Papatzul Mexican

★★★★☆
Soho Mexican spot straddles the line between chichi and cozy.
  • 55 Grand St

    New York, NY 10013

    Cross street: Between W Broadway and Wooster Street

    Map & Directions
  • 212-274-8225

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I went to Papatzul last night with my girlfriend for the very first time.
We were greet for most of the staff which was a very good start.
We wanted to try some of their signature cocktails so we order a Margarita tradicional and another cocktail made with tamarind.
Then we order a Mayan ceviche, a couple of entrees: Budin al Pasilla and Enchiladas San Marqueas.

The drinks were brought to the table within 3 mins from ordered.
Both were AMAZING! I'm a bartender myself and was surprised with the flavor of this delicious drinks.

The food was great as well.
The ceviche was big enough to share, colorful and full of flavor.
The main course ended up making our night: big servings of tradicional Mexican food, glamorously decorated.

Will go back soon to try some other delicious dishes of this colleagues of SoHo.

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★★★★★

I went to Papatzul last night with my girlfriend for the very first time.
We were greet for most of the staff which was a very good start.
We wanted to try some of their signature cocktails so we order a Margarita tradicional and another cocktail made with tamarind.
Then we order a Mayan ceviche, a couple of entrees: Budin al Pasilla and Enchiladas San Marqueas.

The drinks were brought to the table within 3 mins from ordered.
Both were AMAZING! I'm a bartender myself and was surprised with the flavor of this delicious drinks.

The food was great as well.
The ceviche was big enough to share, colorful and full of flavor.
The main course ended up making our night: big servings of tradicional Mexican food, glamorously decorated.

Will go back soon to try some other delicious dishes of this colleagues of SoHo.

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We went on a Sunday night and the place was bumping with what seemed like locals enjoying the end of the weekend. Bartender serving the front tables was super friendly and even told us the name of the song we were trying to "shizam" on our ipod. Great margaritas and yummy food. The fresh salsa and guac to start were my faves!

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★★★★★

We went on a Sunday night and the place was bumping with what seemed like locals enjoying the end of the weekend. Bartender serving the front tables was super friendly and even told us the name of the song we were trying to "shizam" on our ipod. Great margaritas and yummy food. The fresh salsa and guac to start were my faves!

Pros: local neighborhood chill vibe, friendly service

Cons: table are too small to hold all the food & drinks

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I've dined at Papatzul on multiple occasions, but I will never eat there again based on an experience I had there a few months ago.

It was a Thursday night, and they were expecting a large party. They seated us, and told us that we would have to be out in an hour and a half. They took FOREVER to bring us our food, drinks, etc, which prolonged our dining time significantly. We ordered hot chocolate after dinner, thinking we had enough time to enjoy it. In the middle of drinking it, the busboy literally grabbed it out of our hands and said we had to leave. He was physically crowding us, pushing into to me and telling me to get up while we were waiting for our check to be delivered to us. When I told him he was being extremely rude, he turned around and shouted, "No, YOU'RE being rude. Get out!" I was appalled by this treatment, and I will never eat there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've dined at Papatzul on multiple occasions, but I will never eat there again based on an experience I had there a few months ago.

It was a Thursday night, and they were expecting a large party. They seated us, and told us that we would have to be out in an hour and a half. They took FOREVER to bring us our food, drinks, etc, which prolonged our dining time significantly. We ordered hot chocolate after dinner, thinking we had enough time to enjoy it. In the middle of drinking it, the busboy literally grabbed it out of our hands and said we had to leave. He was physically crowding us, pushing into to me and telling me to get up while we were waiting for our check to be delivered to us. When I told him he was being extremely rude, he turned around and shouted, "No, YOU'RE being rude. Get out!" I was appalled by this treatment, and I will never eat there again.

Pros: Food is decent

Cons: Service

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Hottest day of the year and went for lunch here. This place is down the street from my apt., and it has great AC, so in we go! Gr8 drinks and guac and some of the freshest salsa ever--we ordered another round of it. Then we shared cerviche and a salad w/some of the freshest and lightest dressing--so refreshing! Then we had ome tortilla soup--3 of us could not stop ourselves--and we still did not finish the generous portion. The show-stopper was the fish tacos!! Crispy yet light, with unreal slaw in a soft homemade taco. This is what foodie dreams are made of. Go to Dos Caminos for the outside seating and scene and edgy food, but come here for the real deal Mexicam, drinks, and lower prices. And the AC was divine!

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★★★★★

Hottest day of the year and went for lunch here. This place is down the street from my apt., and it has great AC, so in we go! Gr8 drinks and guac and some of the freshest salsa ever--we ordered another round of it. Then we shared cerviche and a salad w/some of the freshest and lightest dressing--so refreshing! Then we had ome tortilla soup--3 of us could not stop ourselves--and we still did not finish the generous portion. The show-stopper was the fish tacos!! Crispy yet light, with unreal slaw in a soft homemade taco. This is what foodie dreams are made of. Go to Dos Caminos for the outside seating and scene and edgy food, but come here for the real deal Mexicam, drinks, and lower prices. And the AC was divine!

Pros: Fantastic food and drinks!

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I've been to NY with my wife about a week ago (April 2009). I was so disappointed, I decided that when I come back I should post a note so that other people would be weary of this restaurant.
I have to say the service was good, the food turned out to be the problem. I ordered the duck enchiladas and my wife ordered a vegetarian course. It was greasy, drooling with disgusting sauce and had little resemblance to duck meat in any form (dead or alive). The basic theme repeated in my wife dish as well, to many ingredients with undefined taste.
Bottom line, I truly and honestly recommend to skip this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been to NY with my wife about a week ago (April 2009). I was so disappointed, I decided that when I come back I should post a note so that other people would be weary of this restaurant.
I have to say the service was good, the food turned out to be the problem. I ordered the duck enchiladas and my wife ordered a vegetarian course. It was greasy, drooling with disgusting sauce and had little resemblance to duck meat in any form (dead or alive). The basic theme repeated in my wife dish as well, to many ingredients with undefined taste.
Bottom line, I truly and honestly recommend to skip this place.

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I've been to NY with my with about a week ago (April 2009). I was so disappointed, I decided that when I come back I should post a note so that other people would be weary of this restaurant.
I have to say the service was good, the food turned out to be the problem. I ordered the duck enchiladas and my wife ordered a vegetarian course. It was greasy, drooling with disgusting sauce and had little resemblance to duck meat in any form (dead or alive). The basic theme repeated in my wife dish as well, to many ingredients with undefined taste.
Bottom line, I truly and honestly recommend to skip this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been to NY with my with about a week ago (April 2009). I was so disappointed, I decided that when I come back I should post a note so that other people would be weary of this restaurant.
I have to say the service was good, the food turned out to be the problem. I ordered the duck enchiladas and my wife ordered a vegetarian course. It was greasy, drooling with disgusting sauce and had little resemblance to duck meat in any form (dead or alive). The basic theme repeated in my wife dish as well, to many ingredients with undefined taste.
Bottom line, I truly and honestly recommend to skip this place.

Pros: Good service

Cons: Drooling with disgusting sauce

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was the right move for me to take my family there. I had guests from out of town and the people were so welcoming, warm, and sweet. Make the right move and spend a night out at this great place

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★★★★☆

was the right move for me to take my family there. I had guests from out of town and the people were so welcoming, warm, and sweet. Make the right move and spend a night out at this great place

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If you like sophisticated and creative menus Papatzul is a real gem. If you want typical tex-mex fajitas and nachos this is not the restaurant for you. The Tlocoyos de pollo are out of this world - I could eat a whole meal of them. Everything we ordered was beyond expectations. The fish/seafood was fresh and cooked perfectly.

This restaurant is a true original - nothing out there compares or comes close to this edgy, contemporary yet traditional menu of Mexican delicacies.

Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

If you like sophisticated and creative menus Papatzul is a real gem. If you want typical tex-mex fajitas and nachos this is not the restaurant for you. The Tlocoyos de pollo are out of this world - I could eat a whole meal of them. Everything we ordered was beyond expectations. The fish/seafood was fresh and cooked perfectly.

This restaurant is a true original - nothing out there compares or comes close to this edgy, contemporary yet traditional menu of Mexican delicacies.

Highly recommended.

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It?s tempting to order everything, but start with the guacamole: it?s flavored with whatever chili pepper went into it, served in a chunky lava bowl, with tortilla chips that are the perfect size for one generous dip. Then try the appetizer of sliced grilled scallop stacked on a tortilla chip with a sliver of avocado and a dot of tamarind sauce, which adds a plummy, sweet heat.

I learned that Papatzul means ?food of the gods,? and the dish that felt most fit for the gods was the chile relleno, stuffed with butternut squash studded with currants and slivered almonds. Sea bream substituted for red snapper in a whole broiled fish a la Veracruz. It came nicely charred, with a hearty green-olive salsa. Even the rice was good: moist, full of flavor, flecked with red pepper, and threaded with cheese.

For dessert, let the waitress choose. We had ice cream: two scoops of dulce de leche, a delicious flavor, providing a cool contrast to the heat of the meal. What looked like a big cookie turned out to be a garnish of walnut brittle: fudge from heaven. This tasted like the food of gods we would like to be friends with.

Colorful photomontages by fashion photographer Enrique Badulescu on the wall suit the crowd, which is young and convivial. There are also traditional masks hanging, and a skylight makes the room feel high and spacious.

I will probably order exactly the same things when I go back. Plus a Margarita (or two).

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★★★★★

It?s tempting to order everything, but start with the guacamole: it?s flavored with whatever chili pepper went into it, served in a chunky lava bowl, with tortilla chips that are the perfect size for one generous dip. Then try the appetizer of sliced grilled scallop stacked on a tortilla chip with a sliver of avocado and a dot of tamarind sauce, which adds a plummy, sweet heat.

I learned that Papatzul means ?food of the gods,? and the dish that felt most fit for the gods was the chile relleno, stuffed with butternut squash studded with currants and slivered almonds. Sea bream substituted for red snapper in a whole broiled fish a la Veracruz. It came nicely charred, with a hearty green-olive salsa. Even the rice was good: moist, full of flavor, flecked with red pepper, and threaded with cheese.

For dessert, let the waitress choose. We had ice cream: two scoops of dulce de leche, a delicious flavor, providing a cool contrast to the heat of the meal. What looked like a big cookie turned out to be a garnish of walnut brittle: fudge from heaven. This tasted like the food of gods we would like to be friends with.

Colorful photomontages by fashion photographer Enrique Badulescu on the wall suit the crowd, which is young and convivial. There are also traditional masks hanging, and a skylight makes the room feel high and spacious.

I will probably order exactly the same things when I go back. Plus a Margarita (or two).

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I got dinner there last week with my husband and friends, and our experience was pretty bad in lots of ways.
First we were supposed to meet at the bar since I work a few blocks away and I get off pretty earlier than our reservation, so I decided to do some scouting first and stop for a margarita by myself, this is by far the best part in the restaurant, grrrrreat margaritas! (in my opinion the best in the city) bartender attentive, fast and with very impressive knowledge about tequilas. Then the rest of my friends arrived and move to the back room (where the real bad experience is). First, our food came to our table 45 min after we order, the menu was pretentious and confusing, our waiter despite that he seemed to be mexican looked confused too. I've been in Mexico with my family several times and the food lacks of authenticity (is fennel mexican?) the room was crowded and very noisy, the music very annoying. In other words our experience was pretty bad, my husband and friends think the same, we go out together once a month and we felt the same way about this place. the highlights: margaritas, the flautas di pollo, guacamole and salsas. the bad: service, music, the crowd. The worse: the time you have to wait for food.
In other words go for a margarita, STAY at the bar get guacamole, flautas and go home.

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★★☆☆☆

I got dinner there last week with my husband and friends, and our experience was pretty bad in lots of ways.
First we were supposed to meet at the bar since I work a few blocks away and I get off pretty earlier than our reservation, so I decided to do some scouting first and stop for a margarita by myself, this is by far the best part in the restaurant, grrrrreat margaritas! (in my opinion the best in the city) bartender attentive, fast and with very impressive knowledge about tequilas. Then the rest of my friends arrived and move to the back room (where the real bad experience is). First, our food came to our table 45 min after we order, the menu was pretentious and confusing, our waiter despite that he seemed to be mexican looked confused too. I've been in Mexico with my family several times and the food lacks of authenticity (is fennel mexican?) the room was crowded and very noisy, the music very annoying. In other words our experience was pretty bad, my husband and friends think the same, we go out together once a month and we felt the same way about this place. the highlights: margaritas, the flautas di pollo, guacamole and salsas. the bad: service, music, the crowd. The worse: the time you have to wait for food.
In other words go for a margarita, STAY at the bar get guacamole, flautas and go home.

Pros: margaritas, guacamole, location, tequilas

Cons: food timing, service, music, the b&t crowd

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Went here on a Saturday night, called ahead about an hour to get a table and the place had 1-2 tables empty at peak hour. It's a fairly relaxed place in terms of atmosphere, somewhere between Mexicana Mama and Dos Caminos. The food has some of the standard Mexican items, and some I haven't seen elsewhere. Everything we ate was very good, though the guacamole was fairly conventional for this sated city. The service was good, the place is festive and despite not being too big, can and did accomodate large groups(6-10), and the prices are reasonable for this type of fair and setting. Finally, they may serve the best margarita in Manhattan. Made w/ real lime juice(the only way!), they got the proportions right, and I noticed a large table w/ a pitcher of them. Go!

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★★★★☆

Went here on a Saturday night, called ahead about an hour to get a table and the place had 1-2 tables empty at peak hour. It's a fairly relaxed place in terms of atmosphere, somewhere between Mexicana Mama and Dos Caminos. The food has some of the standard Mexican items, and some I haven't seen elsewhere. Everything we ate was very good, though the guacamole was fairly conventional for this sated city. The service was good, the place is festive and despite not being too big, can and did accomodate large groups(6-10), and the prices are reasonable for this type of fair and setting. Finally, they may serve the best margarita in Manhattan. Made w/ real lime juice(the only way!), they got the proportions right, and I noticed a large table w/ a pitcher of them. Go!

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I felt compelled to write a glowing review of Papatzul because it is consistently a wonderful, relaxed, unpretentious, and flavorful dining experience. I have been to Papatzul almost 10 times since moving back to NY in July 2007. I have brought friends who have themselves become repeat customers. Though my fiancee and I appreciate variety and explore restaurants all the time in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, Papatzul is our "go-to" restaurant, and definitely the first-pick anytime we have visitors to the city.

First, the food is an innovative and stimulating gastronomical experience. The menu has plenty of choice from vegetarian to meat, and the menu is inspired from the various culinary differences that exist throughout the regions of Mexico. Futhermore, the sous-chef is talented and versatile, and has differentiated himself by pushing the limits on the definition of "salsa". One of his specialties, the five-salsa sampler, is a must-have any time you visit Papatzul. From mild to extra spicy, the salsas are unique and have a blend of flavor that will open your tastebuds (and mind) to new heights. Warning though: extra spicy really means extra spicy. The habanero/garlic/cream salsa garnished with chives will heat up even the most spice-accustomed palates from Mexico, India, and Thailand.

Second, the chef and his staff are great people who love what they do and are good at it. The customers treat them well in response and the virtuous circle continues.

Third, the margaritas and sangria are staples at Papatzul, and the bartenders are experienced and enthusiastic mixers. The tequila menu is impressive and try Sangrita.

Lastly, the Slow Roasted Duck Enchiladas in a Rich Almond Mole is so delicious and flavorful that you will feel the desire to order one more of the same main course, even if you've filled up on appetizers leading up to it.

My only fear in writing this review is that I won't be able to get a table when I call the same day.

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★★★★★

I felt compelled to write a glowing review of Papatzul because it is consistently a wonderful, relaxed, unpretentious, and flavorful dining experience. I have been to Papatzul almost 10 times since moving back to NY in July 2007. I have brought friends who have themselves become repeat customers. Though my fiancee and I appreciate variety and explore restaurants all the time in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, Papatzul is our "go-to" restaurant, and definitely the first-pick anytime we have visitors to the city.

First, the food is an innovative and stimulating gastronomical experience. The menu has plenty of choice from vegetarian to meat, and the menu is inspired from the various culinary differences that exist throughout the regions of Mexico. Futhermore, the sous-chef is talented and versatile, and has differentiated himself by pushing the limits on the definition of "salsa". One of his specialties, the five-salsa sampler, is a must-have any time you visit Papatzul. From mild to extra spicy, the salsas are unique and have a blend of flavor that will open your tastebuds (and mind) to new heights. Warning though: extra spicy really means extra spicy. The habanero/garlic/cream salsa garnished with chives will heat up even the most spice-accustomed palates from Mexico, India, and Thailand.

Second, the chef and his staff are great people who love what they do and are good at it. The customers treat them well in response and the virtuous circle continues.

Third, the margaritas and sangria are staples at Papatzul, and the bartenders are experienced and enthusiastic mixers. The tequila menu is impressive and try Sangrita.

Lastly, the Slow Roasted Duck Enchiladas in a Rich Almond Mole is so delicious and flavorful that you will feel the desire to order one more of the same main course, even if you've filled up on appetizers leading up to it.

My only fear in writing this review is that I won't be able to get a table when I call the same day.

Pros: Great food and drinks; friendly staff; fun, unique ambience; good value.

Cons: Can get loud (think big table of friends not quiet date), sometimes busy on weekend nights. Nothing else is a con.

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You can never go wrong with Papatzul. I spend a respectable portion of my time looking for good food. Mexican food is one of my favourite. Papatzul is defo my favourite. Not overly fancy, not dingy, but casual and happy. Service is great: somoene finally figured out what a restaurant should be: good food, corteous service, decent check. The food at Papatzul is AMAZING and very very authentic. The bar tender is fantastic too, don't miss his margaritas or his white sangria. Waiters are super nice and they know their business. Perfect for weekend brunch, the breakfast food is great and it is usually not crazy crowded. DON'T MISS IT!!! (and learn a little about Mexican pop music while you're at it)

2
★★★★★

You can never go wrong with Papatzul. I spend a respectable portion of my time looking for good food. Mexican food is one of my favourite. Papatzul is defo my favourite. Not overly fancy, not dingy, but casual and happy. Service is great: somoene finally figured out what a restaurant should be: good food, corteous service, decent check. The food at Papatzul is AMAZING and very very authentic. The bar tender is fantastic too, don't miss his margaritas or his white sangria. Waiters are super nice and they know their business. Perfect for weekend brunch, the breakfast food is great and it is usually not crazy crowded. DON'T MISS IT!!! (and learn a little about Mexican pop music while you're at it)

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I had the great pleasure of eating here this past Saturday night for a friend's birthday dinner--there were 18 of us. I can truly say that dining anywhere with 18 people is (usually) always a recipe for disaster. However, not at Papatzul! The staff completely took care of us--from the personalized menus to the entire kitchen staff coming out to sing happy birthday....this place went above & beyond. The food was exceptional & as authentic as can be (this coming from someone who lived in Mexico for 4 months). The cherry on top had to be the margaritas. I am not even a tequila drinker & these drinks blew me away.....so tasty & left you with the perfect buzz. I have never seen a large dinner party go as smoothly as this one did. PopoZAO--this place is on fire!!!

2
★★★★★

I had the great pleasure of eating here this past Saturday night for a friend's birthday dinner--there were 18 of us. I can truly say that dining anywhere with 18 people is (usually) always a recipe for disaster. However, not at Papatzul! The staff completely took care of us--from the personalized menus to the entire kitchen staff coming out to sing happy birthday....this place went above & beyond. The food was exceptional & as authentic as can be (this coming from someone who lived in Mexico for 4 months). The cherry on top had to be the margaritas. I am not even a tequila drinker & these drinks blew me away.....so tasty & left you with the perfect buzz. I have never seen a large dinner party go as smoothly as this one did. PopoZAO--this place is on fire!!!

Pros: Awesome Mexican food, friendly staff, killer drinks, perfect for big groups

Cons: Nothing!

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Last night my wife and I decided to try Papatzul. We had high hopes for our dinner after reading the reviews and watching the video on City Search. Sadly our visit to was marred by terrible, slow service and a generally low quality experience. Before I go further I will say I enjoyed the tamarind margarita & guacamole. My wife enjoyed her entree (Chile Relleno). However everything else about my experience was so irritating it boggled my mind. Our server is mostly to blame. She seated us promptly but that is all she did promptly. She never came back to check on the meal. No one refilled our waters. No one came back to see if we needed more drinks. I stopped eating my Budin Poblano thirty minutes before I gave up waiting to see if anyone cared about it. It was more like black bean & chicken bone chili/soup rather than a Budin I would normally enjoy. Yes there were bones in my Budin. More than one. I tried in vain to make heads or tails of how to eat it. It should have come with a spoon since it was more liquid than substance.

After waiting even longer for our waitress who never came close enough to hail without yelling"HEY!" I had to get my own check from her at the wait station. I would also add that it was weirdly warm in the dinning area. Not stifling but by the end of the night I was visibly sweating.

As a final symbol of the total lack of caring ours was the only table with an unlit candle. There was a candle on the table. It just sat there as an unlit, unromantic reminder of the whole encounter. I am pretty reasonable guy and have never walked out on a meal but was sorely tempted to last night. Sorry. We won't be back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Last night my wife and I decided to try Papatzul. We had high hopes for our dinner after reading the reviews and watching the video on City Search. Sadly our visit to was marred by terrible, slow service and a generally low quality experience. Before I go further I will say I enjoyed the tamarind margarita & guacamole. My wife enjoyed her entree (Chile Relleno). However everything else about my experience was so irritating it boggled my mind. Our server is mostly to blame. She seated us promptly but that is all she did promptly. She never came back to check on the meal. No one refilled our waters. No one came back to see if we needed more drinks. I stopped eating my Budin Poblano thirty minutes before I gave up waiting to see if anyone cared about it. It was more like black bean & chicken bone chili/soup rather than a Budin I would normally enjoy. Yes there were bones in my Budin. More than one. I tried in vain to make heads or tails of how to eat it. It should have come with a spoon since it was more liquid than substance.

After waiting even longer for our waitress who never came close enough to hail without yelling"HEY!" I had to get my own check from her at the wait station. I would also add that it was weirdly warm in the dinning area. Not stifling but by the end of the night I was visibly sweating.

As a final symbol of the total lack of caring ours was the only table with an unlit candle. There was a candle on the table. It just sat there as an unlit, unromantic reminder of the whole encounter. I am pretty reasonable guy and have never walked out on a meal but was sorely tempted to last night. Sorry. We won't be back.

Pros: good margaritas

Cons: insanely bad service, warm dining area

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This Mexican gem served up some of the best Mexican food I have ever tasted. The margaritas where so good. That's actually what we went there for-Happy Hour, and wound up eating this Mexican specialties that made my mouth water. The chef I read is a Mexican specialty chef and has made me a Papatzul member forever. Try this mexican food and you will not be disapointed.

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★★★★★

This Mexican gem served up some of the best Mexican food I have ever tasted. The margaritas where so good. That's actually what we went there for-Happy Hour, and wound up eating this Mexican specialties that made my mouth water. The chef I read is a Mexican specialty chef and has made me a Papatzul member forever. Try this mexican food and you will not be disapointed.

Pros: Mexican Food, Margaritas, MEXICAN, Mexican, Mexican- I loved it

Cons: none

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Despite four other people in the dining room, our wait for food and drinks was long. My salad was bland, despite the delicious description on the menu and our main courses were just, well, okay. Nothing special at all. The service was really poor, however, and brought the whole experience down to the lowest level. Reading the other reviews makes me feel like the restaurant is padding the ratings or something. The whole thing from beginning to end was so blah that I find it really hard to believe, given the small number of people in the dining room on any given eveining, that my experience was an anomaly. With so many good places to choose from in the area, there's no need to waste your time on this place.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Despite four other people in the dining room, our wait for food and drinks was long. My salad was bland, despite the delicious description on the menu and our main courses were just, well, okay. Nothing special at all. The service was really poor, however, and brought the whole experience down to the lowest level. Reading the other reviews makes me feel like the restaurant is padding the ratings or something. The whole thing from beginning to end was so blah that I find it really hard to believe, given the small number of people in the dining room on any given eveining, that my experience was an anomaly. With so many good places to choose from in the area, there's no need to waste your time on this place.

Pros: Nice physical space

Cons: service, food taste and quality, value

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I?m not kidding ? I used to make the ?ewww? face at the word tequila, then the bartender at Paptzul gave me a run through of several of their artisenal picks and much to my surprise, I make it a weekly stop now! The margarita?s are also dangerously addictive!

The food is great too, love the guacamole and also love the tortilla soup. Looking through the other reviews it looks like they?re getting better since they opened.

Lovely atmosphere ? a very happy find!... definitely going to try it for brunch one of these days!

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★★★★★

I?m not kidding ? I used to make the ?ewww? face at the word tequila, then the bartender at Paptzul gave me a run through of several of their artisenal picks and much to my surprise, I make it a weekly stop now! The margarita?s are also dangerously addictive!

The food is great too, love the guacamole and also love the tortilla soup. Looking through the other reviews it looks like they?re getting better since they opened.

Lovely atmosphere ? a very happy find!... definitely going to try it for brunch one of these days!

Pros: Excellent drinks and authentic regional mexican food

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We stumbled in here on a Friday night since it was the only place in the area where we could get a table with no problem (in fact it was mostly empty). From the beginning, the service was friendly and attentive. The pitcher of margaritas was better than most house drinks I've had, and the ceviche was terrific. But the guacamole was undersalted and underseasoned, just like all of our entrees. Enchiladas had no flavor at all. For the price, I would have expected the chef to pay a bit more attention to how the food tasted, especially when typically accompanied by the strong flavors in margaritas and other house drinks. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who likes flavorful food and value for their money.

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★★☆☆☆

We stumbled in here on a Friday night since it was the only place in the area where we could get a table with no problem (in fact it was mostly empty). From the beginning, the service was friendly and attentive. The pitcher of margaritas was better than most house drinks I've had, and the ceviche was terrific. But the guacamole was undersalted and underseasoned, just like all of our entrees. Enchiladas had no flavor at all. For the price, I would have expected the chef to pay a bit more attention to how the food tasted, especially when typically accompanied by the strong flavors in margaritas and other house drinks. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who likes flavorful food and value for their money.

Pros: No wait, friendly service

Cons: Bland food, poor value

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Nice place but, disappointing. We had heard this is one of the best in the city. Sangria we started with was great! Nice flavor, silky texture and, a bit of a kick! From there it went to guacamole. Very creamy, subtle taste at first but, ultimately, as the tasting moved on, flat. Not salty, not spicy, not flavorful. Just flat! Main courses had a little more flair; the butternut squash chille rellenos was the best of the lot. Wanted something really chocolate-y for dessert. Was told by the waitress that the two choices (a flan and a cornmeal-based one) weren't that chocolate-y. She was right! All in all, just a So-so Mexican.

1
★★★☆☆

Nice place but, disappointing. We had heard this is one of the best in the city. Sangria we started with was great! Nice flavor, silky texture and, a bit of a kick! From there it went to guacamole. Very creamy, subtle taste at first but, ultimately, as the tasting moved on, flat. Not salty, not spicy, not flavorful. Just flat! Main courses had a little more flair; the butternut squash chille rellenos was the best of the lot. Wanted something really chocolate-y for dessert. Was told by the waitress that the two choices (a flan and a cornmeal-based one) weren't that chocolate-y. She was right! All in all, just a So-so Mexican.

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We enjoyed a great meal here last week. Both bar and wait staff could not have been more helpful and attentive. Our waitress talked us through the menu and then made some good recommendations. We decided to go with her choices and were very pleased that we did. The Guacamole was really fresh and tasty, as was the Tortilla Soup. A hint of heat made it a delicious appetizer for a cold night!. My boyfriend had the Duck Enchiladas and I had the steak. Both were excellent. The steak was cooked to perfection. Aside from having to wait 20 mins for a table (we hadn't made a reservation, so can't really complain!), I cannot find fault! The atmosphere was really buzzing too. All in all a really great evening.

1
★★★☆☆

We enjoyed a great meal here last week. Both bar and wait staff could not have been more helpful and attentive. Our waitress talked us through the menu and then made some good recommendations. We decided to go with her choices and were very pleased that we did. The Guacamole was really fresh and tasty, as was the Tortilla Soup. A hint of heat made it a delicious appetizer for a cold night!. My boyfriend had the Duck Enchiladas and I had the steak. Both were excellent. The steak was cooked to perfection. Aside from having to wait 20 mins for a table (we hadn't made a reservation, so can't really complain!), I cannot find fault! The atmosphere was really buzzing too. All in all a really great evening.

Pros: Great Food, Interesting Menu, Very Friendly Staff

Cons: Should have made a reservation

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The food here is fresh and inviting. Not like the average Mexican restaurant. The lunch menu is a very good value for quality food. I especially enjoyed the guacamole to start. The atmosphere is lively and bright at lunch.

2
★★★★★

The food here is fresh and inviting. Not like the average Mexican restaurant. The lunch menu is a very good value for quality food. I especially enjoyed the guacamole to start. The atmosphere is lively and bright at lunch.

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Walking through the doors of Papatzul is literally like taking a mini-trip to Mexico. Everything from the beautiful decor, the ambiance of the candle lit trees of life, the authentic photos of Mexico City that surround you as you slowly sip your tequila or the best margaritas in town, the music that makes you want to move to the rhythm, the commanding masks hung along the walls and absolutely decadent and delicious food. The entire experience was absolutely refreshing! We started with the guacamole which had such a tart and fresh taste, the ceviche was to die for and the duck enchiladas were mouth watering!!! I will certainly be back in the very VERY near future. What a refreshing change from all the boring, hyped up fake Mexican restaurant chains in NYC! (Rosa Mexicana, Dos Caminos)

2
★★★★★

Walking through the doors of Papatzul is literally like taking a mini-trip to Mexico. Everything from the beautiful decor, the ambiance of the candle lit trees of life, the authentic photos of Mexico City that surround you as you slowly sip your tequila or the best margaritas in town, the music that makes you want to move to the rhythm, the commanding masks hung along the walls and absolutely decadent and delicious food. The entire experience was absolutely refreshing! We started with the guacamole which had such a tart and fresh taste, the ceviche was to die for and the duck enchiladas were mouth watering!!! I will certainly be back in the very VERY near future. What a refreshing change from all the boring, hyped up fake Mexican restaurant chains in NYC! (Rosa Mexicana, Dos Caminos)

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I, like npandela above, went last night with my wife after reading Andrea Strong's review about Papatzul.
My wife and I, unlike npandela who had an awful experience last night, had a great time enjoying the simple, unpretentious decor and great food. We decided to start with the Ensalada de Palmito, which served as the perfect appetizer given its simple presentation and subtle citric flavors. My wife had the Costillas de Cordero, which came with a sauce to-die-for. It was a little smoky and sweet toward the end of the flavor spectrum.
I had the Filete de Res cooked medium. It came perfectly brown in the outside and got progressively more pink toward the center of the cut. Simply delicious.
npandela is right that the place was a little understaffed, but we arrived at 6:30 and there were only 2 other tables occupied and a couple sipping drinks at the bar. The hostess was really nice and happy to serve us. As for the music, they were playing standard pan-latin tunes from popular bands from the mid-90s to present.
We decided to go for desert even though both of us were pretty full by the end of our meals. We ordered the Tres Leches, which came with an excellent mango sauce low on sugar. The tres leches per se could have been a little more moist, but it was delicious nonetheless.
I highly recommend Papatzul to anyone feeling a little adventurous with Mexican food.

2
★★★★★

I, like npandela above, went last night with my wife after reading Andrea Strong's review about Papatzul.
My wife and I, unlike npandela who had an awful experience last night, had a great time enjoying the simple, unpretentious decor and great food. We decided to start with the Ensalada de Palmito, which served as the perfect appetizer given its simple presentation and subtle citric flavors. My wife had the Costillas de Cordero, which came with a sauce to-die-for. It was a little smoky and sweet toward the end of the flavor spectrum.
I had the Filete de Res cooked medium. It came perfectly brown in the outside and got progressively more pink toward the center of the cut. Simply delicious.
npandela is right that the place was a little understaffed, but we arrived at 6:30 and there were only 2 other tables occupied and a couple sipping drinks at the bar. The hostess was really nice and happy to serve us. As for the music, they were playing standard pan-latin tunes from popular bands from the mid-90s to present.
We decided to go for desert even though both of us were pretty full by the end of our meals. We ordered the Tres Leches, which came with an excellent mango sauce low on sugar. The tres leches per se could have been a little more moist, but it was delicious nonetheless.
I highly recommend Papatzul to anyone feeling a little adventurous with Mexican food.

Pros: Great, no-frills service and ambience

Cons: none so far.

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We went last night, having read Andrea Strong's glowing review and I am speechless. The food was basically unseasoned, the restaurant understaffed and the decor hardly worth mentioning. We had guacamole and sopes, both of which needed salt. The chips were obviously not homemade and too thick. The trio of quesadillas included one that was vile and two that were just okay. The duck enchilladas were not good - the meat seemed old - and we couldn't finish them. We skipped dessert.

The waitress was nice and knowledgeable but the only server for the room and responsible for seating guests too. The bartender pitched in seating guests too. The music was generally awful. In the end, a totally depressing experience. I yearned for the mediocrity of Dos Caminos just up the street. And I hate Dos Caminos. That's how bad it was.

1
★★☆☆☆

We went last night, having read Andrea Strong's glowing review and I am speechless. The food was basically unseasoned, the restaurant understaffed and the decor hardly worth mentioning. We had guacamole and sopes, both of which needed salt. The chips were obviously not homemade and too thick. The trio of quesadillas included one that was vile and two that were just okay. The duck enchilladas were not good - the meat seemed old - and we couldn't finish them. We skipped dessert.

The waitress was nice and knowledgeable but the only server for the room and responsible for seating guests too. The bartender pitched in seating guests too. The music was generally awful. In the end, a totally depressing experience. I yearned for the mediocrity of Dos Caminos just up the street. And I hate Dos Caminos. That's how bad it was.

Pros: None

Cons: Poor Quality Food, Overwhelmed Staff, Ugly Room, Terrible Music

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I'm not exaggerating, Guacamole at Papatzul is so delicious that me and my boyfriend ordered three (and it's pretty big) when we went there first time!!! Everything about that place is amazing: food, margaritas and the staff. But what really makes it spacial is the space. It is so beautiful that once you sit down you feel like staying there forever. Either going on a date or with a bunch of friends Papatzul is THE PLACE.

2
★★★★★

I'm not exaggerating, Guacamole at Papatzul is so delicious that me and my boyfriend ordered three (and it's pretty big) when we went there first time!!! Everything about that place is amazing: food, margaritas and the staff. But what really makes it spacial is the space. It is so beautiful that once you sit down you feel like staying there forever. Either going on a date or with a bunch of friends Papatzul is THE PLACE.

Pros: Staff is great.

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If you want to have a great time along with great food and the best margaritas in the city PAPATZUL is the place to do that!!! You won't find burritos or fajitas on the menu but you will find Guacamole, Ceviche and Duck Enchiladas that will make you want more! Tequila selection is incredible (they have more than 40 to choose from) and even if you are not a fan of tequila you can always take a look at their wine list (which is excellent) and find a wine (I recommend Juan Gil) that will rock your world. And the staff is so friendly and helpful that I guarantee you, you will come back.

2
★★★★★

If you want to have a great time along with great food and the best margaritas in the city PAPATZUL is the place to do that!!! You won't find burritos or fajitas on the menu but you will find Guacamole, Ceviche and Duck Enchiladas that will make you want more! Tequila selection is incredible (they have more than 40 to choose from) and even if you are not a fan of tequila you can always take a look at their wine list (which is excellent) and find a wine (I recommend Juan Gil) that will rock your world. And the staff is so friendly and helpful that I guarantee you, you will come back.

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OMG if you are going on a romantic date PAPATZUL is the place to go. The space with candles is truly amazing. Your date loves margaritas, mojitos, tequilas, beer, wine or even champagne, they have it all. They have vegeterian/ vegan (chile poblano relleno) dishes, fish, steak, lamb so you don't have to worry that your date won't find anything that he/she likes on the menu. Going on a date to Papatzul 100% satisfaction guaranteed!!!!

2
★★★★★

OMG if you are going on a romantic date PAPATZUL is the place to go. The space with candles is truly amazing. Your date loves margaritas, mojitos, tequilas, beer, wine or even champagne, they have it all. They have vegeterian/ vegan (chile poblano relleno) dishes, fish, steak, lamb so you don't have to worry that your date won't find anything that he/she likes on the menu. Going on a date to Papatzul 100% satisfaction guaranteed!!!!

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Papatzul is a great place, beautiful light and welcoming atmosphere. I was at Papatzul with a bunch of friends and we were all more than pleased. This unique place offers a delicious and original selection of mexican dishes with a contemporary and impressive touch.
And of course an extense variety of the best tequilas.If you are planning to have a great time and enjoy delicious food i highly recomend Papatzul.

2
★★★★★

Papatzul is a great place, beautiful light and welcoming atmosphere. I was at Papatzul with a bunch of friends and we were all more than pleased. This unique place offers a delicious and original selection of mexican dishes with a contemporary and impressive touch.
And of course an extense variety of the best tequilas.If you are planning to have a great time and enjoy delicious food i highly recomend Papatzul.

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The thing I like the most about Papatzul is the moment you walk in the door. The warm feeling that hits you entering the dining room is indescribable, you see friendly faces everywhere. The food is fantastic with some dishes that seem to come directly from a mexican "mercado" and others that have their own fantastic personality. You get great food at a really great price. You can also hang out at the bar and sample a selection of over 50 different tequilas, try the "A CORAZON" anejo, ask for it straight up with the traditional "sangrita" (a prepared tomato juice chaser, not to get confused with "sangria" the wine mixture), lime and salt, a sip it slowly (don't do any shots with this tequila please!!) it is simple delicious.

2
★★★★☆

The thing I like the most about Papatzul is the moment you walk in the door. The warm feeling that hits you entering the dining room is indescribable, you see friendly faces everywhere. The food is fantastic with some dishes that seem to come directly from a mexican "mercado" and others that have their own fantastic personality. You get great food at a really great price. You can also hang out at the bar and sample a selection of over 50 different tequilas, try the "A CORAZON" anejo, ask for it straight up with the traditional "sangrita" (a prepared tomato juice chaser, not to get confused with "sangria" the wine mixture), lime and salt, a sip it slowly (don't do any shots with this tequila please!!) it is simple delicious.

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If you're used to standard tex-mex fare, you're in for a treat?this is the real enchilada! Lovingly presented and carefully prepared, the food here is delectable and sophisticated yet not overpriced. An awesome addition to Grand St and some seriously yummy food.

2
★★★★★

If you're used to standard tex-mex fare, you're in for a treat?this is the real enchilada! Lovingly presented and carefully prepared, the food here is delectable and sophisticated yet not overpriced. An awesome addition to Grand St and some seriously yummy food.

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I recomend this place wheter you want to take a formal dinner (apetizer, entre, desert), or if you want to do it more like tapas and order a bunch of smaller plates. EIther way make sure you try this restaurant, it reminds me of the food I use to have when growing up in Mexico City. Also the tequila choices are great.

2
★★★★★

I recomend this place wheter you want to take a formal dinner (apetizer, entre, desert), or if you want to do it more like tapas and order a bunch of smaller plates. EIther way make sure you try this restaurant, it reminds me of the food I use to have when growing up in Mexico City. Also the tequila choices are great.

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Papatzul is beautiful and warm- the staff are lovely, the space is incredibly charming, in a fun location for going out afterward as well. Loved the strong, authentic Sangria, the jicama salad, and the rich Mole sauce.
Reasonable prices as well- so excited to return as soon as possible.

2
★★★★★

Papatzul is beautiful and warm- the staff are lovely, the space is incredibly charming, in a fun location for going out afterward as well. Loved the strong, authentic Sangria, the jicama salad, and the rich Mole sauce.
Reasonable prices as well- so excited to return as soon as possible.

Pros: Ambience, Food, Value, Service

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The food is truly delicious, creative, though authentic, and very fresh and served with beautiful presentation and thoughtfulness. The seafood ceviche with light citrus flavor and avocado creme, the duck enchiladas with an almond mole and the chile poblanos were fantastic! Great bar with many tequilas to choose from (served with a wonderful sangrita). The atmosphere is warm and full of life and the service, as well as the owners, are very friendly and attentive. I will definately return again and again to this gem of a place!

2
★★★★★

The food is truly delicious, creative, though authentic, and very fresh and served with beautiful presentation and thoughtfulness. The seafood ceviche with light citrus flavor and avocado creme, the duck enchiladas with an almond mole and the chile poblanos were fantastic! Great bar with many tequilas to choose from (served with a wonderful sangrita). The atmosphere is warm and full of life and the service, as well as the owners, are very friendly and attentive. I will definately return again and again to this gem of a place!

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Four years ago, I spent five months traveling around Mexico and ate a lot of authentic Mexican food. The food I had at Papatzul last night was amazing. It not only took me back four years, but tasted even better than the first time around! This is Mexican food with real class! The flavors are refined and well thought out. I had ceviche (fresh beyond believe) and the ancho lamb chops which were really tasty (came with sweet potatoes and grilled apples - yum!). It was cooked exactly as I asked and was extremely succulent. Our waitress was so sweet. I couldn't decide on what to drink, so she brought me a sampler of sangria to try. That made my mind up! The check was a very nice surprise too. All round good stuff here! I look forward to my next visit.

2
★★★★★

Four years ago, I spent five months traveling around Mexico and ate a lot of authentic Mexican food. The food I had at Papatzul last night was amazing. It not only took me back four years, but tasted even better than the first time around! This is Mexican food with real class! The flavors are refined and well thought out. I had ceviche (fresh beyond believe) and the ancho lamb chops which were really tasty (came with sweet potatoes and grilled apples - yum!). It was cooked exactly as I asked and was extremely succulent. Our waitress was so sweet. I couldn't decide on what to drink, so she brought me a sampler of sangria to try. That made my mind up! The check was a very nice surprise too. All round good stuff here! I look forward to my next visit.

Pros: Great, welcoming staff. Excellent Food

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I have been to Papatzul a couple of times and it is great. The food is delicious
and very authentic. The sopes and the tlacoyos were just like in a market in Mexico!
The chile poblanos were execellent for anybody who is vegetarian.
One thing for sure the food is vibrant and very fresh
Each time we had dinner here I was completly satisfied but best of all I did not feel over stuffed.
I will go back for sure and I will recommend it to all my friends.

2
★★★★★

I have been to Papatzul a couple of times and it is great. The food is delicious
and very authentic. The sopes and the tlacoyos were just like in a market in Mexico!
The chile poblanos were execellent for anybody who is vegetarian.
One thing for sure the food is vibrant and very fresh
Each time we had dinner here I was completly satisfied but best of all I did not feel over stuffed.
I will go back for sure and I will recommend it to all my friends.

Pros: Fresh vibrant food

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I have a had couple of great meals at Papatzul, it's a reliable place to bring friends because the margaritas are so good and there are many interesting choices on the menu. I especially like the ceviche, so fresh, and the octopus with a chipotle sauce is really unusual and delicious. The duck enchiladas with an almond mole and the Pan de Pez Vela, swordfish layered with tortillas are amazing!!! The creme fraiche ice cream topped with figs and a sauce of hibiscus flowers is outrageous!

2
★★★★★

I have a had couple of great meals at Papatzul, it's a reliable place to bring friends because the margaritas are so good and there are many interesting choices on the menu. I especially like the ceviche, so fresh, and the octopus with a chipotle sauce is really unusual and delicious. The duck enchiladas with an almond mole and the Pan de Pez Vela, swordfish layered with tortillas are amazing!!! The creme fraiche ice cream topped with figs and a sauce of hibiscus flowers is outrageous!

Pros: Family run business, very nice ambiance

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This under-the-radar SoHo restaurant brings a bite of Mexico City to the Big Apple. The tasteful room---highlighted by a long skylight in the back---has a casual atmosphere. The menu is refreshingly filled with items you don't find at your…

 

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