La Palapa

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607 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
La Palapa combines authentic Mexican home cooking with a festive bar and a warm and friendly atmosphere which makes for the perfect place to dine or celebrate any occasion! We specialize in "Mexico City style" tacos and quesadillas and regional home cooking. Our menu includes such dishes as Tacos al Pastor, Mole Negro Oaxaqueno, Salsa Pibil and many other specialties from different regions of Mexico. Our award winning Margaritas are all made with fresh juices and are delicious, especially when you add house made hibiscus aqua fresca and a chile-piquin salted rim! Refreshing Mexican beer cocktails, such as the Michelada and the Chelada are even given special attention at La Palapa. La Palapa is available for catering on or off premise. We specialize in creating menus for private parties and events.
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b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing, delicious, the best huevos rancheros. I have been bringing friends and family to La Palapa for years and this lunch/brunch staple is outstanding. Love their three salsas that are always served alongside your meal. Service was excellent-efficient, very friendly yet not intrusive. Drinks arrived instantly and our Bloody Marias looked and tasted great. Sitting on the open air patio was a bonus.

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here! Always a great time great service and food is so good!

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Charming, busy and great vibe! A bit tight but not too loud! Service and pace was just right. Cocktails delicious as well as food! Portions plentiful.

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GG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved our food and our waitress. There was a big party that arrived during our meal and it got very loud. Other than that it was awesome!

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p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Probably the worst food we had in our 6 months in NYC. Most dishes were tasteless and blunt. Will not be going there again

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday with a big group- great spot!

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A
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Everything was ok in regard to the service and food, but my request of sitting outside was not accommodated despite a majority of the tables being empty. Instead we were seated by the bathroom.

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MQ
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food! Margs are great too, however happy hour is only served at the bar which I think is dumb especially being that the bar is small.

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m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was nice. Waitress was nice and food was nice. was busy but we did not need to wait to be seated with our reservation.

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LS
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went on cinco de Mayo - so the place was crazy - even at the early hour of 3:00pm on a Sunday - the staff is pleasant - the food mediocre - it’s mind numbing loud. Have to shout. Just feel there are much better options available in New York.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Too loud and too hot but good food and drinks

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O
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was great. Great waiter. I dont like the brunch specials anymore. Brunch seems to be geared toward mitigating hangovers rather than dining. But a cocktail off their menu was awesome and I am intent on ordering off the main menu next time. Just fyi, brunch looked like 90% female customers. Just an observation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and the host was simply excellent at greeting guests. Overall, awesome experience; I look forward to coming back!

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TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, and great people! Highest possible recommendation!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE WILL BE COMING BACK!

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G
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I hadn't gone to La Palapa in years. I decided to try it again for dinner with friends. I was so happy the food quality stayed well. It was the first high-end Mexican restaurant I knew years ago. They have the regulars like nachos, burritos etc. but they also have an authentic mole and serve duck breast with delicious seasons.
The rooms a beautifully decorated with a classy Mexican style. Service is great. It was just very noisy but only because there were a few parties and it was a Friday night.

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LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was very good, drink were ok. Service was just ok, they need to be more friendly.

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PW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible molé. Even their queso fresco is made in house.

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BG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The people who worked at La Palapa were very good. Friendly,helpful, personable. The food was very average. They don't seem to season the food that has sauce on it. They just put the sauce over the chicken. The sauce was tasty but the chicken tasteless. very strange. We ordered a pitcher of Margaritas on the rocks. Very average Margaritas. The noise level was horrendous. I had eaten at La Palapa years ago when it first opened and we both said, now we know why we never went back.

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AO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a family lunch between my family and my boyfriend’s family. Everyone loved the food selection. The queso fundido is perfect. It was very loud, which was unexpected. But that did not detract much from such an enjoyable meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and fantastic service. The food was very authentic.

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Palapa is such a good find! From the outstanding food to the service, my experience has been great time and time again. I would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the city!

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

La Palapa was a fun Mexican restaurant to come to with a group of friends to catch up and have fun. The drinks were delicious and there was a very wide selection of food for all different types of eaters. Everyone there seemed like they were looking to let loose and enjoy themselves, but it was still a controlled setting. Would definitely go back, but would try a different entree (I got the special calamari salad which ended up being just a caesar salad with somewhat rubbery calamari).

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JT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been dining at La Palapa for over 15 years. It's a little noisier than I'd like, but that's to be expected, so that's okay. What keeps me coming back is the amazing food, and great service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food but a bit pricey ($23 for 3 fish tacos seems a bit high). Service was awesome but the place is a little crowded.

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The bottomless brunch limits the menu to just a few entree's. Food was ok, service was average - took about 30 minutes for us to get our second round of drinks but the waitress did extend our 90 minute timeframe to compensate. Overall, I would go back.

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S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal. Some of the best guacamole I have ever had. O would highly recommend

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Bottomless brunch is a good deal with good service. Margs were strong.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

It was a nice time out, we were seated fast and according to the reservation time. Our food was delicious. Our server was a little too aggressive in manner in terms of making suggestions: she came on a little too strong. The setting was nice, candles all around were intimate but dimmed lights would of been better bc at times it felt like it was too dark. It was a little too loud at times but we did go on a Friday evening so I’m sure at any other time of day it would of been better. The bill was fair for the food we had, so I’d give this place a 7/10 and I definitely would eat there again.

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KA
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Good service. Lovely ambience. Definitely recommend. Be sure to order the guacamole!!

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AG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We went for the bottomless brunch. The mimosa's were great, and while we were waiting on our food, we ordered the guacamole and chips, which were also great! The hot sauces were also really good (especially the spicy one).
Our brunch dishes did take quite some time to arrive, and one arrived many minutes before the other two.
Friendly and fun service.

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l
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun, good vibe, very good food. Waitress (Marti) was exceptional-helpful, efficient, charming

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was okay - missing more flavor. Drinks were watered down.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a top notch experience. The food is outstanding.

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HM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The cheapest brunch deal in the area. Bottomless mimosas are huge and strong - really delicious. Had a basic avocado toast, but apparently the Mexican food here is much better. It’s really loud inside and crowded with large groups, make a reservation beforehand.

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JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The appetizers are amazing, as are the margaritas. The tacos were addictive. Very low light intimate setting. Great place to grab dinner with a significant other or a group of friends. Can get a little loud at times but all in all great experience.

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MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great drinks. Excellent place for a girls night out.

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great food and great atmosphere

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KE
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Palapa definitely has the best margaritas (frozen or otherwise) in Manhattan. Pair that with delicious food and quick & friendly servers and it's become my go to place to bring friends, my husband, family, you name it. Not to mention I'm a chef myself, so I'm not easy to impress!

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JD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Palapa was unlike any Mexican restaurant I've been to in NYC. Delicious and unique, with reasonable prices.

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