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La Palapa

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East Village
Italian, Mexican
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77 St Marks Pl, New York City, NY 10003 (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
6 train to Astor Place, R train to 8th Street/NYU, F train to 2nd Avenue, and L train to 14th Street.
(212) 777-2537
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: La Palapa combines authentic Mexican home cooking with a festive bar and a...
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 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! We have many flavors from the traditional fresh lime to mango, blood-orange, ginger, tamarind, wild blueberry and more! Refreshing Mexican beer cocktails, such as the Michelada and the Chelada are even given special attention at La Palapa. We also have an extensive tequila selection, cocktail and beer menu. La Palapa is available for catering on or off premise. We specialize in creating menus for private parties and events.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Really good Mexican food in East Village

Really good Mexican food, nice atmosphere, good service. Well worth a visit. The Steak Enchiladas were really good. The salad was really fresh and the 3 salsas (mild, medium, hot) were fantastic. A good find in the East Village.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
Michael_and_Laura
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London, UK
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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New York City, New York
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27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Went here on a Friday for happy hour with a group of 7. Shared several appetizers and main dishes. The mango and watermelon margaritas were excellent however I thought the pitchers were on the smaller side for $28.

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Okemos, Michigan
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Have eaten at La Palapa on multiple occasions and always enjoy the food. Service is top notch. Happy Hour provides 1/2 priced appetizers if you sit at the bar.

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Naantali, Finland
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216 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Expectations were high once we entered this place. Sadly, we left the place very disappointed. I mean, there nothing especially wrong with the food (tacos with three different toppings), but the problem was, there was no taste either. It was nothing. And that's not good enough. Perhaps May 7th a night before had something to do with their performance?

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London
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This place was recommended by the guys at 'McSorleys Old Ale House' and I'm so glad they did. We went on a Tuesday evening and found it was frozen Margarita night - not just little glasses either, big ones for $5. The food was delicious. We started with the nachos to share between the three of us. The mains were... More 

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London, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Really good Mexican food, nice atmosphere, good service. Well worth a visit. The Steak Enchiladas were really good. The salad was really fresh and the 3 salsas (mild, medium, hot) were fantastic. A good find in the East Village.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

A very pleasant atmosphere. A variety of interesting brunch entrees such as eggs with chorizo sausage, or avocado or plantains with various sauces. Great margaritas and coffee! Want to go back and try other dishes.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I was taken to this restaurant a few years ago by a friend and I instantly loved it! The food is superb, the tortilla chips (mixed yellow and blue corn) are crispy, the various types of guacamole are HEAVENLY, the various types of salsa are lusciously good, the drinks menu is amazing (my favourite is the hibiscus margarita), the toilet... More 

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New York City, New York
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Have been here for dinner with girlfriends, have held lunch meetings here and have also dined here on dates and have always had a great time full of deliciousness that's both savory and sweet. The service is also very friendly and attentive. Highly recommend! Expect to have authentic food with regional dishes carefully thought up by Mexico native Barbara Sibley.

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lawrenceville nj
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This restaurant has the best huevos rancheros verses I have ever eaten and I have been all over the western and southwestern states. All of the food is genuine Mexican fare, and the restaurant feels like a nice local Mexican hang out. The tables are fairly close together so you can have a conversation with other guests if the spirit... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

My Company had La Palapa come to us for an in office event. It was wonderful. The appetizers supplied were great and plentiful. They also supplied the mixers for margaritas and gave us suggestions for tequila to purchase. Judy and her staff went out of their way to make this a memorable event. I will definitely be traveling down to... More 

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Additional Information about La Palapa

Address: 77 St Marks Pl, New York City, NY 10003
Phone Number: (212) 777-2537
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Italian, Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 77 St Marks Pl, New York City, NY 10003
    (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
  • Public Transportation: 6 train to Astor Place, R train to 8th Street/NYU, F train to 2nd Avenue, and L train to 14th Street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: (212) 777-2537

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups

Description

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 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! We have many flavors from the traditional fresh lime to mango, blood-orange, ginger, tamarind, wild blueberry and more! Refreshing Mexican beer cocktails, such as the Michelada and the Chelada are even given special attention at La Palapa. We also have an extensive tequila selection, cocktail and beer menu. La Palapa is available for catering on or off premise. We specialize in creating menus for private parties and events.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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