New York City has always had a reputation for lacking quality and authentic Mexican dining. If every Mexican restaurant in New York was as amazing as La Contenta, this reputation would be reversed.
The first thing you will notice when you walk into this Lower East Side bar and eatery is the size. Only having eighteen seats, seven of which are at the bar, it is a very intimate space. Due to the lack of space, the kitchen is very compact. At times, this does lead to delays in food preperation, but this is more than made up for by the constant refill of chips and salsa. Once the food arrives, you will realize very quickly it was worth the wait.