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Posted by eileen on 07/04/2010
First time we ate here I ordered a fish special that was fresh and excellent. The last year or so, the food has been terrible. Fish obviously frozen and microwaved. We tried the $10 fajita nite and couldn't eat the steak (so tough a knife wouldn't cut it) and chicken was barely edible. We like the drinks and service but the food keeps getting worse. Seems like they make it in advance, freeze it and thaw. We gave up eating here.
Posted by Michelina on 05/05/2010
We ate, we drank, we conquered. Food was delicious as was the pitcher of margaritas. Queso fundito was out of this world and the chicken and blue corn tortilla enchaladas were great as well! Will most definitely be coming here again.
Posted by melissa on 05/05/2010
The food here isn't necessarily bad -- everything seems to be reasonably fresh and good-quality. But this is not real Mexican food. None of the salsas have any spiciness whatsover, and most of the dishes are bland and boring, like something you might find at an airport. This place is clearly designed for people who like the idea of Mexican food/margaritas but can't tolerate spice, flavor, or innovation. It's also good for people who need a family-friendly place: it's always packed with kids, and the lack of flavor means that even the most sensitive of children could eat anything on the menu. Prices are high for what you get. Service is fine and decor is nice enough, but with so many other Mexican places in NY, the only reason to go here is if you're dining with someone who dislikes real Mexican cooking.
Posted by DR on 03/12/2010
The food is subpar and so the drinks. Starting from the fajitas which are dry and tough. The seafood is just not fresh and poorly cooked. The salsa is not authentic. Coconut shrimps come burnt and the fried calamari have a strange texture. This combined with drinks of industrial quality makes Cilantro a bad choice.
Posted by NC on 01/11/2010
Best Tres Leche cake in all NYC!
Posted by West side on 11/04/2009
First the salsa is not good. Steak fajitas were tough and seemed to be seasoned with curry. Skip this place and head elsewhere for Mexican food.
Posted by ANONYMOUS on 08/05/2009
Went on a Sunday when they were still serving brunch and lunch.. 5 of us were given a basket filled with a generous amount of mini muffins, bread and what I think was fried tortillas with cinnamon and sugar... Guacamole was pretty good, and my friends that ordered from the brunch menu were happy.. however, I ordered the bbq pork burrito expecting it to be filled with everything that was listed the regular burritos...howver it was stuffed with pineapple, I bit down on more than one bone, and the bbq sauce wasn't that great....everything came with a side of salad, but with no dressing, and topped with what was probably canned corn...I would never go back to this Cilantro location especially for lunch....there was also only 2 other tables filled, so that right there tells you something! when restaurants across the street (Calle Ocho) had a long wait, and people were happy to be happy..