77 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY, 10003
nr. First Ave.
By lewie on 6/25/2012
Good news: got seated without a reservation at 7pm. Ordered 2 margaritas which were quite good. Ordered two appetizers on the menu: jicama with a picante sauce and the catcus salad. If they were not specials, why did it take more than 15 minutes to get served? While we were waiting we asked for chips and salsa and we were told not that is is not complimentary, so we shrugged and waited for our entrees:chile rellenos which was decent and chicken enchilada verde which did not have a great taste. When restaurants do not pay attention to you (do you want another drink, is there anything I can get for you, etc) they will not see me as a repeat customer.
By arionr on 1/15/2012
I recently hosted 20 people for my 30th birthday brunch. The food was delicious and the staff (especially Judy) could not have been better. We had planned to use the private room, but despite the heaters, it was just a bit too cold. Before we arrived, the restaurant made the decision to move us inside, setting aside half of their tables for us at no extra cost. They also designed a special menu which was custom printed and waiting at the place settings for our guests. Our waitress quarterbacked the pace and I did not have to remind her about anything (including the cake we brought which they cut at no fee). We drank, dined and toasted for 2.5 hours and never felt rushed.
By leahmm on 4/20/2009
We went out for my friend's birthday dinner Saturday night and saw 2 or 3 other birthday dinners there, sweetened by the restaurant bringing trays of champagne flutes for the whole table. Everyone was happy with what they ordered (we loved the empanada with rice pudding and espresso ice cream we ordered for birthday dessert) and the sangria was delicious. I was super happy with the prices and portion sizes, especially compared with La Rosa Mexicana where everything seems ridiculously small and overpriced. The only downfall was that the restaurant, super busy, didn't seat us until 45 minutes after our reservation time.
By uws_girl7531 on 8/7/2008
I ate at La Palapa last night and I had probably the best service ive ever had, my waitress was so knowledgeable about the menu and gave great recommendations. I think the trick at La Palapa is to share dishes, the fried plantanes were ridiculously good and the main dish we had was pork and was also really great. i coud have used more on the margarita side but you cant win them all. I would definitely go back
By kikiboo on 8/10/2007
$5 for a tiny taco that is dry and tasteless? This is truly a sad example of overly hyped east village dining. Not only are the prices inexcusable for Mexican food, but it is horrible food on top of that. This restaurant makes taco bell seem like cuisine. It was almost infuriating. Compared to a previous dining experience here over a year ago, I'd say they've since raised the prices and started cutting some culinary corners-it was not nearly this bad back then. Sure, the garden is nice and the service was standard, but never would I recommend this place. Ever.
By lovefood on 1/4/2006
We trust reviewers for reliable suggestions in choosing new restaurants. Unfortunately, my experience at Palapa was so far from multiple reviewers that I had to speak up. The good: Palapa has a relaxing decor suitable for an after-work cocktail. The bad: The food, unfortunately. I have never experienced such dry and tasteless chicken like the one used to stuff my enchiladas. The tamal appetizer was a mush of irreconcilable flavors. The steak was simply passable. I had low expectations and was mercilessly disappointed. The Ugly: The service. I'm certain the waiter forgot about us after taking our order. I regretted not being able to tip his substitute, the busboy.
By preciousrain7 on 12/8/2005
We went on a saturday night without any reservations. Though it was crowded, the hostess got us seated quickly which was great! I loved their passion fruit margaritas! The food was a little on the salty and dry side. But the drinks and the service made up for it! Reservations recommended
By Graciefully_Me on 10/1/2005
Sorry, couldnt think of a great subject for this review. In anycase, the food is pretty damn good. Loved the flavors and the meat was juicy. They did fresh guac, but it needed a little more salt. Overall, good food, fun decor, and solid service.
By FoodieQueen on 2/20/2004
Great food, good service, beautiful back garden, but a little pricey for Mexican.
By Rhea on 2/4/2004
The food was terrific but when we received the bill I almost had a heart attack. 12 dollars for a shot of tequila. The drinks were very expensive. The waiters brought chips and guacamole to the table that we didn't even order which came to a whopping 27 dollars. I would visit again but would be more vigilant about what was ordered and the costs of drinks. The servers were highly attentive but I think it was to sell as much and as fast as they could.