Fonda is a great place to have on standby. That sounds like we’re comparing it to an empty seat on a flight that no one wanted. But what we’re actually saying is that the reliable Mexican food and versatile setting make Fonda an easy choice for pretty much any situation. Need a last-minute table? Usually not a problem. Looking to celebrate something? The colorful banners and piñatas make for a festive atmosphere. Want to blow off steam after your boss took credit for your work again? They have Happy Hour every day. The next time you need to quickly pick a restaurant in Tribeca, choose Fonda (they’re also in Chelsea and Park Slope). Then order the chunky guacamole, and add chicharrones.

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