Cafe Frida

Cafe Frida

(Now Closed)
Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Upper West Side, New York
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  • Tawni B.
    Tawni BellMay 27, 2015
    The guacamole is great. After that leave. We had the shrimp tacos, the carnita tacos, and then this carnita boat dish. The carnitas tasted like they were made yesterday. The salsa comes extra $3.00
  • Jacqueline M.heart icon on user image
    Cocktails are not particularly good and happy hour discounts are only applied if seated at the bar. Come for excellent green chilaquiles at breakfast!
  • Mike S.
    Mike SmithDecember 28, 2013
    Some of the most authentic Mexican cuisine I've ever had. Definitely worth the wait. Don't miss the guacamole. The salsas are a bit spicy. Make sure you try the mashed plantains too.
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick ShawAugust 11, 2013
    Attentive staff. Great guacamole ! Tasty margaritas. Tacos looked more like an app than a main course, but with the beans and rice, I left full. Chicken has great flavor and salsa sampler fun!
  • Erika N.
    Erika NonkenMay 23, 2014
    Best gosh-darned margaritas in the city, great mescal selection, great steak, great staff, great everything. Delicious!
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 10, 2013
    Go for Café Frida’s uniquely sweet yet slightly spicy homemade mole Poblano. It’s smothered over a deliciously prepared enchilada filled with tender chicken and melted cheese.
  • Kira R.heart icon on user image
    Kira RochaJuly 20, 2019
    Great micheladas, loved ceviche. My date didn't find anything special in tacos. Will be back to try more
  • Maggie W.
    Maggie WilsonAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    PROS: The food is great for the $'s spent and the spicy dishes don't disappoint. The people watching is extremely entertaining if you can get a seat in the front. CONS: The drinks are only so-so :(
  • Jodi L.heart icon on user image
    Jodi LustigJune 12, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious tacos, spicy guac that's actually spicy (if you like that sort of thing), and killer margaritas.
  • Asli S.heart icon on user image
    Asli SSeptember 13, 2016
    Margaritas, chips + guac were all great. Even though it was a Friday night they didn't rush us out!
  • @JPSmithNYC
    @JPSmithNYCMay 25, 2012
    Mole Negro De Oaxaca half chicken braised white rice and platanos maduros is amazing! Also the white sangria will really hit the spot :)
  • Vanessa A.
    Vanessa AlessandraJune 5, 2013
    Service is quick & friendly, & I love the location but the food is overpriced & not great. I ordered Enchiladas Suizas & the spice was overpowering. Drinks here, I do recommend. Try La Gringa Mango.
  • Peter S.heart icon on user image
    Peter SesekJuly 30, 2019
    Great Mexican food! Highly recommend the shrimp tacos. Good guac too
  • Kai Y.heart icon on user image
    Kai YenApril 12, 2015
    La salamandra was probably the best margaritas I ever had. Everything was excellent.
  • Omar M.heart icon on user image
    Omar MartinezMarch 15, 2016
    Best AUTHENTIC Mexican food so far. Everything tastes like La Casa de la Abuela.
  • Olivia P.heart icon on user image
    Olivia ParentiMay 19, 2016
    Guacamole is very spicy but the mild one is delicious! Food is ok. Great margaritas!
  • O H.
    O HernandezSeptember 30, 2014
    mexican food, eats. pretty OK but this spot I only recommend if you want a quick bite. food is nothing to be amazed about, have had better from a food truck back in Queens. had the chicken enchilada.
  • F C.
    F ChSeptember 28, 2013
    Very authentic "bistek" tacos, the guacamole is the best I've eve tried, and I'm from Mexico.
  • rob z.heart icon on user image
    rob zandJanuary 29, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    tinga tacos are can't miss. michelada is really good
  • Mari A.
    Mari AbeDecember 3, 2012
    Chicken Enchiladas Suiza is the best!! Makes this UESider trek to the UWS. And we all know that's a BIG deal.
  • Gabriella F.
    Gabriella FJanuary 18, 2014
    Holy crap. Order the Enchiladas Sauvidos under the appetizers. The cheese is amazing!!!!
  • Lala L.
    Lala LopezJanuary 11, 2013
    The margaritas here make me happy. Love a classic? Order the Frida on the rocks w/ no salt. ☺
  • Matthew S.heart icon on user image
    Matthew SpectorFebruary 15, 2015
    Slightly overpriced Mexican fare, but great guacamole made fresh and solid fajitas.
  • Audrey T.
    Audrey TolbertJuly 14, 2013
    The guacamole is from heaven. Everything else is also great, though a little expensive.
  • Erin B.
    Erin BaileyNovember 12, 2012
    Best huevos rancheros of my LIFE. Ask for extra guac. It's excellent.
  • Laura K.
    Laura KinderJanuary 18, 2014
    Great place! Awesome chips and guacamole. Fajitas were great #
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsMarch 10, 2018
    Happy hour 2-7pm and 9-close at the bar. $7 margaritas and more!
  • Shabana C.
    Shabana ChowdhuryMarch 14, 2013
    Must get the guacamole and flan!! The flan is just so heavenly!
  • David R.
    David RifkinJune 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Spicy guacamole a must. Authentic, fresh margaritas
  • Christine L.
    Christine LustigAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great Mexican spot- maybe the best in the UWS! Chorizo Empanadas lamb tacos are good
  • Kyle Y.
    Kyle YoungJune 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    This is my favorite Mexican place in NYC. The margaritas and guacamole are great, and I recommend trying the specials -- always delicious! Read more
  • Vanessa T.
    Vanessa TusseyDecember 31, 2011
    Best Mexican food I've ever had. Try the guacamole, chile relleno, and a mojito.
  • James
    JamesMarch 25, 2014
    Excellent bartenders. Great happy hour spot.
  • Adrian B.
    Adrian BonoMay 11, 2013
    Probably the best guacamole I've ever tried in a long time.
  • Andy L.heart icon on user image
    Andy LundstenJune 4, 2016
    The guacamole was delicious!
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel ModicaJuly 24, 2015
    The ceviche is on point
  • Susan L.
    Susan LoweJune 23, 2013
    Here's a tip: get the queso fundido and the guacamole. And then leave.
  • Bradley S.
    Bradley ShaferJuly 4, 2013
    Get the spicy guacamole. It's not too spicy, just right.
  • Jared R.
    Jared RanereOctober 27, 2012
    Margaritas are small and service milks the pre-ordering experience so you're bound to spend more on drinks than you planned.
  • Marco C.
    Marco CoronadoDecember 24, 2012
    Great Guacamole. The best enchiladas suizas in town.
  • Trae F.heart icon on user image
    Trae FAugust 15, 2015
    The enchiladas Suiza are delicious!
  • Doug L.
    Doug LevyJuly 3, 2012
    Arrive early for a seat at the bar. Excellent happy hour doesn't apply at tables.
  • Austin C.
    Austin ClementsSeptember 23, 2010
    Some of the best lemonade I've ever had, perfectly balanced. The salmon is pretty awesome too.
  • CPK K.
    CPK KPJune 15, 2017
    Great drinks & food .
  • Ellie
    EllieApril 28, 2013
    Excellent but pricy margaritas. Guacamole has a nice kick!
  • Don M.
    Don MaxwellJuly 16, 2013
    Be careful here. They post drink specials in the Window but they're good only at the bar. I don't do the bait and switch.
  • Angelina C.
    Angelina ChungFebruary 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Beef tacos delish, don't forget to order chiles toreados!
  • Greg P.heart icon on user image
    Greg PalmerNovember 1, 2014
    Get salsa, and lots of it, because nothing else here has any flavor.
  • Adam L.
    Adam LoveFebruary 1, 2012
    Brasied chicken mole is excellent. Eat with a Margarita and you are in heaven.
  • Clare
    ClareApril 19, 2012
    I wasn't very impressed with the staff, but the food is good enough to keep me coming back for more!
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