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Senor Swanky's Mexican Cafe & Speakeasy - 32 Reviews - 513 Columbus Ave, New York, NY - Late Night Dining Reviews - Phone (212) 579-2900

Senor Swanky's Mexican Cafe & Speakeasy

513 Columbus Ave (at Between 84th Street & 85th Street)
New York, NY 10024
(212) 579-2900
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Senor Swanky's Mexican Cafe & Speakeasy - New York, NY
Senor Swanky's Mexican Cafe & Speakeasy - New York, NY



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I used the Buy One Get One margarita coupon.....very good choice. My meal was very good and a free margarita made it even better. Pros: Mexican food, margaritas


The food and the portions left alot to be desired. The service was also poor. We had to chase someone down to get water.\r \r I don't think I'll be back... I'll find another Me...

Very Good Mexican & Margaritas 11/7/2009

I used the Buy One Get One margarita coupon.....very good choice. My meal was very good and a free margarita made it even better. Pros: Mexican food, margaritas more

Good Margaritas food not so much... 4/19/2009

The food and the portions left alot to be desired. The service was also poor. We had to chase someone down to get water.\r \r I don't think I'll be back... I'll find another Mexican spot where the food matches the taste of the Margaritas. Pros: Margaritas are well done. Cons: Service was poor. more

Fun Times, Great Specials 11/25/2008

I've never not had a fun time at Swanky's. Delicious drinks, good service and food. Also, there's always good specials like the ones you can find right on this Citysearch page....Swanky''s! Pros: drinks, specials more

Good eats & drinks 10/23/2008

Had a good time at Swanky's. Service and food were both well above average and the margaritas were excellent. Very good atmosphere to chill after work. Recommended! Pros: cuisine, service, margaritas more

Poor example of Mexican cuisine 10/15/2008

My son and I were expecting an awesome meal after reading the menu online and all the reviews. First of all the only waitress on staff was a bit lazy and since there are no busboys I had to ask her for water twice. When we did get our water is was extremely warm.\r The chips were so stale that we didn't even bother to entertain the salsa. I ordered two different types of chicken entrees my son's entree tasted exactly the same as mine,except for a few sorry slices of tomatoes and onions that were on my chicken. My son's lemon chicken tasted so much of butter that you couldn't appreciate the lemon essence. The yellow rice was not bad but the black beans with a very tiny pool of something that looked liked mozzarella cheese tasted like they came out of a can of Goya seasoned black beans. I suppose that Senor Swanky's is really only known for their Margarita's but I didn't have one. I would not return or even reccommend this place to ANYONE!! The food was so BLAHHHHH. Oh and the portions were very tiny too. Pros: Colorful and cheery Cons: FOOD IS AWFUL MEXICAN CUISINE more

Swanky's! 9/24/2008

I like Senor Swanky's for the frozen margaritas but the food is also good. I've been there a few times and it's been consistent as far as taste, quality and service each and every time. It's also a fun place to hang at the outside tables when it's nice out. Pros: Drinks, Food more

Good Mexican Neighborhood Joint 4/19/2008

I've been to Swanky's many times over the years. The food is tasty, the service is dependable and the atmosphere is comfortable with a good neighborhood feel. In the nice weather, there is outdoor seating to drink the very good margaritas. Recommended! Pros: Food, Service, Margaritas, Outdoor Seating more

There is no where but up. 6/27/2007

Very disappointed. Should not have been the first option under Mexican because this was not good mexican. Pros: nice space Cons: food...margaritas....service more

best maragritas, fajitas and out door dining 5/31/2007

I write this review to defend senor swanky's, I have been goign to this restaurant since its inception in the mid 90's and i have had nothing but a great time at this place. My former husband (NOT) and lousy reviewer burt reynolds said some pretty nasty stuff about swanky's, but i guess i must have fleeced him for so much money in the divorce that he considers an average of $13 for an entree overpriced then he should get finacial help from the state lol.\r I have always enjoyed teh food and drinks and service whenever i have gone to swanky's and i love sitting outside and as mr reynolds calls them wobbly tables, have never caused me a problem. My ,former and now i guess really broke, husband says there are tacky decorations up every where, i notice not a single decoration up at all, im convinced that since i left mr reynolds his life has gone so down hill that he has nothing better to do than to be destructive of a place that i have had only wonderful times in, but wait all the times that i have been in there it hasnt been with him, and that automatically makes it better,lol.\r All i can say is that mr reynolds needs a life, swankys' is a great place to have a fun time and have some great margaritasand really great mexican food, plus they have been there since the mid 90's, i guess they must be doing something right,lol. I love senor swanky's and so will you!!!! Pros: margaritas and fajitas and outdoor dinning Cons: burt reynolds eats there, but hopefull not any more more

best maragritas and out door dining 3/31/2007

What a fun time i had at this place.... the music was pumping,and the vibe was great ...thank god spring is here my friends and i sat outside and had a few delicious mango margaritas...and some even better sizzling was fun...being able to sit outside and enjoy a margarita...i am looking forward to that all spring and summer long.....what a blast Pros: maragritas, outdoor dining more


This place was great from the get, white and green tortilla group of 5 had a blast the service was great...out server was fun and attentive ,,,,she suggested a mango margarita....GREAT with her great margarita choice, when she suggested the fajitas,,,we went with it ...3 of us ordered the fajitas,,,they came out like a flow of smoke...and sizzle..and smelled amazing...the steak was girlfriend had the chicken fajitas,,sliiy girl ...but they were great other buddies had the enchilladas die for...mmm chcolate!!!!\r I was watching a ball game on a 10 foot screen.....i didnt want to go home and we didnt for a\r Lets see...great margaritas...great fajitas...great big nirvana,,,lol....\r Cant wait to go back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! more

Much better Mexican places to go in town than here 2/6/2007

I went here on Friday night with a group of friends for a birthday dinner and we were not impressed. They were incredibly slow with everything and the food wasn't anything to write home about. And they charge way to much for the quality of food they serve. But the thing that sealed the deal was the manager. We were trying to use a coupon printed on this site and he wouldn't honor it for a very stupid reason. One top of that, he started being rude to us saying ""It wasn't his problem, it was ours"". Never in my life have I been treated so poorly and in such bad taste!! I will never go here again and recommend that you don't waste your time and do the same. Pros: Wish I had one Cons: Service, manager, food and value more

BEST FAJITAS EVER!!!!! 10/25/2006

I travel from the east side and drag my friends to the west side all the time for the best damn fajitas ever...i have been scoffing down el Senor's fajitas and washing them down with his yummy and strong margaritas for almost a decade,,,,,i love them...i am never dissapointed...the food is delicious and the margs go down like water...they even have a huge TV to watch football on.....there is no other sport now that baseball is those FAJITAS,,,,keep it up......hey maybe i'll move to the west side to be closer to swanky' that would be a litttle Pros: fajitas, margaritas, decor and service Cons: are you being silly.... more

Whatev 9/27/2006

We went to visit New York, and we stayed on the Upper West Side, and came across Senor Swankys. The chips and salsa were good...but that was about it. We each had a margarita, which was $11 for a small marg! It wasn't even that good. Then, when I got my quesadilla, the chicken was marinated in some nasty 'mexican spices.' The server was new, but he was pretty nice. All in all, i would never go back. Pros: Chips and Salsa, Ambience Cons: Food, Margarita Price more

Aviod at all cost!!!! 9/14/2006

Ok, where do I start. The chips come eh ok, then the watery salsa, gross. Then I order a quesadilla (normal mexian would be nice chicken (no sauce on it) and cheese, plus rice on the side yum!) but no this is COVERED in some tomato sauce, with spicy gross stuff on the top then smothered with guac. and salsa, I picked it up and it fell apart and was so messy , and the rice was extra!!!! I send it back (such a nice server was helping) and I get a new one still no rice and still all the sauce was taking over any mexican taste that could be hidden. After our Bill for two people came out to over $70 for ( 2 margs $12 each, 2 apps, and the quesadilla oh and the rice is extra $4) The head waiter came over with his pompus attitude and said they would not take my meal ( untouched) off the bill, after they messed it up two times. What an @ss,and he was only a waiter not even a manager or owner!!!! We paid our bill and left. Never will I go to such an over priced gross place again. What a waste of $ and time. Do not go!!!! Pros: Nice waiter ( just started two days ago so we will see what happens to him) Cons: THE HEAD WAITER IS SUCH A SNOB FOR NO REASON!!!!!!! more

best faitas and amazing margaritas 8/15/2006

SENOR SWANKY DOES IT AGAIN!!!!! I was up in my neighborhood during the heatwave last week...and El Senor has done it again....he has installed cooling misting fans in his outdoor now even in the sweltering summer heat I can enjoy a frosty frozen margarita with a cooling mist....he is always thinking...and improving....the fajitas were scrumptious as always,,,and the service was great...I love going to Swanky's. I wonder what he will do next !!!!\r VIVA EL SENOR!!!! Pros: margaritas fajitas..COOLING MISTING FANS for outdoor cafe more

Horrible Food 7/30/2006

The food here makes Taco Bell seem gourmet! It's greasy and tastes disgusting. The drinks are nothing to write home about either. There are a TON of better Mexican options in the city. Cons: Food and service more

It's JUST okay 7/25/2006

I've only been to this place once for dinner, and it wasn't all too spectacular. So, I will not be returning again. It was so dark that we couldn't really read the menus. We were holding up the tiny candles to the menus. The food was overpriced and the quality of the food was just average. The service was average: he was really nice but he HARDLY came around to see if we needed anything. A couple times we had to ask another server for more water. Not to mention, the drinks were overpriced as well. I don't recommend this place for dining. For a night of drinking at the bar, then that's a different story. Pros: the Bar Cons: Food, Service, Too Dark more

THE WORST 5/10/2006

This restaurant was the worst! Not only was the margarita one of the worst I've ever had, but it was also $10 and served to me in a plastic cup! The bartenders were some of the worst I have also ever seen. The food was okay, but overall, not worth the price and the service was below average. I left incredibly dissatisfied and never plan on returning! Pros: Outdoor seating Cons: Bad margarita, Bad bartenders, Service more

Senor Stinkys. 5/6/2006

This restaurant was awful! The $10 margarita was poured out of some big jug, into a plastic cup, and tasted like syrup. Gross. The fajita (twice the price of a normal restaurant) was terrible, chicken tasted processed, came with no lettuce or tomato (that was an extra $3). The bartenders were some of the worst I have ever encountered - spent 20 minutes counting their tips as I waited to close out my tab. Lastly, after asking to use the City Search 20% off coupon, the waitress told us that it does not apply to outdoor seating. That is not indicated on the coupon, and frankly, I think this inadequate waitress was lying! I will never return! Pros: location, outdoor seating Cons: everything else. more
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  • Upper West Side spot serves Mexican food and margaritas, with outdoor seating and a private party room.

  • 4/21/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun-Thu 12pm-3am Fri-Sat 12pm-4am
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Discover, Visa, American Express, Diner's Club
  • Neighborhoods:

    Upper West Side, Midtown