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Jul 29, 2009 10:05 AM

Fonda on 7th Ave in the Slope

I believe the restaurant used to be Little D's, but does anyone have the scoop (kind of cuisine, opening?) on Fonda -7th and 15th?

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  1. I heard from the Little D staff before they closed that the new place was supposed to be "upscale Mexican." Whether that means something closer to Toloache or Hell's Kitchen, or whether that was accurate at all, remains to be seen.

    1. Does it have any relation to the owner of ZuZu's petals?

      1. I just got back to the city and walked past to see a packed house eating at Fonda last night. No menu posted on the window, but the place was mobbed, so somebody must have been there and hopefully can give us a few hints...

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        1. re: cjd260

          More than likely it was a soft opening "friends and family" event. While someone who attended might well post I'll be more interested to hear from people without a direct connection to the restaurant. That should happen in the next few weeks.

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          1. I live around the corner and I ate there on their soft opening on Tuesday night and Saturday night. I can unequivocally say that this is a hot restaurant. I was not really expecting much, but I have been floored by a few of the dishes. One that comes to mind isthe Marco Pollo, a spicy melt off the bone chicken dish, as well as the chorizo appetizer. We also shared the guacamole and I had the skirt steak, both of which were definitely superb.

            What I really liked though is that it is not the basic Mexican, but they dress it up and make it interesting and new. The prices are certainly reasonable for the quality and the location, and I would definitely see myself going there again.

            As for atmosphere, it is a mixed crowd of a few families, a few couples, and other assorted folks from the neighnborhood. Cool little bar scene also happening, all under control by Karen who runs the bar area and pours generous drinks. Roberto is the chef / owner and he was ever present as well asking everyone how their meals where and just being a personable and aware of his customers. Overall, the service was quite good for a restaurant that just opened this week.