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“A lot of food, but rather ordinary”
Review of La Palapa

La Palapa
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Ranked #4,445 of 13,938 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $16 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Mexican
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: East Village
Cross street: Between 1st and 2nd Avenues
Transit: 6 train to Astor Place, R train to 8th Street/NYU, F train to 2nd Avenue, and L train to 14th Street.
Description: Since opening in 2000, La Palapa has been captivating critics and foodies alike with a "fascinating menu that shows off all sorts of complex flavor combinations," according to The NY Times. The acclaimed Chef/Owner Barbara Sibley serves up beloved brunch favorites infused with fresh Mexican flavors and organic ingredients. The Huevos Rancheros Verdes (corn tortillas, black beans, salsa, queso & guac) is a must, while Pan Frances (vanilla batter, cinnamon syrup, bananas) will delight any sweets lover. Meanwhile, the elegant dining room with a white marble bar, antique mirrors and red leather banquettes is the perfect backdrop for a cozy, delicious start to your weekend. On top of countless lists of the city's best Mexican restaurants, La Palapa is a loving tribute to authentic Mexico City-style cuisine dreamed up by renowned chef and cookbook author Barbara Sibley. La Palapa is available for catering on or off premise. We specialize in creating menus for private parties and events.
Reviewed July 26, 2012

We went to La Palapa hoping for a better than average Mexican brunch, but came away feeling like it was pretty ordinary. The huevos rancheros verde was sort of soupy. The mexican french toast (oxymoron?) had little Mexican about it. The special was the best item. The portions are huge, but similar food could be found at pretty much any other Mexican restaurant. The outdoor dining on St Marks Place is always entertaining, but only because of the street scene, not the La Palapa decor. Go for good basic Mexican, but don't expect creatively presented food.

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Reviewed June 23, 2012

We always enjoy a meal at La Palapa - flavors are clean and prices are good.

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Reviewed June 21, 2012

Best Margaritas in Manhattan. I recommend the Peach. Plus you're on St. Marks Pl which is great to people watch and get a feel for the real NYC. It's not very touristy.

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Reviewed May 12, 2012

Wow, what a great restaurant! Don't go here if you need quiet. But, absolutely do go if you are looking for some great Mexican food in a friendly, boisterous atmosphere. I had the Arrachera al Tequila con Jalapenos Torreados (skirt steak marinated in tequila and lime) and my dining companion had the soft corn tortilla tacos. We also ordered the tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole as an appetizer and split a frozen margarita. Everything was delicious and we will be back!

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Thank Ways2go
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

La Palapa's has the BEST frozen Margaritas!!! Try the Blood Orange. They coat the rim with hot chilli powder! Amazing!!!!

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