La Contenta

102 Norfolk St.
Manhattan, NY 10002

Lower East Side

  • Mon.–Wed., 5pm–midnight; Thurs.–Sat., 5pm–2am; Sat. 5pm–2am

La Contenta is a Mexican bistro, not a taqueria, although the fish tacos are excellent. Chef-partner Luis Arce Mota, from Mazatlán in Mexico, has French culinary training, which shows in his chile relleno–ratatouille hybrid and pork rillettes with serrano tomatillo salsa. Let co-partner Alex Valencia be your guide to small-batch tequila and mezcal, his collection one of the most well-curated in the City. The dark, intimate space is splashed with a Mesoamerican Quetzalcoatl mural by Mexican artist Olivié Ponce, and the two dozen seats are often claimed by neighborhood gallery and boutique owners.



  • Good for Groups
  • Happy Hour
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • $$$
  • Mexican
  • Bar


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