321 E Houston St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.721027 -73.982903
Tuesday 12:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday 12:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday 12:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday 12:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
Good food, Great dessert – Good authentic mexican food. The location leaves a little to be desired, but the food and service make up for it. I would recommend definitely getting the hot chocolate. I felt as though I was in heaven when I drank it. No need to make reservations, it doesn't seem to get crowded.
Unique Mexican Flavors – El Maguey y La Tuna is long name I can barely remember , we always refer to it as Maria's place.
Maria is the owner. She is always friendly and inviting and it often feels like you came over to her home for dinner. The food is great. Many of the dishes have a very unique flavor. The taste is much richer than the
other casual Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood, and of course this is reflected in the prices. Just a little
pricier the other local establishments but totally worth it.
El Sabor De La Raza! – The first time I ate at this heavenly slice of Mexico I thought to myself, "Finally, REAL Mexican food in NYC!". Everything from the way the place is humbly decorated, to Vicente Fernandez singing through the speakers, the friendly staff of people who take real pride in the food they serve and the traditional recipes they love to share. This place oozes warmth, comfort and excellence. I am Mexican and let me tell you, I actually shed a tear the first time I tried their moble poblano. It brought a flood of memories of my grandmother to my mind, and to my tastebuds. They have it down, and I tend to be very critical of anything calling itself Mexican in NYC. Trust me, their beans and rice are authentic and this is telling of the real deal. The mole pipian, the sopes, the pozole and pancita soups, these are all wonderful! They used to serve lengua (tongue) tacos but too many people were afraid to order them so they took them off the menu. Too bad, they were the best. I have nothing but good things to say about this place. The margaritas use actual juice and my mango margarita had lovely mango nectar in it. MMMM. I keep taking my friends there and they all understand what real Mexican food is like now. Voy a volver, volver, volver!!!
Only at the Maguey! – I went to the maguey and I had a great time.
The waiter was really sweet and friendly.
I was curious to check out the Pozole and it was great.
I decided to try thier famous pipian enchiladas. My boyfriend loved them.
I think this is the only place in the city that they have pipian enchiladas.
My boyfriend and I really had a great time.
Las palamita drinks are awesome. Just like in Mexico City!!
Great Time – I have been on a hunt all summer to find great Mexican food in NYC, and this is the closest to the real thing that I've had so far. I went with a group of friends during their 3rd year Anniversary, and had a blast. They were very busy because of all of the festivities and probably a little understaffed, but they were all very friendly and hard-working. The cheese enchiladas, rice, salsa and margaritas were all excellent. The guacamole wasn't spicy though, it was very "avacodo-y." If you know what REAL Mexican food is, this is the closest you'll get in the Big Apple.
This is real Mexican food... – I too come from rural West Texas and am always suspicous of any Mexican restaurant outside of Texas, CA, Southwest, etc...I know that sounds snobbish, but I know what good Mexican food is and this restaurant is the real deal. Like homemade. The chile on the enchiladas is fresh with actual spice to it, the beans taste homemade...the way my grandma's taste, and the hot chile/salsa is wonderful. If you want real Mexican food, come here! No glitz, no glamour, just a cozy, unimposing, small charming place to get some real food.
this Mexican food snob has met his match – Coming from rural West Texas, I'm about as tough a Mexican food critic as you'll find and I absolutely ADORE this place. The food is as authentic as you're likely to find in NYC and the service is impccable. Every time I go I feel like I'm visiting old friends. The place is run by a single family and they always remember me even though I only come in once every month or so. Must try the Mole enchiladas and have the flan for dessert! Make reservations on Thurs or Fri night because the place is small and fills up quickly!
This is home made Mexican ! – I'm on a quest to find the best Mexican restaurant in the city and this is by far the best one. I've been to some very well known places in the city and their so called Mexican food is always a disappointment. This place is nothing fancy, and kinda off the beaten path, but- the service is so wonderful and the staff very warm. Menu offers great selctions, and the prices are just right. Try the Sopapilla for dessert, wow what a treat. And the Carnitas tacos, yummy... so so good. If you're looking for true hom made Mexican food you must come here!
Size doesn't matter! – In a visit from Los Angeles to New York, my fiancée introduced me to the Maguey y La Tuna. I was certain there was no good Mexican food in New York, but el Maguey proved me wrong. The restaurant small size concerned me but on my first bite of the Mole Poblano the rich flavors excited me. Size no longer concerned me because I realized that the food served at the Maguey is fresh, authentic and delicious. Besides the home-style feeling of the food the staff is really friendly and attentive. The waitress drink recommendation was excellent. The Sangria was smooth and strong but my favorite was the fresh oranges in the drink. I recommend all Californian's to visit the Maguey and try their delicious flautas with salsa and guacamole.
Our New Favorite Restaurant! – Only in NY does a Saturday night include amazing Mexican food, great service and getting married! On Saturday, November 19, my fiancé and I were married at El Maguey y La Tuna!! We happily signed the papers while eating amazing guacamole, nachos, chicken mole, fajitas, and more. We drank margaritas, sangria and the staff broke out shots of Jose Cuervo in honor of our union! The dessert was divine and they even made us tamales to take home! Although, we are having a ceremony with our families next year, our evening here will be in our heart and minds forever!! THANK YOU EL MAGUEY Y LA TUNA!!!!
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