July 31, 2011

Fonda, Brooklyn, NY. December, 2009

Cozy and chic. Great food, terrific ambience, wonderful people. This was my first trip to Fonda, Chef Roberto Santibañez’s truly Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn’s Park Slope. Wildly popular since it opened in the summer of 2009, Fonda was tops on my list of places to try during my birthday visit to NYC. It’s now tops on my list, period. Roberto, who had been executive chef at Rosa Mexicano in an earlier life, finally has a free hand to do exactly what he wants here and it shows. Beautifully prepared and presented urban Mexican comida like duck zarape (braised duck-filled soft corn tortillas with roasted tomato-habanero cream sauce), pork adobo (braised pork shoulder served with ancho chile sauce, black beans and warm corn tortillas), fish and seafood specials and other contemporary takes on the food of his native Mexico City. There are always changing seasonal offerings (I had some terrific pulled-chicken enchiladas with a dark and flavorful mole poblano one night) and his justly acclaimed guacamole, brought to the table in the molcajete in which it’s freshly made to order along with hand-pressed tortillas, chips and pasilla de Oaxaca salsa. My birthday entree? Carne asada con hongos, a grilled marinated skirt steak with a mushroom cream sauce, served with honey mashed sweet potatoes and quick-sauteed spinach. Mmmm. No chimichangas here, folks. (Mexican food all this week on Sandy Leonard Snaps. ¿Tienes hambre?)


  1. Your offerings for July 29, July 30 and July 31 brightened a very dreary-drizzly day. Thank you, Sandy!

  2. Sandy, i truly enjoyed meeting you and Nick this past week and sharing dinner at Fonda. incredible food and incredible company! i am excited to explore the past and look forward to your future snaps! take care.