Restaurants, Mexican East Village
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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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April R

Good for brunch with a large group (make a reservation). They allow decorations for birthdays and have a back table that feels private enough for 10 or so people. The bottomless drinks come very frequently (which isn't always the case at other places!). The food is decent and the menu is limited but overall it's a solid 4 experience.

Sally Y

Fonda has a great deal for your boozy brunch needs. For $29.95 you get a to pick a brunch item from a pretty wide selection and bottomless beverages (mimosa, margarita, bloody mary, or beer) for 1.5 hours. Overall, the food is a 3 out of 5, but the value and experience is a solid 4. It's a great place to go with a group of friends as the space is very accomodating for larger setups, and the service is quick to keep the drinks flowing. 


This review is strictly for Fonda's brunch, which has proven to be one of the better in town for those looking for a bottomless situation (talking about drinks here, not pants). 

Major points for growing savvy to the recent trend of "offering options beyond mimosas and bloody's is a surefire way to get people through the door". We're talking standard margs, as well as frozen hibiscus rosalitas (same as a marg, for all intents). 90 minutes to get your booze on, which is plenty of time considering how attentive their servers are. There is probably no one on this earth whom I envy less than the waitress at boozy brunch, but their staff really handles the crowd of drunk white girls (and drunk me) quite well. Super polite and super vigilant of the sea level of your glass. 

Knocking off one star for the food though. Granted I have never been for dinner, which I hear is delicious, but in my opinion the brunch fare is a bit lacking. Don't get me wrong, Mexican food and alcohol are a wonderful combination, but I just feel a little let down by the food. Huevos con Nopales (eggs with roasted tomatoes and queso fresco) is probably my favorite of the bunch, with the breakfast taco earning silver. 

But then again, Mexican food is like sex. Even when it's bad, it's still pretty good.