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El Parador Cafe

) #1,082 of 9,170 Restaurants in New York City ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Mexican, Latin, Contemporary
325 E 34th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10016-4928
+1 212-679-6812
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good43%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Mexican, Latin, Contemporary
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325 E 34th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10016-4928
Neighbourhood: Midtown
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Reviewed 2 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....More

Thank The4wardz
Reviewed 11 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...More

1  Thank Callie W
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...More

Thank AbbieT19
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
Reviewed 14 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
Reviewed 9 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
Reviewed 17 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...More

Thank redhotpassport
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...More

Thank Harvey M
Reviewed 15 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...More

Thank JeffreyFireIsland
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...More

Thank bzaita
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
I'll be visiting over Christmas--do you have a holiday schedule available?
21 November 2015|
Response from Matthew C | Reviewed this property |
Hello, although I have visited El Parador during the holiday season, I am not aware of a holiday schedule. I would suggest reservations, and I can assure you, if you like great authentic Mexican Food, you will enjoy El... More
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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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
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
  • E-mail