Skinny's Cantina - LIC

4.3
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48 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
Nestled on the corner of Center Blvd and 47th Road in the heart of Long Island City with a view of the Manhattan Skyline, Skinny's Cantina is the perfect home for celebrations, family and Mexican Cuisine with a heart. From our signature Mexican Meatballs and Carne Tacos to our Tequila Marinated New York Strip, all of our beef is Certified USDA organic and grass-fed. With Chef Michael at the helm Skinny's food philosophy is fun and innovative while recognizing the rich tradition of Mexican Cuisine. Not to be outdone, Skinny's Cantina is the home of the Frozen Margarita with array of flavors to choose from! Whether it is a night out with friends, family dinner or date night no celebration is too big or too small for Skinny's Cantina!
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Great food, ambiance, service was polite but i waited for food 30 min since i placed an order

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ShereeseNY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I would recommend this restaurant to people who live in the immediate area or who will be in LIC for without a vehicle. I made a reservation via Open Table for six. We arrived at different times having to drive from different points all over New York. In the description there was a mention that the restaurant validated parking. That was not the reason I booked the restaurant but we asked about parking validation when we arrived and was told to give the tickets to the waitress when getting the check.

Bring your patience! The offered the standard chips and some sort of salsa that contained some form of dairy which we only know because a member of the group has a food allergy. The server didn't ask about allergies or any restrictions so we had to ask about each individual dish. After a long wait, we got 4 out of the 6 dishes ordered. The two entrée salads came out last. The server didn't put the salad order in until after everyone else got their entrée. Then one salad came out while we waited for the other salad. Once we all had our meal we ate and the food was good.

As with most restaurants a group of 6 or more already adds a gratuity to the bill which is lucky for our server because she was the opposite of attentive.

While waiting for the check, we handed the server our parking tickets for validation. She said that the restaurant doesn't validate parking any more; so we asked for the manager. Someone came to the table and said that their validation machine wasn't working. When we mentioned that no one said anything when we first arrived and asked for validation. After more back and forth they "validated the parking." Their version of validating parking offering a $4.00 discount.

Parking in LIC can be quite challenging. And with our diverse group coming from as far as Suffolk County, Mount Vernon and Staten Island you can bet the next time we want to meet up for dinner we'll do it in Manhattan where public transportation is more accessible.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was on point...the host was also helpful, she did what she can to make sure we go our seats together and the wait wasnt a problem at all, the waitress was patient on taking our order and the service was great...highly recommend to anyone to come here

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my sister’s birthday here was great! Friendly staff, great drinks and amazing food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Troppo tempo di attesa tra l’arrivo, l’ordine e la consegna.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music and the atmosphere was great...the food and the service was great...recommend this place to anyone...

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Jennieevr
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great dinner date. Food was amazing, service was absolutely great. I had used a Pulsd deal and it was so worth it.

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vipLance
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Skip it. Bland terrible food. I won’t bother going back. Taco Bell is better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food !

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GoodForDinner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Favorite restaurant in the area. Good food, better drinks, although the drinks can be a bit pricey.

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vipAdiannaC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Great low key spot! The food is fantastic and the service is always spot on and fast. Not the trendiest when it comes to the ambiance but the service and food completely make up for it. Thumbs up from me!

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MariaR
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, enjoyable atmosphere, excellent service and the best location to look at the New York City skyline.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience3

We came here because we had previously been here in the summer for margaritas and apps, but unfortunately the brunch experience was not as great as we’d hope for it to be. The bottomless service was slow, the food was also slow to come out and appeared to be low quality. Even though we did not enjoy the experience, our waitress was really nice and attentive when she came around.

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vipMartinR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Ambiance is very good and teh staff are very good and attentive. The food is enjoyable I would have enjoyed some more authentic and spicy Mexican food.

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JoannaF
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious, the staff was friendly and attentive, it was a fun place with great music

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JustinG
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had my birthday party there. Great food, great service. Met Skinny and also the Chef. Very rad people running this restaurant. Thanks Skinny!

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vipDinner
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

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Excellent
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ordered the crunch beef tacos. So good!!! We were in NYC for the weekend, staying in LIC and are here TWICE!! Margaritas were delicious and strong!!

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RidasP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended. We (3 adults and 2 kids) did like the place. Everything was excellent. Mexican flatbread with the steak was surprisingly good. Tacos were great as well. Also, I and my wife enjoyed a glass or two of Argentinian Malbec. A+++

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Hcs715
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had the tostada de camarones in the appetizer section as my meal as per my waiters recommendation and it was awesome. Also had a skinny margarita w jalapeño added. I would come back and get both again!

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vipWesleyB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great margarita pitchers and fun atmosphere.

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MicheleB
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The server was very friendly. Food came quickly. Love the coconut pancakes!

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vipLaurenZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

It took 45 minutes for our food to come, and while dining with 3 children, their meals came out last. From the time the first dishes were delivered, to the final dish was 10 minutes (not exaggerating). Additionally, one of the children complained that the chicken didnt taste good - upon further inspection, his was not cooked (pink/raw in the middle) and the meat smelled rancid.

We always knew the service was slow and moderate at best, but never had such issues with the actual food. Will not be going back.

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MicheleB
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good food, the coconut pancakes were fantastic! My margarita on the rocks was awful - very sweet but tasted like fake sugar. I didn’t drink it but ordered a frozen margarita (much better). The server didn’t even ask if something was wrong with my drink. We also asked for our check and had to wait about 20 minutes and ask again. Overall the food was good, some drinks good, service just ok.

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vipAlli
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bustling and delicious menu!

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vipMaryK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening during the latest NYC heatwave. They were so accommodating and attentive. Food and service were top notch. Drinks were excellent and setting is lovely. FISH TACOS were superb!

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ErikT
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great music, good food, nice ambiance and location.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great but I had reservations for 5pm and me and my family weren’t seated until 20 minutes later so that was the downside of it me and my family were just waiting by the bar which wasn’t a good experience . Once seated we ate and enjoyed our selves .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My waiter was the kindest and most exceptional to my family.. ty!!!

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ShannonH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place!! Amazing food, amazing margaritas and service is great! Brunch or dinner this place is a wonderful!

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vipkoko
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The tacos were outstanding!!! The soft shell and crunchy shell combination is to die for.

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vipKROD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice, casual spot for tex mex style food. Love coming here. Close to the water. Outside seating can get very windy. always a lot of kids/strollers so be prepared for the occasional kid having a meltdown.

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vipCallaLily
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was great. Food was excellent and the atmosphere was awesome.

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LawrenceD
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Someone recommended this restaurant and it turn out to be fantastic!

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Dars
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Although the location was great the drinks were terrible. We went for bottomless drinks and the food was good but the drinks gave us headaches immediately. Not sure what was in the margaritas but it didnt have that lime taste and the headaches hit quickly. Had migraines all night long after this.
Bellinis and mimosas were also warm.

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vipABLK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Found a long hair in my food. Waitress didn’t seem phased by it (guess it’s a normal occurrence?) And they didn’t offer to replace the dish, or attempt to make it right.

And, we STILL got billed for that plate that I didn’t end up touching!!!!

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BeauD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

I am from Texas and love Tex-Mex as well as authentic Mexican food. This restaurant provides neither. I've had straight from the head barbacoa con seso, and never have I ever tasted even a touch of sweetness. The barbacoa in the enchiladas tasted candy sweet as did my wife's corn and chicken salad. The fact we left a third of a pitcher of margaritas on the table should be very telling.

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vipNoelB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food was great ! The music was a little loud and hear anything the waiter is saying or hear you with.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place and staff is very attentive. Food is good and taste fresh. Will definitely go back.

FAQs

Skinny's Cantina - LIC does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Skinny's Cantina - LIC also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (718) 729-8300.

Skinny's Cantina - LIC is rated 4.3 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.