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About El Parador

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.

325 East 34th Street
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Tex-Mex

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

Cross Street:
Between 1st and 2nd Avenues

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 679-6812

Website:
http://www.elparadorcafe.com/

Parking Details:
There are public lots located on 34th Street and street parking available on 33rd, 34th, and 35th Streets and 2nd Avenue.

Public Transit:
6 train to Park Avenue/33rd Street, the M34 & M16 1st Avenue buses, and the 3rd Avenue bus.

Executive Chef:
Bonifacio Junior

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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

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El Parador Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for a Date (17)
Authentic (16)
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Fun (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Casual (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Cozy (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Romantic (9)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Spicy (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·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

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Muy bruna!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

So good!!! Highly recommend the mole poblano on anything

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

El Parador never disappoints. My wife and her family have been going there for over 40 years and now I, new to the family, am enjoying it as well. My wife and I celebrated our marriage there 3 1/2 years ago. We love the food, the ambiance, the service...everything!

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great homey, cozy Mexican. Food was excellent as was the service. Will definitely return!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Cozy, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The margarita was good. All the staff was very friendly, courteous, and professional. The lobster ceviche looked beautiful and tasted great. The fish tacos were expensive, bland, and boring. The tres leches was also very bland. The Mexican hot chocolate was too sweet for my taste. I was very well treated and was made comfortable, but the food was mostly disappointing. I would try it one more time—perhaps I ordered all the wrong things.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We met to hang out after not seeing each other for a while. The friendly staff did not rushed us. Enjoyed the beauty of the place, and it was quiet enough for us to talk! Food was good too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Very good food, I recommend 100% good location friendly staff

Tags: Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our go to in NYC. Never fails. Feels like family to us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

ElParador continues to be a unique experience. Better and better with time.

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Solid place. Good food; mole is excellent. Good value

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We came for a friend's birthday -- she wanted mole and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious! Also, we asked for a quiet table and they accommodated us very nicely. They found us a table in the back, away from the bar. From start to finish, they took great care of us even bringing the birthday celebrant a wonderful dessert and singing happy birthday!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Everything was delicious and so fresh. Extensive menu. I am a vegan and they were able to accommodate me with many options Great margaritas. Beautiful, calm and classy old world atmosphere. I will definitely be back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

If you are looking for a quiet spot with reasonable food for a Monday lunch, El Parador is for you.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The absence of background “music” was greatest appreciated. The service was a bit chaotic but the staff was well-meaning. The food was very good and the bill
was within reason. We will definitely come back when we are again in NYC.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Very good Mexican restaurant with some offerings not seen on most other Mexican places. Friendly, pleasant, yet professional service. A winner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Good food and pleasant service. We were a table of 6 and everyone enjoyed their food. The Old School tacos were a particular favorite.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We went to El Parador for my son’s 18th birthday meal. Although we arrived half an hour before our reservation the waiting staff sorted out our table and while we waited we were given hot tortilla chips and chipotle sauce and they kept giving us refills over and over. The food was authentic and delicious and the waiting staff were incredibly attentive and friendly. Really enjoyed our visit and would recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was just ok. Overpriced for the quality. The best thing was the guacamole.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Our favorite place year after year.
Armando and the entire wait staff do an outstanding job making everyone feel welcome and valued.
You’ll return again and again to eat delicious apps (eg, creamy guacamole, stuffed peppers with peanut butter) and delicious entrees (eg, pork chop, chefs combo), and drink the best margaritas around.
Muchas gracias El Parador❣️

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (London)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Loved this restaurant! Had the taco platter which was the best thing ever as well as the strawberry margarita. The margaritas were same if the best I’ve had and the food in general was some of the best Mexican food I’ve had. The food also didn’t make you feel gross or gassy like some restaurants. I would totally return. Great place for a date or for meeting a friend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food and generous portions including regional Mexican dishes. The staff were careful and helpful in accommodating our need for gluten-free. Good selection of tequilas.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

El Parador never fails to impress. Every time I come to NYC, I call and RESERVE their fabulous chicken mole. It truly is worth the trip.

Tags: Spicy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing as always!

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

Really awesome place, would love to visit again. Best back and coke I had in a long time! Tacos and enchiladas were amazing! Great ambience for a romantic date!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Always wonderful at el Parador

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

As always, good food, good service, relaxing. Tried and true

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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