La Contenta

Restaurants, Mexican Lower East Side
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Oaxaca Express at La Contenta
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Former Ofrenda chef Luis Arce Mota showcases both his Mexican roots and French training with dishes like rataouille-stuffed chilis rellenos and confit chicken leg over mole-sauced risotto, and Alex Valencia (Bathtub Gin, Flatiron Room) taps family recipes for cocktails like a tequila-based Old-Fashioned.


Venue name: La Contenta
Address: 102 Norfolk St
New York
Cross street: between Delancey and Rivington Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 4pm–midnight; Thu–Sat 11am–2am; Sun 11am–11pm
Transport: Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Essex St
Price: Average main dish: $20. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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5 / 5

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Wow - i am in awe of this place. First of all, i've been trying to go forever since I live in the area and have heard the hype. However, every time i try to go, the wait is crazy. I got lucky Friday night and was able to get a table for 2 at around 6:30pm. The rundown:

Drink - Oxaca Express: YUM. It's a mezcal cucumber drink that is spicy, smokey, and delicious. Order it.

Guacamole - delicious, the homemade chips are also bomb, and the complimentary salsa is a perfect addition. You can add toppings too, such as cotija cheese, SO GOOD.

Shrimp Ceviche - this dish was so amazingly delicious - lots of ceviche served in 2 separate tortilla chips, very decently priced at $11. This is a must.

Fish Tacos - some of the best fish tacos i've ever had. The fish is perfectly battered, crispy on the outside but meaty and juicy on the inside.

It's been 3 days and i can't stop thinking about this meal. Can't wait to go back and try everything!!


Most impressive new find and the staff & owner is superb! A must if you want incredible authentic Mexican food, hand-crafted libations whilst experiencing a quant setting. Been back several times. 👍