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Wed, 2/21
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El Parador

4.6
945 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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.
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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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What 945 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Incredible food! Our go to place.

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vipJCR65 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Excellent décor, service and food. Will definitely go again.

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mlnyc (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service. Varied menu with creative presentation. Delicious appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

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vipJCR65 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Was very happy with this restaurant. It was my mom's anniversary and they just loved it. Will definitely go again. Lobster salad and fish tacos were outstanding.

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vipHudsonYardsNYC (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Food has deteriorated greatly. What used to be a gem of Spanish dining has transformed into downscale, flavorless Mexican. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid. We have issued approximately 675 reviews on OpenTable in the past three years of almost 700+ reservations. This restaurant ranks in the bottom 10.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Not too big of a space, but very cozy. Food was delicious, portions above average, priced reasonably, and service was fine. Been there before and I plan to be back.

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AmandaS (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

This place was great! I loved the décor and the staff was very friendly. They did take our chips and salsa away a bit early without asking, but overall it was an awesome experience. I would go back there again.

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Chet (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The food is "real" Mexican and very good. An old favorite.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Really warm good feeling Mexican restaurant . Didn’t rush us at all. Great paella

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Summer (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Came here for a birthday and it was awesome! Food was so delicious and portions were very generous. Our servers were excellent!! Had the best time and would definitely recommend for high quality mexican food in the city!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Went to dinner with friends on Saturday night and had a wonderful meal . Service and ambiance were excellent . Good neighborhood find

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Highly recommend the stuffed jalapeños and corn on the cob. The cornbread was also exceptional. The chicken mole was delicious and it’s enough to feed 3 to 4 people. The service was good, the drinks were great. Overall a good place for a casual dinner.

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almostabner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

This is the oldest Mexican restaurant in NYC and i love it. Love the ambiance, the food and the history.

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AnnaG (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Went for a birthday dinner and the service was incredible, and food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Muy bruna!!

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