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About Cafe Frida - Columbus Ave

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!

368 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Regional Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Mon 12pm-11pm
Tues 12pm-11pm
Wed 12pm-11pm
Thurs 12pm-11pm
Fri 12pm-12am
Sat 12pm-12am
Sun 11am-10pm

Cross Street:
77TH ST

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 712-2929

Website:
http://www.cafefrida.com/

Entertainment:
On special ocassions.

Catering:
Up to 1,200 guests (off premises catering)

Public Transit:
Subway 1 to 79 st
Subway 2, 3 to 72 st
Subway C to 81st
Bus M7

Executive Chef:
Miguel Espinoza

Additional:
Beer, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour Mon-Fri 2pm-7pm!
Weekend Brunch!

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Sun 8:00PM - 9:30PM

Mon - Fri 9:00PM - 10:30PM

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We cater and accommodate all occasions, weddings, school groups, corporate events, museum groups. Remember, our job is to make your party happen! For inquiries please email us at events@beyondrestgroup.com

Cafe Frida - Columbus Ave Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Go to cafe frida every time we are in nyc. Always great..

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The lack of background “music” was much appreciated. The service was a bit chaotic but the food was very good and the staff well-meaning. We will definitely return when we are again in NYC.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I was here for a special menu, Oaxaca come to nyc so the food was not the regular menu. That said, the staff and atmosphere were incredible. I’m anxious to return to try their regular menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We went for a special meal because a chef from Oaxaca had come to do a special menu. The service was great. The food was very good, especially the appetizers. The ambience was warm and friendly and there was excitement because the chef spoke to the people there. We would like to see this repeated and also other chefs from other areas of Mexico to come and prepare their specialties. Very exciting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We have eaten at Café Frida many times. It is our GoTO Mexican in New York. Always delicious, with new ideas and the drinks are made fresh. Highly recommend

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Had a early reservation and got a nice table in the glass atrium. Great view of the Museum of Natural History. Great drinks, great food, great service, great people-watching.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderful place to dine, enjoy good conversations with friends, great tequila drinks, and have a good time.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fortunate for us they still had their special menu for the Day of the Dead holiday and what an excellent selection! These items (pork dish especially) should be on the regular menu! Yum!!! Everything was great and staff is always pleasant!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Dinner was great fun. Great food, ambiance,,and location.

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

Cafe Frida is an Upper West Side Stalwart. That being said, I find the space crowded. The service was very good and the menu had a nice variety. At Sunday Brunch, the drinks were all served in highball sized glasses. and the price was what I would have paid for a larger cocktail at other Columbus Avenue Restaurants. The food was tasty and freshly made but the portions were small. I also felt that $14.00 was a lot to pay for a small basket of chips and some guacamole.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

As always Yolanda made sure our evening was great, food was on point and the hibiscus margaritas amazing as always.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Items missing from order, waitress missing when we tried to solve it. Food undistinguished. When Mexican (esp Tex-Mex) is tasteless, it's time round round of the cattle and move on.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Looooooved it

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Love this place! Good food, superb quality & excellent service are a Win-Win!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I found this place a good Mexican restaurant in the neighborhood. Corn tortillas are good. They have great service.

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

very tasty vegan version of chilli rellenos (not what i necessarily was interested in but it was a nice surprise)

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Pleasantly surprised. The vegan choices were excellent.

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

This spot is great for date night. My vegan girlfriend and I (omnivore) were pleasantly surprised by the many options available to both of us. The service is wonderful, ambience is delightful and views of Theodore Roosevelt Park are bar none. We'll definitely be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Having spent February at San Miguel mex, we appreciate how authentic this food is.
We came for brunch, and it was our first visit.
Hubby had the Huevos Reveluetos. Scrambled eggs with Mexican Charizo. Great depth of flavor.
I had the Huevos Rancheros Divorciado. Excellent. The green source was flavorful and the red sauce was spicy. The guacamole had a nice kick too.
Can't wait to come for dinner

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food, good value, good atmosphere. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Mediocre Tex Mex. nothing special. Service was lackluster. Server was not engaging. There are better venues for alike cuisine. Enchiladas were mediocre ... at best. Authenticity remained to be seen. Would highly recommend manager/owner spend a time in the South West to learn the nuances of the food. Touted as the flagship restaurant. VERY DISAPPOINTING.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 1, 2017

My husband & I had dinner here on Friday 9/1/17. We loved it! Outstanding food! We started with the Mixteca salad, which was large enough to share. Our taco entrees were fantastic. You get 5 small tacos with housemade tortillas. My husband ordered Pollo Pibil tacos (slow roasted chicken w/ orange-lemon-achiote & spices marinade) and I had the Pescado tacos (oregano garlic rubbed Market fish with pickled jalapeño and hoja santa & chipotle aioli). So creative and delicious. Highly recommend this popular UWS restaurant!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

We have eaten at Cafe Frida many times. This even in particular was really bad. There were 4 of us dining and we ordered together. One our our party did not get her meal until we were nearly finished with ours. Three of us ordered tacos which come 5 to an order. We all ordered different meats. They don't usually allow you to order a mixture. The chicken tacos where the only ones that came out hot.
It was probably just an off evening but our dinner was not great that night.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

I've lived in NY almost 40 years and I have to say that this was probably the single worst meal I've ever eaten in a restaurant. We used to go to the Cafe Frida on Amsterdam and 98th which was excellent. The food was absolutely terrible at this place. Limp, overcooked enchiladas with a terrible sauce. Tasteless empanadas. Avoid this place at all costs.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Fantastic Mexican food in a neighborhood that has many good choices. The special hibiscus Margarita is a must. I loved the tlacoyos and guacamole. Great location too, near American Museum of Natural History and Central Park.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Fun vibe in place. Lots of action food is good and staff nice?

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

Cafe Frida is a solid, local UWS Mexican eatery with a bustling atmosphere. Tables are very closely placed. Forget confidential conversation! Very good guacamole, freshly made and served in a volcanic bowl with either chips or tortillas, not both. There are enough menu choices to please everyone in the group. The chile relleno was quite good.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The manager (or Owner) was fantastic! The hostess didn't really welcome us because our reservation was done last minute online through Opentable, but then the manager said no problem and sat us. The food was fantastic!!! And the manager and servers took really good care of us, including a 4 year old. The mole was amazing. Would dine there again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

I much enjoyed my frozen margarita and the guacamole. For my sister, a former New Yorker visiting from overseas, it was a treat.

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The best place for birthdays with the family! They get super festive. Mom had a great time - thanks!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

I really enjoyed the chicken tacos, and the spicy margarita. However, the other reviews are true, service is lacking. We sat and waited about 40 minutes for our check--no one was around to ask for it. I think we probably could have just left without paying and no one would have noticed. A little more attention would be great guys.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

It is one of our favorite neighborhood places. Everything was delicious but the service was a tiny bit off tonight. Still ranks high with us.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Very family friendly. Great margaritas.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Overall the food ended up being good and the margaritas were delicious but the waiter was actual the hostess and she left on break and we saw two different waiters that were most definitely better then the first hostess explaining items. Also, I can't for religious reasons eat pork or beef and they weren't accommodating and wouldn't even thought the same price they wouldn't because "served price" wouldn't help me...I later heard the 2nd waiter help the ppl next to me get whatever they wanted with there vegan restrictions...I'd go back for a snack and margaritas though.

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Food always delicious !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Great margaritas and food. Service was a little slow as the place was crowded.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Delicious margaritas and food! I had the la diabla margarita and it was incredible and the guacamole and shrimp tacos were amazing. I will definitely return and recommend it. It's pricey but worth it for unique drinks and delectable foods.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

We four each had something different, and found it all wholesome and tasty food. I have been there before and it's always been reliable. Good food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Frida is quite noisy. The drinks are very good and the food is good but the restaurant has gotten very cheap lately. They don't include rice and beans with many of their main dishes and it used to be included. We were somewhat turned off by that kind of nickel-and-diming.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Sixth or seventh time there and it has always been amazing. Food, service, and tables could not have been better. Will be back again very soon.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Live Sports, Fun
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