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Cafe el Portal

174 Elizabeth St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Spring St.
212-226-4642

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9
Food: 9
Service: 8
Décor: 9
"Highly Recommended"

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Lovely Hidden Gem

By learsi on 12/23/2012

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

My BF and I have been here twice and enjoyed the food and service on both visits. Friendly staff makes you feel welcome and the food is fresh and delicious.

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26 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

Love. It.

By akymbo on 8/18/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Just like (almost) every other Californian who moves to New York, I miss good Mexican food. Cafe el Portal does the trick! Prices aren't too bad, food is delicious, and the cucumber margarita is fabulous! The service was a little off the last time I went, but usually isn't anything to complain about. It is a super small space, though, so going on an off night is best if you don't want to wait for too long.

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32 out of 65 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic

By Lorena on 10/19/2004

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

This place is a hidden gem. The food was GREAT. Margaritas-YUMMY!! You have to check it out for yourself-even if it's just for a margarita and chips-n-salsa.

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322 out of 618 people found this review helpful.

And the Mexicans said "OH MY GOD!"

By Gnewey on 7/14/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I was with a few Mexican friends. And they were thrilled with the real "local" delicacies/cocktails that are rarely served here. We loved the food, the hearty portions, the great staff, the price. A small casual place, usually a wait, but worth it.

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302 out of 598 people found this review helpful.

great neighborhood spot, even if you're not from the 'hood!

By knews9 on 8/1/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

the food was good and fresh--not mind blowing, but GOOD, which in my book is not so easy to come by, esp. if it's mexican and you're in new york. it's a cheap, warm spot with lots of personality...enjoy! and they have hard liquor, too.

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286 out of 592 people found this review helpful.

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