La Contenta

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Saleem
    "Excellent mezcal and pulque drinks from Rigo and Alex"(7 Tips)
    Claire J S.
    "El Chamuco is a mix of tequila blanco"(2 Tips)
    Jen D.
    "Worth trying the Pulque drinks!"(2 Tips)
    Village Voice
    "... creme de cassis, homemade ginger beer, and lime juice. The combination is light,..."(2 Tips)
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  • Obi
    Obi4 days ago
    Get the tacos. Drink some Mezcal. Go home happy.
  • Lucie P.
    Lucie PustovaNovember 11
    One of the best Mexican restaurants in the city. Very authentic and so delicious!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Jassy A.
    Jassy AhluwaliaOctober 11
    Excellent brunch and service! Great tequila selection!
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BekerSeptember 23
    Friendly local vibe, great service at the bar.
  • Timo B.
    Beside the real authentic Mexican food you also get great cocktails.
  • Victoria
    VictoriaAugust 6
    Incredible brunch!
  • Frederik V.
    Probably the best discovery during our trip to NYC. Excellent cocktails, great food and great service in a cozy restaurant
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Jana 🎉
    Jana 🎉June 26
    This ain't no San Francisco.
  • Christian T.
    Great guacamole!
  • Cecile C.
    Enjoy the cocktails, the tacos and the mexican atmosphere
  • Ahmad S.
    Absolutely fantastic, although very small, but worth every minute in waiting!
  • Niji J.
    Niji J.May 3
    Ask for the spicy tomatillo salsa. Some of the staff doesn't know it exists but it does and it's great.
  • Kirill K.
    Nice Mexican food
  • Julia S.
    Excellent EVERYTHING 😍
  • st
    stApril 4
    Amazing margaritas and queso fundido
  • Ric C.
    Ric ChaudoirMarch 19
    Margarita bloody Maria chips sauces
  • Leigh A.
    Leigh AtkinsonDecember 13, 2016
    Breakfast- delicious food, large portions. A little cramped but worth the compromise.
  • Dennis O.
    Dennis O'ReillyDecember 7, 2016
    For brunch, get the torta with an egg on it. It's better than sex.
  • Eric L.
    Eric LitmanNovember 12, 2016
    Ask for a side of the green salsa, made with tomatillos and Serrano chiles.
  • Man A.
    Man AguilarNovember 11, 2016
    Great little secret mexican place.
  • Zach H.
    Zach HamedNovember 7, 2016
    Cozy spot in LES. Get all the tacos (hanger steak, chicken, fish), guacamole with pomegranate, and ask the bartender to make you a custom drink.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Ramona D.
    Ramona DiazOctober 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Bloody Mary and all the food
  • IrmaZandl T.
    VERY good Mexican restaurant favored by many foodie Mexicans living in NYC. Tiny space so get here early or be prepared to wait.
  • Gennifer D.
    Gennifer DelmanOctober 7, 2016
    The service, food, drinks, and atmosphere are impeccable!
  • chin1ta
    chin1taSeptember 29, 2016
    La Contenta is a neighborhood restaurant, and there are always regulars spreading feel-good vibes.
  • Harry D.
    Harry DavisAugust 16, 2016
    Fish tacos and chicken mole
  • Sam J.
    Sam JpAugust 10, 2016
    Ask for the owner Alex - tell him you're a friend of sam's :)
  • Jason B.
    Jason BrewAugust 5, 2016
    Very small bit very authentic Mexican place. Try the torta ahogada
  • Monika M.
    Monika McMahonAugust 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the bar and talk to the bartender about tequila. If you're lucky he'll do some blind tastes tests to help you find tequila that you enjoy sipping on.
  • Jen D.
    Jen DJuly 30, 2016
    Worth trying the Pulque drinks!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SánchezJuly 30, 2016
    Great fish tacos.
  • Mo G.
    Mo GoodmanJuly 26, 2016
    Great cocktails
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJuly 10, 2016
    Queso fundido and spicy but light aguachile best. Generous guac portion for $10. Well made cocktails too but small so reserve ahead
  • Henric U.
    Henric U.May 14, 2016
    Tiny tiny tiny....
  • Meredith
    MeredithMay 1, 2016
    Small, but lively Mexican spot with a good happy hour. Get a margarita!
  • Brian C.
    Brian ClarkApril 3, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    They have dog-friendly food for pups!
  • citizenM
    citizenMMarch 11, 2016
    Ask the bartender for something special and they'll serve you with their delicious customized drinks. Plus you'll end up staying for more and more food. Read more
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchFebruary 17, 2016
    The Bitches say: C+. Above average, authentic Mexican fare in a lively, intimate LES locale. We enjoyed the creativity on the brunch menu, but yearned for a touch more flavor. Read more
  • Joey T.
    Joey TJanuary 19, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Literally everything is delicious. But since you're asking, have the blackberry Michelada, extra salt
  • letajanelle
    letajanelleDecember 22, 2015
    This place is all around great! Can't go wrong with any of the apps. My second time there I had the chicken mole dinner which was superb. Alex does an amazing job w/the variety of cocktails. 😍🇲🇽
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyDecember 19, 2015
    The nachos are everything nachos are meant to be. Every chip has delicious stuff on it.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Alberto S.
    Alberto SimonDecember 10, 2015
    Awesome margaritas!
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinNovember 10, 2015
    French toast & huevos rancheros at brunch are awesome, small restaurant so go with small group
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanOctober 5, 2015
    Go for happy hour. $8 for 2 awesome fish tacos.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattySeptember 6, 2015
    Great cocktails, attentive and friendly service, and a good location that is the perfect combination of relaxed but upbeat, intimate, and welcoming. Super authentic. Can't wait to come back.
  • Joseph T.
    Joseph TerranellaAugust 25, 2015
    Good happy hour- try the Mayan margarita and the fish tacos
  • DominicanAbroad.com
    DominicanAbroad.comAugust 22, 2015
    Sweet baby lord Jesus. This is cocktail perfection. Pisco sour along with the very much recommended... MOCTEZUMA!
  • Larry L.
    Larry LaBurrAugust 13, 2015
    Waited 45 minutes on a Sunday morning when four other people were in here to be served seven home fries and an admittedly fantastic eggs Benedict dish.
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarAugust 9, 2015
    Hidden gem of a restaurant in the LES. Hangar steak was delicious and the potatoes were next level. Cheesy amazingness. Short rib was good too and guac is a great starter. Solid cocktails.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinJuly 23, 2015
    Solid mezcal and pulque based drinks and solid Mexican fare make this tiny bar a worthwhile visit. Guac with pomegranate seeds and crab tostada were both solid. I liked the spicy Oaxaca Express.
  • Arielle G.
    Arielle GreenJuly 19, 2015
    Amazing food, amazing service! Be sure to get enchiladas, guacamole and fish tacos!! The oaxaca mescal drink!!
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownJune 20, 2015
    Like your drink sweet and spicy? Then the Blackberry Michelada is definitely for you! Negra Modelo + blackberries + grapefruit juice + tajin + salt!
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuJune 8, 2015
    Rigo, the bartender, makes some mean mezcal cocktails. The matador norteno was delicious.
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay CMay 31, 2015
    Great guacamole - highly recommend the one with pomegranate seeds. Do be warned that the restaurant is small and the service is quite slow.
  • Brian C.
    Brian ClarkMay 30, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Brunch is reasonably priced and they let pups sit outside!
  • Izalette
    IzaletteApril 25, 2015
    Alex is a great bartender 👌
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KaplowitzApril 5, 2015
    Guac presentation is beautiful!
  • Saleem
    SaleemApril 4, 2015
    Excellent mezcal and pulque drinks from Rigo and Alex
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 3, 2015
    El Chamuco; A mix of tequila blanco, mezcal, creme de cassis, homemade ginger beer, and lime juice. The combination is light, refreshing, complex, and smoky, all at the same time. Read more
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BMarch 26, 2015
    First time here. AmAzing service , top quality food , great atmosphere , do it!
  • Claire J S.
    Claire J SongMarch 25, 2015
    El Chamuco is a mix of tequila blanco, mezcal, creme de cassis, homemade ginger beer, and lime juice.
  • Ursula T.
    Ursula TudelaFebruary 27, 2015
    Order the Pisco Sour from Alex, with the tostada con cangrejo. YUM.
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