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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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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[. )
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Ian K.
    Ian KaysOctober 8, 2014
    One of my all time fav mexican spots in NYC. Friendly and attentive staff compliment the amazing food.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Denise W.
    Denise Wei-VitalSeptember 7, 2012
    Love the chimichangas and margaritas. The service is on point. They very attentive and hard working!
  • 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.
  • nicole
    nicoleJune 19, 2010
    Amazing happy hour every day of the week $4 drinks...interesting crowd but a pleaser!
  • Matt28800 @.
    Matt28800 @July 6, 2011
    Have loved this place for years great drinks (very strong) and great authentic Mexican
  • Michael B.
    Michael BrownAugust 25, 2014
    tacos are great. burritos are great. sangria and frozen margaritas are awesome
  • vanessa l.
    vanessa lopezFebruary 16, 2015
    Happy hour drinks and different flavored margaritas are delicious.
  • Kat
    KatNovember 19, 2012
    Flavored Frozen Margaritas For $5??? Yes Please!! Happy Hour all night every night!! :)
  • 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.
  • Eliana R.
    Eliana RodriguezAugust 2, 2013
    $5 drinks from 5pm-4am on Thursdays with free wings. And dancing. Can't beat that
  • Lil 1
    Lil 1September 6, 2012
    Free glass of margarita or sangria with your lunch entree! Love this place :)
  • Juanita B.
    Juanita BlancoSeptember 30, 2012
    When ever you want home made food taste come here !! Super good !!!
  • Eduardo S.
    Eduardo SantanaOctober 17, 2011
    The Chicken Enchiladas with Mole Poblano are awesome.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jose P.
    Jose PutmanAugust 13, 2013
    Nice food and thursday spot for some salsa dancing
  • Camille S.
    The shrimp enchiladas were to die for. Authentic
  • 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.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BradySeptember 15, 2010
    Great place to celebrate all your Mexican holidays. Viva México, 200 years of independence.
  • 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!
  • Deana C.
    Deana CosperJune 6, 2013
    Unknown tip! Free margarita, sangria, or soda with lunch
  • Alston G.
    Alston GreenOctober 13, 2013
    Nice atmosphere. Dancing on 2nd floor.
  • Jade G.
    Jade GMarch 3, 2012
    Was there last night and love the margaritas =) so delish ....
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony AguirreJune 12, 2014
    It was awesome, the music and food is great.
  • 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.
  • tony r.
    tony rochaNovember 29, 2010
    They have free Mexican food! How can you not love that!
  • Marc P.
    Marc PharelMarch 12, 2011
    Happy hour special. If you dub on the mayor, you get a free drink.
  • Eric S.
    Eric ShineNovember 10, 2014
    Happy hour is loud but cheap, good food and service overall.
  • tony r.
    tony rochaNovember 29, 2010
    Happy hour, all day long! And all beers and margaritas.
  • 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
  • Tasayu T.
    Tasayu TasnaphunMay 28, 2013
    Monday is all you can eat entree day for 12 bucks!!!
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