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Posted by Mike T. on 01/22/2009
I know a lot of people are upset that the menu has changed, but I too have been eating at Santa Fe for years, and am super excited about the new menu. The old food was good and familiar, but the new chef is definitely taking this place to the next level in terms of dining out. I came last night, and had the short rib special, and it was fantastic! The service is always terrific; promt, friendly, and never pushy. Even with the new menu the restaurant has not lost its neighborhood familiarity and atmostphere, and I always have a good time. The place, however, didn't seem to be too full last night. I really hope they are able to make it through the rough economic times, because it would be a shame to lose this place.
Posted by Yummy1 on 12/14/2008
Very good drinks, I believe one of the best margaritas I have ever had. Though the waiter clearly had problems with the English language, we tried two specials that were wonderful (if they have it try the trout) I was surprised at what a lovely time we had. This is one nice little restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/13/2008
I have been going to Santa Fe now for about 7 years. I always enjoy the food, the margaritas, and the staff. Now, I just about flipped when I came in one night and found out that they have a new Chef. I tried one of the specials and just loved it. I think the new direction this classic UWS restaurant is going is fantastic. You have to try the margaritas.
Posted by jeff on 11/26/2008
waited 40 mins but was told the wait was only 15mins there was 5 empty tables that were never used to seat people / kind of a odd bathrooms with 5 min lines waiter arrived 30 mins after being seated to take the initial drink order and he forgot to place it he returned in 10 mins food arrived 20 mins later but was cold / waiter infromed and only said SORRY they did comp the the one drink round
Posted by Vivid on 11/26/2008
As a longtime neighborhood resident, I have always avoided this place except for drinks. I felt that the food was uninspired and am always suspicious of a restaurant that NEVER changes its menu. One night last week, with a friend who "felt like a Margarita" we decided to give this place a try. I was told by the (rather cute) bartender that they had Specials and just hired a new Chef who is known for this kind of food. We decided to sit down rather than eat at the bar and I ordered this Tuna dish with an amazing rice. The rest of the menu was more or less the same but I was assured (by the cute bartender) that this will change drastically in the weeks to come. If this is an example of the kind of food they WILL be serving, I WILL be back.
Posted by bdot on 11/22/2008
This restaurant has been on the UWS for at least 15 years, moving to the current location a few years ago. I freaked out because I thought that they closed, like a few others around here. I have never had a bad meal here, ever. If you're in the mood for a burger try the Santa Fe burger on an english muffin with cheddar: nice, thick, juicy, spicy (adobo sauce), and the fries are perfectly crisp. My other favorite, the New Mexican Pepper Steak is beyond compare Tender peppered filet mignon. Yum! The quality so far has always been consistently fresh and good. It's one of my favorites places to order in from after a long days work. Santa Fe has to be one of the best in the city.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/26/2008
We were looking for some solid Mexican food on the Upper West Side, and we found it at Santa Fe. The chipotle chicken and the chimichanga dishes were delicious, the service was friendly and fast, and the spot was cute and peaceful. Highly recommend!