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El Parador
El Parador

El Parador Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elparadorcafe.com
  • Email: alex@elparadorcafe.com
  • Phone: (212) 679-6812
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm Tasting Menu at the bar, Monday-Friday 3:00PM-6:00 PM (half price beer, Sangria and Margaritas; half price select appetizers) Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Traditional Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Latin American
  • Executive Chef: Bonifacio Junior
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Since 1959, El Parador Café has been a fixture on the NY dining circuit. Named NYC’s #1 Mexican Restaurant by Open Table diners and NBC-TV, our classic dining and ambience is unrivaled. The restaurant is a perfect location for business events and private parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Alex (212) 679-6812
  • Special Events & Promotions: The restaurant can accommodate both large and small groups for special events. The downstairs lounge, La Cueva, is a rare find in Midtown East. It is equipped with a large flat screen TV and on-site connectivity for business meetings and presentations.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 1st and 2nd Avenues
  • Public Transit: 6 train to Park Avenue/33rd Street, the M34 & M16 1st Avenue buses, and the 3rd Avenue bus.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are public lots located on 34th Street and street parking available on 33rd, 34th, and 35th Streets and 2nd Avenue.
A word from El Parador
El Parador Café was founded in 1959; it is the oldest and most authentic Mexican restaurant in New York, celebrating its 50th year in business. Carlos Jacott launched the original establishment, first located on 2nd Avenue and 31st Street. The restaurant has been lauded for having the best Margaritas by The New York Press and the best Ceviche by The New York Times. The torch has now been passed onto Jose "Alex" Alejandro, a 1994 graduate of The French Culinary Institute, who continues to grow the restaurant’s following by offering an excellent menu, world class bar & lounge and warm atmosphere. El Parador is dedicated to culture and hospitality. Many of the customers, dubbed “El Paradorians,” first met each other at the restaurant. The wonderful ambiance and cuisine has made El Parador Cafe NYC's favorite Mexican Restaurant, voted #1 by Open table and, once again, named a Bib Gourmand winner by the Michelin Guide for great value. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My boyfriend and I come here circa 4 times a month, both together and to entertain friends. Why? Great guac and chips, perfect simple margaritas (and frozen margaritas!) and the best value lobster salad you'll find in Mahattan. It has a wonderful, local restaurant atmostphere and laid back style. I love it. Pedro served our group of four on Saturday and he was by far our favourite waiter so far: very attentive and entertaining, thanks Pedro!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had a delightful dinner. They gave us a corner booth which was very romantic. We had fish and shrimp. Excellent salsa and warm chips to start. The flavours of each dish were amazing. Everything was cooked perfectly. I tried two of their premium tequilas after dinner. I was amazed at the complexity and layers. The service was very good as well. Good wine list with modest prices. We had a truly outstanding Argentinian chardonnay. The restaurant was packed and I can see why. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Very good restaurant! Much better than expected. The portions are large. With an appetizer, we could have easily shared! It is not your average Mexican restaurants. Favors deliciously different, pleasing presentation."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I've been enjoying El Parador for 15+ years and always have never had anything but a fantastic experience."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I had eaten at the restaurant on a less busy day but came there on Saturday night. Very packed. Waiter took a year for food and never came back to the table. Probably just a bad night. Liked it before."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our favorite Mexican restauratnt. It sets the standard for superb pollo mole poblano!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Staple in Murray Hill, always good food and service."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "After reading the review in the Zagart for this restaurant, I travelled all the way from Connecticut to enjoy their food. It was a wasted evening, since the food was nothing special."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We love coming here most Friday nights. The margaritas are great and well priced, as well as the food. The small taco tray is a good share dish. I had the BBQ spare ribs that were a delicious surprise and the wife had the chilean sea bass special that she loves. Had lunch too recently and the enchiladas were very good. Go!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I really enjoyed this spot! I stumbled upon it as my friends and I wanted to go to a bar in the same area and also wanted Mexican for dinner. Honestly, having dinner here was the highlight of the night. The ambiance was great -- romantic and soft decor that both groups and couples can enjoy. We tried the "house" margarita and it was decent, they have a full bar so if you aren't a fan of tequila, you can still get a drink. Their SALSA was delicious, and it stole the show with it's freshness and a hint of spiciness. They had a separate vegetarian menu with limited options but the best part was that you can order anything off the menu [Mexican] and they will whip it up for you. Overall, a great experience. I will be going back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Always friendly, reliable service and still the place to go for delicious Mexican food. The best margaritas in Manhattan."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "It's always the best. I love watching people's faces when they have the salsa or nachos normales. Priceless!!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We've been dining here for well over ten years. El Parador have never disappointed us. This is sophisticated Mexican cuisine that is served in a sophisticated yet relaxed manner. The dining room has a rustic charm that transforms to the diner to a quieter, calmer energy than that outside the front door! Go."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "The restaurant. Is warm and comfortable. The lighting is tinn perforated shades which give a nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Always consistently good!!! Enjoyed the experience immensely!!! Service fabulous."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Standard Mexican fare. Lively bar scene. Fun atmosphere."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "El Parador is one of our favorite dinner spots. Great place, great staff and of course great food."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "We visited El Parador last Saturday night, and my whole family enjoyed it. We have been frequenting this wonderful place for many years! And it is still as I remember it. The food is fantastic, the staff attentive and we were not disappointed."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "If anything, the food is better than ever. The service, many long time staff, is always friendly and professional. We moved out of the area, but we still make an effort to return."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "We always go here before hitting the Kips Bay Movie Theatre. Excellent margaritas and simple but good Mexican fare at fair prices. A classic."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Wonderful upscale Mexican, spectacular Margaritas. We go whenever we return to New York and it never disappoints. Outstanding food, service, drinks."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "While the restaurant is a little out of the way, we were happy we decided to go. The food and service were very good. The restaurant was very lively on a Monday night."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "As in the title, the food is top notch, and the atmosphere is festive/continental ."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My vote for best mole in NYC. This is not taco/burrito food, this is real Mexican. Go, enjoy."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Food was very tasty but 3 dishes were not warm enough when served. 2 were sent back and arrived fine. Our table was very close to the kitchen door but we were happy to be able to eat at such a highly recommended place!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "FamIly been going for 40 odd years. As good as ever. Parador chicken, 'garitas, guacamole, specials all terrific"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Food is great, staff attentive. One of my neighborhood favorites."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "By far the best and most authentic Mexican restaurant in NYC and the best and likely strongest Margarita ever."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Always great food for over 30 years I have been a customer."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Great for vegetarian-carnivore meetup. Something for everyone to try and great frozen Margaritas. Paella looked wonderful and was big enough for two people to share."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "This is a good Mexican place but not great. He atmosphere was the best part. It was packed and lively but not suffocating. Well appointed and loud. This isn't the place for a quiet, romantic dinner. There was a good food selection but I wouldn't call it "traditional Mexican" at all. Still, great choice for dinner."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Had a wonderful time the other night at El Parador! Not only was the food delicious but the staff was outstanding. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "El Parador never disappoints. First, the chicken mole is on a par with that of Oaxaca! What else is there to say. Deep, dark, with a blend of low key spices -- wow. Second, every type of enchilada is perfection. Guacamole is lovely. Chile relleno so tasty. Frozen and traditional margaritas are also great. The service is elegant yet at the same time friendly. It is worth the trip to this neighborhood. You will not find this level of Mexican food anywhere else."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "This slightly out of the way, authentic Mexican hits all the right notes! The service is warm and friendly, the food is exceptionally good and the ambience is sublime! We loved it and will return!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Very nice restaurant, great bar. Average Mexican food."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Lively atmosphere, very good service and excellent food."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "We went to this place because it was the oldest mexican in NYC and had a Bib Gourmand, but it was disappointing. The free dip that came along with the nachos at the start was stale, the guacamole had no garnishing and was little more than mashed avocados. The chicken in mole sauce was also underwhelming - the only good dish of the entire afternoon was a sea bass with pasilla chile. The Margaritas were really tiny. The bill, for lunch was enormous. I have no idea why this restaurant is on Michelin's Bib Gourmand list."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "The maduros were exceptional and the ribs were a real surprise and very tasty. Very friendly staff. We spent 3 hours visiting with long lost friends on a very busy night but were treated with great courtesy. Loved the restaurant."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "Food was great, although two entrees were switched. After cocktails, we didn't notice, but reconstructed the next day. Lively bar scene, so sit in the back section if you want to converse."
    Dined on 10/8/2013