La Palapa

4.6
742 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
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 742 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrew was a terrific waiter!! We’ll be back!

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viptravelbaker
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Quiet lunch off their restaurant week menu of assorted Mexican offerings. Waiter kindly did make a substitute too. Think the salsa and chips should have come to the table quickly...not with the lunch 20 minutes later. Also don’t like cheap plastic utensils Food was good tho not exciting overall dining ...

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great standard Mexican restaurant. Have been going for years. Delicious margaritas, great apps and heartily filled tacos.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Doesn’t look 5 star from the outside but I’d give it 6 if I could. Amazing food and staff. Warning: The torta is tremendous

SY
SabaY
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was amazing!! Value for your money was great and so was the food.

AR
AlliR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend this place for a night out with friends. It’s a low key spot with a fun environment. The food is pretty cheap for what you get and the drinks are delicious.

We got a pitcher of margs with jalapeño and the margarita wasn’t too sweet, which is usually my complaint about margs. The guac was good and I liked the crudité option, as well.

I got the vegan bowl for dinner and it was very good. Mix of vegetables, beans, guac, salsa, etc. All really good. My friends got tacos and they said the brisket was delicious, super juicy.

Would highly recommend for a weekend night dinner with friends.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

The place is rundown and not well kept - our seats were actually ripped and the restrooms were filthy. The food was good but with so many better options in nyc for authentic Mexican food with clean and well kept spaces I won’t visit here again. A solid mediocre experience

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Rafael
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place— been going there for years!!!
Yessssss!!

LU
LU121
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Amazing cocktails and good vegan options, fast service. Outdoor seating is very calm and relaxed.

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mocktoy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super great, as always! Love love the new burrito option.

T
vipTony
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, authentic Mexican food and cocktails. Excellent brunch.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Place really degraded over the past years! It used to be a nice place to hang but now the plastic cups and the cutlery make it look cheap and passable.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was simply not good. Three of us ate three different things, none of us enjoyed our meals, one of us had to send his food back.

Everything served with plastic cups, plastic utensils (even to cut a steak) and then the bill comes out to $69/person (with no appetizers or dessert).

There are many great Mexican restaurants in the village. Don’t waste your time on this one.

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vipkn1234
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Casual, fun spot for a night out with friends. Great food and drinks for the price!

K
Kari
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was absolutely delicious and reasonably priced! Top notch guacamole and tacos. Vegetarian/vegan friendly. Service was also great! Would 10/10 eat here again.

M
Maddiegurl46
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service and food were amazing! This place would be great for groups or friends looking for a fun dinner spot. Highly recommend 10/10

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was delicious, the ambiance is very cool. Downsides were slow service although wait staff were nice and courteous. Went there to try the flan from brooklyn 99! It was good :)

HD
HolidayDinner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner for my friend last night - we were a loud party of nine, so it was nice they put us in the back area. Food was great and our waitress was wonderful, thank you!!

SL
vipSLMFoodie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food and cocktails were great. Staff was super attentive. Really welcomed our party of nine (including 6, 15-year-old) and made for a special birthday dinner!

DD
DarcyD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So happy to see that LaPalapa has survived the pandemic... was my first foray back out to restaurants in NYC and LOVED everything about dinner... such authentic and delicious Mexican food, and probably the best margaritas in New York City.

RH
vipRHRNYC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfect Saturday brunch with a friend ! Was seated right away, staff was extremely pleasant, food and drinks yummy ! We even had 2 pitchers of frozen margaritas !

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HETS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
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.

JD
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

M
vipMargo
New York Area
204 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.

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

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

JG
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.

LR
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.

OT
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!

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

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

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

Plastic utensils and cups

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

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

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 742 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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