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Caribbean, Spanish, Puerto Rican
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
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Upper Manhattan (Uptown)
1.0 miles from Park Avenue
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Reviewed September 21, 2022 via mobile

This place is as typically Boricua as you can get. Food is great, drinks are too, and the service & ambiance are just what I’d expect from any local bar in Old SJ, for comparison. If you don’t like that, go look elsewhere! I felt...right at home. A small warning for islanders coming for a visit, however: some of the more traditional dishes have some choice substitutions made, to work around availability, I suspect. Not to worry: they’re still just as tasty.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 29, 2022

Many of the dishes on the menu were not available when we went. The music was turned up so loud at times we couldn't hear ourselves. Also, our server was not wearing a mask and got really close to me, invading my space even for...a non-Covid world. He also touched my phone, and I felt for a second he was trying to give me Covid. I started having symptoms a couple of days later.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed February 8, 2020 via mobile

Went with a large group for lunch. The staff was very accommodating, patient and helpful. The empanadas are delicious as are the chuletas, the rice and beans (both red and black), the pernil and the shrimp. The beef (bistec encebollado) was incredible. I will go...back!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed May 18, 2019 via mobile

4 of us ordered dinner, 3 were served and the other was told they were out of chicken! The rest of us ate and still no dinner for her! Finally she gets her food and we asked them to box it up since the rest...of us were leaving. Another 10 minutes! Food was tasty but not closely worth the horrible service. I complained and the waitress blamed the the waiter! What a joke. At no time did they try to make it betterMore

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed March 19, 2019

I have been here several times over the last few years. The food has really gotten very good. But there is a caveat, The service sucks. The help is overwhelmed. Two young ladies are sitting people, taking the orders, bringing the food, giving the check,...and then cleaning the table. Two people to handle the restaurant and bar. The restaurant seats about 35 people approx. and a bar of about 12. this is handled by two people. Again let me reiterate the food is very good. But the waiting for service and the tension of the waiters is too much. The owner has to step up and increase the staff.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

Been here before have to say music was great as usual food was good my wife had mofongo with pernil pernil was good mofongo was cold drinks were bad ordered two mojitos one sip and I have to say the worst I’ve have had it...there before and was good not sure if there was a change in bartender but it was bad waiter did her best but needs help she was running around trying to please everyone service was slow since she was serving many tables alone waiter returned with two margaritas and it was so so very disappointed I love this place been coming here since they had both locations hope they get things going bc NY has many restaurants to choose from trying to support my ppl but they need to crack the whip!More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed December 13, 2018

I support local businesses throughout the US. The food here is top notch, but what really stands out is the experience and warmth provided by the special people who work here. They’ll treat you like family.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

The food was amazing drinks were very well made and reasonable cocktails were 10 dollars main course meals and extremely tasty in the 20 range not only the food but service was great very clean restaurant great latin Jazz

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed May 23, 2018 via mobile

Very pleasant place. To find. Great tapas, terrific veggies, aw some drinks. Love the place. Located on 106 th Street near lex is easily reached. The people. There are very pleasant and it is a good spot to meet for an evening.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed March 6, 2018

The best Puerto Rican food you can get in NYC.... Place is not fancy but nice the bar was redone a couple of years ago. The sangria is great and the food is amazing. My favorite is the cicharron de pollo yummy rice beans everything...is delicious. If you want great spanish foodI I recommend you try this place. The prices are affordable the presentation is nice and the food even better. Cannot say it enough.More

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed September 27, 2017 via mobile

Very good and well served dishes, Nice decoration and friendly service at affordable prices. Not too far from north-east Central Park, street art around !

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed September 6, 2017

Right in Spanish Harlem. I've been here a few times and I must say each time was worth it. Aside from the great food, the service was wonderful. Good music, good vibes and great Puerto Rican food. They serve it all. From chuletas to mofongo...to pernil, it's ALL GOOD. If you have not been here yet, please make plans to do so. You will not regret it!! SaludosMore

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed August 4, 2017

The Food the Drinks and the service,you just cant ask for anything else in La Fonda. Had a great evening here with my Wife and I could immediately tell her enjoyment and comfort of being their.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed May 21, 2017 via mobile

Great food and drinks! The atmosphere was great as was the service. Located right by Grand Central Station! Thanks, Tony and Erin Portland Oregon

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

As always my husband took my here for dinner. Place was empty so I was a little concerned, but after we were seated it filled up fast. Food came out in a timely manner & it was delicious. I recommend the steak & onionand my...husband said had stew beef. A plus for my was the restaurant were very clean...lolMore

Date of visit: December 2016
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La Fonda (Formerly Fonda Boricua) is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5