Get the lamb shank!
I came here on a Saturday at 8pm. My date and I shared a pitcher of margaritas which were mixed well and were very good. I ordered the Chochinita Pebil. My sides of saffron rice and plantains arrived late to the table, but the flavor was great, so it was worth waiting the extra few minutes. My date got the Barbacoa Lamb (BBQ lamb shank) which was excellent. Overall, we were really happy with the taste and texture of our food. We were seating right next to the door, so wind and people kept brushing against me on their way in which was a bit frustrating. So if you come, make sure you get seated in the main dining area, rather then the lobby area. I only saw the dining room bar area when I went to the rest room. Service was average.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Guacamole was DELICIOUS, the vegetarian chile rellenos were quite tasty, and the corn on the cob was sensational. The service was friendly and prompt, the atmosphere is what you would expect from a Mexican restaurant. The only downsides were that the bar is integrated with the dining tables, so if all the stools are taken, it's a bit awkward when you're waiting for your table, and it was quite noisy. I'll definitely go back!
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
We went there for brunch.
We went there for brunch. The restaurant offers good size portions and the food is tasty. As a costumer,you are treated well, so you don't mind ordering extras from the menu.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and pleasant servers.
Great food and pleasant servers. But the place so too noisy for a truly enjoyable evening. The tables are so close to the bar and the conversations just echo all over the place. If it were just a bit less noisy it would be an ideal Mexican restaurant.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love LaPalapa. The tres
I love LaPalapa. The tres leches cake is delicious.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Margs & Sangria!
Great Happy Hour deal and a great place for a genuine mexican meal. The guacamole could use some help, but definitely edible. I enjoyed the margaritas and sangria- I highly recommend both.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Mexican in the City!
I found this place while walking around in the East Village one evening. It was packed with people - usually a good sign. The margaritas are fantastic. We saw several different drinks made while we waited at the bar and they all looked fantastic, ex. jalapeno margarita (with real muddled jalapeno!). Food recommendations: queso fundido with peppers and corn quesadilla. Tacos are great too, but avoid steak taco (a little dry). We have been twice in 2 weeks and already have plans to return this weekend. Enjoy!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We expected to have a tough time finding a low-key spot for Mother's Day brunch - this place was a pleasant surprise :-)
EXCELLENT service (one member of our party has very explicit dietary restrictions and the server went above and beyond to accomodate us). Great food for the price ($15 gets you a coffee, a cocktail, a fruit plate and an entree).
They do not skimp on portions - I couldn't even finish my omelette because there was so much food!
I recommend getting a bowl of tortilla chips w/salsa and guacamole for the table. The guacamole is really delicious and the chips come with four different salsas ranging from sweet to savory in varying spice levels.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for a girls night
The food was really good. The restaurant is a little loud so it's probably not the best place for a first date but it would be great for a group. The portions are pretty decently sized. We shared 2 appetizers and 2 main plates between 3 of us and it was the perfect amount of food. The margaritas are great too!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had my graduation dinner at La Palapa last night and it was amazing! Great atmosphere, food, and service. I will be recommending to friends and my friends there loved it as well!
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
I made reservations here for a special occasion only because I have been here before and was completely impressed! It was just as good the second time around. My entire family absolutely loved their food, no complaints at all there. We just wish it came out more consistently. It was about 5 minutes from the first plate set to the last plate set. The white and red sangria was on point and delicious. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone for any occasion. We had such a great time!! I will definitely be back!
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
local touch, legit authenticity
great local spot for quality authentic mexican- way beyond burritos, texmex, and corona
A legit menu of farm to table ingredients and a varied offering for all - excellent tequila list, good service, in a fun atmosphere. also more than reasonable and dont forget desert
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just always good
I've been coming to this place for a while now and it's always really good food and good service. This time was a group event and I don't think anyone walked away unhappy.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Chill Date spot
Great food. Great drinks. Perfect ambience for a chill date
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not your typical menu
Recommended by a friend as a Mexican restaurant with a less-than-typical menu, we were pleasantly surprised. Food was extremely flavorful and plentiful. No basket of chips and salsa on the table to fill us up before ordering. Liked that. My wife ordered a Sangria that came in a pitcher, enough for 5-6 glasses, but was considered only one drink. It was a beautiful evening and the windows were open, and even though we ate inside (limited window tables) we could enjoy the ambiance of the excitement of the St. Marks street and area.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was delicious and my friends had a great time. The margaritas were delicious!
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent food and service
La Palapa East has wonderful food and the service is superb. Questions about the menu were answered well and suggestions from the staff were great. We go there as often as we can. Good happy hour at the bar, which we discovered at our last visit. Although it's noisier than we like, it's a little quieter in the front.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and drinks
I brought my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner. Him being from the west coast knows what good Mexican food tastes like, and we both were extremely satisfied with the food at La Palapa. I chose this restaurant partly because of their vegan option, and it was also very delicious.
It was very dark in there, making a romantic, intimate scene, but the noise level was pretty loud throughout the whole night. The drink menu has tons to choose from. I would highly recommend coming here for dinner or sitting at the bar!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
best margaritas in the East Village
I've gone to La Palapa for year to enjoy their blood orange frozen maragaritas. It is absolutey delicious and never disappoints!
The food is great here as well, and is a wonderful and fun spot for dinner on St. Mark's place.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love the friendly services
I love the friendly services and recommendations for dishes. Everything had a wonderful, exciting and genuin taste.
For real Mexican food, visit La Palapa!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very authentic Mexican food
La Palapa is always a great choice and a great recommendation to my friends when they are looking for real authentic Mexican food. The ingredients are sometimes rare, such as the spices, but you can tell the management goes the extra distance in obtaining them, thus, making the food be as authentic as possible. I had succulent Chiles en Nogada. They were absolutely delicious. The last time I had had them was in Cancun... Same great taste there and at La Palapa.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful sized portions and great service. Super convenient for the East Village theaters and service is such that they'll get you out before curtain.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favourite Mexican restaurant!
I love La Palapa - I have loved it ever since a friend first took me here years ago.
My favourite Mexican rstaurant east of Mexico :-)
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love This Place
A friend took me to brunch here several years ago, and it's my go-to brunch place whenever I'm in the city on a Sunday. This past week, they had a shrimp omelet, and it was amazing, even better than I expected. I'd be a regular if I lived in the city.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun date night
I came to this east village old reliable on a first date. The food was great, the margaritas were flowing, and the service was excellent. I found that the food was actually better than usual. I'll be back again and again!!!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dont miss the seasonal pumpkin soup
What is more delicious than Mexican pumpkin soup? Who knew this is a wonderful seasonal dish that is only served when the owner finds the fresh pumpkins at the market. Always order the daily specials - the pork shank was superb as were the very delicious and not too sweet margaritas. We even managed to indulge in little corn pancake starts with guacamole - tortaditas?
finishing with delicious coconut salted ice cream...OLE! we will be back.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Classic Mexican cuisine! Tasty food and extremely accomodating staff. Great for groups of all sizes and the bar scene was very active on Saturday night. Service was simply above and beyond. Very pleasurable overall experience.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sit in the back
I have always loved the food at La Palapa but some times the noise level is overwhelming. This time they offered us a seat in the back room and it was still festive but pleasantly quiet. I highly recommend the back room.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a group of 17 and was
Had a group of 17 and was able to take advantage of the Sangria pitcher special. Food was reasonably priced and delicious.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
delicious and authentic!
Everything we ordered was delicious. They offer many dishes that are nowhere to be found on menus of most (if not all!) Mexican restaurants in Manhattan. La Palapa is very authentic and special.
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM