Though a foreign cuisine, Mexican foods are everywhere in the States. Whether authentic or American Mexican food, it's a cuisine that could easily steal your heart. Even someone like me, who didn't grow up eating Mexican food, became very fond of it and often developed a craving for it.
This time I got to try Fonda, a contemporary Mexican restaurant located in the heart of Chelsea. I got there just around lunchtime, with some tables outside already filled. It was the right time for brunch, but I decided to go with something other than the brunch menu. Since I am at a Mexican restaurant, I've decided to go with the classics — Guacamole ($14.95) and Margarita. Fonda has an extensive selection of Margaritas — from classic to frozen and from pink to yellow. Fonda has eight different Margaritas that satisfy all customers. The waiter recommended Rosalita ($13), a signature frozen hibiscus margarita featuring Silver tequila, hibiscus, orange liqueur, lime juice, and hibiscus rim. If you don't want it to be frozen, you could also order it on the rocks ($14). The made-to-order guacamole serving two comes with hand-pressed tortillas, chips, and pasilla de Oaxaca salsa. It tastes so fresh, and if you visit when you're hungry, don't forget to save space for the entree because you won't be able to stop! Before coming, I decided I wanted ceviche that day, and I am so glad I ordered. Ceviche De Atun ($13.95) consists of diced rare ahi tuna and baby shrimp in the citrus chipotle marinade, garnished with parsley, mint, and half an avocado on top of it. It's refreshing with a hint of spiciness, which balances out with the avocado and the chips. Last but not least, the entree. The waiter made some great recommendations and explained each dish very thoroughly. Of all options, I decided to go with Carne Asada Con Hogos ($28.95), a grilled skirt steak with sweet corn mushroom sauce with green bean escabeche on top. A bowl of rice and black beans also comes with the dish. As the waiter described, it is the dish to go for if you want spice in your meal. I requested medium done for the skirt steak, and they nailed it. The meat was tender, and its corn mushroom sauce made it even more flavorful. I would return to the restaurant for this dish. The meal ended with Tres Leches ($8), a sponge cake soaked in three milk with Chantilly cream, caramel drizzle, and almonds. I'm not much of a dessert person, so the cake was a little too sweet for me, yet, I thought this was a good ending and contrast to the main course. Fonda was a lovely restaurant. The foods are delicious, and the staffs are very hospitable. So come to Fonda, not just on Taco Tuesdays, but any other day when you're craving Mexican food. Fonda also has two other locations — Park Slope and Tribeca. Be sure to check them out!