El Cantinero

Mexican Restaurant
86 University Pl (btwn E 11th & E 12th St), New York, NY 10003, United States
Hours:
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed
    • 11:30 AM–Midnight
  • Thu, Sun
    • 11:30 AM–2:00 AM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–4:00 AM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
No
6.9/10

Based on 207 votes

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    Michael B.
    sangria and frozen margaritas are awesome(5 Tips)
    Tasayu T.
    Monday is all you can eat entree day for 12 bucks!!!(6 Tips)
    vanessa l.
    Happy hour drinks and different flavored margaritas are delicious.(11 Tips)
    Amy M.
    LOVED the Chimichangas but wasn't impressed by the rest of the food.(4 Tips)
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  • Neil C.

    Nachos leave much to be desired for -- something I might have prepared in a belligerent state. That said the precision for which they apply the cheese to each chip is impeccable.

    Neil Carty · 3 weeks ago
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  • Lori K. h.

    All you can eat on Monday nights – check with your server, because sometimes Patron margaritas are the same price as house margaritas. Save yourself a hangover.

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  • vanessa l.

    Happy hour drinks and different flavored margaritas are delicious.

    vanessa lopez · February 16
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  • Richard L.

    All-you-can-eat on Monday nights!

    Richard Lurie · December 27, 2014
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  • Kelsey W.

    Cheap happy hour

    Kelsey Weiner · December 11, 2014
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  • Eric S.

    Happy hour is loud but cheap, good food and service overall.

    Eric Shine · November 10, 2014
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  • Ian K.

    One of my all time fav mexican spots in NYC. Friendly and attentive staff compliment the amazing food.

    Ian Kays · October 8, 2014
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  • Joshua J.

    Great cheese enchillada!!!!

    Joshua Javier · September 18, 2014
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  • Balca A.

    so lovely decorated...

    Balca Arda · September 1, 2014
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  • Michael B.

    tacos are great. burritos are great. sangria and frozen margaritas are awesome

    Michael Brown · August 25, 2014
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  • Kimmie O.

    Service is good. Food is alright

    Kimmie Ohh · August 14, 2014
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  • Ryan W.

    Excellent spot for work lunch. Fajitas are the best (comes with free margarita) ask for giant sombrero hat! (Don't try to leave with it =o[. )

    Ryan Watson · August 9, 2014
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  • Jonathan C.

    Incredibly overpriced.

    Jonathan Cox · August 7, 2014
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  • Anthony A.

    It was awesome, the music and food is great.

    Anthony Aguirre · June 12, 2014
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  • Raja H.

    (As of May 2014) Mondays, all you can eat for $12

    Raja H · May 2, 2014
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  • denise

    Place was a rip off. Never going back. Count how many drinks you actually consume if you're planning on being there for a long time.

    denise · April 14, 2014
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  • Alexandre S.

    Do not drink cucaracha shots from a man named Daniel Hernandez.

    Alexandre Sivirichi · January 24, 2014
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  • Allie H.

    Excellent service - fun atmosphere - delicious food and awesome drinks & the dessert is to die for especially the fried ice cream :)

    Allie H · December 8, 2013
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  • Alston G.

    Nice atmosphere. Dancing on 2nd floor.

    Alston Green · October 13, 2013
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  • Ashley C.

    Fried ice cream is...somehow soggy

    Ashley Christiano · September 23, 2013
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  • Jennie D.

    Always my go to for large, rowdy, group dinners - perfect before a night out. Cheap, yummy mexican food and pitchers on pitchers on pitchers of margaritas and sangria!

    Jennie D. · August 19, 2013
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  • Jose P.

    Nice food and thursday spot for some salsa dancing

    Jose Putman · August 13, 2013
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  • Karen Z.

    Food is weak. Not a fan.

    Karen Z · August 13, 2013
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  • Eliana R.

    $5 drinks from 5pm-4am on Thursdays with free wings. And dancing. Can't beat that

    Eliana Rodriguez · August 2, 2013
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  • Barbara

    Good people watching by the window. I had mussels& shrimps which was good. My friend ordered arroz con pollo and was highly disappointed. Sangria was good!

    Barbara · July 31, 2013
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  • Rebeca

    great music margaritas n chips

    Rebeca · July 21, 2013
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  • Camille S.

    The shrimp enchiladas were to die for. Authentic

    Camille Swoope Mumford · July 15, 2013
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  • Devon H.

    Find some place with more space!!!

    Devon Henry · July 13, 2013
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  • Chino W.

    Try the Beef Chimichanga

    Chino W. · June 20, 2013
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  • Lázaro H.

    Great frozen margaritas !!

    Lázaro H. · June 9, 2013
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  • Deana C.

    Unknown tip! Free margarita, sangria, or soda with lunch

    Deana Cosper · June 6, 2013
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  • Tasayu T.

    Monday is all you can eat entree day for 12 bucks!!!

    Tasayu Tasnaphun · May 28, 2013
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  • Danny B.

    Anyone feel like their in the movie Bridesmaids?

    Danny Birnbaum · May 20, 2013
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  • Rene

    Awesome!!!!!!

    Rene · May 5, 2013
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  • Ambear G.

    The worst time of my life.

    Ambear Gordon · May 5, 2013
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  • Diash R.

    The bar/party floor is good. But good drinks, super crowded by 6pm, good music. If you are looking to drink and dance early it's a good after work spot.

    Diash Richards · April 19, 2013
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  • Khadine A.

    Really think this place is overrated. The prices are very reasonable however the food was tasteless and drinks watered down. They sit you pretty quickly, however the staff is lacking personality!

    Khadine Azeez · April 14, 2013
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  • Amanda

    Not recommended

    Amanda · April 11, 2013
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  • Max S.

    Food is great but the portions are big - try not to make the same mistake I once made by eating too many chips before the meal. Those chips are damn good though.. maybe I'll just have one more.

    Max Sklar · April 11, 2013
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  • Nohemie P.

    Richie Rich, our server was horrible. Very rude!

    Nohemie P · April 5, 2013
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  • Liz D.

    Great food, great service, feels like home!

    Liz DeVito · March 25, 2013
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  • Cora L.

    Monday Night: $4 Margaritas and complimentary chips/salsa (upstairs bar); All you can eat Mexican $11.99 (restaurant). This spot is tacky in the most wonderful way.

    Cora Lambert · March 24, 2013
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  • Paul D.

    Try the Plato Loco

    Paul Dunn · January 20, 2013
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  • Kat

    Flavored Frozen Margaritas For $5??? Yes Please!! Happy Hour all night every night!! :)

    Kat · November 19, 2012
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  • Amy M.

    Margaritas are strong but we got the raspberry and it wasn't that good. LOVED the Chimichangas but wasn't impressed by the rest of the food.

    Amy Mixa · October 19, 2012
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  • Jana Z.

    Bad mistake, should have read the reviews! Avoid this place for food- I got sick from it

    Jana Zislis · October 5, 2012
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  • Juanita B.

    When ever you want home made food taste come here !! Super good !!!

    Juanita Blanco · September 30, 2012
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  • Denise W.

    Love the chimichangas and margaritas. The service is on point. They very attentive and hard working!

    Denise Wei-Vital · September 7, 2012
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  • Lil 1

    Free glass of margarita or sangria with your lunch entree! Love this place :)

    Lil 1 · September 6, 2012
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  • Julia D.

    Food is okay, but not really worth the price.. Our server was pretty bad. Didn't try out upstairs.

    Julia Davis · June 30, 2012
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