La Palapa

4.6
723 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.

Support La Palapa during COVID-19

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
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
What 723 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HETS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service in pandemic times and I am certain well before - thank you for a great brunch!

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michelle
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming to La Palapa. Great service and food

La Palapa
Responded on May 11, 2021

Thank you! We appreciate your support in these crazy times and always!

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vipDeniseW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here on Cinco de Mayo. Food is delicious. I can’t stop thinking about the shrimp quesadillas. Margaritas were good. Service was excellent. Can’t wait to go back. Covid precautions were great.

La Palapa
Responded on May 11, 2021

Thank you! It was such a fun night and having you at La Palapa was great support during these crazy times!

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RelativeSmith
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, fast service, good ambience -- one of my new favorite restaurants

La Palapa
Responded on May 11, 2021

Thank you so much for your support and the lovely review- you made our day!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

I read OT’s article on new women chefs, so we decided to try this restaurant. All four of us have been vaccinated, so we ate inside. Even with plexiglass dividers it was head ache inducing noisy. The food with the exception of a pork dish was not eatable. The cutlery was plastic. The Margueritas were okay, but served in plastic. There is nothing special about this Mexican food.

La Palapa
Responded on May 11, 2021

I am sorry you did not enjoy your meal. We are using disposable items during Covid to be safer as the Department of Health regulations specify rolled silverware. All the best wishes and thank you for supporting women chefs.

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OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant; great ambiance and food. The personnel was also very kind.

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JohnD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good for date night - a bit loud in the back garden but fine

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vipMargo
New York Area
201 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Very good Mexican the guacamole and all the ingredients extremely fresh. Prices a bit high especially when you are eating with plastic utensils. I would go back but definitely need real silverware and cloth napkins.

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teejay
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our evening at La Palapa! Their backdoor garden is lovely, and the restaurant went out of their way to get us a lovely table by the heat. The food was wonderful too! We'll be back to explore the menu further.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was great. Food was so fresh and full of flavor

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JamieG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun place for drinks and dinner. The host and waiter were very attentive and checked in often. The mojitos were fabulous and all of the food was delicious. Great people watching in the middle of East Village.

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Laur
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food was delicious and the service and atmosphere were fantastic. The pricing structure and brunch menu pricing were not clear and misleading.

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LakinR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Great food! Quiet toward the end of our visit but louder when we got there around 3. Great portion size for the drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tacos were phenomenal

BJ
BrokerJMK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurant experiences I've had since the beginning of the pandemic. So glad this amazing restaurant is still around!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the waiters were amazing! Will definitely be coming back soon!

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vipTony
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brunch menu and drinks! Food and service are top notch!

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SherylF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Plastic utensils and cups

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RFSNY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great. Servers great. Backyard seating not truly outdoors, so be aware.

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AbbeyO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food and yummy margaritas! Would go back again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience1

It was extremely loud and the place looked a little too packed for covid restrictions. We enjoyed the service and the staff was apologetic about the noise. Food came out quick, drinks were okay, but food was unremarkable.

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Yumm
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Guacamole and Margaritas are fantastic!

Everything else is subpar. The meat was very dry and the corn tortilla holding it completely fell apart (ironically from moisture).

The outdoor dining could use some work. The tables are dirty, on unleveled ground with less than one heater per table. If they just put one less table and clean them between guests I think it would make a big difference.

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Marella
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome experience to bring your friends and hangout. My friend is a food reviewer and she was blown away by the food..

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was absolutely amazing. Went for brunch alone, got the huveos rancheros and now I can’t stop thinking about it! Michelada’s were 🔥. Can’t wait to come back to NY so I can come here, will be bringing friends this time!

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CarolineC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We booked a reservation for inside yet they placed us on the back patio on a 16 degree evening with not a single heater.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Palapa is one of my favorite spots for margaritas. Happy they have been able to stay open throughout the pandemic. I do miss their happy hour specials but I understand they are not able to offer that at this time. Maybe some options such as ordering a pitcher of margs? They had them before but we were not offered that this time. Food is consistently good and that hasn’t changed.

Noise level was terrible! The people behind us were screaming and we’re so loud! I get that it’s a fun place but it’s disruptive to other guests who just want to enjoy a meal and good drinks. Also guests getting up to use the restrooms didn’t put their masks back on and no one was enforcing that. Overall a great experience but hopefully they can somehow control the noise level and enforce wearing a masks when guests are not at their table.

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HarrietB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food, on second day of opening after the pandemic! Will visit again!

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Chels
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went for a valentines brunch, I feel like it was overpriced and the margaritas had no alcohol? But the backyard was cute and the good was good

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A1 service and the tacos were delicious

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vipTony
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch specials. The food is authentic and excellent. The margaritas pack a punch!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, incredibly accommodating with our reservation for a large group and all our orders, food was excellent and the staff was very kind.

MR
vipMichaelR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Amazing service. The manager even came over to speak to us which was really nice. Will definitely be back.

NJ
NancyJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had delicious food and margaritas! I love this place!

EL
EduardL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was great, the chips and salsas, guacamole, pozole, quesadillas, tacos, jalapeños toreados, and the frozen margaritas, so generous. The waiter, and bartender who greeted you in and out of the bathroom were so nice, so chill. Chill it gets in the street hut, so, bundle up. Though it was nice they didn't have music, the patrons can be loud aggressive Virus irresponsible, but the partitions between tables were placed with careful consideration and the staff's COVID awareness made us comfortable. It's the kind of place where you want to try everything on the menu in the slow hours, the food delicious and unpretentious, and we will!

JL
JonL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

More heat in the backyard if possible during the pandemic. Otherwise, great experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came in for a quick dinner, service was exceptional just like it was in my wedding. When I got married in the city we went for dinner after the wedding and it was the best service. Every time I go to the city I visit this restaurant.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, excellent margaritas, great service and festive ambience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience2

Made a resy for indoor bu

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Boise
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, incredible margaritas, friendly staff. Had an amazing time with a 6-person group. They have a cute patio at the back with heating lamps! Highly recommend! Get the guacamole!

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AlexandraM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
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.

FAQs

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

La Palapa is rated 4.6 stars by 723 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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