La Palapa

Restaurants , Mexican East Village
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Chiles en nogada by La Palapa

Spinning ceiling fans and perfectly frozen tropical drinks make the vibe here more St. Martin than St. Marks. Staples like quesadillas are enlivened by fillings such as roasted pineapple and chili-rubbed pork; the grilled tequila-marinated skirt steak is fired up by roasted onions and jalapeños. Baked cod fillet covered in green pumpkin-seed sauce is served with a heaping portion of saffron rice and sautéed Swiss chard. The Pastel Tres Leches is a moist white cake topped with milk and meringue icing.

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La Palapa says
Award wining margaritas, tacos and rich regional Mexican cuisine. La Palapa brings the vibrant flavors of Mexico to New York. Join us for Sangria Sundays! $10 Pitchers all day and all night.
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Venue name: La Palapa
Contact:
Address: 77 Saint Marks Place
New York
10003
Cross street: between First and Second Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Fri noon–midnight; Sat, Sun 11am–midnight
Transport: Subway: 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average main course: $21. AmEx, MC, V
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Sally Y
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When you pass by La Palapa, it looks like any other Mexican restaurant in NYC. It's filled with tons of seating, Latin music plays over the speakers, and the doors are open to let the breeze in on a beautiful day. However, once you sit down and have some food and drinks, you realize that you're at one of the best Mexican restaurants in NYC. 


Starting off with the beverages, both the margarita and michelada are amazing. I especially recommend the michelada as it has the perfect limey balance, and they give you your beer in a small pitcher. The beverage transforms to more than just a drink. Now it's an fun experience! 


In terms of the food, you really can't go wrong. The guacamole comes with both chips and veggies, to scoop up that avocado goodness. The addition of the vegetables really brings out the freshness of the guacamole and gives you that extra crunch when you use your radish, jicama, or cucumber instead of the chip. Quesadillas are also definitely a go to if you have a group of people. They don't skimp on the meat, and there's still plenty of cheese to give you that gooey quesadilla cheesiness you know you want. Lastly, the dinner items are also fantastic. I don't remember what exactly was ordered as we shared all plates family style (but they're not family style portions), but I know there wasn't one thing I didn't enjoy.