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El Parador

4.4
4.4
1074 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Tex-Mex

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (212) 679-6812

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jose Alejandro

  • Private party facilities

    We also have one of the best party spaces in NY, La Cueva (The Cave). Complete with a separate bar and independent sound system, this private space will meet all of your requirements for a great time. La Cueva can comfortably accommodate up to 40 people.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (888) 608-1054

  • Neighborhood

    Murray Hill

  • Cross street

    Between 1st and 2nd Avenues

  • 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.

  • Additional

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

What 1,074 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. JO

    JohnO

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As good as always! Haven’t been for long time.
  2. UU

    UrjaUpadhyaya

    San Francisco

    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

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 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

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 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

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful place to dine. Consistently good.
  10. V

    Visiting

    New York Area

    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

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 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

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 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

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 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

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 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

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 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

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 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

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 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

    Fort Lauderdale

    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

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 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

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 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

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Comfortable atmosphere with good food
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food always excellwnt. Real Mexican not Tex-Mex.
  32. b

    bruce

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 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. S

    Sean

    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

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    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

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 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!

FAQs

El Parador offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 679-6812.

El Parador is rated 4.4 stars by 1074 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 1st and 2nd Avenues

  • Neighborhood

    Murray Hill

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Tex-Mex

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jose Alejandro

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (212) 679-6812

  • Private party facilities

    We also have one of the best party spaces in NY, La Cueva (The Cave). Complete with a separate bar and independent sound system, this private space will meet all of your requirements for a great time. La Cueva can comfortably accommodate up to 40 people.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (888) 608-1054

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