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La Palapa

#3,131 of 11,949 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
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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12:00 pm - 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/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Bar scene
Large groups
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 28
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
without a doubt my favourite Mexican restaurant in NYC

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Pucci D
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Denver, Colorado
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This was a 'destination' restaurant on the advise of East Village locals, so while the Uber-enabled trek from Midtown was a bit of an ordeal, the drive was worthwhile for an NYC still-newbie. Spicy margaritas to start, loved the bite of jalapeno, but switched to mango -- delicious and still in the house-made, perfect marg zone. Guac was surprisingly bland,... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Stopped there for lunch. Despite not being busy service was quite slow. Food was VERY fat and not really tasty. Will not repeat.

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Middletown, New Jersey, United States
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Had a great overall experience. A warm and inviting atmosphere - with outdoor dining in good weather. Very friendly service and very good food. In our party of 7, there was only one disappointment with our meals (overcooked shrimp - but the red mole sauce was outstanding and made up for the slightly dry shrimp). Everytning else ranged from good... More 

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
348 reviews 348 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I'm not typically a huge fan of Mexican food, but I love this place. Everything I've eaten there over the years has been good. On this recent visit, I had the enchiladas de hongos verdes. It was amazing. The real reason I love this restaurant, though, is the sangria. When you order a "glass," they bring you a small personal... More 

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My husband and I just finished a bus tour and wanted to grab a quick bite before going to see STOMP around the corner. We had under an hour to get to the show and I asked the gentleman at the desk if there was any way we could get in and out in 45 minutes. He seated us right... More 

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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, Outdoor seating

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

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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East Village
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