La Palapa

4.4
552 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Regional Mexican, Traditional Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 777-2537
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Barbara Sibley
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Private party facilities
Private dining is available for up to 30 guests in our back room. The entire restaurant accommodates 125 for private events. We also cater parties from 10 to 1000 at La Palapa or in your own venue.
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Private party contact
Judy Maeda: (212) 777-2537
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Catering
La Palapa combines authentic Mexican home cooking with a festive party and friendly atmosphere which makes for the perfect place to celebrate any occasion. Already have a location? Perfect let us cater it for you! We have extensive catering experience and can cater any special event large or small. We will work with you to customize a menu that you will be thrilled with! A sit down dinner for six, a make your own taco bar, appetizers for a birthday party, no problem! Please email us at lapalapa77@aol.com with any questions or check out www.lapalapa.com for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 1st and 2nd Avenues
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Parking details
Street Parking with Meters. There is a garage on East 9th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.
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Public transit
6 train to Astor Place, R train to 8th Street/NYU, F train to 2nd Avenue, and L train to 14th Street.
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Entertainment
Buena Musica, Buena Comida, Buenas Bebidas y Gente Muy Amistosa!
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Special events & promotions
Valentines Day Menu Amor
Cinco de Mayo Special Festival Menu
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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What 552 People Are Saying
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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Mexican restaurant in the city. I always make a point of coming here.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fun . Good ambience and food was good

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BB
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This is a great spot for Brunch. There is plenty of room for big groups. I usually come with a group of 8-12 here. Its all you can drink flavored frozen margaritas, mimosas or bloody marys for 2 hours. The food is okay. There are only maybe 6 options for the brunch menu.

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DC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Been going to La Palapa regularly since they opened years ago. Love it every time. It’s a good vibe place and the food is always delicious.

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KS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So delicious! My friend and I went becauce they were generous to donate a gift certificate to my son's school which I bid on and "won" - Such a great meal, wonderful service. It was a Monday night so they were busy, but not all overcrowded and uncomfortable. Lamb shank was deliciousa!

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FN
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Any of the dishes with the black mole will be excellent! We also recommend getting the crudite with the guacamole.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Palapa is a great place to celebrate. The ambiance is bright and the staff is very friendly, providing a great overall energy for young casual east villagers. If brightly colored decorations from floor to ceiling and bottomless mimosas don’t scream happy, I don’t know what does. But what makes La Palapa even better, is you don’t have to compromise good food for a somewhat affordable brunch experience. The meals are delicious. The portions are generous and my friends and I enjoyed every bight. Also, the guac is bomb👌🏼
Thanks La Palapa, this was really fun!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a friend date with my friend it was a pleasant experience

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AK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Palapa is an east coast rarity — superb, authentic Mexican cuisine. I had the shrimp mole, and it was marvelous. The mole was rich and spicy hot, but did not overwhelm the dish. We also enjoyed frozen fresh lime margheritas, one without any salt, two with spicy salt, which I hadn’t seen offered before. The spicy red salt was really nice with the fresh lime flavor, and the drink was a good one — definitely NOT a virgin. Finally, the avocado pie for dessert was to die for along with an excellent espresso. If you’re a CSC member, the margheritas are comped with dinner. The other two meals at the table were also exceptional.

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EZ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner with friends- our waitress was amazing, the restaurant was cute, food was delicious. No complaints !

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LB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is cosy and the guys are welcoming and friendly. Good food, good drinks; had a nice night with my friend.

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C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great time and everything went smoothly and great! Thank you :-)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food, big portions. Opt for the guac. They also gave us complimentary tequila shots.

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FE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had friends visiting from out of town & wanted to go somewhere lively & fun in the East Village on a Friday night, with good cocktails & delicious food for sharing. This ticked all the boxes! Waitress was very accommodating with our vegetarian & pescetarian diners. Margaritas delicious. Food was good, solid Mexican fare. Shrimp mole was the best I’ve had - highly recommend!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

They were able to accommodate a group of 12 on last minute reservation and then able to add another 6 guests!! Very good service and a great setting. Pleased with overall experience.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall the experience was good. Nose was very loud and hard to talk, but we made it work. Food was out fast and was yummy. Only issue was my steak taco was over cooked.

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OT
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Cute place and I enjoyed the vegetarian enchiladas. A bit high priced for Mexican food. One appetizer and 2 entrees with soft drinks came to $66 before tip. I didn’t think it was such an upscale a place to warrant those prices. For that reason, I probably won’t go back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always. Spend every Tuesday at La Palapa:)

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M
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The food was terrible. Dry yet greasy at the same time.

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EA
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious authentic Mexican food and drink at fair prices with friendly service in a very "East Village" space. Really excellent value. Plus, a number of vegetarian and vegan choices.

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DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a wonderful meal with our Goddaughter who loves the East Village! Nice seats at the sidewalk with the sights and energy of the EV all around us! Great food and great night.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Was excited to brunch at La Palapa after having an awesome experience in January 2018. Very disappointed with the sequel. Waiter was rude and generally slow / unwilling to keep the mimosas flowing. As a result of being more sober due to minimal drinks, we noticed the food is subpar. Recommend brunching elsewhere.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was helpful, funny and patient. Thanks so much

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SS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

This was a terrible restaurant and also terrible service.

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VD
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, friendly waitress and servers. Great food, the marg pitchers were amazing and a great value. Restaurant owner was around as well, very friendly and attentive.

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S
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hosted a birthday brunch for a good friend. The service was excellent and they really accommodated us so well especially as we were a large group of 11 people. Would recommend!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 4

It was for brunch and when we got there the waiter failed to mention the specific entrees we were allowed to order from. He also said we would get fruit with the bottomless brunch but we never got it. Then it took him like 30 minutes to get our second round of drinks. All in all the food was fine but I won’t be coming back to this brunch

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OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Mexican food. Loved the queso fundido. Everyone enjoyed

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E
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite Mexican places in the East Village. The food is amazing chips and salsa are the best. The only thing I didn’t like was that it was really hot. The AC was not working. I couldn’t enjoy my meal. As it was my Wife’s Birthday and I had gone with my family. That put a damper on the celebrations. I would recommend the restaurant to not seat guests where it is hot. Over all great food.

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CS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Because we got a reservation, we were able to get a table on the outside part, which was really nice. Food was great, drinks were great too. Will definitely be going back.

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EA
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious authentic Mexican food - best guacamole and best margaritas in town! Fun atmosphere, friendly staff and really amazing quality for the price.

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NY
New York Area
179 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

There used to be 2 La Palapas.....the one on St. Mark's Place (East Village that is still open for business) and the other one on Sixth Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets or 4th and 5th Streets....but on that stretch of Greenwich Village. The Sixth Avenue one was intimate with a small, cozy bar and had great people preparing delicious food in the kitchen and prices that were very easy on the purse or wallet. Those days are gone! The St. Mark's location is crowded, noisy and while the food can often be good, two people eat for a little over $100 including tax and tip. That's TOO MUCH for enchiladas, tacos, and the like....without any drinks, by the way. Imagine what a round or two of drinks and guacamole would add to that! Now you're up to $150 per couple.....things are getting outta hand.

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JS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The tacos were very authentic and delicious - it was a really hot day so we sat in the back where the air conditioning was and it was really loud but other than an outstanding meal

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n
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

BEWARE: HAPPY HOUR IS ONLY AT BAR! Don't bother to sit anywhere else if you're there for the drink specials. Otherwise, you'll pay almost triple the price per drink.

My friend and I arrived for happy hour, thinking our margaritas would be $5 each. Instead, our drinks ended up costing $12+ each. We had a bit of food as well - chips/guac and tacos. Bill was quite pricey because of drinks ($120+). Next time we'll be sure to sit at the bar and skip the tables entirely.

VERY disappointed in the financial surprise.

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I
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food good vibes good service I enjoyed the experience and will be back

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Loved this place years ago, pretty awful now. All of our drinks came out wrong, the food was mediocre. Staff did the bare minimum. Definitely my last visit.

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B
Cleveland
24 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible guacamole!! Enjoyed fish tacos and yummy red sangria...they had a special, $10 a pitcher...couldn't get over it. Sweet server too!

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Went with a group of 15 people for my birthday and it was tons of fun! They sat us in a back private room so we had it all to ourselves. They were super accommodating, however the food was pretty awful, especially for the price. And the frozen margaritas were pretty watered down. Still fun though!

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M
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal. Our server was exceptional. I cannot remember her name but she was awesome.

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