Iguana

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1145 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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New York’s premier Mexican restaurant and dance lounge. Our talented chef utilizes the culinary diversity of Mexico in the preparation of Iguana’s tasty fare. Iguana is the perfect setting for any occasion. Come and enjoy our 25 flavors of margaritas and mojitos. Try our weekend brunch with a wide array of dishes including fresh guacamole prepared tableside, crab quesadillas, sizzling fajitas, shrimp enchiladas, plus an assortment of mesquite grilled items including prime aged steak, tuna, and salmon. You will be pleasantly surprised to discover dishes you would not normally expect to find on a Mexican menu such as baby back ribs, Tex-Mex shrimp scampi, and vegetarian entrees, all prepared with a creative Latin twist. Complete your meal with a selection of our homemade desserts. We truly offer something for everyone.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.3
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4.1
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RWH18
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience4

Had a great time and would definitely return with friends.

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JWH48
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We have been before and got to see Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks again. They were fabulous, playing their music with joy and enthusiasm and outstanding musicallity. There were several pairs of highly skilled dancers who demonstrated their fabulous abilities with style and grace.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I treated my best friend to a day in NYC for her 50th birthday on Sunday March 8. I made reservations for Iguana at 4:15 after Seeing Mean Girls. It was a quiet afternoon in the restaurant and we were greeted enthusiastically and given a great seat! We were very impressed, the restaurant is beautiful. The pretty lights at the dining room entry made for the perfect picture. The drink menu was extensive and so many good options it was hard to choose! We had the Iguana French Margarita first and second was the Coconut Margarita on the rocks! Both awesome! We had the post theatre pre fixe dinner and were pleasantly surprised how much food it was! First of all the appetizers: we each ordered a different choice and shared half, house salad was great with apples and cranberries and the dressing was delicious and the chicken taquitos were good. We had the fajitas as the entree, the steak was cooked perfectly and the chicken was juicy! The rice and beans side plate was a nice amount and delicious also. We chose the fried ice cream for dessert with coffee and it was worth every calorie! So wonderful!
Our server was Isabelle and she was delightful. Funny polite and attentive. All of the staff were friendly and efficient. The restaurant was quiet so we were able to relax and eat slowly and enjoy each course and drinks. We were not rushed. The price for quality and service was a great value in NYC. Would totally recommend to anyone! Great atmosphere, food, drinks and price. What a great end to our day in NYC. Loved our dinner here!

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PhilipD
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent pre-theater spot. Guac prepared at tableside a particular treat for my 16-year old companion. Very good food, attentive service.

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TBill
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Service was excellent. Food was OK. Atmosphere was fun but very, very loud on a Saturday night.

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DavidM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wait staff was very attentive and food was served hot & quickly.
Great find in Manhattan

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Plenty of delicious food for the reasonable price..great attentive staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good drinks!

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gigi
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great and small but strong margaritas!!! Loved our server!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

They overcharged my credit card for $56.00, this is unacceptable.

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vipChristinaE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I met my friend for after work dinner. I don't drink but they made a fantastic virgin mojito. The guac was SO good and extra spicy just like I requested it. The service was very good, waitstaff was very kind. For the location price was decent.

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AlexandraS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was wonderful it just took too long for the food to come to table. We did not mind this because we had drinks and were enjoying each other’s company. The club upstairs was fun a lot of fun and had a nice playlist.

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DianneB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a great time at Iguana. I had the special valentine menu and the food tasted good and was a good portion. My husband ordered the filet mignon and it came out overcooked but they quickly bought him another. It was pretty good considering it is a Mexican restaurant not a steakhouse. We then got a code to be able to go upstairs for free because they were charging $15pp. Upstairs the music was good, we danced a lot, the bartenders were nice and we had fun. Of course be prepared - the drinks are $16 each which I believe is typically for NYC. We did have a great time.

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MercedesW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress Nancy was so friendly and nice. She gave us honest reviews of certain dishes and made some good suggestions. When we told her that this date was us coming back to the place my husband and I first met a couple years ago, she was genuinely excited and asked the manager to give us a round of shots on the house, which was nice! The food was good and the service was great. I prefer the dinner food over the brunch food here.

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HopeE
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great lively atmosphere and fabulous food. The avocado made at the table was a bonus!!!

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MiriamM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Friend from LA visiting. Picked Iguana for the two dance floors. We shared appetizers which were good. We’re ballroom dancers so motivation was dancing. The music is excellent with Latin upstairs and Top 40, reggae, disco etc in below.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great time!

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ThomasW
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

My wife and I truly enjoyed seeing and hearing Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks Orchestra at the Iguana on January 20 and 21, 2020. Seeing the Nighthawks perform was the reason we traveled 200+ miles to visit the Iguana. I am not really a Tex-Mex fan, so I ordered non-Tex-Mex offerings (steak and salmon on different nights). My wife did indulge in Tex-Mex offerings. The food was tasty. We have only two negative comments: (1) the second floor where Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks play smells musty, like mildew. Restaurant managemen should explore what is causing this odor as it could indicate pernicious mold growth; (2) our waiter gave our table of four one check without inquiring whether we were separate couples (we were!). He was unable to split the check, so we had to work out payment with the other couple ourselves.

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vipnyroast
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Went to see the Vince Giordano show which was fun. Surprisingly, the food was good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was awesome ! The staff was friendly and courteous. It was a bit noisy but other than that it was a nice experience. Lovely place, lower and upper levels are the places to party and get down. The drinks at the club are pricey. It was my birthday weekend and celebrated it with my closest friends. Everybody had a good time. I definitely want to experience it again.

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LindS
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Huge fun. Very friendly place with delicious food.

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LanaF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Overall nice dining experience. Great fresh made guacamole, crispy yet tender calamari and the margaritas packed a good punch.

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Mryrth
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

I used to come here for happy hour, which I'm sure is still fine, but today's lunch was HORRIBLE. There were only 3 tables of people total and the service took over 35 minutes for someone to take our order. Then it took another half hour for it to arrive and it tasted terrible! I got the steak tacos al carbon and it was lacking everything. They basically cut up a steak and wrapped it up in a flour tortilla shell. No flavoring whatsoever. I should've just ordered a steak. Very disappointed and will NEVER return for food.

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vipBarryM
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Our reservation was honored.
The food was perfect.
The service was efficient.
No complaints

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Lily
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the ambiance which is very important to me. The Rioja Marquis wine was excellent. My pastel shrimp was delicious as was desert couldn’t linger as was heading for the theater.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great.

Only issue, Turns into a nightclub and cover charge is waived if you were eating dinner (must have an entree).
Myself and 2 other guests had a $275 bill of drinks and appetizers and that doesn’t warrant entry.

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DCdominicana
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience3

The food was amazing, but the service was horrible. Total service time was 3 hours. The waitresses were nice but that did not make up for the time delay.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience3

It was my Birthday dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

6pm reservation for 6. The restaurant had only a few tables seated. While the waitress took our appetizer order fairly quickly, we had to repeatedly ask for her to come back and take our dinner order. It was 6:40 before she even took the order. We then waited another 30 minutes for a plate of nachos, 2 plates of tacos and 2 salads. The place was empty, so the long wait times was inexplicable. Then, to add insult to injury, the waitress added a 20% tip and never mentioned it, and then brought the credit card receipt with the obvious tip line blank- in other words, if we hadn’t carefully audited the check, we would have double tipped. It was a sleazy end to a night of truly awful service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience1

Too expensive for appetizers and shots at $15.00 dollars insane Tavern on the Green it’s a better choice.

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KarinO
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

This restaurant shows well and was very quiet when we went at 3:30. The waiters were quite pleasant and actually gave us 2 complimentary apps and as well as a dessert. The "basket" of chips was way too small, though they did keep asking us if we wanted more. As for the food, it was just average at best. The chicken tacos were simply rolled up (at first for tacos for me) tortillas with chicken inside--that's it, though there was guac, queso sauce and pico on the plate. I could have done that at home! The enchiladas were better, though not the best I've ever had. As for the desserts and apps, not much flavor. It was not what we were expecting, which was much more authentic Mexican food. All in all, I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars and would not hesitate to go there if it were for drinks and guac--which we did not order but was prepared fresh table side and looked amazing and must have tasted amazing too since they ordered a second batch!

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vipKatt
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Extremely loud patrons. Food excellent. Good to go with a group.

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Beba
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, highly recommend the coconut margarita. Had a great time with my family and the staff was very attentive. Highly recommend

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YvetteT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved guacamole made and club scene. We didnt see online that there was no happy hour for the month of December. I brought a group of 10 people expecting happy hour.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ambience is great. Very nicely decorated space. Food is always delicious. Our server was very sweet. One of our favorite spots.

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jekdes
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and drink were outstanding (love their Corn chowder soup and margaritas!)
Service was great.

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EJR1
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

We go to see Joe Giordano and the Nighthawks. They're great as always. The food is "OK" and it's a bit of a zoo, but a terrific night out for friends to get together.

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CityMouse22
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been to Iguana on three occasions over several years, but, with each visit, I grow more fond of the place. The food is delicious, the ambiance is festive, and the service is attentive, warm and friendly. Iguana is a keeper!

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DZee
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

The ambiance was Beautiful however this place did not meet my expectations. I had a reservation at 6:15 but I informed them I would come at 7 PM. A reservation is for 3 hours, however when I arrived I still had to wait more than 20 minutes as if I didn’t have a reservation. So that was pretty disappointing for a birthday dinner. The food wasn’t bad but it took pretty long and wasn’t as tasty as I would’ve hoped, I’ve had better Mexican cuisines at lower scaled restaurant. Also the food proportions were pretty small considering the price. Overrall the drinks were strong and that was a bonus. Our server was pretty nice. The dance clubs were ok but the music was a bit outdated and catered to specific groups. I wouldn’t come here again but it was a decent experience and I was still able to snag some great memories.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came for some family reunion dinner,food and drinks came out delicious nd on timely manner!
Will come again!

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