Papatzul
Papatzul

Papatzul

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://papatzul.com/
  • Phone: 2122748225
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
    Happy Hour prices Bar area only.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Traditional Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Regional Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Thierry Amezcua
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available for 5 to 500 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: Located in the heart of SoHO, Papatzul can accommodate parties of 20 to 30. For larger parties we can close the restaurant. Whether a sit down dinner for 60 or the popular Taco & Margaritas Party for up to 80, we are an ideal location for a a holiday party, with very festive atmosphere and décor.
  • Private Party Contact: Thierry Amezcua 8886043929
  • Entertainment: Live Mexican music on occasion, including authentic "Huapango" music.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West Broadway
  • Public Transit: 1, A, C, E, N, Q, R & W Subways to Canal Street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A public parking lot is located between Worcester and West Broadway. Street parking is also available around the restaurant.
A word from Papatzul
Papatzul features authentic regional Mexican classics with a modern twist. Our expansive bar offers over forty tequilas, fantastic sangria and specialty margaritas. The dining room is both casual and elegant, featuring the work of various Mexican artists.
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Papatzul reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.3
    Service3
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelModerate
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (2)good for groups (2)neighborhood gem (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Killer. Just Killer.
    Kraczy
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Came with a bunch of friends for my birthday - we added guests at the very last minute and the staff was extremely accommodating. The drinks - especially anything with their smoked tequila - pack a punch and are absolutely delicious. The food is authentic, flavorful and will keep you ordering more. I always judge Mexican restaurants on their guac - it's fantastic.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Evening
    pbjluver
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Nothing to complain about. Our reservation was honored right on time, great table. Perfect service, friendly waitress. Water glasses were constantly being re-filled...I like that...attentive staff. Food was outstanding. We started with the delicious guacamole...YUM! I had the fish tacos, while my friends had the duck enchilades in mole sauce. Not a crumb was left on any of our plates. Will definitely return to Papatzul. Will also recommend to others.
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    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mexican Birthday Celebration
    CartoonGuyVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    A really fun place to throw a birthday party for a small group of friends. Great food, friendly vibe.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Good spot for date night or group dining. Truly a neighborhood gem in soho . The corn with sour cream, queso cheese, and lime served in a bowl is a must try appetizer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lively!
    lattie
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    very goodfood, especially the mole was fantastic. really nice place to have drink (or more) during happy hour and than have some great mexican food. good cocktail menu so enough to pick from.. was recommendedby a friend; will defenitely come back!
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    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK, not Great
    DininOutVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Salad was so-so and not cheap. The Corn cakes with Chorizo were DRY. Duck enchiladas were overpowered by mole sauce. Little duck meat inside. Slow roasted pork also overpowered by sauce. Waitress couldn't have been slower yet only 2 tables had people. Won't go back again. Chipolte better and cheaper!!!!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty solid Mexican fair
    beaneater
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Pretty solid Mexican fair this far from the border. strong margaritas!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must go for Mexican food
    PaoloVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Papazul offers an authentic Mexican menu in a beautiful setting. Reliably friendly to all kind of patrons, whether grown-ups or kids for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb authentic Mexican food
    DJdiner
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    An unexpected find in SoHo. Unpretentious, excellent service and great food & unusual tequila and mescal drinks. Started with a pungent mescal, pomegranate and lime cocktail with a smoked chile powder rim. Salsas & chips excellent, as we're the enchiladas de huitlacoche in a salsa verde--perhaps the best enchiladas I've ever had. Duck enchiladas in a red sauce also extremely tasty. Would go back in a minute.y
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    Felt like I was in Mexico: the food was delicious and creative.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty fish tacos!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    My husband bought a coupon for this restaurant through Living Social -- that's what prompted us to try it. I ordered the non-fried version of their fish tacos and enjoyed them. The flavor was good, but I found the fish portion to be a bit small. My husband's dish (pork cooked in banana leaves) was okay, nothing memorable. Same with the chips and guacamole. The margaritas (we had the hibiscus version, as well as the tamarind version) were very good. So, stick with the fish tacos and a margarita and you should be pleased.
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  • Solid Traditional Mexican
    deliusfanVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2013
    This is not your Tex-Mex restaurant; I immediately recognized Cochinita Pibil as being one of the traditional dishes from the Yucatan that I have made my go-to dish in many a traditional Mexican restaurant. But not today; the braised pork tostadas were really excellent. My dining partner and I got two different appetizers; we should have both gotten the same. Something about the marinade and the braising just really brought the pork to a special place. In fact, they were actually in many ways better than our mains, the rojo chicken enchiladas, and fish tacos. However, the homemade dulce de leche ice cream with homemade cajeta (two things I know a lot about from my own kitchen experience) were the perfect rebound to end the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    We had a positive if unremarkable experience here. We were looking for a place in Tribeca near a party that wasn't rated "$$$$" and would easily seat a group of five. (Fit all of those criteria splendidly.) Visited with a group of five. We had a pitcher of red sangria, then entrees for all. Mostly different kinds of tacos, someone got impressive looking duck enchiladas, one Palmitas salad. (The salad looked pretty dull, but I didn't eat it.) Solid Mexican fare, good flavors, good wait staff. Didn't knock my socks off, but I wouldn't protest to going back.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Duck Enchiladas!
    NYCoupleVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    The guacamole is delicious here but their duck enchiladas in almond mole is really superb. Service is efficient and friendly and they even had a mariachi trio performing on Cinco de Mayo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very, very noisy, but tasty
    Peaches
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    We loved the food, but it was much too noisy. It could have been a much better ambience without the high decibel. I would go back for the food!!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, authentic Mexican food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    The food here is pretty amazing; my friends from Mexico say this is THE best Mexican food in New York (an elusive quest). The only issue is we had a reservation, but we weren't seated for another 45 minutes, which we found a bit annoying. The staff was apologetic and even gave us a few things on the house, so all in all not a horrible experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Its hard to be excited about
    finikyVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Its hard to be excited about a restaurant in NY Soho area that is absolutely empty at noon on a Saturday. It was recommended to us which is what brought us there. Food was okay but nothing special. A little off the regular path of Soho. Might try again maybe late in the afternoon to see if it is better. Service typical to a Mexican restaurant - usually nonexistent.
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  • The mexican food was decent.
    CHAK
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    The mexican food was decent. The restaurant seating is too close for comfort. Service could have been more attentive.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Mexican Food
    BigApple1
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Fantastic food at a great price. Definitely worth a visit.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    We had a living social special and the selections were quite delicious. The presentation and taste were very good. Also the margaritas were delicious and generous sized. The front of the bar had very loud music, but didn't affect the back of the dining room. We were able to hear one another. We had a 6pm reservation. By the time we left, all seats were full.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The place was packed with
    jamie
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    The place was packed with a preppy, posh crowd on a thursday night. The service was awful. Everyone working there looked like they were depressed, and we had to get the waiters' attention any time we needed something, including just ordering dinner. The chips and guacamole were terrific, and the margaritas were great. The entrees were dripping with oil and that amazing. If I were to go back it would be after work, for just margaritas and the guac, then off to somewhere else. Not highly recommended, you can do better for Mexican!
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  • My food was delicious. Looking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    My food was delicious. Looking for low-carb options, the waitress (who was lovely and knowledgable), suggested a different entree than the one I had originally selected, and I'm glad she did; it was excellent. The only slight negative is that our second round of drinks took a curiously long time to appear; usually restaurants rush the drinks right over. But all in all my family and I very much enjoyed our meal.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Everything we had was first
    nathbeckVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Everything we had was first rate - especially love the mole de pato and the cochinita. Great place and great (and friendly) chef/owner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Very good with room for improvement
    Paramount
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    The food at Papatzul was excellent on my last visit, pretty good on a prior visit. Their service could use a bit of improvement -- not that it is bad, it is adequate but the prices are high enough that I expect to feel special. I'll probably go back again, but I'd go back sooner if the service were top notch.
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  • Mediocre Food
    episkey
    Dined on 1/2/2013
    Went in a group of three. We all got different things and shared. The guacamole was not really worth it. The only dish we enjoyed was the mole. Overall, it was not worth the experience.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I went with a friend on 12/23/2012.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/23/2012
    I went with a friend on 12/23/2012. The restaurant was not as packed / noisy as I expected. We were able to carry a conversation. The ambiance was just right, cosy and light. We ordered magaritta (Tropicale) as suggested, and we both loved it. We ordered four tapas and they were fantasitic. In particular, we loved the slow cooked pork. The service was OK, but we sometimes had to call for the waitress's attention. Overall, it's a great place for foodies.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/13/2012
    The thing I love most about this place is that the food is always very good, the margaritas are always tasty (if a bit weak), and the atmosphere is nice but not glitzy, and casual but clean and festive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great lively place with awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/4/2012
    Great lively place with awesome tapas. Place is live and fun and would be awesome place for group dinners.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We come here all the time.
    greenmachine80VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    We come here all the time. Great happy hour and food is always good. My favorite is the Alhambra de res and the enchilada dsl mar.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • The food was excellent. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/10/2012
    The food was excellent. I got masa topped with shredded chicken and my friend ordered the fish tacos. Both were delicious and so were the margaritas. Really cute atmosphere and great music (that still allowed for good conversation). I love this place!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Best authentic Mexican joint in ny
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    These are best margaritas in town. And the food is exquisite. All 6 of us enjoyed it a lot.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Go to Papatzul!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    This is my third visit to Papatzul and it has become my favorite Mexican restaurant! The food presentations are always pleasing, the service is always attentive. The Concanita Pibil (a pulled pork dish) is outstanding. The Chili/Chocolate mini flan with cinnamon ice cream is a perfect ending to any dish there! Their margaritas are unusual and fun. A word of caution however don't go in there on a Friday night and expect to have quiet conversation! It can get a bit loud!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relaxed atmosphere, attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    Relaxed atmosphere, attentive service, excellent food. Had the fish tacos, steak tacos, and sangria. Highly recommend all!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food. Good service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    Great food. Good service. Finally a place that does non fried fish tacos like the west coast! Slow roast pork was delish as well. Will go again. Recommended.
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    fit for foodies
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  • best fish tacos i have ever
    mdb35VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    best fish tacos i have ever had. Food was excellent.
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  • overall such a wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    overall such a wonderful experience...loved the food!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this restaurant. It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2012
    I love this restaurant. It serves some of the best Mexican in the city!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Our favorite Mexican restaurant
    nathbeckVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    Our favorite Mexican restaurant - every dish is delicious.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was hit and miss. Fish
    mamakin
    Dined on 7/10/2012
    Food was hit and miss. Fish tacos were a bit too fishy, but side dishes were good and generously portioned. The biggest question was, why $12.50 for an average portion of average guacamole?
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  • The food here was wonderful.
    adamVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    The food here was wonderful. Very tasty and not afraid of a little spice, which we appreciated. When we first got there, we tried to order a drink at the bar. There were perhaps 4 other people and we waited nearly 15 minutes to get a requested glass of water and beer. I had to ask 3 times in fact. This put us off to a poor start. However, once seated, we really enjoyed the food. Our seafood enchiladas were wonderful as was everything we ordered. The atmosphere was fun and lively, but actually so loud that we had to yell to hear each other. Perhaps we were just sitting under a speaker. The bar was actually much quieter than the restaurant. So...food was outstanding. Service was good at the table, poor at the bar. I will return
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