La Palapa

La Palapa

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Jessica S.
    "Hands down the best frozen margarita I have ever had!"(12 Tips)
    Morgan H.
    "Great brunch deal, $16 for a drink, entree, fruit and coffee."(6 Tips)
    Aditi
    "Get the hibiscus margarita and the jicama sticks"(4 Tips)
    Barbara S.
    "Huevos Rancheros are amazing with a side of sweet plantains"(4 Tips)
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  • Spencer V.
    Spencer VairoMay 16, 2015
    The vegan options are incredibly delicious and a must when eating here. I can now cross grilled cactus off my list of foods to try before I die. Friendly service and tasty margaritas too!
  • Aleksandra S.
    Aleksandra SpasićOctober 21, 2014
    We saw this place when passing by and decided to give it a shot. Everything was delicious! I had some nice French rose, and my friend and I shared the chicken fajita and steak enchiladas. Will be back
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJanuary 28, 2015
    Vegan plate $19-grilled cactus, red beans, guacamole, salsa, sautéed mushrooms and corn, served with warm tortillas. Ask for hot sauce & get 3 from mild to spicy.
  • Lauren I.
    Lauren IanuziJanuary 29, 2013
    going with a group? order a few pitchers of the house margaritas rather than ordering individual drinks. looking to skip a large entree? go w/ a order of tacos & a side of rice/beans! perfect portion!
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarJanuary 21, 2015
    Brunch is so good here! Super affordable and huge portions. Get the huevos rancheros with a side of rice, a part of the $16 brunch special which also comes with a drink!
  • Jorge O.
    Jorge OrtizJanuary 22, 2012
    A "palapa" is an open-air, thatched-roof structure; they're useful common spaces on hot, sunny days. Get the jicama with lime and chile, a popular and refreshing treat for just such days.
  • Heidi
    HeidiMarch 4
    Something for everyone: $6 tacos, $7 quesadillas, $7 Dos Equis. Or $22 entrees, $13 cocktails for your fancy friends. Service was v attentive for our party of 7. Come for location/vibe. Food 7/10.
  • Dara B.
    Dara BassinDecember 14, 2013
    Fresh fruit margaritas are amazing, I really loved the passion fruit and mango flavors. The food is also great, the Chile Relleno were made perfectly, not to greasy.
  • Heidi
    HeidiMarch 4
    Get the shrimp quesadilla and guacamole. Pass on jicama picante, cocktails. Hit or miss menu. They give you three free sauces (Serrano, jalapeño, chipotle) and refill them when asked. Good service.
  • Susan L.
    Susan LohMarch 2, 2013
    Recommend the Huevos Monteleños. Every flavor you could ever want in one dish. Bacon. Eggs. Cheese. Plantains. Crispy tortilla.
  • Chelsey L.
    Chelsey LMarch 2, 2014
    Awesome brunch deal. $15 for unlimited coffee, 1 drink, main course and plate of fresh fruit. Great menu to choose from. Huevos rancheros verde is amazing
  • The Local East Village
    The Local East VillageAugust 14, 2011
    Get the shrimp taco, says James Traub: "The delicate mixture of spices, and of hot and sweet, and of creamy and crunchy, leaves your palate feeling like it’s had a perfumed bath." Read more
  • Miguel
    MiguelJuly 25, 2016
    Delicious, authentic Mexican. Pollo tinga tacos are incredible. Great chips, pico, and guacamole. They also bring out three unique salsas that are all wonderful.
  • Mischa
    MischaSeptember 12, 2014
    Taquitos de papa were awesome, but barbacoa is not real Mexican barbacoa, they pour a guajillo sauce on it that is good, but takes the flavor out of the lamb. For appetizers go with jicama.
  • Ying L.
    Ying L.September 26, 2011
    Their white sangria is amazing. Order the Pescado A La Talla “Zihuatanejo” ... catfish, saffron rice, green beans (my favorite part, I don't know how they cook them!).
  • Law D.
    Law DaddyApril 17, 2012
    If Geronimo is your bartender, you're in for a treat. He makes the best margaritas. Make sure you tip well, and ask for surprises. Enjoy! :D
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica S.October 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down the best frozen margarita I have ever had! My favorites are the blood orange and the hibiscus! They are only $4 during happy hour.
  • Amber V.
    Amber Van DrieApril 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Really great brunch special. Huevos Rancheros are delicious and the blood orange frozen margarita is out if this world.
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DininnoMarch 1, 2012
    Best frozen margaritas in the city. Get the shrimp quesadillas and guac, you won't be disappointed. Still hungry? PLANTAINS.
  • courtney s.
    courtney sanelloFebruary 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The waitress here... (didn't get her name) ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!! She can do no wrong.. knows menu inside and out... directed me &BF TO Some serius lobster dish that only comes around during 1/yr
  • Shyla D.
    Shyla D.February 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best frozen margaritas! Food comes out quick & hot. Great Mexican food and great service. Guacamole isn't special but the 2 green sauces are amaze!
  • Bobby A.
    Bobby AsherMay 11, 2016
    Great Oaxacan cuisine !! The Brunch and dinner are both fabulous ! And great energy to the place.
  • Gabby N.
    Gabby NaderOctober 27, 2012
    So far the most legitimate Mexican breakfast menu I've found in the city. Try cafe de olla :) if you like sweets.
  • Nick A.
    Nick AndlingerJanuary 24, 2015
    Happy hour Tuesday's are the move! Plus birthdays in the back room are always fun.
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RivkinJanuary 30, 2015
    The margaritas are large and served like smoothies. Lots of flavors. The guac and fish tacos were great!
  • Colin B.
    Colin BrownMay 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A happy hour special everyday (except Friday and Saturday)
  • Sloan
    SloanFebruary 6, 2012
    Great for bday parties...can get about 20-30 in the back and it's open bar. A little overpriced, but not crazy and plenty of alcohol
  • Elysia M.
    Elysia MannMay 17, 2016
    Mushroom quesadilla is simple but really so good, and make sure you get all of their fresh salsas
  • Juliette D.
    Great place for groups. I get down with the chips and guac. Fish tacos are the bomb. Really good vegetarian options too.
  • Punit S.
    Punit ShahAugust 22, 2014
    Vegetarian food galore on the apps menu! So tasty, hit it tapas style w a group!
  • Lizzy S.
    Lizzy SaxeAugust 1, 2015
    Brunch food is great. The dish with the poached eggs and peas and bacon is my favorite.
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HamptonAugust 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Passion Fruit Margarita was to-die-for. As was the queso chorizo app and the steak enchiladas. I can't wait to go back to this place!!
  • Margo M.
    Margo MindnichAugust 16, 2014
    Ambiance is what really makes this place. Go for a michelada or a margarita with guac
  • Michael H.
    Michael HusseyJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Granola With Fruit And Yogurt - Perfectly made granola
  • Abigail K.
    Abigail KofflerJuly 2, 2015
    combine margarita flavors for a unique pitcher-blood Orange is really good.
  • Lauren
    LaurenMarch 27, 2013
    The Chile Relleno is great. Make sure you try the roasted Serrano salsa.
  • Perla B.
    Perla B.December 2, 2012
    The brûlée is out of control delicious! And a huge serving too!!
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WickhamAugust 7, 2016
    Guacamole and Caesar salad with steak were great - so much steak!
  • Morgan H.
    Morgan HenryMarch 18
    Great brunch deal, $16 for a drink, entree, fruit and coffee. Plus it's never too crowded to get a table!
  • Alex O.
    Alex OropezaOctober 30, 2010
    Best Things to eat : Huevos Moltulenos, Mexican French toast Things to drink: Sangria pitcher (red) & Ginger Prosecco
  • Jaime D.
    Jaime DonovanMay 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the tacos or quesadillas with al pastor de pork. With a side of plantains and the best frozen margaritas in the city, of course.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 6, 2014
    Mexican fare with an emphasis Mexico City-style tacos and quesadillas
  • Taylor V.
    Taylor VickJuly 5, 2010
    Best Mexican food in the city. Try the Cafe Olla and the Brunch on Sundays! Their French Toast is killer.
  • Darren C.
    Darren CJanuary 20, 2013
    Please go on Sunday. Great specials, no wait and you can't beat the huevos choices and margaritas!
  • TKGO
    TKGOSeptember 9, 2010
    Pass on the skimpy, bland guacamole and pot for the more creative, gourmet items like fondue and calamari. Delicious!
  • Tom C.
    Tom CostelloJune 9, 2013
    Michelada is magical. One of the best I've had. And I have had a milli
  • Vic F.
    Vic FloresOctober 6, 2012
    Good food and fast service! Margaritas definitely hit the spot!
  • pinsuda s.
    pinsuda sagooleimMarch 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Snag a seat at the bar for the awesome happy hour deal. Read more
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PhillipsAugust 16, 2015
    Delicious food! Great service and fun atmosphere
  • stephanie h.
    stephanie hodgeDecember 13, 2009
    great mexican food! mellow and delicious brunch, nice backyard, delivery. get the enchiladas verde or the quesadillas hongos for dinner.
  • Isabel Z.
    Isabel ZapataJuly 27, 2014
    If you are looking for Mexican food on NY, this is the real deal!
  • Barbara S.
    Barbara SibleyAugust 14, 2011
    Huevos Rancheros are amazing with a side of sweet plantains
  • Chloe R.
    Chloe RJuly 19, 2015
    Happy hour only at the bar. Very strict, greedy manager. Excellent frozen margs!
  • Grace A.
    Grace AldridgeOctober 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The happy hour is great (goes until 7), but you can only get it at the bar
  • Bond Street
    Bond StreetMarch 10
    "Authentic and exciting Mexican cuisine. Owner Barbara Sibley is a big community activist for the East Village." - Ellie Steinman
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica S.September 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best frozen margaritas ever! Go for the hibiscus or blood orange. 4 bucks at happy hour!
  • Kate
    KateJanuary 25, 2010
    Terrific food, serious bar, great service, and all you have to do is walk a little further East down St. Marks. Do. Not. Miss.
  • En Foco I.
    En Foco IncJanuary 17, 2012
    The Bento box Parrillada I'd fantastic. Great food, great margaritas, great service!
  • CC C.
    CC CDecember 13, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    go for brunch and have the huevos choriqueso - they make their own chorizo and the guacamole it comes with is yummy
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica StarkDecember 18, 2010
    The blood orange margaritas were amazing! As were the chicken enchiladas!
  • Michael H.
    Michael HaaralaDecember 21, 2016
    Semi-strong margaritas and large portions of delicious Mexican food. Can't go wrong here!
  • James K.
    James Kiernan3 weeks ago
    They treated us like kings! Props to the fish tacos. 🌮
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • CBS New York
    CBS New YorkJune 11, 2015
    They're serving a frozen lime margarita for NYC Cocktail Week (July 13th through the 17th). Read more
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GrowAugust 20, 2011
    $19 pitcher of sangria = awesome. The mole enchiladas are definitely yummy.
  • Alberto
    AlbertoDecember 8, 2014
    Great food and friendly staff, not to mention Great value!
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaldecuttMarch 26, 2016
    Haven't been in years and now remember why. The waitress vanished. Our guac and chips were never replenished. The cappuccino machine was broken. My wife's order was completely bungled.
  • Jenna O.
    Jenna OdettSeptember 16, 2011
    fantastic back garden room that seats 20+ for private parties
  • Dean B.
    Dean BakkerAugust 24, 2015
    $10 pitchers of Sangria on Sunday nights... Win!
  • Elizabeth I.
    Elizabeth IrizNovember 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    There for happy hour? Grab a stool, a frozen margarita & the chalupas de chorizo!!!
  • Eric L.
    Eric LeebowJanuary 3, 2013
    A few great veggie options, be sure to ask if the rice is vegetarian before ordering.
  • Gabbie C.
    Gabbie ChamorroMay 6, 2012
    The brunch chilaquiles with 2 eggs are delicious
  • Simi
    SimiNovember 30, 2012
    Excellent frozen margaritas, so cozy inside!
  • Aditi
    AditiJune 2, 2013
    Get the hibiscus margarita and the jicama sticks
  • Helen Q.
    Helen QingAugust 7, 2013
    Tuesday $5 frozen magarita is amazing!
  • Marnie Ann J.
    Marnie Ann JoyceJune 22, 2011
    $5 frozen margaritas on Tuesdays. Go for ginger with chili salt.
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChuMay 21, 2014
    Slooooooooow service. Don't be starving or in any sort of rush.
  • Annie Y.
    Annie YangDecember 19, 2010
    There's a guy that comes out of nowhere that keeps pouring water into your cup regardless of how much of it you drink... He scares me every time
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel Malloy-goodMarch 3, 2013
    Great place, excellent service!!! Try the cafe olla.
  • Stephanie D.
    Casual Mexican spot. Good tacos, guac, and salsa
  • Tanuj P.
    Tanuj ParikhDecember 2, 2012
    Back room on a Saturday night is the spot. Great playlist.
  • Sarah A.
    Sarah AhmadSeptember 4, 2012
    guacamole is to die for
  • Michael H.
    Michael HusseyOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the best brunch specials in NYC
  • Luci
    LuciDecember 2, 2014
    Amazing Mexican food!
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LiNovember 3, 2013
    They charge $2 per head to serve your self bought birthday cake! And they allow a maximum of 3 credit cards per table.
  • Isaac R.
    Isaac RadnitzerJuly 12, 2015
    The specialty cinnamon coffee is so good!!
  • Nels H.
    Nels HighbergOctober 27, 2013
    This has been my fav NYC brunch for years.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiMay 25, 2016
    Come for happy hour $5 frozen margaritas
  • Laïd C.
    Laïd ChachaNovember 23, 2014
    Best mexican food in town
  • Michael H.
    Michael HusseyJanuary 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the best brunch spots in NYC.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SoulesJune 22, 2012
    Happy Hour margaritas are $4.50 until 7pm. Standing room only.
  • Gretchen A.
    Gretchen AltmanApril 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sangria Sunday = $10 pitcher of sangria
  • Divya L.
    Divya LullaMay 20, 2013
    Dayum! Get a frozen margarita. Blood orange 😘
  • Ricky
    RickyJuly 4, 2014
    Portions not big enough for the price. Cheaped out on the Barbocoa. Huge bone. Tiny little meat. Weak Sangria. Blah.
  • Persephone T.
    Persephone T. - H.November 2, 2010
    Happy hour only served at the bar! Also 2-4-1 drinks are actually just half off, if that makes sense.
  • Mark T.
    Mark TabryMarch 17, 2012
    I really like the Cafe de Ollo. Sweet with citrus notes.
  • Manali C.
    Manali ChavanMarch 31, 2013
    Crepas De Huitlacoche is a must try!
  • Alison
    AlisonAugust 30, 2011
    Get a pork quesadilla. You'll be doing the Mexican hat dance of joy.
  • Rico Paborito
    Rico PaboritoMay 25, 2015
    Just ok. Nothing to rave about. Food took a lil while to arrive we were almost ready to leave.
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KimApril 23, 2011
    Flagging down a waiter here to get your check is very difficult!
  • Miguel C.
    Miguel CalvoMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the El Vocho!
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