El Paso Mexican Restaurant
El Paso Mexican Restaurant

El Paso Mexican Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.elpasony.com/
  • Phone: 2128319831x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Brunch: Saturdays & sundays 11:00am to 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday & Saturday:4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Rodrigo Abrajan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact Enrique for further details.
  • Private Party Contact: Please Contact Restaurant 2128319831x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East 104th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from El Paso Mexican Restaurant
El Paso Mexican Restaurant, is recognized as one of the finest Mexican restaurants in the country. It features classic regional Mexican cuisine prepared with authentic recipes and fresh ingredients. We invite you to come and enjoy a unique traditional Mexican experience in a friendly atmosphere.



El Paso Mexican Restaurant has been serving the best Mexican food in New York for over 15 years. Let us spice up your party with our outstanding food, great service and beautifully decorated spaces, our hacienda style patio is a must visit.
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El Paso Mexican Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (6)good for groups (5)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (3)romantic (3)great for outdoor dining (1)special occasion (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Authentic and delicious
    luigi
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    El Paso takes the time to prepare excellent Mexican food: authentic, good ingredients, satisfying. These are standards. But they are consistently delicious.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Contemporary Mexican Delight
    ArthurVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    El Paso is a modern Mexican restaurant with an excellent bar and a broad range of dishes with many contemporary versions of classic Mexican cooking. While the menu includes a number of classic dishes, it also includes updates based other ingredients, such as Salmon and Scallops, familiar to the New york palate. In addition, El Paso has a sophisticated bar with many signature drinks, deep expertise and agility in creating variations on tequila and Agave based classics. This a restaurant that you would expect to find in Mexico for sophisticated diners who want to eat their own cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Finally some authentic Mexican food. Marqarita's were great as was service. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Accommodating
    Guest
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I made a lunch reservation for a group of 18 so they opened up the back room just for us. They faxed us their lunch special menu ahead of time and that allowed us to be done with lunch within 1.25 hours!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic
    shap5VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Very good Mexican food, in a great setting. Staff is very friendly and the food is delicious. Surprisingly large space, with rooms in the front and back of the restaurant. Worth a trip uptown for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Atmosphere but won't return
    jewelsie316
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The evening started out great, but when when my shrimp quesadilla appetizer arrived and it was 3 little pieces, I wondered what happened to the rest of the tortilla. Then the bill arrived. We did not have enough chips to finish our guacamole and asked for more. When we were finished, the server offered more with salsa. We were never told these cost extra.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Tex-Mex in SpaHa
    DorasDiego
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Boasting an authentic Mexican cuisine, cooked by Mexicans, with a slight American flare, El Paso's flavors transports foodies south of the border with rich flavors and soulful heat. Robust and flavorful, the mole was delicious; as were the carnitas, served with soft tortillas to convert the meal into finger food. It's a good thing, too; since the food is so good, you'll likely want to eat with your hands!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was great but when we left a tip they made us pay double I understand some places make you pay double the tax as tip and it says it but it did not say and we had to pay extra.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty brunch
    Trini2345
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I went with 5 friends for Sunday brunch. The group found the french toast and huevos rancheros were delicious, as was the hibiscus drink (which we call sorrel in the Caribbean). We sat in the back area and it wasn't crowded or loud for Sunday brunch. The staff was very pleasant. It would have been nice if there was an outdoor area, as the weather was summery.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than most
    Ruthie
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The food was better than most Mexican restaurants. The staff is attentive, it's a cozy restaurant, and the prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great neighborhood find with authentic Mexican cooking. I brought a colleague here twice - she is originally from Mexico but lives in Europe now and can't get authentic Mexican. She is really impressed with the cooking - especially the tacos al pastor! - and now looks forward to visiting again on her trips to NY.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Margie
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Excellent service from the start. Manager called to info us it was going to be noisy that day due to world cup events. Accommodated us the entire time we were there and everyone was very friendly. Excellent choice!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 84 reviews are from the El Paso Mexican Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great food, service not
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The service was a bit of a letdown. Food was great.
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  • Good Mexican food
    regularcustomerVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We went here for a celebration. The food was delicious, but the loud music made it hard to carry on conversation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DianeL
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Delicious food and great service. Restaurant is a little small and needs some updating but waiters couldn't be nicer and food is plentiful and reasonable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    exceptionally good mexican food and an inspired bar...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch for $12.50
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The lunch special was great but the drinks were a bit pricey. I'm sure the Happy Hour specials are great though!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Plan To Be Back
    FoodieLawyerVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    A great Mexican restaurant. I live about 15 blocks south and figure that I would give it a try because it had 1000 points. The brunch was great. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Mexican
    SelftaugtVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This restaurant isn't your typical Mexican restaurant. No refried beans, rice and heavy sauces. Very creative menu and cooking. Great daily specials, one of which is always a fresh fish. Excellent cocktail choices. The smoke cucumber margarita was a standout. I've eaten there three times now and as I continue to explore the menu I keep finding pleasant surprises.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little bit of Mexico
    VavalouVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    You feel as if youre in some little mexican town. The decor, the music, the waitstaff all have that flavor. The food is not your typical Americanized Tex Mex type of food - it has authentic Mexican quality and flavor.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This place is the re-incarnation of a small neighborhood bistro with classic Mexican food. There is a lot more decoration and it is bigger, as is the neighborhood is becoming gentrified, but the food is still the same. Very good, very classic, with gems hidden between the normal taco and enchilada favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Paso in East Harlem
    ARvdB
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I needed a place for a celebratory business lunch in East Harlem. It had to be in the low 100's. Not so easy. I came upon the reviews for El Paso and took a chance. It was great. Everyone ordered from the prix fix lunch menu. The food was excellent. Very fresh ingredients. The service was attentive and quick. I would make a trip to this neighborhood again, just to go back to El Paso.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • tasty and affordable
    VavalouVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    The food and service were a nice surprise. The neighborhood used to be predominantly Puerto Rican, so it was a surprise to find other ethnic restaurants in the area, but this Mexican restaurant was a real treat!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It seems I made a reservation
    dingle
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    It seems I made a reservation at the wrong El Paso. I thought I was making it at the restaurant on 116th Street, between 2nd and 3rd. So, this review is for that restaurant. I always enjoy it there. Only have had lunch as I work in the neighborhood. In the warm months, I eat at the back in the "outdoors." Always good food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saved the day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My boyfriend and I had plans that fell through and we had to scramble to find a spot for dinner in the Harlem area. The food was very very good, we got steak and I got the salmon dish which was very flavourful. The front room was very loud and lively, but they sitted us in the back room which was so so so quiet. We LOVED it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High quality authentic Mexican food
    Daytripper
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    I always plan a trip to El Paso in conjunction with a visit to MCNY. The food is fresh and delicious every time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Perspective
    HungryDivaVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    My sister and her family came to visit and it gave me a completely different take on the experience of eating out. Had I been with only adults, I probably would have given this a higher rating -- except in the area of service which was painstakingly slow on any scale. The food was actually VERY good, but there were only spicy options. We ordered chips and salsa for the table and the salsa was spicy. We asked for a non-spicy salsa, there was nothing available. My 6-yr-old nephew ordered chicken enchiladas and the tomatillo sauce was spicy, though he did like the rice and beans. At least when I ordered queso for the table the waiter was able to get the kitchen to leave out the poblano peppers. All said, I would go back with grownups!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yum!
    Lbt54thst
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    very pleasant experience, nice bloddy mary's with jalepeno's!! great food, service ok, maybe just a touch slow, but otherwise good to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, awesome service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Duck was yummy. Steak was very good. Generally, I'm not a fan of tamales but theirs is very tasty and I totally loved it! The mango margarita was good to. Topped dinner with lava cake. Yummmmy! Other times, we tried the octopus soft taco. Also a very good choice!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I chose the wrong meal
    ClarkDark
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    I chose a lamb meal that virtually all bones; I should have stuck with a traditional Mexican meal.
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  • Do not do brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Terrible bland brunch. The lunch entrees at other tables smelled great and people looked like they were enjoying, Sangria had no fruit. Instead it was lemon rind in wine punch. Regrettable experience. Will not be returning.
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  • An East Harlem Gem
    WinkBlurbVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    El Paso is a destination spot. Beyond being in a no man's land and not having much competition, the restaurant is a go-to place because the food is so good. Based on authentic Mexican recipes, the ingredients and ultimate taste are on the gourmet side. The cocktails feature a subtle and creative touch. For instance, there's one drink that features fresh watermelon (out of season & it was still good), coconut-infused Herradura and chile piquin. Not too spicy, but just enough to offset the sweetness of the melon and the under taste of coconut. The guacamole was perfection -- and at the level of spiciness that we requested. And, speaking of spice, there are some pretty hot entrees, but the waiter gives fair warning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu and fantastic ambiance
    DeniseVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    We really enjoyed ourselves. Restaurant is creatively appointed with ethnic artwork, and the music chosen really enhanced the ambiance. Passion fruit Chihuahua Margarita wowed me... just had to order a second. Entrees were delicious, and the dessert flan absolutely rocked. This spot is a Harlem gem. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for family get together
    Cmartin148
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    My fiancé and I made reservations here to have our mothers meet for the first time. They make great cocktails, the chicken soup appetizer which most of the table ordered thought it was bland. The main course everyone loved. Nice bar area and dinning area as well. I would definetely come here againand recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic interior Mexican
    MrChuyVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The sauces are the real deal, and the decor has the feel of a bright, modern place in Mexico. Be adventurous here and expect real heat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just awesome
    DannynYanira
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    This has been the best Mexican resturant we have been to The food out of this world, fantastic it was as if we were eatting in Mexico DF it's self The service was amazing the staff incredible Anyone that would come to El Paso will not be disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    My foodie group did not know what to expect. After waiting hours literally for a game show and being exhausted, this was a VERY welcoming experience. The staff was friendly, service was excellent and the food was one of the BEST Mexican cuisine I have ever tasted. I don't like burning hot food and informed the waiter. He made an ample suggestion of a divine dish with huge shrimp and black beans and rice that was DIVINE with superb seasonings. It was served with delicious warm flatbread Top if off with a mango margarita, and all is right with the world......LOL!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Flan
    LivCloseByVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    I have often gone to the smaller El Paso across the street and have now tried the restaurant three times. It's been with mixed results. This past Sunday 5 of us had brunch. I was the only one that was very happy with my food - chilaquiles with tilapia - which was excellent. All others in my group were "meh" or in one case, the quesadilla dish actually tasted stale to her! The service wasn't the best. Our waitress said she'd "had better days" and it wasn't easy to get her attention. They still have the best flan, and I will be willing to give them another visit. But the other four guests, I fear they won't return.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • went for lunch, very slow
    yumpkin
    Dined on 5/20/2013
    went for lunch, very slow service. it took over 45 mins to make 3 tacos. the waiter forgot/did not put in one of our orders. there was only 5 people in our group and we all ordered the lunch special, you'd think it would be a quick affair but it dragged on for an hour and a half. it took 45 mins for the food, and i had to ask 3 times for the check when we were finished.
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  • Great Mexican Food
    LivCloseByVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    We had a double birthday brunch at El Paso and we loved it. The service was excellent and friendly. The food was great. I loved the chilaquiles with fish and their flan is the very best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.