La Palapa

La Palapa

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
122 Tips and reviews
  • margaritas
  • Mexican food
  • happy hour
  • tacos
  • jicama
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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!
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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!
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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!
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Miguel
    MiguelJuly 25
    Delicious, authentic Mexican. Pollo tinga tacos are incredible. Great chips, pico, and guacamole. They also bring out three unique salsas that are all wonderful.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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!).
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • courtney s.
    courtney sanelloFebruary 19
    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
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Bobby A.
    Great Oaxacan cuisine !! The Brunch and dinner are both fabulous ! And great energy to the place.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Elysia M.
    Mushroom quesadilla is simple but really so good, and make sure you get all of their fresh salsas
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RivkinJanuary 30, 2015
    The margaritas are large and served like smoothies. Lots of flavors. The guac and fish tacos were great!
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Colin B.
    Colin BrownMay 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A happy hour special everyday (except Friday and Saturday)
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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!
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Lizzy S.
    Lizzy SaxeAugust 1, 2015
    Brunch food is great. The dish with the poached eggs and peas and bacon is my favorite.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Punit S.
    Punit ShahAugust 22, 2014
    Vegetarian food galore on the apps menu! So tasty, hit it tapas style w a group!
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Margo M.
    Margo MindnichAugust 16, 2014
    Ambiance is what really makes this place. Go for a michelada or a margarita with guac
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Juliette D.
    Great place for groups. I get down with the chips and guac. Fish tacos are the bomb. Really good vegetarian options too.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Jessica W.
    Guacamole and Caesar salad with steak were great - so much steak!
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Abigail K.
    Abigail KofflerJuly 2, 2015
    combine margarita flavors for a unique pitcher-blood Orange is really good.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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!!
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Michael H.
    Michael HusseyJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Granola With Fruit And Yogurt - Perfectly made granola
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Nick A.
    Nick AndlingerJanuary 24, 2015
    Happy hour Tuesday's are the move! Plus birthdays in the back room are always fun.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Lauren
    LaurenMarch 27, 2013
    The Chile Relleno is great. Make sure you try the roasted Serrano salsa.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Perla B.
    Perla B.December 2, 2012
    The brûlée is out of control delicious! And a huge serving too!!
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 6, 2014
    Mexican fare with an emphasis Mexico City-style tacos and quesadillas
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PhillipsAugust 16, 2015
    Delicious food! Great service and fun atmosphere
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Darren C.
    Darren CJanuary 20, 2013
    Please go on Sunday. Great specials, no wait and you can't beat the huevos choices and margaritas!
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Tom C.
    Tom CostelloJune 9, 2013
    Michelada is magical. One of the best I've had. And I have had a milli
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Isabel Z.
    Isabel ZapataJuly 27, 2014
    If you are looking for Mexican food on NY, this is the real deal!
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Alex O.
    Alex OropezaOctober 30, 2010
    Best Things to eat : Huevos Moltulenos, Mexican French toast Things to drink: Sangria pitcher (red) & Ginger Prosecco
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Chloe R.
    Chloe RJuly 19, 2015
    Happy hour only at the bar. Very strict, greedy manager. Excellent frozen margs!
  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Vic F.
    Vic FloresOctober 6, 2012
    Good food and fast service! Margaritas definitely hit the spot!
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • TKGO
    TKGOSeptember 9, 2010
    Pass on the skimpy, bland guacamole and pot for the more creative, gourmet items like fondue and calamari. Delicious!
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • pinsuda s.
    pinsuda sagooleimMarch 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Snag a seat at the bar for the awesome happy hour deal. Read more
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • 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
  • 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
    Upvoted Sep 5
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