El Parador

4.7
1024 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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El Parador Café was founded in 1959; it is the oldest and most authentic Mexican restaurant in New York, celebrating its 50th year in business. Carlos Jacott launched the original establishment, first located on 2nd Avenue and 31st Street. The restaurant has been lauded for having the best Margaritas by The New York Press and the best Ceviche by The New York Times.

The torch has now been passed onto Jose "Alex" Alejandro, a 1994 graduate of The French Culinary Institute, who continues to grow the restaurant’s following by offering an excellent menu, world class bar & lounge and warm atmosphere.

El Parador is dedicated to culture and hospitality. Many of the customers, dubbed “El Paradorians,” first met each other at the restaurant.

The wonderful ambiance and cuisine has made El Parador Cafe NYC's favorite Mexican Restaurant, voted #1 by Open table and, once again, named a Bib Gourmand winner by the Michelin Guide for great value.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Tex-Mex
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday thru Saturday Noon to 3 PM

Tasting Menu at the bar, Monday-Saturday 3:00PM-7:00 PM ($6 Margaritas, Sangria and Beer; Special selection of appetizers)

Dinner: Monday 3 PM to 10 PM
Tuesday Thru Saturday 3 PM to 11 PM
Closed on Sundays and mayor holidays
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Phone number
(212) 679-6812
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bonifacio Junior
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 1st and 2nd Avenues
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Parking details
There are public lots located on 34th Street and street parking available on 33rd, 34th, and 35th Streets and 2nd Avenue.
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Public transit
6 train to Park Avenue/33rd Street, the M34 & M16 1st Avenue buses, and the 3rd Avenue bus.
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Special events & promotions
The restaurant can accommodate parties up to 120 people for special events. The downstairs lounge, La Cueva, is a rare find in Midtown East.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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Mon 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Tue - Thu 9:00PM - 11:00PM

What 1024 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious Mexican cuisine. Halibut was extraordinary.

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R
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Our server was really great. He not only took our orders properly he had a terrific way about him. He made my wife and granddaughter feel happy to be there
The food was the problem. My ribs came warm at best with little or no taste Our other meals were pedestrian and forgettable
Will return if back in that neck of the city but would not go out of my way to visit

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HM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

It was good

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h
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

El Parador is a long-standing restaurant that serves authentic Mexican cuisine. I've never been disappointed in any of the dishes I've ordered. Great margaritas and excellent seafood dishes and paella. There is a fun, relaxed environment.

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R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This place is always consistent, with excellent food and drinks. Probably one of the best Mexican restaurants in NYC, as evidenced by it's long history.

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to place for special occasions as well as Saturday nights

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L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going here for years. It’s our favorite place. Never disappoints. The ambiance is good, service top notch and the food even better.
Recommend the margaritas, sangria, nachos royale, guacamole, and parador chicken. My kids love the enchiladas and the shrimp.
You gotta go here!

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OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our food order was never put in and when I inquired I was told it takes long. I ordered a Taco platter, the chicken was cold and very poorly put together. They forgot to put the order in and when it arrived 45min later, it was cold.

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ST
New Orleans
32 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I have been eating here, on and off, for the last 40 years. It never disappoints. The food is excellant, the service is very accomodating and the prices are very reasonable considering the quality.

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BG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I have been coming here for years. We were marking the 15 year anniversary of the 2003 Blackout which occurred the day after I came to New York for the first time. El Parador was the first restaurant my new found friends took me to when the power returned. It was fabulous then and is just as fabulous now. We always celebrate here. It is also our go to place for good food and good service for bringing our visitors to. It is reliably authentic and has the best frozen margaritas around. I look forward to having many more celebratory meals here.

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BT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Outstanding food. Seevice was a little spotty but then the place was full! Can’t wait to go again.

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k
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought a friend who is new to NYC. She loved the food and the service. Said the margarita was the best she’s ever had. Home run.

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

After all these years, El Pardor is still a charming restaurant with fine food and great margaritas! Great atmosphere and service.

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was even better than expected. My boyfriend and I went for a date night and loved the atmosphere, service and especially the food. The environment was comfortable and quiet. I would recommend to anyone who appreciates high quality Mexican food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved everything about this place.

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HM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good

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e
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been around almost as long as I have. For me, it's Mexican comfort food (and drink). Creative and subtle but not at all fussy. Margaritas and red and white sangia rock. They know how to mix drinks. Everything from the guac to the taco trey, ropa veijo or lobster seviche...great moles, short ribs, all delicious. Enjoy. Tell em we sent you.

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s
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

An neighborhood favorite been here many times. Always good, and on this particular Thursday evening, the crowd was significant and lively (a good thing.) I've ordered many of the items on the menu over the years and today I tried "Pollo Parador" which was nicely flavored (it takes time however to be ordered and the time to table can vary depending on how crowded the restaurant is.)

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J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful girls night/birthday celebration at El Parador. Food was delicious and the wait staff was very attentive and kind. Will definitely go back.

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LF
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Stumbled upon this restaurant and was very pleasantly surprised. We enjoyed everything we got for dinner and really enjoyed the service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here 3 years ago with my wife and was blown away by my dinner. My wife and I promised to go back the next time we could (not living in the city). 3 years later, it was my first choice while deciding on dinner with my brother, and I was not disappointed. I fully recommend the restaurant. Get the Pork!

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AM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend and i were 'catching up' after a few months, We wanted something different than the usual, and also wanted to be able to hear each other when we talk... service excellent, food delicious. dining room busy but not loud and noisy -- more like a quiet hum. Menu has many ecxiting choices. After dining one time, i Can hardly wait to come back!

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best kept secret in Murray Hill

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HM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a good dinner

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OT
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paella was so delicious. Even tacos were standout. Bean soup superb.

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R
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

How the mighty have fallen. Used to be a wonderful experience - great food, warm and attentive service. Food ranged from terrible to barely ok, service mediocre, and all in all, a very disappointing July 4 birthday dinner.

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n
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The best ceviche i have ever had! The salaa was a nice surprise...served warm. The menu had inventive ways ro do old Mexican favorites. I would definately return my next visit to NYC

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good meal! 3 apps (guac, meatballs & elote), 3 entrees (ropa Viejo, shrimp mojo, and chef's special), and a pitcher of sangria = $150, but the quality of food was great. Everything had great flavor and heat levels. Wait staff was very attentive and helpful.

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TP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good choices on the menu, food cooked feeding, attentive waiters and a cool vibe.

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PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice spot great for groups
Cocktails are nice
Nice spot if you go for a Friday night out and then movie time

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SW
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting NY for a few days this was the best food of the holiday. Thank you.

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DP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The lunch portions are TINY!!! Grilled mahi mahi tacos were literally two bites each, and with only two of them, wholly insufficient for a meal. Three forkfuls of rice and beans. We had to order more food after - a first at a Mexican/Spanish restaurant.

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CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a date night. Has really nice 2 person booths. Excellent food and service as well.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a friend's birthday with a reservation for four. One of the party was running late, but were seated without a problem and were very accommodating, managing to get the four entrees out at the same time. The waiters were considerate and sweet, sang happy birthday for our friend. Jalepenos rellenos with peanut butter were worth trying. Tacos were excellent, as was the enchiladas and tres leches cake to round it all out!

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DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was exceptional on our last visit. The meals were fantastic and the service was so great!

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LZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best Romantic table in the corner I ever had!!!
Great professional service, friendly and allert.
The food we ordered was excelent.
Thanx El Parador! For a perfect, lovely evening!
Monique&Luut

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DK
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been dining at El Parador since I was introduced to it in 1993. The quality of food and service has remained perfectly consistent during these past 25 years.

You walk inside and immediately forget you're in New York City.

The brown salsa, or mole sauce, which comes with the tortilla chips might be the best ever made.

I am not a drinker, yet will always have a frozen strawberry Margarita - the best I've ever had.

I've brought countless people to El Parador over the years, and never has one person been disappointed in the food, service, or ambiance.

Don't think you would either.

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e
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice local will return 6 of us

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AG
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Energetic, upbeat, great and fast service team. Hosted a 6 person dinner and everyone had a great time.

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n
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I haven't been to El Parador in at least 15 years and the first time we went to El Parador was in 1971. Our favorable memories of the restaurant were reaffirmed on our recent visit. Just wish we lived closer to the restaurant.

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