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La Palapa, New York, NY

La Palapa

4.5
4.5
779 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
La Palapa combines authentic Mexican home cooking with 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! La Palapa is available for catering on or off premise. We specialize in creating menus for private parties and events our greenhouse dining room is perfect for parties and larger groups.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Regional Mexican, Traditional Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 777-2537

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Barbara Sibley

  • 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

    La Palapa is open for Take Out and Delivery. Please call 212-777-2537 to place your order. Private dining is available for up to 30 guests in our back room. The entire restaurant accommodates 125 for private events. We also cater parties from 10 to 1000 at La Palapa or in your own venue.

  • Private party contact

    Judy Maeda: (212) 777-2537

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Cross street

    Between 1st and 2nd Avenues

  • Parking details

    Street Parking with Meters. There is a garage on East 9th 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.

  • Entertainment

    Buena Musica, Buena Comida, Buenas Bebidas y Gente Muy Amistosa!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Experiences

  • $5 Frozen Margarita Tuesdays!!!

    $5.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us every Tuesday for our fan-favorite frozen margaritas at just $5 per glass, all day and all night! Special Tuesday tacos served all night long. Minimum food purchase per table of one guacamole, or equivalent, required -- you won't regret it!
  • Weekend Boozy Brunch

    $42.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    FESTIVE BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH includes 90 Minutes UNLIMITED MARGARITAS / MIMOSAS Fresh Fruit and Choice of Entrée BREAKFAST TACOS, BREAKFAST BURRITO, PAN FRANCES TORREJAS, HUEVOS A LA MEXICANA, HUEVOS RANCHEROS, HUEVOS TULUM (keto),BURRITO BOWL ,VEGAN BOWL, MOLLETES, AVOCADO TOAST,BEC & AVOCADO SANDWICH tax and gratuity not included, NYS Law prohibits serving alcohol to intoxicated guests, must be 21 and older, one drink at a time Last seating for Boozy Brunch is 3:30pm Thanks! No substitutions ~ Gracias!

What 779 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was bland, we kept asking for different flavored margarita and the server kept bringing the same thing . It was my wife’s birthday and I brought a ice cream cake told them to store it til the end of dinner and when they brought it out, it was half melted. I was very unsatisfied with the experience

    La PalapaResponded 3 days agoWe are so sorry you didn't enjoy your meal on $5 margarita night. Sadly, the free margarita shots were also strawberry (which I see you didn't like from the margarita that was deleted from your check). We don't usually store cakes from Baskin Robbins as our restaurant freezer is not as cold. We would have been happy to advise you in advance if we had known you were bringing dessert from outside. Thank you for your perspective and we will be sure to use your criticism as a learning experience.

  2. K

    Kelley

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic sport for a bottomless brunch! The staff was extremely attentive and unlike other brunches we’ve been to, they were happy to keep coming around to check on refills! Furthermore, the food was extremely delicious and with multiple people with food issues, everyone was able to eat and enjoy what they had. We were all commenting on how great the staff was and they came around later with shots to apologize that they were short-staffed. We were all surprised as it was incredible service and never once lagged. Fantastic time overall!!

    La PalapaResponded on July 22, 2022Thank you!

  3. M

    Max8

    Vancouver

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a charming restaurant! Amazing margaritas. Food was excellent. Service outstanding.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service!! Will definitely be coming back.
  5. SS

    SeriouslySam

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, La Palapa delivers!!!! They’re drinks are amazing- pair that with their brunch specials and it’s a perfect day!!!!
  6. NG

    NicolasG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place for brunch; delicious food and outstanding attention. Cannot recommend it enough.
  7. M

    nestorM

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Food was great. The margarita pitcher was great, not a ton of alcohol. Tasted more like punch.
  8. JW

    JamesW

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always delicious
  9. S

    Samantha

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Always enjoy being at LaPalapa. Great energy and lovely bartender! Will be back :)
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience1
    I met the owner at an event on Friday she was incredibly friendly and seemed like her food was going to be a true Mexican experience I was looking forward to. When I arrive the noise level was so loud I almost turned and walked out. I stayed and ordered great food but the waitress was so incredibly rude and unwelcoming. She really messed up the mood even worse than the loud dining room! Horrible personality for a waitress and completely disconnected with the amazing chef I met the day before. Net/net Great homemade Mexican food, authentic mole, great tacos Bring earplugs !
  11. C

    Colleen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kind, attentive staff. Very accommodating! Quick service, food was great
  12. CZ

    ChristyZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and ambience! Great value as well. Would recommend to anyone wanting flavourful Mexican food.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tuesday $5 margs are unbeatable! I go with my friends weekly and it’s our favorite tradition!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great Mother’s Day brunch
  15. LQ

    LeslieQ

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! This is the second time my partner and I came here for dinner. The first time, we didn't make a reservation so we ate by the door. The food was fantastic- we tried the guacamole and chips, the tortilla soup, the huilacoche platter which was incredible. Last night, we came back for cinco de mayo and I had made reservations in advance so we got to sit further in the back of the restaurant. This time, I ordered the tamales- 1 vegetarian and 1 with chicken- both were delicious The platanos con creme y queso was so delicious For our entree, we shared the chile relleno- OMG, it was soo delicious, it comes with yellow beans and rice so perfect to share. The restaurant is loud and noisy so if you want a quiet romantic dinner, don't recommend but if you don't mind the loudness, this is a gem in East Village.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Palapa is just awesome—every single time! Food, service, and fun!
  17. PC

    PeterC

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Palapa always has lovely food. The salsa is delicious, undoubtedly a critical element of any good Mexican meal. The tortillas are also perfect, which is again essential when eating Mexican Food. The service is professional, and the Margaritas are delicious.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food and service were horrible. Boozy brunch was a terrible deal, and it wasn’t clear that the $45 for the alcohol didn’t include the food. Margaritas were undrinkable. Huge bill for a really crappy meal.
  19. AL

    ALFONSOR

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    We haven’t been here in a while. Service was slow although place was empty. We ordered too much food but were not cautioned.
  20. k

    kathleen

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We went here for a group dinner, and it is definitely good for that. The timing of when the food came out could have been better (some apps came after mains) but was not a big deal overall for us. It is a cute place.
  21. LW

    LaurenW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Tres Leche cake was dry and hard. Lamb was freezer burned. Not happy with the food at all. The only thing that tasted good was the guacamole and the rice and beans.
  22. S

    Sherry

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Service was terrible. The restaurant was not busy but we had to get up and get the waitress for additional drinks. We also had to get up and ask for our check. Food was okay...nothing I would go back for again.
  23. AA

    AANY

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The service was great and the jalapeño margaritas were really good. The food was awesome. Would definitely come back.
  24. JB

    JaneB

    West Palm Beach

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    All was good put the noise level was so LOUD. Music was not necessary. Could hardly hear one another.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the attentive staff and they’re wonderful specials on frozen margaritas. You can’t be an all day $5 frozen margarita deal with delicious food and ambiance that accompanies the restaurant. Looking forward to my next visit!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    This used to be our “go to” place in nyc for margaritas- went yesterday- the margaritas were so so, the fish tacos were very greasy, and the shrimp tacos were almost too spicy to eat (and I love spicy food). On the flip side - the Service was good and the staff was pleasant
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, fresh, made-to-order food that makes you feel you have your own personal abuela cooking for you in her own kitchen. Barbara, the owner, as well as the rest of the staff, were very warm and welcoming. Apparently they have a wonderful boozy brunch on the weekends we want to try next.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service.
  29. PS

    PamS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Relaxed and not too loud.
  30. N

    Nancy

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for regular brunch (non-bottomless) at 3pm on a Sunday, and had a wonderful time. I got the huevos a la Mexicana with egg whites ($13) and my friend got the steak quesadilla ($7). Great value for the food that we got. My dish came with a side of two warm tortillas and three different salsas, and my friend seemed to enjoy his quesadilla. We sat there for three hours without ordering anything else, the servers were friendly and diligently filled our water cups about a dozen times at least. We weren’t rushed or made to feel like we’d outstayed our welcome, which we certainly did and I wouldn’t have blamed them if they didn’t want us to sit any longer. It wasn’t too busy and the atmosphere was lively but not overwhelming, as many places tend to be on Sundays. We left a big tip as a thank you for letting us stay so long despite not ordering much. I’m glad I chose this place and will definitely be back for more relaxed and delicious lunches.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Went on Valentines Day. The drink I had was pretty good, my date didn’t enjoy her drink as much. The best part of the meal was the cheese and shrimp appetizer we ordered. It was delicious. Stay away from the tilapia tacos until they change the recipe and my date’s relleno was OK. Will try again but will get different entrees.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice! I had tacos and they were pretty good. Good date spot.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    We ordered table made guacamole. They charged us for table made . Then they brought us ice cold pre made from the kitchen . It’s crazy because he explicitly asked what we preferred. So I didn’t say a word .
  34. T

    Tony

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great authentic Mexican food and drinks! Great service. This is my go-to brunch place.
  35. M

    Michelle

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great and easy for large groups!
  36. NY

    gomezofNYandLA

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, beautiful food and fabulous staff! Could not have asked for a better brunch experience! I say this especially in light of our slowly returning to restaurants during a pandemic. Was relieved to see careful and thoughtful hosts screening all guests upon arrival yet was elated that La Palapa still maintains a terrific dining environment. It really was great! And the food... DELICIOUS as always! Thank you and mil gracias! Can't wait to come back AGAIN!
  37. VM

    VanessaM

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a great experience! It's my go-to for any occasion.
  38. b

    bg21828

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    came by for a pre-stomp dinner with my kids (8~12in age). the staff was extremely attentive and the no complaints about the food from the kids.
  39. TF

    TFNYC

    New York Area

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Large portions; excellent guacamole and steak. Friendly and efficient service.
  40. D

    Dsl41

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very few people were there this time, but the food was as good as always.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

La Palapa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 777-2537.

La Palapa is rated 4.5 stars by 779 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for La Palapa

77 St. Mark's Place, New York, NY 10003

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 1st and 2nd Avenues

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Regional Mexican, Traditional Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking with Meters. There is a garage on East 9th 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Barbara Sibley

  • Entertainment

    Buena Musica, Buena Comida, Buenas Bebidas y Gente Muy Amistosa!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

  • Phone number

    (212) 777-2537

  • 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

    La Palapa is open for Take Out and Delivery. Please call 212-777-2537 to place your order. Private dining is available for up to 30 guests in our back room. The entire restaurant accommodates 125 for private events. We also cater parties from 10 to 1000 at La Palapa or in your own venue.

  • Private party contact

    Judy Maeda: (212) 777-2537

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