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El Parador Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Contemporary
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325 E 34th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10016-4928 (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
(212) 679-6812
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It didn't look much from the outside but behind the door - packed restaurant with candles, gorgeous bar, booth seating and delicious food. We had a great meal, reasonably priced and a decent margarita!

Thank Andrea31
New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's was our first time there it and it was great. The waiters were right on with their recommendations. Definitely a place for dinner.

Thank jeanie722
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I have been coming to El Parador for years and have never been disappointed. I LOVE the salsa served with the chips, they should bottle and sell it! Fantastic margaritas, sangria etc; the mole poblano is fantastic as are the fajitas (steak in particular). I recently branched out after 15-20 years and tried the lamb chops for... More 

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New York City, New York
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34 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, the martini was good but after that everything was horrible. Nothing was good, the guacamole was basically a crushed avocado with absolutely no taste. The taco plate looked nor tasted like tacos; overdone chickens and dried out pork. Lastly the cappuccino was warm dark brown water. This place, at one time, was a terrific Mexican restaurant. My advice, close... More 

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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't know what to expect with this restaurant, but wow, were we impressed. The waiters were kind and wonderful with our children. We had a mariachi band playing music and having fun with the guests, the kids loved it. Naturally, if you prefer quiet dining, this may not be for you, but we really enjoyed it. The atmosphere was... More 

Thank mfletch
London, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a week in Kips Bay trying out all the best rated restaurants. This was easily our favourite. Really great tasting interesting Mexican food in a really lovely soft lit interior. Doesn't look much from the outside but definitely worth a visit.

Thank Steve B
Plantation, Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

El Parador was introduced to me in 1986. For the next 16 years it was my go to restaurant in Manhattan. Since moving to Florida it's on my must go list every time I come to New York. Over the years I have recommended it to anyone traveling to Manhattan and receive only glowing feedback and new converts. Margarita's which... More 

Thank Allen S
Norwalk, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

This place has been here forever (it's rumored to be the first Mexican restaurant in NYC) and after 15 years I had a chance to visit it again. It's great authentic food with flavors that are a cut above joints like dos caminos and rosa mexicano. They have a vegetarian menu if you ask. They will also make things like... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Living in Denver, Co, we have access to many Mexican and Southwest places to eat, but El Parador was special. The interior is dark and clubby. The bartender was full of personality. We had enchiladas and they were outstanding.

Thank Duluth11
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

This place is one of the oldest Mexican restaurants in NYC and once you try their food you know why it has survived for so long!! I have only been there once and have tried only a few things but I know for sure I am very impressed and will be back shortly. My personal favorites were: Jalapeños Rellenos with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $80
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 325 E 34th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10016-4928
    (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
  • Public Transportation: 6 train to Park Avenue/33rd Street, the M34 & M16 1st Avenue buses, and the 3rd Avenue bus.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: (212) 679-6812

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