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El Maguey y La Tuna

Lower East Side
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American
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321 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10002-1138 (Attorney St.)
+1 212-473-3919
11:00 - 23:00
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106 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is a great family run Mexican restaurant. The family were very friendly and helpful and the food was excellent. Portion sizes are large so the food is good value for money. There is nothing fancy about this restaurant but the food and service make up for what it is lacking in decor and ambiance. We will definitely be back... More 

Thank Michellef
New York City, New York
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

The setting of this casual Mexican spot makes you feel as if you are in Mexico! It's also got delicious entrées (especially the mole!) and fresh yummy burritos, quesadillas,etc. Great cocktails and Mexican beers too. A great weeknight place. Also great for families.

Thank gerritully
Foley, Alabama
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122 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2015

We were visiting my daughter in NYC and wanted to find a fairly inexpensive place in the Lower East Side to take 5 people to dinner. Well, we found it. It had gotten good reviews on TripAdvisor so we decided to try it. It is very small and it is a family affair. I think the owner was our server.... More 

Thank oaklanding10
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2015

All I can say is that this place is just amazing... The food is so authentic to Mexico and the staff is just fabulous. I love the mexican moles they offer.

Thank Irma A
London, England
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2013

We came here in March 2012 when we were holidaying in NYC. It was our favourite restaurant of the trip so we had to come back when we came to NYC again this year. The place hasn't changed. Moles are amazing and better than any I've eaten elsewhere. If you're sick of chains restaurants serving up the same boring Mexican... More 

Thank kiwi_sparkles
Burnley, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2013

we have been coming here for quite a few years and have always enjoyed it. do not come here expecting a normal restaurant you are basically going to someones former house with miss matched tables and chairs but great old school cooked food. this year we noticed they are doing set menus and set prices which i suppose is a... More 

Thank iheartnyc1982
London, England
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2012

We were staying in Soho and I researched the surrounding area for places to eat. We wanted to make sure we visited a "good" Mexican restaurant while we were there, and I found El Maguey y La Tuna on Trip Advisor. Let me assure you - this place does not disappoint! I've only ever been to Mexican restaurants in London... More 

Thank kiwi_sparkles
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2012

The food and margaritas were good - our server was very nice too. But from the reviews I expecting more than white linoleum floors, mis matched diner tables lined up in rows - zero atmosphere. If you are just looking for mexican food you should be happy enough.

Thank scojen1111
Setauket, New York
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64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2012

Very quaint restaurant, a bit cozy and a bit romantic. The owner is a very sweet woman who seems to appreciate her guests and tries to learn more about them, where we're from and what it is like for her to live there. We ordered the "Best Nachos Ever" as said on their menu, and also split a Jumbo Chicken... More 

Thank sonicachic311
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2011

This is my favourite of the restaurants we visited on our recent trip to New York. It's unassuming, welcoming and delicious. Our waiter was friendly and suggested which molés would best accompany our enchiladas and fajitas. After the meal (and several frozen margaritas) the owner, Maria, came and chatted to us. Highly recommended.

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Restaurant Details

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Mexican, Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Delivery, Takeout, Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 321 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10002-1138
    (Attorney St.)
  • Public Transportation: Essex St (J, M, Z) Delancey St (F) 2 Av (F)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-473-3919

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