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4.4based on all time ratings
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vipJohnO
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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VeggieVeganVeda
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

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

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vipbernardf
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!

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vipEddyC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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vipTakethecake2
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent menu, great food and outstanding service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Lively vibes and kind staff.

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ReganA
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipMMCQ
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful place to dine. Consistently good.

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vipVisiting
London
33 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

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MikeS
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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)

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vipJohnR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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johnf
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ThomasI
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipHillaryM
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was good.

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LisaK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

JM
vipJoanM
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipHappy2BinNYC
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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BeantownFoodie
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DeeD
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
JouhaM
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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vipEddyC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

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vipHungry4more
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Ossie
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipfritzNYC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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HeatherF
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

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vipChristine
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Comfortable atmosphere with good food

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food always excellwnt. Real Mexican not Tex-Mex.

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vipbruce
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipSeanM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mexican food in NYC!!!

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DaniellaB
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food and service, very special atmosphere

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vipKH2017
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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JerryO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipWhataTreat
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas, great food, great service.

NY
vipNewYorker
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

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El Parador does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. El Parador also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 679-6812.

El Parador is rated 4.4 stars by 1142 OpenTable diners.

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