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La Palapa

4.6
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669 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
La Palapa is open for Take Out and Delivery. Call 212-777-2537 to place your order. La Palapa combines authentic Mexican home cooking with a festive bar and a warm and friendly atmosphere which makes for the perfect place to dine or celebrate any occasion! We specialize in "Mexico City style" tacos and quesadillas and regional home cooking. Our menu includes such dishes as Tacos al Pastor, Mole Negro Oaxaqueno, Salsa Pibil and many other specialties from different regions of Mexico. Our award winning Margaritas are all made with fresh juices and are delicious, especially when you add house made hibiscus aqua fresca and a chile-piquin salted rim! Refreshing Mexican beer cocktails, such as the Michelada and the Chelada are even given special attention at La Palapa. La Palapa is available for catering on or off premise. We specialize in creating menus for private parties and events.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 669 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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4.4
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Best brunch I’ve been so far! Food was great and drink were delicious but a bit over priced a bit but great atmosphere too

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LanceB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

great service and nice staff. food was plentiful but not as flavorful as i had hoped. overall we had a great time and i would definitely pass the word along. seemed like they have a regular group of clients so that's a plus.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience2

I went to this restaurant for a date night.

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NYCchronicles
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great service. Will definitely visit again!

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AlexandraG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Richard is the best

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CoriW
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Very clean. Friendly staff. Nice outdoor dining option.

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BillM
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

La Palapa remains the best Mexican restaurant in the neighborhood. They run a very professional and friendly operation, with great food in a pleasant atmosphere. I'm always glad I came here.

KR
vipKatieR
Anchorage
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great vibes and great food! A little pricey for the area but overall worth it for the friendly and accommodating service. Will definitely be back!

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TamannaC
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was great! We enjoyed the meal, the recommendations, and the ambience. Would go back again!

JB
JulieB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening! Delicious food, margaritas and lovely waiters.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deelish vegan plate. Fresh and tasty.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a large group of 20 of friends/colleagues in town for a conference. Service was impeccable especially given the size of our group, everyone raved about the food, and the price was right on budget!

JB
JoseB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food! very good brunch special, thank you!

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KelseyS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I had heard great things and was very excited to try La Palapa with a group of friends. There were 10 of us and we were seated in the back room with another large group which wasn't ideal since the vibe back there is not as nice as the main room, but I understood since there were so many of us. The drinks and food were fine, but the service was disappointing. Again, I understand that we were a large group but requests needed to be made numerous times, food was late and then we were given the incorrect bill twice. My friend who was paying received the bill, gave her credit card and then was given a receipt for a much higher amount. She questioned this and then the waiter came back another time with a different bill, again for a higher amount. We reviewed the final bill and made sure that it was accurate but it was still quite frustrating for our party to be sitting through this time-consuming process and ultimately be given multiple incorrect bills. I will likely not come back here.

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Tastydelight
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp quesadilla were amazing and so was the mango margs. The place was really loud but hey it was happy hour.

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Chambertain
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great brunch menu. Reasonable and tasty. We’ll be going back there soon for a THIRD brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

cheyenne we will miss you!

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KarenE
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, fresh, and innovative cooking. I come back here when I'm in the area.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely tasty food pleasant atmosphere!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Host was very nice and accommodating to our group. We weren’t just a number to them and they cared about our experience. Great service.

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vipAshleyV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect evening with family or friends. Great for groups. Food is AMAZING.

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vipPamelaS
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Even though chilaquiles were not on the dinner menu, the chef accommodated my request. All of our food was very good, the service was excellent, our waitress Mer was charming and Richard, the manager, came to our table several times to make sure everything was ok. Thank you Palapa, we will be back.

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vipFrancescaN
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent, love the drinks, love the atmosphere! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot and amazing food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went on a Sunday night. We ordered Guacamole and chips which were very good. I had the chicken enchilada with red mole sauce and it was outstanding. My wife had a couple flour tacos which were very good. Margaritas were very good. Friendly, attentive service. Nice ambiance.

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JoanneV
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are semi regulars at La Palapa and are always treated so well! I highly recommend it!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our entries came out less than five minutes after our appetizers- no room on the table and had to eat the hot food before it got cold,leaving an inabilities to enjoy the guacamole and veggies

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Chambertain
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice restaurant. Sunday brunch fruit salad, huevos rancheros, and Bloody Mary were generous, delicious, and a very reasonable $18. Also very tasty—avocado toast and a dish of brisket, beans, and rice. Terrific service and warm and friendly atmosphere. Recommend!

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vipAppi
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Palapa never disappoints. Amazing food and excellent service! Can’t wait to go back.

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vipRHRNYC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great brunch place , food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great night out with friends. Friendly staff. Made us feel so welcome !

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience here! Friendly staff! Recommend to anyone looking for good authentic Mexican food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best things were the ambience and the service. The food was great although the fish tacos were bland- not a huge compliant though. My first draft beer was flat & warm but the server had no problem switching it for something better. Tequila prices seem high. It should be cheaper to have some shots in the ev. It was a special occasion, though, so we didn’t pay much attention. I will definitely go back.

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Ram31
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The toilet situation is a struggle but the overall restaurant is amazing. Cheyenne (not sure how it’s spelled) is amazing! Definitely worth the visit.

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CarlosH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time we have come to celebrate our yearly sibling Christmas brunch and we had a very good time. The food and the drinks were very good. We’re even thinking of even going back next year.

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vipCortneyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I came with a party of 5 and we had a really unpleasant experience. I wish I had done more research and made a reservation somewhere else. We ordered from the brunch menu, $18 for an entree including a drink. It took almost an hour for the food to come, and it was really poor. Huevos Rancheros was sour, something I had never experienced before. Other members of my party ordered the burrito bowl which was cold upon being served. Margaritas tasted like lime juice, not even a hint of tequila. Brunch was supposed to include a seasonal fruit platter, none of which we received, but we watched other tables be served them. If I could go back in time I would've read the Yelp reviews and maybe made brunch at home instead.

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vipPatriceA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been to La Palapa in years and was so happy that it was just as great an experience as the last time! Food was fabulous and our waitress was great. Their homemade margaritas are amazing - we had a ginger and a tamarind and they were delicious! The owners have also gone the extra mile to make it a quiet place to dine by putting audio panels on the ceiling. I highly recommend this place!

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Steph
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great foods. Really great margaritas. Looking forward to going back and trying more flavors of the margaritas.

CG
CarolynG
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our first-ever meal at this fabulous fun restaurant! It all got off to a great start with terrific margaritas with aquas frescas (Mexican Coke for the teenager!), delicious guacamole, and queso fundido with chorizo. Shrimp with mole and steak entrees were delicious. Friendly, warm service all around. We'll be back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience

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La Palapa does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Chow Now. La Palapa also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 777-2537.

La Palapa is rated 4.6 stars by 669 OpenTable diners.

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