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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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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good47%
  • Average16%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible1%
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“fajitas” (8 reviews)
“beef” (2 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish
$$ - $$$
86 University Pl, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10003-4549
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Reviewed February 19, 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is true to authentic Mexican cuisine. You begin with freshly made chips and salsa. They've downsized the portions and after your second request of salsa/chips, you will be charged for additional replenishments-a new regulation they've incorporated. Their frozen margaritas is one of the...More

Thank Miriam C
Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile

🗣 make your way to one of the best restaurants in Manhattan. The best day to go for the foodies is Monday’s and for the party hardies Fridays.

1  Thank Shen B
Reviewed August 1, 2017 via mobile

Discovered this place last night on the back of a screw up on another restaurant booking. Lively and fun place with friendly staff. Loads of free nachos while deciding what to have. Very good margaritas. Had good nachos, fajita and my son had a burrito....More

Thank apawley
Reviewed June 4, 2017 via mobile

I love this place. The food and drinks are authentic and amazing. I particularly love the chicken quesadilla. It melts in your mouth. Their drinks are pretty reasonable if you go during happy hour. They put pieces of fruit in their pitcher of frozen margarita....More

Thank Kimberly W
Reviewed April 11, 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 Craig N
Reviewed March 1, 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 January 17, 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 September 20, 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 June 28, 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 April 20, 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
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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, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 4:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 4:00 a.m.
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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