La Palapa
La Palapa

La Palapa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lapalapa.com/
  • Phone: (212) 777-2537
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Traditional Mexican, Regional Mexican, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Barbara Sibley
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: La Palapa combines authentic Mexican home cooking with a festive party and friendly atmosphere which makes for the perfect place to celebrate any occasion. Already have a location? Perfect let us cater it for you! We have extensive catering experience and can cater any special event large or small! We will work with you to customize a menu that you will be thrilled with! A sit down dinner for six, a make your own taco bar, appetizers for a birthday party, no problem! Please email us at lapalapa77@aol.com with any questions or check out www.lapalapa.com for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining is available for up to 30 guests in our back room. We also cater large parties from 10 to 1000 at La Palapa or in your own venue.
  • Private Party Contact: Judy Maeda 2127772537x
  • Entertainment: Buena Musica, Buena Comida, Buenas Bebidas y Gente Muy Amistosa!
  • Special Events: Cinco de Mayo Special Menu ~ Seasonal specialties

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 1st and 2nd Avenues
  • Public Transit: 6 train to Astor Place, R train to 8th Street/NYU, F train to 2nd Avenue, and L train to 14th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking with Meters. There is a garage on East 9th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.
A word from La Palapa
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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
La Palapa reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (25)neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (16)great for brunch (14)great for lunch (13)vibrant bar scene (11)great for outdoor dining (10)romantic (8)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (7)special occasion (6)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great!
    Lizzy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Had my birthday party here, with a group of 16. Service was fast, food was great, drinks were replenished often and I got complementary cake & champagne. The waiter was a lot of fun while also being quick and attentive. Would definitely come back, with a smaller group or on a date too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    Leelachka
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Went for Brunch with a group of friends and hardly anyone was there (which was a nice change of pace for NY brunch). Overall great menu selection with authentic Mexican breakfast dishes. I had the huevos tapatios and a bloody maria -- all very good. I would definitely recommend this place to diners looking for a more serene breakfast experience. A nice break from a traditional european style brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your typical Mexican restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We enjoyed La Palapa's creative take on authentic dishes. Dishes were seasoned well. The menu includes several meatless options, which were much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service and Okay Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Service was very slow. Waitress told us that the only wines by the glass available were Chardonnay, but then brought out Pinot Grigio to a table next to us. When we inquired, she brought us one as well but then said it was the last non-Chardonnay bottle open. She then brought out Sauvingnon Blanc to another table and when we asked said they found an open bottle behind the bar. Aside from wine confusion, the meal itself was so-so and was delivered about 30 minutes after we had ordered. Bill took forever to get picked up, too...just not worth what we paid or the time we waited.
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  • delicious!!
    DogsVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    this place is always ON. i get the same thing every time and it rocks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute!
    BobellerzVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Cute Mexican restaurant right on St. Mark's Place...lovely neighborhood gem. Great food and great service! :) Definitely recommend if you're in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful
    shara
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I wish there was something wrong with this place but there just isn't. Food was great, service was great, it was clean. Very happy about our choice and would definitely recommend it to anyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great group restaurant!
    opentablereviewerVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Booked with a party of 30 - restaurant was super flexible: we booked last minute (Wednesday night for a Friday reservation). We had the back room to ourselves, prix fixe dinner of $70/person with 2 hour open bar, tip and tax included. Food was great, service great, would definitely recommend for large party.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is the real stuff
    Jray
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Superb! It couldn't have been better! He enchiladas de pollo verses was AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So great, always!
    Jjay
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I really love coming here. Service is always great and the food is wonderful. Love it here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Moles
    dridrVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Meal here was most enjoyable. The mains were all well prepared. Mole sauces were excellent. Fish tacos also well prepared. The house guacamole was unremarkable and for the price should have been prepared tableside. It tasted like a premade guac that was doctored up a little bit. Nopale salad was OK - would have benefitted from more nopales. Overall food here was very well prepared and tasty and the atmosphere is very pleasant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good East Village Mexican Cafe
    HungryTenor
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Took my daughter for her birthday as she described it as one of her favorite Mexican restaurant in the city. Brunch was still be served at 4pm though there were an assortment of other menu items as well. The food was good (not spectacular) and the service was friendly and attentive. We got complimentary champagne for the birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the Ambience.
    jmkatz
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food and ambience was fine, but the service was super slow. We also ordered a soup (for two) as an appetizer and thought it made sense to just bring one bowl. Thought that was worth pointing out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexico City Mexican
    mconVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    La Palapa delivers what it promises: real Mexico City Mexican food. I know because I lived there and there is certainly not a better place in New York to have authentic Mexican food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome brunch
    mmoo
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I went with a group of 8 for brunch and we had a great time. Massive brunch menu and really reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 263 reviews are from the La Palapa reviews archive.
  • A Mexican winner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Delicious, authentic Mexican food; tasty margaritas; comfortable, yet fun atmosphere; attentive service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You could be in Mexico City!
    NYCGourmandVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    La Palapa does what it does very well and doesn't miss a trick. They do not try to fleece their customers on anything: strong drinks, ample portions, a festive setting, and really authentic Mexican cooking comes out of the kitchen not microwaved Tex-Mex TV dinner-style Mexican but the real thing. We noticed more groups of 5 or more but couples were well taken care of and there's a party room/large group setting in the back so they're ready for anything. Open air entrance with tables half-in, half-out is a very nice touch on good weather days. The ingredients used are always fresh and every dish has something to recommend it whether you go with chicken, pork or steak.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Wanted a spot close to Orpheum Theatre, since we were going to STOMP! This was our first night in NYC and first meal of our family vacation. It was delicious. We had appetizers and dinner platters -- we loved everything. The guacamole was great, as was the queso. The enchiladas were yummy and my son loved his tacos. Hubby had the lamb with mole and bragged about it all night. Highly recommend the dining experience in a small local place -- right around the corner from STOMP!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small Portions
    Ricky
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Portions not big enough for the price. Ordered the "Barbacoa" plate and all I got was a big none with little tiny meat around. They truly cheaped out on a $25 dish. Go figure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall ok
    Fonta
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was okay, nothing special, presented very well, but not that different from many mexican places. The place was noisy as hell, impossible to even talk with all the girls yelling from big groups of people. The service was great, and also very friendly. Too bad because for the high price, those dishes weren't so sophisticated or incredibly delicious. Overall okay, but way to expensive for being a "group place" in my opinion..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    Eastvillagegirl
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Already recommended this place to a friend! We had to try everything since we couldn't decide!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sangria!
    nolactosenomeat
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We sat outside in some okay seating which was loud. I was told the comfy outdoor seating was reserved (but i made a reservation!). Food was fine, we didn't order anything too difficulty.. we both just got salads. However i loved the sangria: a plentiful mini pitcher for one did the trick and my friend enjoyed their frozen margaritas. Would have appreciated some chips for starters but oh well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Adequate small plates
    Rishi
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Went here with my family for some small plates and a drink midafternoon on a Saturday. Wasnt crowded at all, and the food was pretty good. I'd say pretty standard for an East Village Mexican spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and ambience
    hernaldo16
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Came to La Palapa with a small group for a friend's birthday dinner and was thoroughly pleased. We were running a little late and the manager was very understanding. Our table was ready and we were quickly greeted by our server who went over the specials. I had read about the margaritas and we ordered a pitcher. They live up to the hype! As for the food, we were all craving chimichangas, which they don't have but were very pleased by the tasty enchiladas. I had the skirt steak enchilada and it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for a bite
    SoyYummyVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We shared guacamole and some appetizers. They were very good and we enjoyed our time. Would go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Happy Hour Policy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Went there the other day because they have a happy hour until 7. We booked a table and planned to get a drink and split an appetizer. However, when we arrived we discovered a sign that said happy hour was only at the bar. We sat anyways and our waiter immediately came over. We inquired if we could buy a drink at the bar and sit down and he said that wasnt allowed - you must be sitting at the bar to get the happy hour price (half off drinks). Ok? I could see the rule if your restaurant was packed and you had a huge bar but the restaurant was dead and each of the mere 15 bar seats were taken. I know a lot of other places in the city have this policy but only if the restaurant/bar was big/busy. it wasnt. Good guac though. Unnecessary policy.
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  • Excellent Restaurant!
    Niecey
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Food is tasty! Price is reasonable!! Atmosphere is comfortable/romantic/cozy/friendly! Waiters/kitchen help are adorable/friendly! Owner's hospitality is wonderful...What else can I say!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really great Mexican food!
    AJiLVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The dark mole sauce is super awesome, and they have a seasonal menu that is fantastic. It can get pretty hectic on weekends, so I'd recommend making a reservation. Otherwise walk ins should be fine. Ambiance is energetic and eclectic. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the service and the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Been coming here for years, came for my best friend's birthday (only 4 of us). Requested a quieter table... Got one because you have a great host! The waitress was hilarious and fun and as Lways the food was spot on, delicious home style Mexican food that melts in your mouth. We will be back again and again (as usual).
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    The food is good but not the best mexican out there. Margaritas are decent not too sweet but for the price you expect this place to be more. Overall go if there are not many options you will have an okay experience. Expect to have slow service.
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  • Brunch for 14...no issues!!
    BryNycVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We had scheduled 20 for brunch, at the last minute we were down to 14 people...restaurant ran with it and did not make a fuss. We had a FANTASTIC time and appreciate the service we received. Brunch was excellent all around...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    cak54
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    This could not be a better spot! Delicious food and relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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  • Solid Mexican Food
    davidjenisonVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The dishes are solid Mexican fare that focus more on doing it right than on trying to be overly fancy or inventive. If you love lamb, fish and steak made in a Mexican style, we highly recommend this place. Also has all the normal stuff like tacos, enchiladas, chile rellenos, etc. Our strongest recommendation, though, is to get the cheese and chorizo fondue appetizer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off the Chain Mexican Food
    mikeybrownstone
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food from the appetizers to the entree was absolutey delish, affordable, great vibe and some good Sangria to go with whatever you're eating. Definitely going back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Group Dinner
    AMD524
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We had a great experience at La Palapa. We went on a Monday - free corkage night - and loved that we could bring our own wine. Our dinners were delicious! I had the steak enchiladas - amazing. The tacos were also a hit. The guacamole was ok, too acidic for my taste and I didn't love the seasoning on the chips. They have an interesting dessert menu with unique items (like corn flavored ice cream). The ambience is cool and it wasn't too loud. The service was fine until the end. We waited a while to pay our bill and finally a different server took our payment. We would definitely go back (probably on a Monday again)!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • vegan options!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    the vegan option is excellent, and the margaritas are true to their word-- one of the best that i've had in NYC. great location and very cool ambiance, but I was seated in the back room which isn't as nice as the front room and is a little secluded. However, it was still a great time with excellent food!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always solidly good Mexican food.
    Jeremy
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Solidly good food and drinks at a place where you can sit down and enjoy a meal. Try anything in the mole sauce (I enjoyed the shrimp from the specials menu). The fried sweet plantains are also a treat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Mexican Food
    rraymond
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was fantastic. We had the guacamole and a quesadilla for appetizers: both were delicious. Our waiter was very attentive without being pushy. The margaritas are tasty, though a bit pricey for the small size. My girlfriend is a vegetarian and was very happy with the vegetarian relleno she got. I got the lamb shank and it was very good. The total tab came in at about $100, but for excellent food, good service, and a nice ambience, it was a good deal (given that this is NYC). A couple of minor complaints: seating was kind of scrunched together; the person next to me had to ask me to get up to use the bathroom because the spaces between tables is too narrow. It also gets loud later in the night as people come in to hang out by the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gang's night out
    VenusAdoreVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Great spot for group event. We had ample amounts of everything for everyone, from our prixe fixe menu. The drinks flowed abundantly and the food was flavorful and visually appealing. Price point was good as well. A great find !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Saturday
    Hinke
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Really good food and nice and efficient personnel. We sat by the hectic bar which was a bit disturbing due to the high noise level and people bumping in to me. A quite young crowd, in their mid twenties.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.