The bad stuff first.
Los Feliz is pronounced like the Los Angeles neighborhood of the same name that sort of rhymes with Lost Felix, so you will always sound a little dumb pronouncing this in front of people who simply speak Spanish well and don't know about the detail. Prepare to be corrected one way or the other by someone on either side of the knowledge.
They card you even if you just want to eat. I don't know who on the NYPD is marching up restaurants' hooha's in the Lower East Side, but this trend where your ID is swiped in a Big Brother machine before entering a restaurant just sucks. If I put up with this, it's because the food is really, really good.
The other bad thing is that when they are slow, they close early. As someone who habitually eats late in the evening, this means I often aim there and miss. So, call ahead if it's getting late. I live nearby and it's still annoying. However, if the food is really, really good, I will continue to try and hope fickle places are open.
Oh, and they're a bit pricey.
Here's the good part -
Los Feliz rocks. Their food is really, really good. The chef, Julietta Ballasteros must be in love when she makes this stuff up. If they have the butternut squash/coconut cream soup special with the crispy mushrooms floating on top, JUST GET IT and eat it slowly, remembering that you are going to die one day and that this is one of the things you might remember on your way out.
The drinks are well prepared and they have a good selection of mezcals, by which I mean the smokey Oaxacan variety (Tequila is also a mezcal but steamed, not roasted, and can only be made in 5 mexican states including its namesake, Tequila). I digress. The drinks are delicious. I like the hibiscus margarita as well as some of the other curious ones with Grapefruit and habanero/jalapeño variations. You might find similar drinks at a place like Barrio Chino. But you probably won't at even La Palapa, whom I like very much.
And here's the thing that keeps bringing me back in a city with lots of good Mexican restaurants- it's unusual. If you want very traditional fare, you will find good things on the menu, but I really like a little adventure.
So, "What's unusual about it?" you may ask. Well, like the fact that they prepare zucchini blossoms. Occasionally they make foie gras tacos. Hello. Yum. I know, this is bad for vegetarians, but I think the butternut squash soup is vegan or at least vegetarian, so please excuse my penchant for evil food. Sometimes the food here is evil, but it tastes really, really good.
Extra stuff - I've never gone on the weekend. They look insanely crowded so I avoid it and can't tell you if the quality remains. I did book a birthday party here a few years ago and the downstairs can accommodate quite a few people. I don't think their actual "party space" is that comfortable, though it is lovely, so we just opted for a big table in the main downstairs dining hall. During the week, the downstairs is closed but you can look.
In general, you can depend on very tasty food, great drinks and if you get the right weekday bartender, some fine rock-n-roll.