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La Palapa

4.6
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664 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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 664 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CoriW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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.

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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.

OT
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.

OT
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.

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

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

PS
vipPamelaS
Philadelphia
44 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!

OT
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!

OT
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

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Chambertain
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice restaurant. Sunday brunch fruit salad, huevos rancheros, and Bloody Mary were generous, delicious, and a very reasonable $18. Also very tasty—avocado toast and a dish of brisket, beans, and rice. Terrific service and warm and friendly atmosphere. Recommend!

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vipAppi
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Palapa never disappoints. Amazing food and excellent service! Can’t wait to go back.

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vipRHRNYC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great brunch place , food and service

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great night out with friends. Friendly staff. Made us feel so welcome !

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience here! Friendly staff! Recommend to anyone looking for good authentic Mexican food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best things were the ambience and the service. The food was great although the fish tacos were bland- not a huge compliant though. My first draft beer was flat & warm but the server had no problem switching it for something better. Tequila prices seem high. It should be cheaper to have some shots in the ev. It was a special occasion, though, so we didn’t pay much attention. I will definitely go back.

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Ram31
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The toilet situation is a struggle but the overall restaurant is amazing. Cheyenne (not sure how it’s spelled) is amazing! Definitely worth the visit.

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CarlosH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time we have come to celebrate our yearly sibling Christmas brunch and we had a very good time. The food and the drinks were very good. We’re even thinking of even going back next year.

CB
vipCortneyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I came with a party of 5 and we had a really unpleasant experience. I wish I had done more research and made a reservation somewhere else. We ordered from the brunch menu, $18 for an entree including a drink. It took almost an hour for the food to come, and it was really poor. Huevos Rancheros was sour, something I had never experienced before. Other members of my party ordered the burrito bowl which was cold upon being served. Margaritas tasted like lime juice, not even a hint of tequila. Brunch was supposed to include a seasonal fruit platter, none of which we received, but we watched other tables be served them. If I could go back in time I would've read the Yelp reviews and maybe made brunch at home instead.

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vipPatriceA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been to La Palapa in years and was so happy that it was just as great an experience as the last time! Food was fabulous and our waitress was great. Their homemade margaritas are amazing - we had a ginger and a tamarind and they were delicious! The owners have also gone the extra mile to make it a quiet place to dine by putting audio panels on the ceiling. I highly recommend this place!

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Steph
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great foods. Really great margaritas. Looking forward to going back and trying more flavors of the margaritas.

CG
CarolynG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our first-ever meal at this fabulous fun restaurant! It all got off to a great start with terrific margaritas with aquas frescas (Mexican Coke for the teenager!), delicious guacamole, and queso fundido with chorizo. Shrimp with mole and steak entrees were delicious. Friendly, warm service all around. We'll be back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience

KC
KimC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food! My god, good thing I don't live nearby...everything was delicious! Service was great, just enough attention and wry commentary. Loved it and will definitely return. (We've been coming here off and on for about 15 years!) Keep up the great job!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Favorite Mexican in the city!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The enchiladas were great.

LH
LindaH
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I started going here when it first opened some years ago and it's still great. I don't live in DC so can't go as often as I would like.

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JessicaH
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

came here on a Friday night and everything was ok. Love the scenery but the food was nothing to rave about, yet the drinks were strong. It did take a long time to even get a drink and I was there at 530 before the place was busy. Also EVERY Mexican place I have been to usually gives chips and dip to start yet they just set the table with dip and that it. Pretty disappointed and would not be going back.

FAQs

La Palapa does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Chow Now. 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 664 OpenTable diners.

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