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La Palapa

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
East Village
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77 Saint Marks Pl, New York City, NY 10003-7945 (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
+1 212-777-2537
12:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 00:00
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Danbury, Connecticut
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179 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch on a weekday. Didn't expect to be the only ones in the place but it didn't matter the staff was nice and the food was great! We thought we would get full meals like enchiladas etc but after seeing the list of street food tacos and the price of $3 each, we both ordered 3... More 

Thank Rick R
Borehamwood, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

My friend Lisa took me to this amazing restaurant. We do not have a great culture in the UK of classy Mexican restaurants but, in truth, when we couldn't get into the first restaurant she wanted to take me to we went for this one. First off - never had a Margarita before! will do it again now although I... More 

1 Thank Greenie8115
Jacksonville, Florida
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279 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

I was craving some tacos and stopped by to check this place out. The food and atmosphere is fantastic and the tacos are everything I was looking for. Excellent!

Thank Jaysuhn12
Columbus, Ohio
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43 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Great place, both for food and service. The only problem was eating too much! We were so stuffed by the end that it kind of impacted the rest of the evening.

Thank tribucks
Sydney, Australia
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190 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

This place is jumping. Its got a great bar and a nice atmosphere. There is window seating. This is the vantage point you want on a summers night. The food is just as good with a multitude of choices for snacking , brunching or sharing dinner. The duck breast with mole sauce is particularly good but so are the fish... More 

Thank MyKitchenStories
Stamford, Connecticut
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1,736 reviews
1,051 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

We went here for dinner. The food was decent. The Steak with lime was good. The sangria was good. I liked the white sangria was better than red. The tres leches cake wasn't good. The rose ice cream was OK.

Thank Autumn M
Portland, Oregon
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252 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

We stopped by the Urbanspace Vanderbilt for breakfast and it turns out not many of the places are serving breakfast. Had the breakfast tacos here and they are amazing - they serve them to go and the bag weighs at least a pound. They give you 3 salsas plus 2 very overstuffed tacos - we picked the one with chorizo.... More 

1 Thank Pdxgirl2015
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Came with my gf without reservayion. Had a good spot and enjoyed the evening. Great food not too expensive and it looked really fresh.

1 Thank Fab F
Auckland, New Zealand
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80 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2016

Our family of 6 ate here on our last night in NYC. We were staying pretty close by and just went for a wander. We were lucky to spot it because it is down a side street but we saw the signs and popped in to see if a table was available on a Sunday night. We got a table... More 

1 Thank MarieFs_6
London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2016

La Palapa is a real gem tucked away in the East Village - delicious Mexican food in a character-filled restaurant. A couple of courses are worthy of note: the battered calamari, with an assortment of Mexican dips, was delicious, as were the different tacos we had - particularly the spiced chicken. Portion sizes were large but not overbearing, and the... More 

1 Thank tomhourigan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 77 Saint Marks Pl, New York City, NY 10003-7945
    (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
  • Public Transportation: 6 train to Astor Place, R train to 8th Street/NYU, F train to 2nd Avenue, and L train to 14th Street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-777-2537
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 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! We have many flavors from the traditional fresh lime to mango, blood-orange, ginger, tamarind, wild blueberry and more! Refreshing Mexican beer cocktails, such as the Michelada and the Chelada are even given special attention at La Palapa. We also have an extensive tequila selection, cocktail and beer menu. La Palapa is available for catering on or off premise. We specialize in creating menus for private parties and events.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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