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Cafe el Portal

174 Elizabeth St., New York, NY 10012 40.721041 -73.994759
nr. Spring St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-226-4642 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Spring St.; J, Z at Bowery



Payment Methods

American Express

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering
  • Delivery after 10pm


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

Canal St. to Houston St., Allen St. to Broadway


This venue is closed.

“Homemade Mexican food" states a sign on the door of this tiny treasure, a serene oasis in the middle of overrun Nolita. And they’re not kidding. Authentic Mexican dishes range from roasted corn to fish tacos to cactus burritos to the most delightfully delicate chiles rellenos. The charming light green painted café also offers such scrumptious concoctions as goat cheese quesadillas, and the sangria is sweet and hearty. Dishes are inexpensive, so feel free to sample, and don't forget the divine desserts—try the wondrous tres leches cake that puts even the best tiramisu to shame.


Reservations are only accepted from Monday through Friday.

Recommended Dishes

Cactus burrito, $11; roasted corn, $3; chile rellenos, $16