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La Palapa

486 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican, Regional Mexican, Traditional Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 777-2537
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Barbara Sibley
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Private party facilities
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.
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Private party contact
Judy Maeda: (212) 777-2537
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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 with any questions or check out for more information.
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Cross street
Between 1st and 2nd Avenues
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Parking details
Street Parking with Meters. There is a garage on East 9th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.
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Public transit
6 train to Astor Place, R train to 8th Street/NYU, F train to 2nd Avenue, and L train to 14th Street.
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Buena Musica, Buena Comida, Buenas Bebidas y Gente Muy Amistosa!
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Special events & promotions
Valentines Day Menu Amor
Cinco de Mayo Special Festival Menu
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch


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What 486 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Our waiter was fun and sweet! Since our drinks were held up at the bar for a few minutes, he extended the time of our unlimited drinks. :)

RayNY (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Had the duck tostadas that were delicious. And the tamarind margaritas were excellent!

MariaR (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We had a wonderful time! Food terrific a was staff. It was very busy Sunday Brunch crowd.

vipSheryl (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Fun brunch spot. Our server was extremely accommodating and helpful. Bottomless was truly bottomless, and food was fine.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

It was my first time there on a date and it was very nice. The food was excellent and the service was great.

NYCbywayofLA (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

The Sunday brunch scene is well underrated here. You won't see sloppy young 20-somethings roaming about, which is great considering that there's a bottomless brunch option. It took a while for us to get our refills each time (a blender was broken? or they wanted to slow us down?), though our server was really kind and attentive.

KShank (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

La Palapa was delicious... the brunch drinks were served in super cute individual pitchers... and the food was just fantastic.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

I found La Palapa while I was looking for a dinner location before a show at PS 122. The food was excellent and served quickly. The staff were truly outstanding. Each one was charming, in addition to, being helpful and welcoming. We will certainly dine here again and recommend to friends and family.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

It was great drinks were strong!

Nstastes (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

The service was extremely poor. My friend arrived 5 minutes before I did and luckily she had received her mimosa by the time I arrived. However, once we sat down it took 25 minutes to have our server come greet the rest of the table, and that was after we told a busser we had been waiting for a while so he grabbed our server for us. We ordered mimosas and they took a while to get to us. The food was not bad for the price but didn’t blow me away my any means. The server was clueless - we ordered a pitcher of mimosa and he brought a single serving, saying “I got you this for now.” And lots of other weird interactions that made it seem like he didn’t know what he was doing. The worst part was once we got the check and noticed they charged for a glass of mimosa extra (we ordered bottomless mimosas for $16) he tried to justify it by saying our friend had ordered before we got there. I understand where that logic may have come into play if she hadn’t specified she was ordering bottomless and wanted it to be included in that. The server ruined the whole experience. And so did the long wait time.

Angela (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Our dinner on New Years Eve was fantastic. They served their usual menu which was a big plus to us, and we did order a bunch of their NYE specials. Thanks for the New Years hats and champagne.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

This place had AMAZING food! Will definitely be returning again. Was here for a friends birthday and it was perfect.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

LaPalapa was a nice dinig experience. I would recommend it for families. The service was corteous but did not enhance our experience.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent cuisine

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Sadly, the margaritas were practically undrinkable, and we ordered two different pitchers. I ordered a cocktail instead. Service was slow but friendly. Food was mediocre overall. Al pastor taco was the best. Fun atmosphere for a a group reservation, but the food and drinks were just not good.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

Amazing food

Local (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Always a pleasure.
Great staff, neighborhood crowd, delicious margaritas, big portions, happy vibe.

j0shua (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

THE FOOD: authentic, flavorful, delicious.
THE DRINKS: we tried jalapeño margaritas, one with mezcal, the other tequila, both CRAZY delicious and certified, spice-nut spicy. another had the frozen strawberry margarita before converting to the jala-mezcalarita, while our beer enthusiast enjoyed the authentic offerings.
THE NOISE: real loud on a Friday night, but the energy is infectious!
CONCLUSION: we will be returning for more! such a vibrant scene, friendly staff and de-LISH-ous offerings.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 8, 2017

this place is usually great, but what an off night. the service was terrible and the food only so-so. not sure what's up... this is usually a go-to for a nice evening.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2017

Our group of nearly 20 had an excellent time!
We may well go back again.