El Maguey y La Tuna

3 March 2009 by Rachel Anderson Category: reviews
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On a typical Friday night I am: at the bar, playing Rockband, or (you guessed it) eating nachos. This past Friday was no exception. The Lower East Side has played a mighty role in our nacho quest. El Maguey Y La Tuna on East Houston was the latest stop on our never-ending journey for the perfect nacho.

This nacho adventure was a big one, and by big we mean 7 people, 2 pitchers of margaritas, and 3 different plates of nachos. This authentic Mexican restaurant was dead when we initially walked in but by the time we headed out the place was packed with hungry patrons eagerly awaiting $25 pitchers of frozen margaritas and their choice of 7 different kinds of nachos. SEVEN different kinds of nachos. We were able to narrow it down to nachos with homemade chorizo, vegetables, and grilled steak with al maguey sauce.

Chorizo Nachos


Vegetable Nachos


Steak Nachos


Hands down, my favorite was the chorizo nachos.I have decided that if there’s going to be a meat on a nacho it needs to be shredded, diced, or ground. The steak just felt too heavy on the nachos and the sauce was overwhelming. Our table was divided but thankfully no one was left unsatisfied. Kristin was the lone steak lover at the table while Mia, Maraysa and Amy loved the green. The vegetable nachos were pretty banging. I think in just one bite I had zucchini, broccoli, and tomato all drenched in cheesy goodness on a still crispy tortilla.

No more nachos

The folks at El Maguey y La Tuna were also oh so kind to bring free flan to finish up the meal. I normally cringe at the eggy thought of this caramel custard. However, this flan certainly hit the spot. El Maguey y La Tuna has easily taken the top spot of our favorite nachos here at Nacho NY but we are no where near finished. I feel a Lower East Side nacho crawl in our future!

El Maguey y La Tuna
321 East Houston
New York, NY 10002

Lee eats a jalapeno

El Maguey Y La Tuna
321 E Houston St
(between Attorney St & Avenue B)
New York, NY 10002

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  • miamiamia said:

    yum. this place definitely had the best nachos i’ve eaten in a while.

  • Nachos NY » Buffalo Cantina said:

    […] hop on the veggie train but from what I gathered they went fast. However, as I mentioned while at El Maguey y La Tuna, I am not a steak nachos fan. It just is too much meat on a chip. The chicken was bland as well. […]

  • owners 'friend' said:

    okay… I know the owner of all of these restaraunts’ daughter. the family’s kids are SPOILED BRATS! okay the oldest daughter called her 4 year old sister a spoiled brat because she got a new ipod when she lost her first nano! and then she got a nintendo ds when she was 2!! and the oldest daughter has her own laptop that her DADDY bought for her! spoiled spoiled spoiled brats!!!!!!!!!!! UGH! i worked my rear off for my laptop and her daddy goes out and buys her one>! what the heck!? and then she says the f word and s word all the time at school. she gets the most expensive stuff. she wants her room to have a mexican flag on it and blah blah blah. SHE”S GETTING IT?! what the heck. i hope those restaraunts close down and they go broke and see what they did wrong. but the food is amazing!

  • Nachos NY » El Maguey y La Tuna Reunion said:

    […] Drunken San Loco stops aside, NachosNY rarely goes back for seconds. But we have been craving good nachos lately. We have been disappointed so many times in the past few weeks.  So why not go back to our favorite locale, El Maguey y la Tuna? […]

  • The Real Deal: El Maguey y la Tuna, Pequeña and Fro-Yo vs. Real-Yo « Crunchy Granola Gal said:

    […] it a goal to eat at every positively-reviewed Mexican restaurant in lower Manhattan. Apparently the nachos are fabulous, but I was feeling rather weak and went with a simpler, slightly lighter dish. But first, a lime […]

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