• El Parador Café

  • Mexican $18-$32
  • 325 E. 34th St.
    New York, NY 10016
  • Neighborhood: Murray Hill/Kips Bay
  • Phone: 212-679-6812
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El Parador’s Mexico is gracious, Old-World, and restrained, with décor to match, like a tiled bar with arched recesses, whitewashed walls, and snug booths for cozy, intimate meals. Lighting is dim, with patterns thrown onto the ceiling by perforated rustic metal lanterns. A well-chosen soundtrack gives the place an Acapulco-circa-1959 feel—the year El Parador opened. The character of the cooking is evident from the first salsa-dunked chip; the latter, served warm, has a welcome gravelly texture; the former, a spicy puree with unexpected cinnamon tones. An ancient lava-stone molcajete—mortar and pestle—is used to prepare the unctuous, chunky guacamole. Typical plates like quesadillas and enchiladas satisfy, as do daily specials. Bouillabaisse Veracruzana looks like a Flemish still life, with lobster nestled among other shellfish in a vermilion-hued, charred-tomato broth. The complex sauce on the chicken mole leads with the chocolate and chilies among its two dozen ingredients, served from a weathered cast-iron pot that keeps the balance of the meat stewing as you dine. A wine list heavy on Spanish vintages tempts— as does the encyclopedic selection of tequilas.
  • Hours

    Mon, noon-10pm Tue-Sat, noon-11pm Sun, 2pm-10pm

  • Prices


  • Payment

    American Express Discover MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

    Delivery Dine at the Bar Lunch Take-Out Business Lunch Private Dining/Party Space Online Reservation Romantic

  • Alcohol

    Full Bar

  • Reservations


  • Delivery Area

    30th St. to 38th St., East End Ave. to Park Ave.

  • Delivery Hours

    Mon-Sat, noon-10pm Sun, 2pm-10pm

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