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La Contenta

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Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
0.6 miles from Chinatown
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Authentic Mexican Restaurant in the Heart of the Lower East Side Offering a Traditional Menu with French Accents and Alt Agave Spirits
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Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Mexican, Latin
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed August 9, 2020

We’ve been here twice. First, dinner in July, our first foray back dining out in NYC, the second today at brunch. The food is a rare find in Manhattan- it tastes as if you’re in Mexico!. Fresh, delicious, happy to accommodate changes. Tables are spaced...far apart with dividers. Staff very attentive and careful bringing food out in covered room service domed trays. Pico de gallo sauce, tortillas, mole sauce, plantains, Oaxaca cheese prepared there, spicy, nuanced flavors and a very happy, growing following. We couldn’t get a table Sat night! Great feel for COVID 19 outdoor dining. They deserve it. We’ll be back!More

Date of visit: August 2020
luisarcemota, Owner at La Contenta, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2020

Thanks so much for your review and kind words, Tammy. We're really glad you enjoyed and look forward to seeing you soon!

Reviewed December 30, 2019 via mobile

Visited as a second option dinner. Got seated without any resevations. I advice to get reservations though...only about 20 seats including bar stools. The place is tiny, volume is up, warm vibe. Food was so delicious!!! We had the nachos plate, chicken enchiladas and beef...tacos. Everything was flavorful, well spiced and delicate. Fresh ingredients. Zesty & spicy. Tender beef & tomatillo salsa verde: perfect mix. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 26, 2019 via mobile

Fab tiny Mexican restaurant, great decor. Authentic fiery Mexican menu and good service. The food was excellent and the place had a really good vibe about it. The only negative was the cocktail menu consisted of only Tequila and Whisky based ones which is not...to everyone’s taste but they did look good! Would definitely go again.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 30, 2019 via mobile

I had the best taco EVER in this place. I highly recommend going there. Delicious drinks as well. The only thing is that it is small so there might be a wait but definitely well worth it. The staff was very nice and quick!

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed October 9, 2019

Had one of the best meals in our stay in the big apple. Only a very small restaurant but great Mexican food and fantastic wine. That good we went twice. The lady at the bar, on the first visit, was very friendly and hard working.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed October 6, 2019

Glad to came here because their is no match of their services. Unique location and well-mannered staff. Decor was fab and services were top-notch. Customer friendly location and food was well served. Enjoyed my food and time here, definitely a place to be revisit.

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed October 1, 2019 via mobile

We came here for brunch on a Sunday and then back for dinner on a week day! Both my husband and daughter loved the food! We had the Tacos de carn asada - super juicy, flavorful hanger steak; Guacamole - deliciously balanced, not too spicy...and good portion size; Tacos deCostilla - had a juicy, not too fatty pork belly, loaded with cheese on a toasted bun, sooo good! Enchiladas de Suizas had a great portion of shredded chicken and creamy sauce, the beans and rice were perfectly cooked; and lastly the Pollo en Mole Pablano was a bit more watery and sweeter than we have had it elsewhere but the juicy, perfectly cooked supreme made up for the shortcoming. All the entrees came out piping hot and the drinks we had were delicious - Freshly squeezed lemonade with passion fruit purée was delightful. Overall, can’t wait to be back in NYC and La Contenta! One tip though, they don’t have AC so it was quite hot so dress accordingly!More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed July 27, 2019 via mobile

This tiny Mexican restaurant packs big flavor. The ingredients taste so fresh and you can distinguish every flavor. I had the chicken in mole sauce which was delicious. It comes with a rice mixture that had sweet plantains in it. The margaritas were great too....It’s a very small restaurant so try to go off peak hours.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 5, 2019 via mobile

Wonderful food and great service, especially from concierge Josie, she is ver kind and professional, provided royal treatment! Go, you won’t be disappointed.....make a rez to ensure no wait.

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed May 8, 2019

The place is very small and this gives it a special intimate, family-like vibe. While sitting at the table you can see the small kitchen action in the background and admire the cocktail making behind the bar where joyful, smiling waiters and bartenders display their...great dynamic dance in serving food and cocktails in this small lovely restaurant.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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