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Taqueria y Fonda la Mexicana

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Upper West Side
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968 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10025-3002
(212) 531-0383
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Delivery

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
You wouldn't know how good it is from walking by

This crowded (a good sign), little, rather dingy place has great Mexican food, with large portions. It's a student hangout. Service is so-so, but I wouldn't expect white gloves here. Tortilla chips (standard intro fare) came with sampling of 3 salsas of varying hot-ness. Bluefish enchilada order... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2013
David L
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Rochester, New York, United States
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New York City, New York
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

true, authentic, lovely mexican food. simple surroundings, great food, great staff. and low prices. what more can you ask for?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Just amazing. Amazing price & great service . I would recommend the burritos. HUGE worth the price..

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New York City, New York
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

The best Vegetarian Burrito one can ever dream of. The wait time is a bit long, thou. The place is nothing fancy but the quality makes up for it.

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Bali, Indonesia
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170 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I always go to Mexican restaurant while in US. I love Mexican foods, so I visited the restaurant because it was near with the apt that I stayed during visiting NY. We ordered giant burrito with chicken and shrimp burrito. I expected authentic Mexican burrito like El Farolito in Mission Frisco. I found out it was not good and regretted.... More 

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Exeter, Pennsylvania
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This eatery is a true gem. The food is beyond delicious, and the prices are a real bargain. Enjoyed the entire experience.

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New York City
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Popped in to get a Carne Enchilada Torta to go. It was good although I've had better in NYC (Cafe Ollin comes to mind). I may have given the place (hole in the wall is a good description) 4 stars based on taste and price but they tried to charge me over $7 despite a sign on the window advertising... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

That's what the locals say and they ought to know. Every time I come here I have a Homer Simpson moment: Doh! Why don't I come here more often. For starters, the guacamole, fiery with jalapeños if you want, is always fresh and delicious and the Corona is cold. Then there's the beans and rice. It is far from ordinary... More 

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Rochester, New York, United States
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

This crowded (a good sign), little, rather dingy place has great Mexican food, with large portions. It's a student hangout. Service is so-so, but I wouldn't expect white gloves here. Tortilla chips (standard intro fare) came with sampling of 3 salsas of varying hot-ness. Bluefish enchilada order was inexpensive and very filling, coming with rice and beans and a tiny... More 

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New York City, New York
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23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

This authentic hole-in-the-wall Mexican has been delighting Upper West Siders and Columbia University students since it opened about 15 years ago. Go for the tacos and giant burritos - the carnitas and bistec are very, very good. The place smells like a taco truck in Mexico City -- and the tacos are equally good. The avocado and tomatillo sauces are... More 

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New York City, New York
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

I when to this restaurant on a weekday in search of a real mexican restaurant, "small" casual, confortable space, mexican staff, mexican chef, the real deal. The staff was friendly and helpful, but the food whats even better. I order a burrito and it was enormous and the taste is like no other. I am going back to try a... More 

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Additional Information about Taqueria y Fonda la Mexicana

Address: 968 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10025-3002
Phone Number: (212) 531-0383
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisine: Mexican

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 968 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10025-3002
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: (212) 531-0383

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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