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El Parador Cafe

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Black Bean Soup
Scallions and Cotija cheese.
Saute Spanish Sausage
Caramelized onions, Fino Sherry and Oaxacan potato pie
White Shrimp Quesadilla
Roasted tomato salsa. Jalapeno Slaw.
SAUTE MUSSELS with Avocado Leaf
White Wine. Cilantro. Corn Bread
Grilled Chicken Tostada Salad
Mixed greens, Tomato, Cucumber, and Avocado. Blue Corn Tortillas and Refried Beans. Sherry Vinaigrette.
Burrito or Chimichanga
Large Flour Tortilla baked or fried. Stuffed with Stewed Chicken or Beef Picadillo or Pork Carnitas. Guacamole, Rice and Beans
Chiles Rellenos Ahogados
3 Anaheim peppers stuffed with cheese and dipped in egg batter. Tomato broth. Black beans.
Black Bean and Spinach Enchiladas
Fresh radishes, Shredded Romaine, and Roasted Tomato Salsa.
Baja California Fish Tacos
Avocado and Cilantro Salsa. Rice and Beans
Established since 1959, El Parador is NYC's oldest operating Mexican restaurant. White stucco walls, wood beamed ceilings, romantic lighting and lively music make our restaurant the ideal spot for a celebration or a romantic evening. Classic dishes and contemporary creations showcase the flavors of Mexico's land and sea offerings. Delicious fresh-juice margaritas, a well-chosen wine list and ice cold refreshments compliment the visit. We cater to a variety of dietary restrictions, when requested, and have been welcoming children since the day we opened. Come and enjoy a NYC tradition that has survived the passing of time by doing nothing else than being delicious and accommodating. Hasta pronto
$30 - $80
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Mexican, Latin, Contemporary
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Takeout
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time this week in this restaurant. Food was great and the service very nice. From the guacamole to the paella or enchiladas , everything was very good . Love the traditional decor. We liked it so much we bought the restaurant teeshirt !! Only...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 1, 2019 via mobile

New York’s oldest Mexican restaurant that lives up to its quality. Lovely staff and amazing quality food. Definitely worth going to if you love Mexican.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 2, 2019 via mobile

This is truly a hidden gem in NYC. The food was excellent, the service was fantastic and the drinks were amazing. Make sure you leave some room for dessert. And if you are not sure what to get, always ask your waiter. My chicken enchilada...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Naji E
Reviewed May 2, 2019 via mobile

We had our last dinner out in Murray Hill at this wonderful restaurant! The place was crowded but the service was really good! The food was fresh and nicely prepared. I ordered the cheese enchilada with tomatillo sauce and elote on the side. So yummy....More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank JanB130
Reviewed April 20, 2019 via mobile

This was my first visit, and I enjoyed it. The atmosphere was nice yet very laid back. Service was very good. I had the baja fish tacos which were very well prepared and came with a really tasty green salsa. I also requested some hot...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank mspringeril
Reviewed March 19, 2019

Best secret in all of NYC. Food is second to none. The owner Alex makes you feel like a king. The atmosphere is one of the best NYC has to offer. You will not be disappointed.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank BobP1965
Reviewed February 14, 2019 via mobile

This place is amazing,Alex his Father Manny and staff are unbelievable! The food and drinks are amazing!Ever time I visit they make me feel like family!I love yo ear at the bar and listen to the Mexican music.You know a place is good when you...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed February 14, 2019

I have been going to this restaurants since the late 1980s and love it. Happy to be able to bring my family there before a trip to the movies. The staff are kind, the food solid and the margaritas are excellent.

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank rdkflk
Reviewed February 11, 2019 via mobile

We had reservations for 40 people, but when we arrived at the restaurant we could not all sit down and their was not enough food for everyone... To make it even worse we found several cockroaches and 1 in one of the drinks... The waiters...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Louis D
Reviewed February 10, 2019 via mobile

There were cockroaches in the drinks, the food was too spicy and we ordered dinner for 40 but there wasn't even place for the half of us. In addition to all of this, they were very rude and treated us poorly.

Date of visit: February 2019
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November 21, 2015|
Response from Matthew C | Reviewed this property |
Hello, although I have visited El Parador during the holiday season, I am not aware of a holiday schedule. I would suggest reservations, and I can assure you, if you like great authentic Mexican Food, you will enjoy El... More
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