Cafe Frida - Columbus Ave

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$30 and under
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Mexican
The authenticity in our Mexican Regional Cuisine is a ritual of flavors, aromas, colors and textures dedicated to your soul.

Our knowledge and passion for the tequila culture has been awarded by the Tequila Regulatory Council of Mexico since 2006, making us one of the few restaurants in the world of having such honor.

Come and enjoy the warmth of Mexico!
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t
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They are so gracious and the food is great!

f
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We ate here for lunch on a snowy Monday. To say that the meal was fair is an overstatement. The food was mediocre at best- it arrived lukewarm and was not tasty at all. My enchiladas were not accompanied by anything- no rice and beans which is almost unheard of. The mole was just average. We asked for chips and salsa and were told there was a $5 charge for this. The service was as lukewarm as the food. With all the great restaurants in NYC, I will not be back. We were especially disappointed as we live in the neighborhood. Such a pity.

s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were eleven people celebrating on the day after thanksgiving. We were wined and dined at Cafe Frida with spectacular food and service
It was a wonderful experience

MM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The host was rather cold and didn't seat our party of 4 until we all arrived, despite the restaurant having many empty tables. There was almost no room to wait, so we kept getting in the way of servers and guests trying to enter and leave.
The food was good, but the fact that rice and beans are extra ($6 each!) at a Mexican restaurant is kind of a deal breaker. When I feel nickle-and-dimed, I'll take my business elsewhere.
After we finished our meal, we felt we were being rushed out. Again, there were many empty tables and no one waiting, so it just seemed unnecessary and unwelcoming.
Would I go back? No.

B
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent. I had a reservation for six at 2:30, we got there at about 1:20 and had to wait for 25 minutes. Not bad for a rainy Sunday afternoon. The only problem was that I am in a wheelchair and felt as if I was in the way. The staff didn’tseem to mind.

JY
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and yummy food. Loved it all. The coconut flan was the best I've ever tasted.

RA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was delicious but we found the seating in the front porch area to be too cold. They were happy to move us but then we were sitting next to a toilet

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service.

A
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good Margs and guac. Main dishes very tasty but some can be a bit saucy.

s
New York Area
490 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

we were a party of 8 and they were very welcoming. unfortunately after serving us drinks and guacamole, the service broke down and it took forever for our plates to arrive and later to have them cleared. everyone around us including other large groups seemed to be served better. we did enjoy the food and drink and only wished that the experience overall could have been improved.

v
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent we had a wonderful time

AK
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is always great, but because it’s so small they often make you wait a while to be seated even if you have a reservation.

HC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Table not available at the time of reservation. spent about 20 minutes waiting until one was.

SU
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

spicey guacamole delicious with chips
chille Reno good
salad with grilled salmon delicious
wine fair

MG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Made a reservation, but had to wait almost 40 minutes for our table. Once we were seated the service was good, food delicious.

w
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

very accommodating. excellent service. always a mob scene & loud but that's not the restaurant's fault of course. food is very good. you may have had better but very good. it ain't cheap but nothing is inexpensive in that part of town. staff clearly is hard working, staying calm and efficient in a crowded chaotic environment. all in all highly recommend the place

OT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The drinks were perfect. We “closed the place down” and the staff was very gracious about us being there late. They served a beautiful flan for my husband’s birthday and brought a sombrero for him to wear while he blew out his candle. It was lovely!

The aesthetic is a wonderful homage to Frida Kahlo. Highly recommend! We love this place!

JD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great value in UWS. Been here many times. Great happy hour and many tasty margaritas. Tacos and guacamole are solid and service is attentive and friendly. On occasion on busy nights the food is less consistent, but value for money leaves room for forgiveness when they skip a beat once in a while. Will definitely return.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good . It was a lively and fun restaurant.

P
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great meal last night with family and friends at Cafe Frida, Guac and Caso were terrific, as was the tacos. Extenisve tequila selection, and we enjoyed the Mezcal Flight offering. Cream Cake with Bananas was very good too for desert.

MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

They were doing the floors when we came in so a bit stinky with cleaner. Drinks were watered down.

B
Denver
104 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food choices-great for brunch

LW
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great location & tasty food! Great guac & queso condition.

J
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely Mexican restaurant with inspired offerings. It’s a neighborhood mainstay with good service and a lively ambience.

CP
Las Vegas
34 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a win. Excellent Mexican food and drinks. Fun place!

JM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Margaritas were small and very expensive at 15.00 each! Service was good, extremely noisy. Food was average. Won’t recommend this place or go back. Other Mexican restaurants have better food and less expensive drinks.

LT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall a great experience, food is delicious. I ordered epazote mushroom quesadillas and the others in my party all ordered chicken mole and we were all happy with our meals. I just didn’t like that happy hour drinks would be served only at the bar, at 6pm on a Tuesday...I skipped the drinks then.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the steak!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food. Yummy drinks

RG
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A regular neighborhood spot, with great food, service and value. Can get a bit noisy when there’s a full house. Two his/her restrooms that at spotless. One of my favs!

FL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific experience all around! Delicious fajitas and wonderful service!

CT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great guacamole and huevos rancheros! Cute vibe and reasonable prices

SR
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Not enough effort was made to authenticate its cuisine..i had a corn pancake for brunch..It was horrible..it looked like they opened a can of cream of corn and mixed. It with pancake batter...horribld

E
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is always good. We've eaten here a number of times and have always had a wonderful time. The service is attentive but not intrusive. The tables by the windows offer a great opportunity for people watching.

B
Denver
104 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was great for brunch. Lot of choices on the menu--eggs and mexican items. Everything was quite tasty. Fun place.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

always yummy . and a real Mexican restaurant. not some east coast version.. REAL. complex flavors. bravo

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best. Love it.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Frida is awesome! Great food and drinks. Superb service!

L
New York Area
204 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If you oin the UWS and craving mexican this is the place. Its usually crowded so either make a reservation or be prepared to sit at the bar and have great cocktails or flights and expand your knowledge of tequila and mezcal. You can't go wrong with the guacamole . We had tacos. Both the carne asada and the pork were very well prepared. Will definitely return.

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