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“Excellent food!”
Review of La Palapa

La Palapa
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Ranked #4,048 of 13,826 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, 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: La Palapa combines authentic Mexican home cooking with a festive bar and a warm and friendly atmosphere which makes for the perfect place to dine or celebrate any occasion! We specialize in "Mexico City style" tacos and quesadillas and regional home cooking. Our menu includes such dishes as Tacos al Pastor, Mole Negro Oaxaqueno, Salsa Pibil and many other specialties from different regions of Mexico. Our Margaritas are all made with fresh juices and are delicious, especially when you add house made hibiscus aqua fresca and a chile-piquin salted rim! We have many flavors from the traditional fresh lime to mango, blood-orange, ginger, tamarind, wild blueberry and more! Refreshing Mexican beer cocktails, such as the Michelada and the Chelada are even given special attention at La Palapa. We also have an extensive tequila selection, cocktail and beer menu. La Palapa is available for catering on or off premise. We specialize in creating menus for private parties and events.
Rye Brook, New York
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent food!”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

The food is excellent, the service is good...the place is a bit noisy but well worth going! Will definitely go back!

Visited December 2012
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Westchester, New York
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great Mexican Brunch in East Village”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

My group of 5 friends had brunch at La Palapa 77 St Mark's Place this past Saturday, 12/8/12 and we all loved it! There was a great selection of food and it was all delicious! There was a special brunch menu with good prices and even better Margarita that came with it. Most of us ordered off the regular menu and everyone ordered something different yet we all thought it was great and would definitely return. The one thing that wasn't so pleasant was how loud it got during our time there. When we first sat down at 1PM it was fine but by 2PM we could barely hear each other.

Our waitress was a doll too! Very nice experience before a 3PM Off-Broadway play right around the block (Stomp).

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank DDDpiston1
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New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Authentic Mexican Food in the E.V.”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Finally, a mexican restaurant in NYC that actually serves authentic mexican (as opposed to Tex-Mex) food! (spoilers: No Burritos in the menu!). The Chef was born and raised in Mexico, and you can tell right away; the flavours are right, the combinations are correct, and you can find things on the menu that you will find nowhere else in this city (e.g. Cochinita Pibil, Arrachera al Tequila).

Their Barbacoa meat is particularly good. Great selection of Mexican beers and delicious margaritas!

Their brunch is a must: there's no better way to survive a hangover than with their chilaquiles verdes with eggs and a michelada! You won't regret it!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank David A
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Akron, Ohio, United States
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“great happy hour!”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Review is for Happy Hour only.

4-7 is BOGO at the bar for margs. Be aware it is ONLY if you sit at the bar and the bar gets packed. Drinks are very good and they were strong which was nice because you'd expect otherwise for such a nice deal.

We ended up sitting at a table and also ordering some food. I skipped this dinner but had a bite of my husbands taco which was really good.

Service very slow at the beginning but otherwise no major issues. If you're looking for a good happy hour for some margs this is a good stop but arrive early!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Leah N
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Kobe, Japan
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26 reviews
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“A lot of food, but rather ordinary”
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.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank cafergy
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