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La Palapa

#2,615 of 11,910 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
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
  • 3
    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
Most recent review
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
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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
5 helpful votes 5 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
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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
65 reviews 65 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
346 reviews 346 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 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
Senior Contributor
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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Lille, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This place was highly recommended by our host, so we stopped here for our last meal in NYC, having eaten superbly all week. We were not disappointed. The salsas were some of the best we have had anywhere; the queso fundido con chorizo - made entirely in-house - was truly excellent. And the margueritas are indeed worthy of their great... 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

Questions? Get answers from La Palapa staff and past visitors.
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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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