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La Palapa

4.6
681 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
La Palapa is open for Take Out and Delivery. Call 212-777-2537 to place your order. 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 award winning 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! Refreshing Mexican beer cocktails, such as the Michelada and the Chelada are even given special attention at La Palapa. La Palapa is available for catering on or off premise. We specialize in creating menus for private parties and events.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 681 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlexandraM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to this restaurant for years -- I even got married here 17 years ago. The food, service and overall high quality experienced has not changed. Enjoy the Tres Leches cake - it was my wedding cake! Highly, highly recommend.

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LillianC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!! Great service

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Daniela4444
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, relaxed setting- good food for a fair price!

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vipCheesePlease11217
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tacos and quesadillas were all incredible, and the drinks hot the spot. Thanks for a great meal and warm hospitality!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and great service, as always... Richard made it a special night as always. Terrific margarita, too. Can’t wait to go again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolutely terrible service. Waiter brought out 2 items incorrectly and the tres leche desert was one of the worst cakes I’ve ever had. The waiter also charged us for an extra item we did not order. One of the worst dining experiences I’ve had during the pandemic, both my date and I said we would tell everyone we know to never come here.

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EmmaH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and tasty margaritas -- if a little expensive. But overall one of my fave Mexican restaurants!

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vipRRRRR
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was salty. Pitcher of Sangria was missing fruits. Decor was okay.

BJ
BJG19
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food, efficient reservation system. Mole enchiladas were excellent.

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vipTony
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in NYC. Great food options and excellent margaritas that pack a punch.

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vipRyanM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place! Phenomenal service, great margs and yummy food.

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vipDavidC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is always consistently good here! We always bring friends and they always are impressed. Keep up the culinary skills-we are glad you are still around!!

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NYC27A
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Excellent experience except the crazy controlling owner who runs around the restaurant telling you what to do and how to use the bathroom. So strange. Too bad because the food is delicious. Someone needs to tell her to lay off the customers because she scares business away.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Best brunch I’ve been so far! Food was great and drink were delicious but a bit over priced a bit but great atmosphere too

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LanceB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

great service and nice staff. food was plentiful but not as flavorful as i had hoped. overall we had a great time and i would definitely pass the word along. seemed like they have a regular group of clients so that's a plus.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience2

I went to this restaurant for a date night.

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NYCchronicles
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great service. Will definitely visit again!

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AlexandraG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Richard is the best

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CoriW
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Very clean. Friendly staff. Nice outdoor dining option.

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BillM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

La Palapa remains the best Mexican restaurant in the neighborhood. They run a very professional and friendly operation, with great food in a pleasant atmosphere. I'm always glad I came here.

KR
vipKatieR
Anchorage
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great vibes and great food! A little pricey for the area but overall worth it for the friendly and accommodating service. Will definitely be back!

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TamannaC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was great! We enjoyed the meal, the recommendations, and the ambience. Would go back again!

JB
JulieB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening! Delicious food, margaritas and lovely waiters.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deelish vegan plate. Fresh and tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a large group of 20 of friends/colleagues in town for a conference. Service was impeccable especially given the size of our group, everyone raved about the food, and the price was right on budget!

JB
JoseB
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food! very good brunch special, thank you!

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KelseyS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I had heard great things and was very excited to try La Palapa with a group of friends. There were 10 of us and we were seated in the back room with another large group which wasn't ideal since the vibe back there is not as nice as the main room, but I understood since there were so many of us. The drinks and food were fine, but the service was disappointing. Again, I understand that we were a large group but requests needed to be made numerous times, food was late and then we were given the incorrect bill twice. My friend who was paying received the bill, gave her credit card and then was given a receipt for a much higher amount. She questioned this and then the waiter came back another time with a different bill, again for a higher amount. We reviewed the final bill and made sure that it was accurate but it was still quite frustrating for our party to be sitting through this time-consuming process and ultimately be given multiple incorrect bills. I will likely not come back here.

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Tastydelight
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp quesadilla were amazing and so was the mango margs. The place was really loud but hey it was happy hour.

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Chambertain
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great brunch menu. Reasonable and tasty. We’ll be going back there soon for a THIRD brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

cheyenne we will miss you!

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KarenE
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, fresh, and innovative cooking. I come back here when I'm in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely tasty food pleasant atmosphere!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Host was very nice and accommodating to our group. We weren’t just a number to them and they cared about our experience. Great service.

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vipAshleyV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect evening with family or friends. Great for groups. Food is AMAZING.

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vipPamelaS
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Even though chilaquiles were not on the dinner menu, the chef accommodated my request. All of our food was very good, the service was excellent, our waitress Mer was charming and Richard, the manager, came to our table several times to make sure everything was ok. Thank you Palapa, we will be back.

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vipFrancescaN
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent, love the drinks, love the atmosphere! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot and amazing food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went on a Sunday night. We ordered Guacamole and chips which were very good. I had the chicken enchilada with red mole sauce and it was outstanding. My wife had a couple flour tacos which were very good. Margaritas were very good. Friendly, attentive service. Nice ambiance.

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JoanneV
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are semi regulars at La Palapa and are always treated so well! I highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our entries came out less than five minutes after our appetizers- no room on the table and had to eat the hot food before it got cold,leaving an inabilities to enjoy the guacamole and veggies

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from La Palapa using the Order Online button. La Palapa also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar. La Palapa also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 777-2537.

La Palapa is rated 4.6 stars by 681 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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