El Parador

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1142 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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El Parador cafe was founded in 1959 and it's the oldest Mexican restaurant in NYC. White Stucco walls, intimate lighting, and a repertoire of authentic delicacies make us a destination for those who seek the flavors of traditional and contemporary Mexican cuisine.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Tex-Mex
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Bar
Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
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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
Jose Alejandro
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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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JO
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As good as always! Haven’t been for long time.

VV
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was not up to the mark but prices are. The food quality is lowered. Too much noise and the server was asked to bring one warm water and one regular but didn’t bother to listen and brought two hot water. Extremely slow and noisy at its peak

b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Because El Parador has been a "tried and true" for so many years, it does not get the attention that its carefully prepared food and excellent service deserve. They were all evident when we returned to this "old haunt" of ours . . . El Parador moves back to the top of the list. It's not only a great neighborhood place -- it's worth leaving your neighborhood for.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere!

EC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always fun and the food is always excellent and great value. The staff are great!

T
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent menu, great food and outstanding service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Lively vibes and kind staff.

RA
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. Highly recommend the chicken parador and the peanut butter jalapenos. Great service as well.

MM
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful place to dine. Consistently good.

V
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Going there for 30 years. Maybe hundreds of times. So we love it. Howeve, it needs to pay attention to food and service.
It's uneven.

MS
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, the best Mexican Restaurant in Manhattan!

I lived in Arizona and have been to DOZENS of Mexican restaurants in NYC and have been disappointed at most... El Parador has become my go-to with legit Mexican recipes and incredible quality of food, service, and ambiance.

If you like Mexican, it's a MUST visit (Their Enchiladas with mole poblano is the best I've ever had)

JR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food. Really attentive service. The room is dark but after a while my eyes adjusted. Would definitely come back.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent classic Mexican food. It's my go to spot in midtown.

TI
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lobster Cerviche might possibly be one of the best dishes I have had in several years!

HM
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good.

LK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place -- great food, great old-style service.

JM
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

El Parador has been in business for over 50 years, and continues to serve excellent Mexican food.
For this visit our group of 4 had excellent entrees. The restaurant was very crowded on a Tuesday night, and everyone was having a great time--including a large group next to us. The service is very good, and we were all satisfied with our dinners.

HB
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed the food and the friendly efficient service. We thought the margaritas were mediocre but we still enjoyed our night there!

BF
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. THE BEST mole I've ever had. Waitstaff were attentive. Just a beautiful meal.

DD
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and staffs are all efficient and friendly especially Grace at the bar. Food are delicious! It’s our Fridays go place!

JM
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place! I go to El Parador everytime I visit NYC. Food is great and reasonably priced. Staffs are friendly and serving well.

EC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place - a real neighbourhood gem! Delicious food, friendly and welcoming staff, and GREAT margaritas! Always a reliable option, but you have to book as it gets pretty busy!

H
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best choice for groups. The menu and specials have a variety of choices to suit everyone's taste. The peanut butter stuffed jalapenos, sauteed chorizo, mussels and ceviche are just a few of my favorites apps! Great margaritas and a nice selection of wines complement the food!

O
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Family vacation in New York City
El Parador’s food was average
My daughter Alex order a glass of sangría which did not taste very good
Food was just above average
Have had much better Mexican food
Good waiter!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pollo parador was the best chicken I’ve EVER ate.

NY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is gourmet. Recommend trying and chef specials. There is a reason it has been a hit since the 1960s.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time going. It was great. Overall.
Hidden gem !

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate my wife’s birthday, but that’s just an excuse for going to our favorite restaurant. Her family’s been going for decades, and now I’m enjoying it as well. It’s a great place to have a splendid meal and enjoy the ambiance.

HF
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite places in the city. I actually went back the next night with 5 work colleagues because I can always depend on it being so good!

C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Comfortable atmosphere with good food

OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food always excellwnt. Real Mexican not Tex-Mex.

b
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We came for lunch, which we've done many times before. The guac was excellent as were the lamb chops and tres leche cake. Good sangria also.

SM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As an honorary New Yorker. WHY have I never been here? It’s in an out of the way neighborhood but OMG go. Everything- staff, food and ambiance - was top notch all while being casual and relaxed. Going as soon as I’m back in town! Loved it!

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Mexican food in NYC!!!

DB
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food and service, very special atmosphere

KH
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This Resturant is always at the top of my list. Best Mexican in NYC

JO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here for years, place is incredible, food excellent, staff attentive. It's a NYC spot, not touristy at all, it’s a place for locals or after work crowd people who would seek a quintessential NYC spot. It’s a bit old school in the best way, and has a big enough menu to make everyone in your party happy. They will adjust the dishes if you ask, want an entree as an appetizer for the table, not a problem. Massive tequila selection and regular margaritas or iced ones are also very good. Must tries are peanut butter jalapenos, mushroom quesadilla, cowboy ribeye, chicken mole or Parador. But honestly you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu or the specials. Highly recommended!

AA
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place ! Been having special occasions, friendly get togethers or just grabbing cocktails here for 15 years. Always look forward and never disappoints. Alex runs a superb restaurant.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great margaritas, great food, great service.

NY
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

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