1712 2nd Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1012840.779616 -73.950289
Mon-Thurs noon-midnight, Fri noon-1 am, Sat-Sun 11 am-1 am
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Yorkville
Great Service – Our server was the most professional efficent gentleman I've ever had. Great service!
Just worderfull – After the fiasco at the restaurant next door! I went to finish my dinner at Cilantro. The service was great, food was just perfect. Dont go next door, come here.
Thanks Cilantro I will def. come back!
Good Margaritas and Guacamole – Cilantro is a pretty good Mexican restaurant. Their guacamole is in my opinion the best on the UES. Their Margaritas are also very good and they have several different flavors. If you are going on a nice night, definitely try and sit outside in the back. They have a nice patio back there. Service is typically incredible.
Good drinks... – I'd recommend Cilantro for lunch, and not much else. I just feel like there are much better Mexican options out there for dinner. Try their drinks and check out their calamari. But be warned: the calamari sauce is on the spicier side. So, if you can't stand the heat, order a milder sauce.
Nothing To Write Home About – I know that getting decent mexican/southwest is difficult in NYC, and this place does nothing to dispell that fact. The food is OKAY. The service is OKAY. The drinks are OKAY. So if you go to Cilantro, you'll have an OKAY time, but nothing more.
Don't expect to stay long – I think the food and drinks are fine, but the past two times I've been here I've been basically shoved out by the manager. The first time, my friends and I had eaten dinner and then had just got a pitcher of sangria literally minutes before our table started getting stalked by the manager and our waitress. Eventually he asked us to take it to the bar b/c he had "other customers waiting" - mind you we had waited an hour for the seat ourselves. The following time, we kept ordering drinks and appetizers, and the same manager kept leering over our table asking if we were ready for our check. I would understand that if we had been loitering or obnoxious, but this is definitely the first time I have been rushed out as a quiet customer who just kept raking up the bill. For a quick drink before you go somewhere, I reccomend it - but for a relaxing evening, steer clear b/c that manager is a total tool.
Food's ok, but margaritas are great – Im always amazed at the lack of variety on the menu at this place, but, as the neighborhood spot for excellent margaritas, it does its job admirably. My favorite is the frozen raspberry margarita. Food-wise, stick with the fajitas (the steak fajitas are very good). The black bean soup is mediocre, at best, but the chips and salsa are really good. However, since this isnt gourmet Mexican food, its hard to justify the price of some of the entrees.
Pretty Good – Any restaurant can suck on any night of the week so I would not respect the negative reviews unless someone is describing a miserable experience. I've been here twice and have ordered delivery once and so far I haven't had reason to avoid the place. The atmosphere isn't fratty at all, but who knows--anything can happen on any night of the week.
The habanero wings are very good, the nachos are very good, the nicoise salad is good, the flank steak is good, the sangria i had last week was a little watered down, the service was pretty good.
So so – Margaritas out of a machine? And they weren't very tasty at that. They did, however, do the trick - quite potent! I've been to Cilantro twice. I went back because the Chile Rellenos I had the first time were fabulous - one stuffed with herbed cheese, the other with picadillo (pork). But the second time (when I stuck to beer and avoided the slurpee margaritas) they weren't so tasty so I probably won't return.
Also, kinda cheesy atmosphere on the 2nd Ave. location considering the menu is quite eclectic and even the "chips" are an upscale combo of taro, plantain, etc. chips.
Everything is Just good – The Steak Fajitas are awsome. On monday nights if you there befor 7pm Half price margarita. And Mondays fajita are half price all night. The staff is rude and the owner is one of the biggest jerks I have ever met.
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