearch before heading to NYC from Boston. So glad we did, this place is definately a hidden jem. The service was great, the salsa is fresh with plenty of cilantro, the burritos were tasty, all around just a great place! Definately on top of the list when we come back.

2
★★★★★

Checked out citysearch before heading to NYC from Boston. So glad we did, this place is definately a hidden jem. The service was great, the salsa is fresh with plenty of cilantro, the burritos were tasty, all around just a great place! Definately on top of the list when we come back.

Pros: SERVICE, AMBIENCE, GOOD FOOD

Cons: , NONE, NONE

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Usually when I find a great little neighborhood restaurant, I try to keep it to myself as long as possible. However, after a year of eating at El Maguey Y La Tuna this Mom & Pop restaurant deserves its praise for having the best authentic Mexican food on the Lower East Side. Its kind of funny how sometimes unintentionally great eating places are found in NYC. For over a year, this restaurant has been my dining preference for traditional Mexican Cuisine in the LES. I am not the first and I will not be the last person to say this, El Maguey y La Tuna ROCKS! I love their tacos de Carne Asada. I have weekly cravings for their Enchiladas al Maguey. Before every Saturday night, we head over to start the party with a pitcher of their original Sangria. Finally, El Maguey Y La Tuna deserves to be recognized.

2
★★★★★

Usually when I find a great little neighborhood restaurant, I try to keep it to myself as long as possible. However, after a year of eating at El Maguey Y La Tuna this Mom & Pop restaurant deserves its praise for having the best authentic Mexican food on the Lower East Side. Its kind of funny how sometimes unintentionally great eating places are found in NYC. For over a year, this restaurant has been my dining preference for traditional Mexican Cuisine in the LES. I am not the first and I will not be the last person to say this, El Maguey y La Tuna ROCKS! I love their tacos de Carne Asada. I have weekly cravings for their Enchiladas al Maguey. Before every Saturday night, we head over to start the party with a pitcher of their original Sangria. Finally, El Maguey Y La Tuna deserves to be recognized.

Pros: Friendly staff, great for big groups, home cooking

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I have been to this restaurant a couple of times and i find this place amazing. The staff is extremely helpful and nice and the food is amazing. I have ordered a few of the dishes on the menu and i have never been dissappointed. I definetly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants delicious food.

2
★★★★★

I have been to this restaurant a couple of times and i find this place amazing. The staff is extremely helpful and nice and the food is amazing. I have ordered a few of the dishes on the menu and i have never been dissappointed. I definetly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants delicious food.

Pros: Good Food, Good Times

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I've had a lot Mexican food in my time but this is really some of the best.

My friends and I went to this restaurant to try something different. The ambiance is intimate and friendly. The serivice was great and I we were made to feel more than welcomed but almost like family.

We got our food quite fast. I definitely have to recommend a few things which we had: the sangria, the burritos, the quesadillas, the mole, the steak. We all had at least one of these and tried each other's food. It was all quite delicious, and I would love to know their secret ingredients or whatever it is that makes the food taste so amazing!

Again, if you want to try great food in an authentic Mexican environment (we talked to the proprietor) then this is the place for you.

2
★★★★★

I've had a lot Mexican food in my time but this is really some of the best.

My friends and I went to this restaurant to try something different. The ambiance is intimate and friendly. The serivice was great and I we were made to feel more than welcomed but almost like family.

We got our food quite fast. I definitely have to recommend a few things which we had: the sangria, the burritos, the quesadillas, the mole, the steak. We all had at least one of these and tried each other's food. It was all quite delicious, and I would love to know their secret ingredients or whatever it is that makes the food taste so amazing!

Again, if you want to try great food in an authentic Mexican environment (we talked to the proprietor) then this is the place for you.

Pros: Service, Food, Environment

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What can I say about this place I love it!
They should have been in the Lower East Side long time ago. Welcome to the neighborhood El Maguey Y la Tuna! I love thier Mole Poblano and their hangover spicy tripe soup!
Overall the staff is friendly and polite!

If you want real good Mexican Brunch this is the place! Huevos Rancheros, Huevos con Chorizo, y Chilaquiles Rojos y Verdes
Try thier cafe con leche and sangria to die for!
I have no idea what they put in thier sangria but everytime I go it taste better!!

Highly Recommend the place
Just don't be in a rush to get your food they make everything fresh.
This is not a fast joint!!

2
★★★★★

What can I say about this place I love it!
They should have been in the Lower East Side long time ago. Welcome to the neighborhood El Maguey Y la Tuna! I love thier Mole Poblano and their hangover spicy tripe soup!
Overall the staff is friendly and polite!

If you want real good Mexican Brunch this is the place! Huevos Rancheros, Huevos con Chorizo, y Chilaquiles Rojos y Verdes
Try thier cafe con leche and sangria to die for!
I have no idea what they put in thier sangria but everytime I go it taste better!!

Highly Recommend the place
Just don't be in a rush to get your food they make everything fresh.
This is not a fast joint!!

Pros: sangria, chile rellenos, great service

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I love this Restaurant. I go there at least once a week because the food is amazing. The wait staff is totally friendly and nice and I simply melt over the chicken burritos. I never have a bad time when I go here and I have brought all of my friends here. If you want authentic Mexican food and a great time at a good price go here.

2
★★★★★

I love this Restaurant. I go there at least once a week because the food is amazing. The wait staff is totally friendly and nice and I simply melt over the chicken burritos. I never have a bad time when I go here and I have brought all of my friends here. If you want authentic Mexican food and a great time at a good price go here.

Pros: Burritos

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It's no wonder West Coast diaspora regularly turn up at this out-of-the-way Lower East Side Mexican restaurant and proclaim it to be the best south-of-the-border grub in the city. The atmosphere and food are quite authentic. The stark…

 

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