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El Parador

4.4
4.4
1143 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican

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.

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Menu

Main

  • Guacamole$10.00

    • Fresh Pico De Gallo$4.00

      • Soup of the Day$8.00

        • House Salad$4.00

          Romaine, cabbage, carrot and beet.

          • Lobster "Salpicon" Salad$18.00

            Scallions, tomato, serrano and mixed greens. Lemon and olive oil.

            • Roasted Corn Esquite Salad$10.00

              Cotija cheese, red onion, mayo and chile pequin. Watercress.

              • Garbanzo Bean and Quinoa Salad$13.00

                Spinach, tomato, cilantro and mango. Roasted Jalapeno dressing.

                • Grilled Chicken Tostada Salad$14.00

                  Romaine, tomato, cucumber and avocado. Blue corn tortilla and refried beans.

                  • Huevos Rancheros$12.00

                    Sunny side up eggs over corn tortillas. Avocado, queso fresco and black beans roasted tomato salsa.

                    • Huevos Divorciados$12.00

                      Sunny side up eggs over fried corn tortillas tostones, queso cotija and refried beans. One with jitomate salsa the other with tomatillo.

                      • Huevos Revueltos Con Papa Y Chorizo$12.00

                        Scrambled eggs with mexican longaniza sausage and potatoes. Hot tortillas on the side. Maduro plantains. Serrano salsa verde.

                        • Huevos a Caballo$22.00

                          Thin sirloin steak with two fried eggs a top. Avocado salsa. Tostones.

                          • Chilaquiles Con Huevo$14.00

                            Verdes o rojos. Chicken, corn chips, crema and queso. Fried egg.

                            • Nachos

                              • Normales$6.00
                              • Royal(with Spanish Sausage and Sofrito)$10.00
                            • Quesadilla De Camarones$12.00

                              White shrimp sauté with roasted tomato salsa.

                              • Quesadillasofia$11.00

                                Grilled breast of chicken tossed with charred jalapeno.

                                • Quesadilla De Hongos$10.00

                                  Three mushrooms, garlic, onion and oregano.

                                  • Enchilada Suiza and a Chile Relleno$14.00

                                    Enchilada with chicken, tomatillo salsa and queso cotija. Chile stuffed with cheese. Jitomate salsa.

                                    • Burritos or Chimichangas$12.00

                                      Large flour tortilla baked or fried. Stuffed with stewed chicken or beef picadillo. Guacamole, rice and beans.

                                      • Baja California Fish Tacos$16.00

                                        Chunky avocado and cilantro salsa. Black beans and rice.

                                        • Fajitas

                                          Saffron rice, refried beans, roasted peppers, onions, guacamole, sour cream, and tortillas.

                                          • Pollo$16.00
                                          • Sirloin$18.00
                                          • Shrimp$22.00
                                        • Grilled Catch of the Day

                                          Roasted seasonal vegetables. Parsley and radish picadillo. Chile pequin oil.

                                          • Market Price

                                        Tortas

                                        The traditional mexican sandwich served in a roll.

                                        • Milanesastyle Breaded Cutlet

                                          Avocado, tomato, chayote, refried beans and jalapeno slaw.

                                          • Depollo$13.00
                                          • Decarne$15.00
                                        • Torta De Chorizo$13.00

                                          Potatoes, cilantro, red onion, avocado, refried beans, oaxacan cheese, and watercress.

                                          • Ahogada De Cochinito$14.00

                                            Pulled roast pork, oaxacan cheese, avocado, cilantro, pickled red onion and salsa de chile guajillo.

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                                            What 1,143 people are saying

                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                            4.4
                                            4.4 based on all time ratings
                                            • 4.4Food
                                            • 4.2Service
                                            • 4.2Ambience
                                            • 4.4Value

                                            NoiseModerate

                                            94% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                            1. JO

                                              JohnO

                                              New York Area

                                              21 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              21 reviews

                                              Dined on June 17, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                            2. VV

                                              VeggieVeganVeda

                                              1 review

                                              1.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on June 12, 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

                                            3. b

                                              bernardf

                                              New York Area

                                              5 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              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.

                                            4. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              2 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on June 7, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great food and atmosphere!

                                            5. EC

                                              EddyC

                                              New York Area

                                              22 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              22 reviews

                                              Dined on June 6, 2019

                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

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

                                            6. T

                                              Takethecake2

                                              New York Area

                                              58 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              58 reviews

                                              Dined on June 5, 2019

                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                              Excellent menu, great food and outstanding service.

                                            7. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on June 2, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great place. Lively vibes and kind staff.

                                            8. RA

                                              ReganA

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on June 1, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                            9. MM

                                              MMCQ

                                              Atlanta

                                              28 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              28 reviews

                                              Dined on May 31, 2019

                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                              Wonderful place to dine. Consistently good.

                                            10. V

                                              Visiting

                                              London

                                              33 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              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.

                                            11. MS

                                              MikeS

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 25, 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)

                                            12. JR

                                              JohnR

                                              New York Area

                                              12 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              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.

                                            13. j

                                              johnf

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 18, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                            14. TI

                                              ThomasI

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              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!

                                            15. HM

                                              HillaryM

                                              New York Area

                                              46 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              46 reviews

                                              Dined on May 18, 2019

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              Everything was good.

                                            16. LK

                                              LisaK

                                              New York Area

                                              6 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined on May 12, 2019

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                            17. JM

                                              JoanM

                                              New York Area

                                              60 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              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.

                                            18. HB

                                              Happy2BinNYC

                                              New York Area

                                              44 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              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!

                                            19. BF

                                              BeantownFoodie

                                              Philadelphia

                                              21 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              21 reviews

                                              Dined on May 4, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                            20. DD

                                              DeeD

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              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!

                                            21. JM

                                              JouhaM

                                              Birmingham

                                              2 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              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.

                                            22. EC

                                              EddyC

                                              New York Area

                                              22 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              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!

                                            23. H

                                              Hungry4more

                                              New York Area

                                              18 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              18 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!

                                            24. O

                                              Ossie

                                              Miami

                                              10 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              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!

                                            25. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 18, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                            26. NY

                                              fritzNYC

                                              New York Area

                                              9 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              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.

                                            27. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              5 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on April 16, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                            28. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              9 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              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.

                                            29. HF

                                              HeatherF

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              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!

                                            30. C

                                              Christine

                                              New York Area

                                              13 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              13 reviews

                                              Dined on April 9, 2019

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              Comfortable atmosphere with good food

                                            31. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              23 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              23 reviews

                                              Dined on April 6, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Food always excellwnt. Real Mexican not Tex-Mex.

                                            32. b

                                              bruce

                                              New York Area

                                              27 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              27 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.

                                            33. SM

                                              SeanM

                                              New York Area

                                              17 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              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!

                                            34. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New England

                                              11 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              11 reviews

                                              Dined on April 2, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The best Mexican food in NYC!!!

                                            35. DB

                                              DaniellaB

                                              Miami

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on March 28, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Quality food and service, very special atmosphere

                                            36. KH

                                              KH2017

                                              Exclusive

                                              5 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on March 24, 2019

                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

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

                                            37. JO

                                              JerryO

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              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!

                                            38. WT

                                              WhataTreat

                                              New York Area

                                              39 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              39 reviews

                                              Dined on March 23, 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.

                                            39. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on March 22, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great margaritas, great food, great service.

                                            40. NY

                                              NewYorker

                                              New York Area

                                              90 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              90 reviews

                                              Dined on March 21, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Outstanding!

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