El Cantinero

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Greenwich Village, New York
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  • #illumin8us
    "Monday night all you can eat is where it's at !"(4 Tips)
    Michael B.
    "sangria and frozen margaritas are awesome"(5 Tips)
    Tanisha S.
    "They have the best happy hours ever."(14 Tips)
    Tasayu T.
    "Monday is all you can eat entree day for 12 bucks!!!"(6 Tips)
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  • Tanisha S.
    Tanisha SDecember 23, 2015
    Everything that I have tried here I have loved. The food is great. The drinks are great. They have the best happy hours ever.
  • Brandyn F.
    Brandyn FriedlyDecember 20, 2015
    Be careful, they will overcharge you if you don't pay attention (to the level of $60/pitcher and refuse an itemized receipt).
  • Ruben G.
    Ruben GuerreroAugust 11, 2015
    The worse Mexican food we've had in a while. Both my fiancé and I had a bite of our dishes and returned the rest. The margarita tasted of cheap syrupy mix and cheap tequila. Staff was nice though.
  • Jill S.
    Jill StricklandJuly 17, 2015
    No line, friendly staff. Delicious food from appetizers, soups, through entrees. Free frozen lemon margarita was a loved bonus
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HakimiJuly 4, 2015
    It's a dive bar. Nothing's really *good.* But $6 margs and free food at happy hour is solid. The restaurant side of things isn't really good.
  • Neil C.
    Neil CartyMay 3, 2015
    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.
  • 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.
  • vanessa l.
    vanessa lopezFebruary 16, 2015
    Happy hour drinks and different flavored margaritas are delicious.
  • Eric S.
    Eric ShineNovember 10, 2014
    Happy hour is loud but cheap, good food and service overall.
  • Ian K.
    Ian KaysOctober 8, 2014
    One of my all time fav mexican spots in NYC. Friendly and attentive staff compliment the amazing food.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BrownAugust 25, 2014
    tacos are great. burritos are great. sangria and frozen margaritas are awesome
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WatsonAugust 9, 2014
    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[. )
  • denise
    deniseApril 14, 2014
    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.
  • Allie P.
    Allie PrinceDecember 8, 2013
    Excellent service - fun atmosphere - delicious food and awesome drinks & the dessert is to die for especially the fried ice cream :)
  • Jennie D.
    Jennie D.August 19, 2013
    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!
  • Jose P.
    Jose PutmanAugust 13, 2013
    Nice food and thursday spot for some salsa dancing
  • Eliana R.
    Eliana RodriguezAugust 2, 2013
    $5 drinks from 5pm-4am on Thursdays with free wings. And dancing. Can't beat that
  • Barbara
    BarbaraJuly 31, 2013
    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!
  • Camille S.
    The shrimp enchiladas were to die for. Authentic
  • Diash R.
    Diash RichardsApril 19, 2013
    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.
  • Khadine A.
    Khadine AzeezApril 14, 2013
    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!
  • Max S.
    Max SklarApril 11, 2013
    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.
  • Cora L.
    Cora LambertMarch 24, 2013
    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.
  • Kat
    KatNovember 19, 2012
    Flavored Frozen Margaritas For $5??? Yes Please!! Happy Hour all night every night!! :)
  • Amy M.
    Amy MixaOctober 19, 2012
    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.
  • mg_ny
    mg_nyOctober 15, 2012
    Chips and salsa good. Everything else meh. Don't sit on the terrace in the back. Charming until the air conditioning fan (or massive refrigerator motor?) kicks on.
  • Jana Z.
    Jana ZislisOctober 5, 2012
    Bad mistake, should have read the reviews! Avoid this place for food- I got sick from it
  • Juanita B.
    Juanita BlancoSeptember 30, 2012
    When ever you want home made food taste come here !! Super good !!!
  • Denise W.
    Denise Wei-VitalSeptember 7, 2012
    Love the chimichangas and margaritas. The service is on point. They very attentive and hard working!
  • Lil 1
    Lil 1September 6, 2012
    Free glass of margarita or sangria with your lunch entree! Love this place :)
  • Julia D.
    Julia DavisJune 30, 2012
    Food is okay, but not really worth the price.. Our server was pretty bad. Didn't try out upstairs.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SbordoneJune 29, 2012
    The happy hour prices went up recently. It went from $4 per drink to $5. But always a fun night. Get there early, get a table, listen to some good music and DANCE
  • Marc P.
    Marc PharelApril 12, 2012
    Recently raised happy hour price of drinks to $5. Adjust yout budget accordingly.
  • Bervely V.
    Bervely VictorinJanuary 28, 2012
    food is horrible, lacks authentic mexican spices but compensates with cheap drinks part of there happy hour. Avoid this place on Fridays and Saturdays; it turns; into a mini club and becomes overrated
  • Joshua
    JoshuaDecember 11, 2011
    Not good!! Food is very bland and over priced!! Ear Mexican anywhere else but here..
  • Eduardo S.
    Eduardo SantanaOctober 17, 2011
    The Chicken Enchiladas with Mole Poblano are awesome.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupSeptember 23, 2011
    Skip the food and go straight to the second floor for the all night Happy Hours on Monday and Thursdays where you can dance to Bachata and Salsa – the crowd is a bit older.
  • Mary G.
    Mary GazellaSeptember 5, 2011
    The watermelon margarita is very tasty, and it sure gets the job done! If you have to work the next day, stick to only one.
  • Matt28800 @.
    Matt28800 @July 6, 2011
    Have loved this place for years great drinks (very strong) and great authentic Mexican
  • smileynicoley012
    smileynicoley012May 7, 2011
    The frozen margarita pitcher was good. I split it with a friend and we agreed that sharing it with another works too.
  • Lucy G.
    Lucy GoldsteinApril 2, 2011
    I felt safer visiting Rikers Island than I did at this place. The food was better at Rikers too.
  • tony r.
    tony rochaNovember 29, 2010
    They have free Mexican food! How can you not love that!
  • Owen I.
    Owen IversonNovember 20, 2010
    the food is always good (if not great) but the best thing about el cantinero is the service. the guys here are fantastic. I've not known another place in the city so accomodating aa el can't.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BradySeptember 15, 2010
    Great place to celebrate all your Mexican holidays. Viva México, 200 years of independence.
  • Steven m.
    Steven marionJuly 7, 2010
    The music to to much! We asked to turn it down five times and no one did anything but smile! Customer service sucks ill never come back
  • nicole
    nicoleJune 19, 2010
    Amazing happy hour every day of the week $4 drinks...interesting crowd but a pleaser!
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly Reeves 🐱April 21, 2010
    No matter how many times I go here and order margaritas, I'm always shocked at how strong they are.
  • Jackie O.
    Jackie OMarch 15, 2010
    Amazingly strong margaritas, also a bar upstairs. Great guac and delish food! They usually bring a free round over if you buy a drink or two. (We prefer the pitchers.)
  • Ray G.
    Ray GordonFebruary 27, 2010
    Highly recommend this place for the margaritas. Order a couple pitchers with dinner and stick around long enough and the friendly staff just might bring out a round of tequila shots on the house
  • Ashleigh N.
    frozen margaritas are best in the city: I KNOW-I've tried them ALL in my 7yrs in NYC.I'm from Texas & LA so i know what talkn 'bout. also guacamole, chorizo, steak fajitas, cheese enchiladas Read more
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