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About La Palapa

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.

77 St. Mark's Place
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Regional Mexican, Traditional Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 1st and 2nd Avenues

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 777-2537

Website:
http://www.lapalapa.com/

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

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Barbara Sibley

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.

Private Party Contact:
Judy Maeda: (212) 777-2537

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

Special Events & Promotions:
Valentines Day Menu Amor
Cinco de Mayo Special Festival Menu

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Details
Daily 5:00PM - 6:00PM

La Palapa Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
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Happy Hour (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Spicy (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Cozy (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Vegan (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 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.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Amazing food

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

VENGAN AQUI!
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.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Made reservations for a group of 7 for Saturday brunch. 5 of us arrived on time and the hostess had no problem at all seating us without the rest of our party. Our waiter, Andrew, was courteous of our missing guests and offered to still get our bottomless drink orders in so that the drinks would arrive and the 1.5 hour clock would start around the time that the rest of our party arrived. He was very knowledgeable on the menu and an enthusiastic waiter who made our already enjoyable experience at La Palapa that much better.

We all got the Huevos Rancheros Verdes which I would strongly recommend. Strawberry frozen margaritas are amazing and Andrew made sure we were filled all throughout our meal! Definitely will be returning

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Five of us shared a memorable Dia de Los Muertos feast at La Palapa. Every bite was delicious, the service was attentive and amiable, and The Best Margarita award is well deserved. Every visit to La Palapa is a sensory delight You can’t do better if “the real thing” is what you’re after. Kudos!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I hope this was an off night -- I've enjoyed La Palapa so much more on other occasions. I had forgotten how unpleasantly noisy it is on weekends, but it was the food that was disappointing -- the fish and shrimp were overcooked, and the quesadillas had sat for quite a while before they were served.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I love this place! Authentic Mexican food, perfectly prepared. Great ambiance and excellent value.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Went for brunch. My mom enjoyed her omelette with churizo. I had the mexican eggs benedict, which had this green chalupas sauce on it. I didn't like it much, but the drinks and service was good.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

It has a great bar scene so would be fun for drinks and apps including a terrific guacamole. For group dining it is almost impossible to hear the people across the table. My wife had the tilapia which was drowning in a nondescript red sauce while I had the steak which was done perfectly and had a tangy jalapeño sauce that was quite tasty. Mahi mahi which was delivered to our table by accident and left at no charge was tastier than the tilapia by far. There are so many Mexican options in the city that I have a hard time justifying La Palapa as a restaurant that I would return to.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

La Palapa is a great place for a last minute brunch option. They’re bottomless drinks are served in oversized cups!

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

I really enjoyed my birthday with my friends!!
Food was good and service was good!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The bar was outstanding. Oscar and Patrick were the dynamic duo.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Service was great. I enjoyed my meal, I know my some friends were not as satisfied. Bacon is very good there. Drinks are in mini pitchers which is wonderful so you don't have to bother your waiter as frequently for bottomless brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Love this place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

La Palapa was the perfect choice for a boozy brunch. The service was great and at a good price too. We had a wonderful time.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Love this place! Food is always very good and the staff is friendly. Can't beat their brunch special value.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Healthy, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Really authentic, great value, delicious, great service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Came for my sons 26th birthday celebration with 9 friends and family. Noisy, fun, good food , good service!! guac with the veggies is awesome! Made a great choice for a dinner celebration.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, People Watching, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

When I think about what characterizes a good Mexican restaurant, I think about the margaritas. Frankly, we were not impressed with the margaritas, and questioned whether they contained any tequila. The food is excellent, and everyone in my group enjoyed what they ordered. If you don't like really spicy food, you might ask about your order, as some of the sauces definitely had some heat to them. The service was disappointing, which I experienced on my first visit as well. This is certainly not my favorite Mexican restaurant, but I think it could be if they a bit more attention to the details.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

This place was so bad I had to laugh. From the lack of air-conditioning on a ninety-plus degree night to the inept waitress to the entrees that resembled week-old leftovers. My wife may never eat Mexican food again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Very accommodating of the changes I made in my reservation. Food is possibly more expensive than you might be used to paying for Mexican but it's totally worth it. Split some appetizers and get a couple of tacos for a less expensive meal. Overall delicious and friendly restaurant.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Spicy, Comfort Food, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Came here with a large group and the service was great! Also Tuesdays are $5 margarita night!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

loved the mini happy hour tacos, would def be back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Went here for bottomless brunch with a couple friends. Food was good and drinks were strong. Server was a little spread thin and was hard to get attention of. Would probably go again if I had another puls’d deal

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

This was the worst restaurant I have been to since Hurricane Sandy (about 5 years ago when all the restaurants ran out of food).

We started with a pitcher of margaritas, which tasted like rail tequila combined with a powdered sugar mix such as Crystal Light or Tang (worst margarita I have ever had).

We also started with the guac, which should be a staple item for any Mexican restaurant. However, this tasted worse than something I would make at home. It was bland and just tasted like an avocado, not to mention the chips were stale and not warmed as a good Mexican restaurant might do.

I then ordered the chicken enchilada which was truly terrible. It tasted bland and worse than something I would buy at Duane Reade and pulled out of the microwave. Either that, or I was served wet tunafish covered in verde sauce.

Lastly, not only was the taste completely bad, but the presentation was equally as poor. I suppose that this is the type of food that hipster liberals in the East Village have become accustomed to and that's the real reason they are projecting their anger on the Trump administration.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Staff seemed overloaded and disorganized and somehow split up our reservation by accident? However they fixed it right away and were very kind/pleasant. Food is tasty - the guac is excellent. We were told the medium was a "spicy" medium but trust me it is not - don't be afraid to go for gold. Will return.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Great service, AMAZING food, delicious margs, and a great atmosphere – we'll definitely be back!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 19, 2017

This place has been great for years. Consistent quality and really warm, friendly atmosphere. Great staff.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Not a good food experience at all. Guacamole and drinks were OK but the main courses (steak and lamb shank) were not prepared well. Nice atmosphere though. Go for drinks and bar snacks but go someplace else for real dinner. Great location though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

the food was amazing, so was the service - would come back anyday.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2017

La Palapa is a winner everytime, food is flavorful, service attentive and it's great value. Highly recommend!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Casual, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The food was definitely over priced and not as impressive, considering the tacos fell apart after the first bite. The drinks were good but I've had better tacos for half the price. Service was nice though.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

My daughter had happened upon the La Palapa stand at Vanderbilt Urbanspace location, and had delicious vegetarian tacos. Knowing how much my husband likes Mexican food, we made a reservation on the spot to at the St. Marks Place location for his birthday. We were really disappointed. Despite our reservation, we were seated beside the waiter station, which was both busy and crowded. The guacamole was delicious, but not worth $14.00. Our food was fine, but we were hoping for more than fine for a birthday dinner. Small portions and too much cheese. It was not worth the $100.00 price tag. We left sad, which put a damper on my husbands special day.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Some of the best Mexican food I've found in the city!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Spicy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 31, 2017

The food is very good, not great, but given the low prices, this place is a winner. It's definitely worth a visit.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Friendly, generous-pouring staff. Great mimosas and bloody marias. All you can drink brunch!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I had a great experience at La Palapa! I was there with a group of about 15 people for my best friend's birthday dinner. They were very accommodating, and our waiter was great. The food and drinks were outstanding. The chile relleno, guacamole, and pomegranate margaritas were particular standouts. I will absolutely be back!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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