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“OK for the neighborhood ... maybe” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Frida

Cafe Frida
368 Columbus Ave, New York City, NY 10024-5109 (Manhattan)
(212) 712-2929
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Ranked #3,040 of 11,777 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Latin, Mexican
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Transit: Subway 1 to 79 st Subway 2, 3 to 72 st Subway C to 81st Bus M7
Description: The authenticity in our Mexican Regional Cuisine is a ritual of flavors, aromas, colors and textures dedicated to your soul. Our knowledge and passion for the tequila culture has been awarded by the Tequila Regulatory Council of Mexico since 2006, making us one of the few restaurants in the world of having such honor. Come and enjoy the warmth of Mexico!
New York City, New York
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“OK for the neighborhood ... maybe”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

Four of us made a 5:30 Saturday reservation for dinner before a 7:30 theater performance a few blocks away. The restaurant was near empty when we arrived, about half full when we left a bit before 7:00. Having, among us, eaten at scores of Mexican restaurants in the city, and across the southwest, we decided to try Cafe Frida for the first time due to its proximity to the theater. We won't be retuning. There was nothing particularly unpleasant about our dinner but, at the same time, nothing to recommend it given the increasing quality of Mexican offerings all over the city. We had an array of margaritas, none particularly strong, the only standout being the "Diabla", made with blood orange; a bland, queso fundido with chorizo, poorly melted cheese, and inadequately warmed corn tortillas; shredded pork tacos that were bland and crying out for some kind of salsa to moisten them (none is offered with the tacos, and the (Englsh-speaking) waiter seemed not to understand our request to find something to perk them up); a bland chile relleno (which, at least, they'd gone to the effort to peel before filling); the "tamal del día" which was oily and as bland as the rest of the courses, not helped by the accompanying near-tasteless salsa; and a "jalapeña" salad, the most satisfying of the dishes we ordered. In all, a very disappointing meal, one we won't be repeating. Having not tried other Mexican restaurants in the immediate neighborhood, I can't say with certainty you can do better locally. I'd be shocked if you can't, however.

Visited August 2013
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“great food, best ever guacamole, bit loud”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

There is a real shortage of mexican restaurants in the UK and those that exist tend to be very greasy, cheese heavy affairs. So cafe frida was a real treat.

Guacamole wad amazing, only downside of there wasn't enough of it! Mains were great, not food I am familiar with but the street food menu was amazing. Portion sizes were great, not overwhelming.

The music was a little too loud and a little too dancey and i don't think a restaurant needs football on the television. Service was good.

I did try a spiced beer with lime and soy. I thought it revolting, fair to say it is an acquired taste.

Visited August 2013
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“Great experience at Cafe Frida!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited Cafe Frida on recommendations from friends of ours. Everything from the drinks to the desserts were great. The tampiquena was outstanding and the coconut flan do die for. The service was very good. We will definitely recommend it and look forward to dining at Cafe Frida again.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We ordered a variety of items off of the menu for takeout the portions were smaller than apps. A $100 for food than was not any better than taco bell, 3 miniature tacos for $13, no lettuce no tomatoes no cheese no salsa-

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Mexican food UWS style”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We were looking to dine where we were staying in the UWS and landed on this Mexican place. After reading reviews on tripadvisor and a comment made by a woman waiting for a table, we decided to give it a go. We went on a Sunday night and it was really busy. Luckily we didn't have to wait and they sat us immediately. They had high chairs and it was noisy, so definitely family friendly.

We got their fresco cheese with chorizo, which wasn't really a melty cheese dip at all. Wish we would've gotten the guac instead. I had the fish tacos of the day and my husband had the enchiladas. His were by far superior to my fish tacos. We also tried the classic and hibiscus margaritas, both were ok but pricey ($10-11 ea).

I might give this place another go if I visit NYC again, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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