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El Cantinero

86 University Pl, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10003-4549
+1 212-255-9378
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good44%
  • Average17%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible1%
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“fajitas” (6 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish
$$ - $$$
86 University Pl, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10003-4549
Neighbourhood: Greenwich Village
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Then this here be the place. Free greasy food upstairs. Cheap powerful margaritas everywhere. Come here for happy hour... stay for the hangover.

Thank BoundForElsewhere
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

It looks like Christmas every night at El Cantinero. This popular Mexican restaurant is just off Union Square. It's fun, they serve great margaritas. I had a very good chili relleno and a taco. The food was American Mexican, but very good. Service was efficient....More

Thank James S
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This place has been around for as long as I can remember. The people are friendly and the food is great! Compare to a new place on the block the portions are a lot better at this great neighborhood spot.

Thank Annette G
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Good prices, but the food was not quality ... guess you get what you pay for. It was unlimited servings for certain dishes, but not worth it as the flavor was lacking. The service was lacking too.

Thank K S
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Many Mexican restaurants in Manhattan are Marguerita mills with loud Western music. El Cantinero is different because the food is genuine as is the music. The drinks are good, too. Prices are very reasonable. Staff are very polite and helpful. You feel that you are...More

Thank Kathy W
Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

The food is always tasty, flavorful, and pleantiful. Free chips with great salsa. And they have combos so you can get a couple of different items each time you go. The outdoor deck is great when the weather is nice.

Thank LCarbone23
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Everytime I visit the city, I meet with cousins here and never fails, it's awesome..The frozen margaritas are the best (loaded), you have to try the melted cheese bowl, WOW! Anyway, we always get a corner (best for big "loud" groups!) and the servers have...More

Thank LuisCruz
Reviewed 16 March 2016

Margaritas and combo plates rule here, in NYU-land. My wife and I recently had lunch here, and the limited menu (Vegetarians beware) "What do you want with your chicken or shredded beef?" almost had me walking out. The Vegetarian Fajitas -- the one dish I...More

Thank Andrew K
Reviewed 9 March 2016 via mobile

This was our 6th meal at El Cantinero, our first being 3 years ago when we were in NYC for our son's wedding. We make a point of going each time we're here and it never disappoints. Unpretentious, tasty food; pleasant, informal ambience & buzz;...More

Thank Noceto
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Good Mexican food at reasonable prices and good service. I particularly like the fajitas. The chips and salsa are tasty and free and you get a complementary beverage with lunch during the work week. I come here fairly often for lunch.

Thank jwolinsky
Greenwich Village
Commonly known as “the Village” to New Yorkers, it was
here in Greenwich Village that both 1960’s counter
culture and the LGBT movement were born. Famous for
its bohemian past, head to Washington Square Park to
get a feel for this diverse and energetic
neighbourhood. You’ll find NYU students, street
performers, skateboarders, kids frolicking in the
fountain, and locals relaxing and playing chess.
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What foods does the party group buffet consist of? I am planning to reserve your place for a party in January. There is no buffet menus yes for the $45..00. Please reply back ASAP. Thank you BBBAAARRR
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 04:00
11:30 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 86 University Pl, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10003-4549
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Greenwich Village
  • Neighbourhood: Greenwich Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-255-9378
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