I loved the salsa and guacamole.
I loved the salsa and guacamole. friendly service, my lamb shank was really tender. Good experience overall.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Hadn't been there in years.
Hadn't been there in years. Just as good. Missed Carlos.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tim from Malvern. PA
My wife and I were in the city and she was determined to go. Returning after 30 years, she remember why her parents took her there. The food was great and the service was wonderful. We will return sooner!
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
El Parador is a wonderful
El Parador is a wonderful dining experience. The wait-staff is very attentive and the ambiance is fun, yet intimate. It's like being in someone's noisy kitchen filled with warmth. The staff welcome you like old friends. The food is fresh and of good quality, with the appropriate seving sizes. We've been patrons for over 30 years, back to the days of Carlos. It's a hike from NJ but well worth the experience.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were a party of six seated
We were a party of six seated in the rear - the restaurant is a "happening" place and it is hard to hear across-the-table conversation. The food and service were both wonderful and we all had a great time but I did leave the place with my ears ringing!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mexican at it's best!
Exceptional Mexican food - never had anything but a fabulous meal here and service is always terrific. Whether you are in the neighborhood or need to make a trip over, make it your business to eat here!
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
El Parador came recommended
El Parador came recommended by a friend who loves good food. We were not disappointed.
Right from the moment I made the reservation (we live in Canada and were visiting NYC)
the level of customer service was excellent. And the food did not disappoint us. We have already recommended this little gem to friends travelling to New York.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun Mexican spot in the heart
Fun Mexican spot in the heart of Murray hill. Neighboorhood joint that serves delicious Mexican food and great drinks. Ambiance is lively and fun! Nice spot to unwind and relax.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Mexican food restaurant in the world. Period.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great authentic Mexican
I found this r restaurant on the net and it claimed to be the best & most authentic Mexican in New York. We were coming from New Zealand and wanted something great not average like most " tex Mex" outfits. We weren't disappointed. The restaurant has a cool ambience & we were greeted at the door by the owner who was very welcoming. Top service and excellent food that goes beyond nachos! If you like Sangria, then there's was the best I've tried. Well worth the visit.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and wait staff. Only complaint is that it is sometimes booked when we want to go. Keep it up El Parador!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
They don't make them like
They don't make them like this anymore. Authentic, unpretentious, with genuine atmosphere, great food and excellent service.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
El Parador serves good Mexican
El Parador serves good Mexican chow in a dimly lit setting. If the fare isn't haute, it's nonetheless tasty, the service is deft and efficient, and the ambiance is very happy.
5/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
food was good but I sent the
food was good but I sent the bland guacamole back for more heat.
Paella was good, fresh and loaded with goodies but a little too salty for my taste.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
This has been my go-to spot
This has been my go-to spot in the neighborhood for entertaining guests and office staff for many years. It's wonderful to have a place like this so close, especially when I feel like having a couple of great margaritas and meal during the week.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
worth a long trip
one of my favorite place for my 2013 trip to NYC
everybody has been just great !
and what a meal !
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Parador is always good
Neighborhood favorite. Food is delicious. Shrimp quesedillas are fantastic, pollo parador is great although it takes a while. Small taco tray is big enough for two to share if you get appetizers. The staff is SO NICE.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food great, Service was OK
The restaurant doesn't accommodate groups of 5-6 people easily, the Food is very good here and that keeps us coming back.
The service on that night was ok, drinks were forgotten about several times.
The Manager did do the right thing in giving us some free desert and coffee. I will go back but not with more than 4 people.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this restaurant!!!
this is our neighborhood preferred restaurant, with always good food and attentive staff and great margaritas
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favorite Neighborhood restaurant
We used to frequent this restaurant 15 years ago when we lived in the city in the NYU neighborhood. We recently went back when we were visiting and were pleasantly surprised to find that the food and service was as good if not better than it was 15 years ago!
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
40 Years of Excellence
We've been going to El Parador for 40 years. Originally we lived in the neighborhood and it was our favorite end-of-the-week place. We have moved further downtown, but we still go there regularly. It was our go-to place with out-of-town guests. Why this loyalty? Because of the host Alex (and before him his father Manny, and before him, Carlos) and his excellent attentive staff. And the food, which is consistently delicious and not overly spicy. As old-timers, we have favorite dishes, and it's nice that even as the menu changes, we can ask for them to make something not on the current menu, and it comes out of the kitchen just as we like it. This is a place to make friends with. It will not let you down. - Fred and Mary Ann
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best and oldest Mexican restaurant
The food was very good and the menu is diverse. The service was outstanding and we would definitely recommend it and return.
The ambiance was also very nice.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best guacamole we ever tasted; very fresh and spicy. The entrees were excellent. We will be back!
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Mexican Food
We made a last-minute decision to go here based on so many great reviews and were not disappointed. Excellent, friendly service and well made, fresh food. The waiter took great care of our 8 year old grandson with good recommendations and lots of cherries in his drink. My fish tacos were the best I've ever had. We'll be back next time we're nearby.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
They always make you feel
They always make you feel like you are visiting family. Paella is the best in NYC! Warm and wonderful service
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't wait to go back for dinner/ Lunch was just a tease
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A True Classic
What awaits you thru the doors is a Restaurant of the highest caliber of Mexican food. It's not Tex-Mex, Taco Bell or some chain, that everyone thinks is Mexican.
The nachos royale are truly melt in your mouth. The salsa and chips are to die for, you will not find these anywhere else. The main course had it's flavor infused in the food and dessert was heavenly.
The staff and service is impeccable. I can see why they have stayed in business over 50 years.
Bravo and Well Done!
We'll be back with our friends.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
After a quick change in plans
After a quick change in plans found me needing a table for 8 for a business dinner I settled on EL Parador. The customers as well as my fellow co-workers were all very impressed with the food, service and neat setting of this Murray Hill gem. I look forward to my next visit, hopefully with a little more planning.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
MY Neighborhood Favorite!!
The food is always delicious...
stuffed jalapenos with peanut butter?? yes and they're super!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Multiple visits. Consistently
Multiple visits. Consistently good. Some great non-traditional Mexican fare.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant was recommended
This restaurant was recommended by a family member and as we were celebrating a family birthday while staying in nyc we decided to give it a go. All four of us had a lovely meal, the atmosphere was very relaxed the only downside was the cost. Very pricey but maybe worth it for a special occasion.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and attentive service.
truly authentic Mexican Food that I give three stars.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our appetizer (chicken quesadilla)
Our appetizer (chicken quesadilla) was delicious. All the entrées were very good and the portion sizes were just right. The only disappointment was the sangria – the wine was dull and there was almost no fruit in the picture. We were too full to have dessert.
We used to frequent this restaurant 30 years ago and it maintains its quality. We haven't been in the area recently but will go back.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Haapy Hour
The staff was extremely helpful and nice. The food was awesome and the happy hour was spot on!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I haven't been to El Parador since 1998 and it is still a NYC CLASS ACT. The service is the best in the city and trust me, i've been to the best. The food: Excellent. The atmosphere: Elegant yet down to earth at the same time. So happy after all these years El Parador hasn't lost its je ne sais quoi.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have been to El Paradore several times when I visit New York City and I always have a great experience. The food and service are great - and the atmosphere is very unique. Very intimate and it has a lot of character.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Mexican in NY
This little gem is still serving wonderful, gourmet style Mexican food---where everything tastes fresh, interesting and not your run of the mill. The ambiance is cozy and the service is wonderful. I'm so glad I live close by.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been to El Parador many times - bringing friends and family. It never dissapoints!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We live in Michigan and get to NYC a few times a year and never miss a chance to go to El Parador! It is fantastic. The food is amazing and the service friendly and helpful. I am allergic to sugar so they make my margaritas with agave--mmmmm!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The maduros were exceptional
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.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lively atmosphere, very good service and excellent food.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best Food in NYC
Always great food for over 30 years I have been a customer.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
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!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Terrific Mexican! elegant service
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.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Mexican place.
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.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Mexican in the City
By far the best and most authentic Mexican restaurant in NYC and the best and likely strongest Margarita ever.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is great, staff attentive. One of my neighborhood favorites.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM