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Had high expectations- service and food were ok. Disappointed with the food mostly. Bland Mexican is not what we expected. Skip the mole and cheese enchiladas.
4 of us had dinner. Each first course was just OK. The steak fajitas as a main course was disappointing-very few vegetables and tough cut of steak. Servers were nice and professional.
Excellent food, ambiance and service. Highly recommend for get together with friends, romantic dinner and/or a date. Also great straight up margaritas - strong and not to sweet.
The food was excellent, if you are vegetarian they have many options. I have the lunch special for $23. I choose the mushroom quesadilla which was excellent, very tasty. Next I had the pork tacos, they were tasty but nothing special. For dessert I had flan but it was just mediocre. It was more sweet than creamy, not what I'm used to. As much as I enjoyed the food I found the margaritas small but pricey, they were $11 each in a short glass. My friend is vegetarian and they make their salsa with chicken broth, but they do have a vegetarian option, just ask. All in all I would eat here again but will go during happy hour when the drinks are more reasonable.
I am never disappointed whenever I come here for a meal. The Tamarind Margarita's are the best and food is always delicious. Highly recommend for delicious Mexican with a nice ambience.
We've been going to El Parador for 50 year. Consistent and excellent as always
After living in the neighborhood for many years finally decided to pay this place a visit. Definitely one of the nicer Mexican spots in the area. The food was very good and prices reasonable. The service was pretty slow and I was underwhelmed by my cocktail but would definitely return.
Probably one of the best Mexican spots I've been to! Loved it!
Wonderful experience. Double cut pork chops were top-notch. Great food, service, and ambience.
If you want to have superb traditional and contemporary Mexican/Spanish food, in one of New York's most authentic "off the beaten path" restaurants, go to El Parador. The food is amazing, the margaritas the best, and the atmosphere is warm, cozy and the service is incredible. It's low key and fun at the same time. People have been coming here for over 60 years and when the newest New Yorkers find it, they think that it's "their secret discovery." New York has some of the best dining experiences in the world and there are some new gems that open every month, but they don't stay with you like El Parador.
The best Mexican restaurant in NYC. My out of town guests loved every aspect of the dinner.
Enjoyed the red snapper special this evening in the clay pot. So nice to add the frozen margarita, and Christmas tree nachos. The staff at "El P" always makes me feel welcome.
When our server came to our table w 2 glasses of champagne I was stunned! I don’t even remember telling restaurant that this was an anniversary celebration ( I guess I must have).
Anyway food was superlative.
As was the server.
I had last visited El Parador in 1972! My bad! I will certainly return.
Straight forward Mexican food. Liked the fact this was the oldest Mexican restaurant in Manhattan. Salsa and chips were fabulous. Margaritas small but good. Bathrooms in the dingy basement.
It great food
Even though our table was in the middle of the room, I felt our service was below par. We had to remind him to bring the guacamole - how long does that take in the kitchen? It was fresh but it was not mashed so there were big chunks - I don't mind chunky but this were clearly not mashed. We had to ask for water several times and also ask for him to even take our order. I am sure there are better Mexican restaurants in the area so I would try another before coming back here.
Armando is the consummate host!
He represents Alex and the family in welcoming you to their family-friendly, festive establishment.
We are so happy whenever we visit, we eat delicious, well-prepared nom noms, and drink delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
The pork dishes are magnificent, the homemade chips, salsa, and guacamole, amazing, the peanut butter stuffed jalapeños - wow!- and the margaritas, well, you’ll have to check those out for yourselves!
Do yourselves a favor and get to El Parador pronto!
Excellent service and wide selection of items on menu. Delicious from appetizer to dessert.
Special place. Great food & service. Much more elevated experience than it looks from the outside. Yet casual/comfortable. First time; will be back!
Amazing food! The salsa was incredible, and the tortilla chips were so warm and crunchy! We could not stop eating them. The enchiladas and ceviche were to die for as well!
The finest authentic Mexican in America, bar none. Also, the finest margarita and chips and salsa. Really a hidden gem. Fine food.
Wonderful as always
Restaurant looked like it was in repair so everyone was cramped down in the basement. Uncomfortable but food remains outstanding. Just wished someone told us this.
The best of the best Mexican in a classic, old (in the BEST way possible) and established restaurant that should never be overlooked when Mexican is on your mind! I’ve been eating here for 12 years and haven’t been anything but amaZed and full and happy on my way out the door!
Wonderful evening with great food and service.
Best Margaritas too!
Incredible food! Our go to place.
Excellent décor, service and food. Will definitely go again.
Excellent service. Varied menu with creative presentation. Delicious appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The food is "real" Mexican and very good. An old favorite.
Really warm good feeling Mexican restaurant . Didn’t rush us at all. Great paella
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!
Went to dinner with friends on Saturday night and had a wonderful meal . Service and ambiance were excellent . Good neighborhood find
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.
This is the oldest Mexican restaurant in NYC and i love it. Love the ambiance, the food and the history.
Went for a birthday dinner and the service was incredible, and food was delicious!