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El Parador Cafe

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€€ - €€€
Mexican, Latin, Contemporary
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325 E 34th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10016-4928 (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
+1 212-679-6812
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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York, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found this on tripadvisor, but struggled to make a reservation (My problem getting my mobile to work in the USA), so we thought we would walk down and see if we could get in as it was only a few blocks from our hotel. On arrival we entered to see a very busy restaurant. We were greeted by a... More 

Thank The4wardz
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is such a hidden treasure. Great selection of Mezcals and Tequila, authentic Mexican food, and it's off the radar. The pollo de parador is the best fried chicken dish in all of Nyc. I strongly prefer it to the renowned Blue Ribbon fried chicken and it's my husband's (aka the pickiest eater on the planet) favorite meal pretty... More 

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Frome, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

This is honestly the best Mexican food we have had and we spent the rest of the trip talking about how we could attempt to recreate it when we got home. The outside is very unassuming but when you get inside the atmosphere and style is prefect. Service was brilliant and the Margaritas were top notch! Would highly recommend.

Thank AbbieT19
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Great food, huge portions and yummy frozen margaritas! We went for lunch and service was fast and friendly. Slightly off the beaten path but definitely worth the trek!

Thank MissVJP
New York City, New York
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

This restaurant has been a staple in Murray Hill for many years. You can easily walk past and not notice it. But once inside, it's like being transported to a different time.

Thank Heather D
Geneva, Switzerland
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145 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed the tacos and guacamole. The sizes are quite large and the food is good. Go for the frozen margaritas!

Thank Skigasp
South east England
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

We were shown to a cosy booth at the rear of the restaurant. Surrounded by little plaques on the wall of couples who were celebrating anniversary and engagements, we definitely had the best seats in the house, other tables were all cramped in together so I was glad we sat where we were. The restaurant had a lovely romantic ambiance... More 

Thank redhotpassport
New York, United States
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437 reviews
380 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

This is an attractive, romantic restaurant with a very nice atmosphere. My drink was a Margarita which I would have preferred to be made with a lime rather than a lemon as they make it here, but the drink was strong. I started off with Camarones, which was listed under the heading of Quesadillas. It is described as having White... More 

Thank Harvey M
New York City, New York
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56 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

I am convinced this place has the best chips and margaritas on the rocks and I have been to quite a few. Family owned for years and a very nice wine menu to boot! Happy hour until 6 with1/2 prices Place fills up quick Main courses good as well but nothing wrong with margos and chips and their xmas Nachos... More 

Thank JeffreyFireIsland
New York City, New York
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

This is the oldest Mexican restaurant in NYC. It's consistently good food, friendly service, great cocktails and an excellent wine list make it one of our go to restaurants. Sit at the bar for a cocktail and chips and salsa or grab a table. Always sit upstairs unless you're having a party then you'll be downstairs. Enjoy!

Thank bzaita

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$80
Mexican, Latin, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 325 E 34th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10016-4928
    (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
  • Public Transportation: 6 train to Park Avenue/33rd Street, the M34 & M16 1st Avenue buses, and the 3rd Avenue bus.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-679-6812

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