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La Palapa

€€ - €€€Mexican, Latin,
77 Saint Marks Place, New York City, NY 10003-7945
+1 212-777-2537
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good38%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (9 reviews)
“tacos” (16 reviews)
“guacamole” (14 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Bar, South American
€€ - €€€
77 Saint Marks Place, New York City, NY 10003-7945
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: La Palapa
1. Excellent tacos
"I was craving some tacos and stopped by to check this place out."
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2. Great food and scene
" place is fantastic"
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3. Brunch!
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A friend was treating us to dinner in her neighbourhood while I was in the city and she choose this place because she’s never had a disappointing meal in the past, and she was right! We started with a marguerita, salted glass included and it...More

Thank alirish
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 25 September 2017

This place is fantastic, try to sit in the window area for excellent people watching. Great drinks, awesome food. Perfect amount of bustling crowd without feeling crowded on a Saturday night. The owner is great and friendly, we keep coming back for the food.

Thank LS2220
Barbara S, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you so much! Your review made our day and we hope to see your again soon! We will share your review with our team.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here after a show to have a drink and a nosh. The service was not so much bad as non-existent. From placing the order to getting our drinks, there was a gap of nearly 25 minutes. Getting an order guacamole clearly involved growing...More

Thank R M
Reviewed 20 April 2018

situated in a food hall, this place offers good tacos and other mexican style food. Visited by locals mainly, which is a good sign. We had delicious tacos (for breakfast).

Thank michel l
Reviewed 23 March 2018

The food was really stellar- definitely the best Mexican food I've had in NYC. I particularly recommend the barbacoa and mole dishes. Serving sizes are pretty massive, so it's actually not a bad deal for a night out. I also thought the basic margaritas were...More

Thank Maddieb92
Reviewed 15 March 2018

When all the other East Village spots had that Sunday brunch wait, my friend and I ended up at La Palapa. For $18, you can get an entree, drink, and a little fruit plate. One of the cheaper brunches I've had! The huevos rancheros were...More

Thank Katherine A
Barbara S, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

This small and intimate space in the East Village is a delight! The flavors were authentic and made us feel like we were back in the Yucatán. The baked mahi mahi was amazing with a side dish of saffron rice and sautéed spinach. The homemade...More

Thank prekteacher1214
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

This place is where you want to grab some proper Mexican flavours near Grand Central. Get the 3 tacos which you can mix and match. I got the pork and barbacoa and my only regret is not having enough time to go there again. A...More

Thank Marco M
Barbara S, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

The whole St Marks area has been in rapid decline for the last few years. The departure of Trash & Vaudeville probably makes it terminal, this whole area is now just a tourist trap to avoid. La Palapa exemplifies everything that has gone wrong with...More

Thank ianx1london
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Every time we visit the city, we make a pilgrimage to La Palapa. The best deal is happy hour. 1/2 off margaritas and some seriously good noshes. I have yet to pick a favorite 'rita flavor, but am in love with the spicy salt! If...More

Thank Jami Kath H
Barbara S, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2017

Thank you! We hope to see you soon!We also have $5 margaritas all day and all night on Tuesdays -in the whole restaurant!

East Village
There’s still an independent vibe to the East Village,
which offers plenty of unique small businesses
catering to longtime New Yorkers and area college
students alike. The East Village retains a bit of the
old-time neighbourhood feel that you can still
experience today thanks to a mix of locally-owned
shops, cozy restaurants, and lively bars. The scale of
the residential blocks makes this a wonderful place to
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$16 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
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 Place, 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
  • E-mail
Since opening in 2000, La Palapa has been captivating critics and foodies alike with a "fascinating menu that shows off all sorts of complex flavor combinations," according to The NY Times. The acclaimed Chef/Owner Barbara Sibley serves up beloved brunch favorites infused with fresh Mexican flavors and organic ingredients. The Huevos Rancheros Verdes (corn tortillas, black beans, salsa, queso & guac) is a must, while Pan Frances (vanilla batter, cinnamon syrup, bananas) will delight any sweets lover. Meanwhile, the elegant dining room with a white marble bar, antique mirrors and red leather banquettes is the perfect backdrop for a cozy, delicious start to your weekend. On top of countless lists of the city's best Mexican restaurants, La Palapa is a loving tribute to authentic Mexico City-style cuisine dreamed up by renowned chef and cookbook author Barbara Sibley. La Palapa is available for catering on or off premise. We specialize in creating menus for private parties and events.
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