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East Village
Mexican chef Roberto Santibañez (Rosa Mexicana) opens this East Village spin-off of his Park Slope eatery. The 60-seat restaurant offers a similar menu of contemporary South of the Border eats, including favorites from the original, like chicken flautas and lobster empanadas. There's also an expanded selection of bar snacks, such as Taquitos San Andres, which are stuffed with carnitas, black-bean spread, salsa verde, cilantro and onions. Drinkers can sip on straight tequila (Chinaco, Don Julio, Cazadores) or throw back margaritas made with hibiscus, tamarind or guava. A five-foot-tall plant provides a focal point at the center of the space, which also features a copper-topped bar, antique mirrors and photographs from Mexico City artists.
Venue name: Fonda
Address: 40 Ave B
New York

Cross street: between 3rd and 4th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 5–11pm; Fri, Sat 5pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average main course: $16. AmEx, MC, V
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