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La Palapa

4.5
494 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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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Cuisines
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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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.
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Neighborhood
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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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Entertainment
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
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Viva Mexico and Viva Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate all week long with delicious special menus and cocktails!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Have a festive brunch at La Palapa on Mother's Day! Serving special margaritas and brunch.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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What 494 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I went to La Palapa with a big group of friends to celebrate my birthday! They were so nice, and we got the back room all to ourselves. The food was delicious and we had so much fun!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent as always! The roasted Serrano salsa is superb!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Staff and chef are wonderful, and make it their business to ensure everyone enjoys their meal!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

This is a restaurant not to be missed. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. Best of all is the breathtaking view of the ocean and the sunset.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food and drink quality and amounts for the price. Waiters have always been super nice and accommodating.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

They were able to accommodate a large birthday group (20 people) with no issues. Wonderful brunch not to mention great music!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The food was unbelievable!! Hidden gem in the east village!!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This was my first time here. I decided to take my girlfriends here for brunch for my birthday. We arrived a little late which thankfully wasn’t an issue. But our table was right next to the cash register and my two friends kept getting knocked by them. I just felt that was tough placement for a table. But other than that, things went very well.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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. :)

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

It was great drinks were strong!

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent cuisine

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Amazing food

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 10, 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.

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 7, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 22, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 11, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2017

Love this place!

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4.0Dined 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.

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