El Parador Cafe

El Parador

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Murray Hill, New York
  • April M.
    "The taco tray was excellent and big enough to share."(6 Tips)
    Kara D.
    "... recommend their guac, shrimp quesadillas, chicken wings (not on the menu!), and taco..."(4 Tips)
    Barbara H.
    "Great margaritas and guacamole."(11 Tips)
    Jeffrey Z.
    "Opened in 1959, great, family-owned Mexican restaurant."(2 Tips)
87 Tips and reviews
  • margaritas
  • tacos
  • seafood
  • quesadillas
  • off-menu items
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  • Beatrice M.
    Beatrice M.June 13, 2013
    Lovely setting, looks like a real Mexican venue!Tacos tray is tasty&helpful if u are undecided as it has a bit of everything,can be an apetizer to share for 2 or a main dish for a very hungry person!
  • Chuck H.
    Chuck HirschMay 8, 2010
    I go to El Parador all of the time at 325 E. 34th St. Their Tasting Hour is the best Happy Hour in NY. They have great Monday night wine lovers and kids/family specials as well. 212-679-6812. Read more
  • Chuck H.
    Chuck HirschJuly 13, 2010
    El Parador Cafe has introduced a later evening version of their wonderful Tasting Hour. Beer, house margaritas and red and white sangria for $5, and select apps 1/2 price. Mon-Sat, 10 PM to Midnight. Read more
  • ✨Pun B.
    ✨Pun Bandhu ✨July 21, 2014
    One of those gems that only locals from the neighborhood know. Enchanting, romantic, decor. Gracious, linen-table service. Home cooked, fresh meals w/ depth of flavor. Vegetarian menu is great! Ask!
  • Chuck H.
    Chuck HirschJanuary 27, 2010
    El Parador Cafe is the oldest Mexican restaurant in NYC. They have a tasting hr M-F, 3-6PM with $5 beers, wine and Sangria and also 1/2 price appetizers. Their food and drinks are fantastico! Read more
  • Brendan H.
    Brendan HasenstabAugust 26, 2012
    The Baja fish tacos here are the very best I've had ANYWHERE. That's Orange Roughy in there, and it is cooked to absolute perfection. Add a nachos normales to start and you've got a great dinner.
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroJuly 28, 2015
    You won't think you're in NYC when you step in here. Love the authentic decor and their service is top notch. I can't say enough good things about the shrimp quesadilla. They do it right!
  • Dev A.
    Dev AnandAugust 15, 2011
    They can get fairly custom with the dishes. Pick an item you like and have it your way. Drinks are very fresh. Relatively easy to get a table because of its obscure location in Murray Hill .
  • Olessya K.
    Olessya KuzNovember 4, 2011
    Happy birthday to Kolya and everyone else who celebrated here! Now, the food: it's good, 4 stars, but better at Pampano or Yerba Buena. Service is however 5+. impeccable! Decor too! Awesome!
  • Kara D.
    Kara DawsonAugust 8, 2014
    Favorite margarita in the city! Strongly recommend their guac, shrimp quesadillas, chicken wings (not on the menu!), and taco tray. Just do it.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 10, 2013
    The Quesadilla Camarones has the perfect proportion of Gulf Shrimp and melted, smooth cheese and is accompanied by roasted tomato salsa that adds just the necessary tang to the dish.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanSeptember 6, 2013
    Gourmet old-school Mexican cuisine, since 1959. Offbeat location between 1st Ave & Tunnel Entrance Street makes it a neighborhood secret, and the locals like it that way. Superb.
  • Jess T.
    Jess TMarch 5, 2013
    Never before have I had to wait two whole hours in a restaurant before receiving my entree... until tonight. The food is delicious, but only if you're willing to wait for potentially a very long time.
  • Mary Helen L.
    Mary Helen LarsenMarch 28, 2015
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner and we had such a wonderful time. The atmosphere was perfect and the staff was very focused on helping us have a nice night.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanJanuary 18, 2013
    Opened in 1959, great, family-owned Mexican restaurant. Serious food, not Tex-Mex. Fish tacos are to die for. You can rent the private party room downstairs.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMarch 5, 2012
    Sit at the bar and enjoy a delicious margarita while dining on a mix of chicken and beef fajitas. Finish your meal with the Mexican Fried Ice Cream.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WhitedOctober 27, 2013
    Authentic Mexican food... and also, the best I've ever had. Strong drinks, friendly staff, beautiful restaurant. Everything is on-point!
  • Audrey O.
    Audrey OMarch 30, 2015
    Great service + food is delicious. Desserts: Tres leches cake is perfect for the sweet tooth, but the rice pudding is just right.
  • Winnie T.
    Winnie TMay 16, 2010
    Jalepenos stuffed with peanutbutter are the best and most surprising thing ever! Be sure to order them for a fantastic taste explosion.
  • __TR3V
    __TR3VJanuary 24, 2015
    came for dinner. 5:30pm. empty. Tried to seat us all the way in the back by the kitchen😳😐. meal was average. won't be returning
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkOctober 24, 2011
    Opened in 1959, El Parador Cafe still serves up great chow in a boisterous, unpretentious environment.
  • Lindsay D.
    Lindsay DugganFebruary 12, 2012
    Peanut butter filled jalapeño rellenos are surprisingly delicious as is the cinnamon spiced salsa, yumm!
  • Amber L.
    Amber LockwoodOctober 12, 2014
    The peanut butter jalapeños are delish! And they have a separate vegetarian menu if you ask.
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan McCluskeyApril 26, 2012
    Order anything other than what Amy recommended in her tip (she said mushroom quesadilla and lobster salad).
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GottfriedApril 7, 2013
    Everything I've eaten here has been amazing - Paella, Mole, tacos, guacamole - delicious!
  • Cambria M.
    Cambria McCueJune 27, 2013
    So the Roja Veja was too die for!! Wanted to order a second serving. Can't wait to go back.
  • Jay M.
    Jay MandelDecember 15, 2012
    Please remember that their house cooked salsa is NOT vegetarian.
  • Jacques C.
    Jacques ChiracOctober 16, 2015
    Any mexican restaurant that serves nachos and lemonade is not only fake but has terrible taste.
  • Jodi E.
    Jodi EnomotoApril 2, 2013
    I was told that the "must haves" are shrimp quesadilla, taco tray and meat salsa..
  • Chloe
    ChloeJanuary 10, 2013
    Their margarita on the rocks and peanut butter stuffed jalapeño are the best after work pick me up in NYC.
  • Sterling W.
    Sterling WongSeptember 29, 2012
    Horribly arrogant, condescending and rude host (guy with black rim glasses). Major turnoff before we're even seated. ugh.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    There’s a subterranean room here with it’s own bar for private parties. - Inspector
  • Jay M.
    Jay MandelJanuary 10, 2010
    Don't come here when you are in a rush. Service is slow but the wait is worth it.
  • April M.
    April MoatesSeptember 26, 2015
    Great vegetarian menu. The taco tray was excellent and big enough to share.
  • Jason L.
    Jason LiszkaSeptember 2, 2011
    Serious white-tablecloth Mexican food (not Tex-Mex). Mole poblano is totally worth the wait.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillJanuary 18, 2015
    Do not know what took me so long to try this place. Great food & very friendly service.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LatorreApril 7, 2012
    Coming or going on the east river ferry, take a break and have a some refreshment at the cozy bar.
  • Lee H.
    Lee HeffernanJuly 28, 2010
    Try the Leeguarita on the cocktail menu - a personal favorite!
  • Hank L.
    Hank LApril 5, 2011
    You would be very surprised how good the Sirloin is here...is dam good!
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KondeMarch 4, 2013
    Not on the menu, but ask for the chicken wing appetizer. A-maze-ing.
  • Thea
    TheaFebruary 18, 2010
    Forget about the big meals...simply order the taco tray to share, which will guarantee to be a party in your mouth.
  • Mark F.
    Mark ForscherNovember 30, 2015
    There's a separate vegetarian menu – this should tell you everything you need to know.
  • Angela M.
    Angela MJune 25, 2012
    Try the margarita with the lime and grapefruit soda water. So good I need to recreate it!
  • Matthew K.
    Matthew KennedyMay 4, 2012
    Just go. This place is AMAZING. Food. Ambiance. Drinks. The works.
  • John Arthur B.
    John Arthur BergFebruary 21
    Margaritas on the rock! I usually don't drink Margaritas, here I stopped at three..
  • Alex F.
    Alex FranchilliOctober 4, 2015
    Taco trey. The large size is more than enough for two.
    Upvoted Jun 1
  • Justin L.
    Justin LevySeptember 5, 2013
    Beware: No free refills here! Not even ice tea! 😡
  • Rosaline
    RosalineMarch 4, 2011
    Ask for the Habenero sauce for a kick!
  • Amy
    AmyDecember 2, 2009
    Order the mushroom quesadillas and the lobster salad
  • Ben G.
    Ben GoldbergMarch 4, 2013
    Awesome secret menu chicken wings. Must order!!!! Hi Jen
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