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“Great food & Atmosphere!” 4 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 #3,042 of 11,771 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!
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“Great food & Atmosphere!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

For an apetitizer, I had the guacamole. For an entree, I had the shrimp tacos and drank a glass of Sangria! Both were very good! The waiters were very friendly and accomodating! Would eat here again!

Visited October 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Light Dinner with Friends”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great spot for a light bite after an event the museum with friends. Found this place for their happy hour and $2 tacos (bar only). Food can be spicy but I'm a wimp. Smaller portions & a bit on the pricer side- hey, I'm a young New Yorker. Good service and atmosphere.

Visited October 2013
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New York City, New York
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“great mexican”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

great mexican food on the upper west side. The staff is friendly, but not overly pushy. The food was yummy- we had steak and shrimp fajitas which were excellent. The enchiladas were also tasty and not too heavy. The guacamole
was some of the best we ever had. We'll definitely be heading back there.

Visited October 2013
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“Cafe Frida on Upper West Side”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Café Frida has a festive vibe and a very welcoming staff. A local fave on Columbus Ave right across from the Museum of Natural History. Great marguritas, homemade guac, traditional Mexican dishes. Sit upstairs for a more quiet spot.

Visited September 2013
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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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