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Suenos - 42 Reviews - 311 W 17th St, New York, NY - Romantic Dining Reviews - Phone (212) 243-1333


311 W 17th St (at Between 8th Avenue and 9th Avenue)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 243-1333
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Suenos - New York, NY
Suenos - New York, NY



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We started with appetizers of corn bread with black bean dip, and guacamole and chips. Yum. Yum. The server suggested the dish the chef made when she was on Iron Chef which was ...


After much anticipation I was very let down with my meal. Though the menu sounds imaginative, it is executed poorly. The lobster corn fritters were overcooked and chewy, the ve...

I thought I was back in Mexico!! 7/14/2011

We started with appetizers of corn bread with black bean dip, and guacamole and chips. Yum. Yum. The server suggested the dish the chef made when she was on Iron Chef which was cod, salsa verde, banana mashed (which was tart spicy & sweet). It blew me away! My date had steak tacos with grilled corn on the cob which he raved about for days. Not only was the food the excellent, the server anticipated my every need but did not hover. Cannt wait to introduce my out of town friends to Suenos!! more


I eat mexican food at least once a week and I my girfriend and I went her this past week. It was tough to find bc it is a little hidden but it was awesome. First off, the margaritas had fresh ingredients not the puree crap from the box . I had the duck tacos and she had the enchiladas, but the thing that made me write this review was the corn!!!! They grill it with some spices, cheese and i don't know what else, but it was great. I would go back in a heart beat, but I hope you can't find it. more

Super Cute! 9/13/2010

I had a great time here last Sunday night. I live in the area but never made it to Suenos. I'm glad that I finally had the chance. The food was delicious! The ambiance was quiet and cozy, something hard to find in Chelsea. I did think the food was a little over priced, especially for Mexican. The staff was really friendly, but once the food came to our table they disappeared. Fortunately, the chef prepared great food that didn't need any additional attention. I would recommend Suenos. more

Suenos on Behind the Burner 6/2/2010

I was just reading about Suenos on Behind the Burner. com - it's such a cozy, delicious spot! more

LOVE this restaurant! 5/17/2010

Great place for happy hour margaritas, a quiet, romantic dinner or a big birthday celebration. The food is consistently excellent, including the seasonal specials, and the staff is friendly and attentive. And I've never had better 2-for-1 margaritas in NYC. Pros: Excellent food, drinks and service Cons: closed on Mondays more

Excellent 11/18/2009

Went with a large group, everyone loved their food. Drinks were very good as was the service. Highly recommended for groups or for a party Pros: Mexican food, ambiance, drinks more

flavorful food, friendly service & chef 12/14/2008

Went with a large group of people. Chef came out to say hello and ask how our food was. Service was excellent. Food was very flavorful. Cozy room with a skylight. more

Yummy 12/10/2008

My friends have been bugging me to go to Suenos for a while and I finally got there recently. Delicious food that tasted very fresh and cooked perfectly. Drinks were also excellent as was the waitress we had that night. Definitely recommended Pros: Food, Service, Drinks more

nothing special 12/6/2008

Didn't think the food was really impressive - it was not horrible, but nothing special. Ordered the baby spinach and the hanger steak . Both were pretty forgettable.\r \r Didn't really enjoy the ambiance or service either. The service wasn?t so good as I thought.\r \r This place has definitely been on my list of places to go for a while, glad I can finally check it off! Won't be going back - too many better places in town.\r Cons: nothing special more

Average 11/25/2008

Good. That's about it. For the price, perhaps I expected too much. The menu underwhelmed (though the dessert was great). The service was neither friendly, attentive, nor helpful. I can now check it off the list, but I wouldn't recommend it.\r \r more

Mexican Food 10/18/2008

Awesome food! This was more of an upscale Mexican restaurant but I loved it! The food was really, really good and they even brought us a complimentary appetizer. I would definitely recommend it! more

Finest Mexican Dining in NYC 8/26/2008

Went here on Saturday night. Started off w/some margaritas which were excellent! Then met my party for dinner. I wanted to start off by saying that with so many of us, the service was exceptional. They were very attentive. The ambiance was stimulating and the food was exceptional!! I had the Tamarind Hanger Steak, it was phenominal! This is by far the best authentic Mexican restaurant I have ever been to. The appetizers were delicious and the desserts were the best I've ever had in a long time. I will continue to refer my friends and will continue to keep going to Suenos!! Love this place. Pros: Excellent Mexican Food Cons: Bar is a little small more

Best Mexican Food in the City 8/24/2008

My friends and I celebrated birthdays. It was a reservation of about 17 people. The drinks were fantastic...the food was exceptional...and the service was spectacular. They took really good care of us. The ambiance was great! I had a blast. They did no mess up anyone's order or anything. The best part was the dessert!! I LOVED the churros and the guava pastries!!! I will definitely recommend this place to everyone I know. Thanks!! Pros: Mexican food was exceptional Cons: Small bar more


I made reservations for my girlfriend and I on OpenTable for a Thursday night. We arrived a 1/2 hour early and were seated promptly (it was a slower night). We ordered two margaritas to start. Now, they are eleven bucks each, but I've paid more for worse and these were quite good, potent and my GF said it was ""the perfect balance between tequila and sweetness"" for her. We had two appetizers, the guacamole and some sweet plaintain/goat cheese empanadas. The guacamole was good, if not great...not enough spice for my taste, though it was very fresh. The chips were stale but it's served with tortillas that are wonderful. For the price, I still prefer the guacamole at Dos Caminos or Mama Mexico. One nice thing, and perhaps the best part, was the corn bread/black bean dip they serve as a complimentary appetizer. The dip is spicy with jalapeno and crema fresca in it, and the corn bread is actually quite tasty ...not overly sweet and definitely not tasting like out of a boxed mix. For the main course I had pork tacos ($20) and she had grilled shrimp served individually on a sweet plaintain with a dollop of guacamole ($20). My tacos were a play on BBQ as it was served with a cranberry/tequila compote and shredded cabbage. Overall they were quite tasty but the presentation was plain and the dish itself could've used a second side-dish as it felt empty. Her shrimp fared better than my tacos and if we had known there'd be that much guac on her plate we wouldn't have ordered the appetizer. The shrimp was good (not too dry and not overly spiced) and the plaintains definitely fit the plate well (not too mushy or sweet).\r \r Our dessert was the best part. Churros with sides of caramel and chocolate. Simple and delicious, and only $8. Definitely a must have if you visit here.\r \r Overall, while not necessarily worth the money (5 margs, 2 apps, 2 mains, 1 dessert = $170), it is par for the course here in NYC and therefore a resounding success. Pros: Great Margaritas, Inventive Take on Mexican cuisine Cons: Value for Money more

Worth the wait!!!! 5/8/2008

I am delighted to write when i first visited suenos for dinner on Cinco De Mayo, inspite the crowd the hostess was extrememly friendly and professional. She imediately gave us an update on our reservations because it was clear they were over booked given the big holiday. She estimated about a 40 minute wait, which i wasn't thrilled about but after having a ""real deal"" that our Bartender recommended, I was relaxed and realized everyone had to wait so I didnt take it personal. She would check back on me and my husband, and everyone hanging at the bar for that matter, to make sure we didnt need anything, which I though was very nice considering many people were NOT patient or polite to her or the rest of the staff. We did recieve a complimentary round of drinks as well as some other reservations that were patient and polite. Needless to say we were seated in the estimated time and the live band and great food made up for our wait. I had the salmon which was very good and my husband had the chilequiles. Over all the staff was nothing but polite and friendly. Not sure if I would go to a Mexican restaurant on a major Mexican Holiday but I will definitely be back to suenos sometime in the very near future. Pros: They go above and beyond to make sure you are happy. Staff is friendly and engaging Cons: wish it was bigger more

poor customer service 5/5/2008

they ruined my cinco de mayo! there was a weird stench when i walked into the cramped bar area. the hostess was distracted and very rude. i waited forever to be seated despite my reservation. when i asked to speak to the manager he was of no help. there was broken glass on the floor, the food was mediocre and overpriced. i would not go back to this place! Pros: neverending chips and salsa Cons: long waits, expensive, unprofessional management more

worst costomer service 5/5/2008

i had an awful experience at this restaurant. beef tacos were teeny tiny, shrimp appetizer tasted like frozen, drinks were just ok. my reservations were not honored and walk-ins were seated before me. the hostess and manager were very unprofessional. i would not recommend this restaurant, one of my worst dining experiences in the city. Cons: basement dining, expensive small portions, poor customer service more

Great Experience 3/31/2008

I arrived with my date a few minutes early but we were seated promptly. The waiter was very nice and gave some excellent recommendations for drinks. The margaritas are fancy and very tasty, though not as strong as one would like for $12-$14. We went with the guac and chips as our appetizer which was excellent. Both of us loved our main course. In particular, the duck was fantastic. I certainly recommend this place for a date or a fine meal. You don't feel overly crowded and its certainly a nice setting. Overall, I highly recommend Suenos for a high-end Mexican meal. Pros: Great Food, Tasty Drinks, Pleasant Setting Cons: Bit pricey more

Suenos 2/7/2008

Suenos has a very comfortable atmosphere which is why I've returned there several times. The food is consistently dleicious and the drinks are always good. Also, for a Mexican place, they usually have a couple of good draft beers instead of the boring, regular stuff. Waitstaff is always reliable too. Pros: Food, Service, Drinks more

Need a wake-up call! 1/24/2008

I've heard alot about this place and went there for dinner. Must of been an off night. The wait staff was aloof. We were given the wrong check. Then I was charged the wrong amount on my credit card! The place has a warm vibe but service is definitely lacking. more
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Owner Message

  • A really good dream transports you to another world where every discovery is captivating and delightful. So it is with Suenos, which means "dreams" in Spanish.

    Suenos reflects Executive Chef/Owner Sue Torres' love of all things Mexican. From the decor, to the selection of tequilas, to the insistence on a true cocinera, or tortilla lady, working on a comal in the main dining room, Torres pays homage to the centuries of tradition that have woven together Mexico's flavors and ingredients. The menu's dishes reflect Torres' understanding of the country's regional diversity as well as her classical culinary training.

    Award-winning beverage consultant Steve Olsen, assisted in the creation of a special tequila and mezcal list, featuring many small artisanal producers. The wine selection offers perfect pairings with Torres' dishes, while signature cocktails complete the festive setting.


  • In Short
    Down a little alley and past the overflowing, convivial front bar area, the dining room glows in shades of peach, fuchsia and tangerine. Plush booths surround a glassed-in...

  • 9/25/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun-Wed 5pm-11pm Thu-Sat 5pm-12am
  • Payments:

    Discover, Visa, American Express, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Chelsea, Midtown