El Parador Cafe

★★★★☆
Since 1959, El Parador Café has been serving high quality Mexican food. Join us for our $20 Pre-Fixe Lunch Special.
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212-679-6812

325 E 34th St 1

New York, NY

10016

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The Mexican food here is "OK," but the atmosphere is really what you come here for. Kind of like a bar/restaurant you may have gone to with your parents in the 1960's, it's replete with tuxedoed waiters and fancy drinks. It also has a cool tiled bar. The warm salsa and Mole Poblano are very good.

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★★★☆☆

The Mexican food here is "OK," but the atmosphere is really what you come here for. Kind of like a bar/restaurant you may have gone to with your parents in the 1960's, it's replete with tuxedoed waiters and fancy drinks. It also has a cool tiled bar. The warm salsa and Mole Poblano are very good.

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This is the best Mexican in NYC. My friend and I were tipped off a few years ago about this place. It is right near the midtown tunnel so it's not in a pretty spot, but when you walk in the door you feel as if you've been transported to Mexico. The restaurant is authentically, but nicely, decorated and is warm and welcoming. It's usually packed but that just means you have time for an extra margarita which are delicious! Both meals I've had there were fantastic. They serve 'nacho's that are individually topped instead of the usual pile of garbage you get at a sports bar that usually ends up being soggy at the bottom. Great place!

5
★★★★★

This is the best Mexican in NYC. My friend and I were tipped off a few years ago about this place. It is right near the midtown tunnel so it's not in a pretty spot, but when you walk in the door you feel as if you've been transported to Mexico. The restaurant is authentically, but nicely, decorated and is warm and welcoming. It's usually packed but that just means you have time for an extra margarita which are delicious! Both meals I've had there were fantastic. They serve 'nacho's that are individually topped instead of the usual pile of garbage you get at a sports bar that usually ends up being soggy at the bottom. Great place!

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El Parador Cafe has some of the best Mexican food I have eaten in Manhattan. No wonder it's been around for so many years! I've dined in the restaurant as well as had delivery and I have to say that when my friend and I ordered the taco plate to share one night, we a. couldn't believe that it travelled so well and b. couldn't believe HOW MUCH food the dish came with! What a steal!

5
★★★★★

El Parador Cafe has some of the best Mexican food I have eaten in Manhattan. No wonder it's been around for so many years! I've dined in the restaurant as well as had delivery and I have to say that when my friend and I ordered the taco plate to share one night, we a. couldn't believe that it travelled so well and b. couldn't believe HOW MUCH food the dish came with! What a steal!

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excellent authentic mexican cuisine with great selection of every tequila you can want. Im on my way there now. and you should be to.

5
★★★★★

excellent authentic mexican cuisine with great selection of every tequila you can want. Im on my way there now. and you should be to.

Pros: great happy hour, friendly staff

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i had a great dining experience here...a little spendy, but the food was definitely worth it and the service was excellent.I recommend to anyone or everyone.

4
★★★★☆

i had a great dining experience here...a little spendy, but the food was definitely worth it and the service was excellent.I recommend to anyone or everyone.

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every year my family takes me to this restaurant for my birthday. the food is always wonderful. it maybe crowded and busy aka slow service but overall very worth going to. the salsa that they always on the table warm and read for you is to die for. the menu is great overall. some of my favorites that i would recommend are the enchilada, ropa vieja, pollo parador, and Costillas D'Cordero al Chipotle. so though there are some bad reviews on this site i would definitely recommend this place.

5
★★★★★

every year my family takes me to this restaurant for my birthday. the food is always wonderful. it maybe crowded and busy aka slow service but overall very worth going to. the salsa that they always on the table warm and read for you is to die for. the menu is great overall. some of my favorites that i would recommend are the enchilada, ropa vieja, pollo parador, and Costillas D'Cordero al Chipotle. so though there are some bad reviews on this site i would definitely recommend this place.

Pros: great food

Cons: always busy

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This place was recommended by a friend and also rated very high by this site. But DO NOT listen to all that! It is expensive for no reason, chips was greasy and salsa was luke warm with indian spices inside, food was just ok. There are so many great places to eat in the city, I wonder why would someone wannna spend their money at this place

1
★☆☆☆☆

This place was recommended by a friend and also rated very high by this site. But DO NOT listen to all that! It is expensive for no reason, chips was greasy and salsa was luke warm with indian spices inside, food was just ok. There are so many great places to eat in the city, I wonder why would someone wannna spend their money at this place

Pros: nice bar

Cons: overpriced

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I had a few clients from around the country coming into NY. I made a reservation for dinner. As we were in a taxi to the restaurant, we called to confirm. We were told that they would not seat us, even with a reservation. They had a large party that decided to stay late, so they told us not to come. Shocked and suprised, I certainly will not ever go there.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I had a few clients from around the country coming into NY. I made a reservation for dinner. As we were in a taxi to the restaurant, we called to confirm. We were told that they would not seat us, even with a reservation. They had a large party that decided to stay late, so they told us not to come. Shocked and suprised, I certainly will not ever go there.

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This place was a blast! When you walk in you feel transported back to 1963, because nothing has changed! That, however, is the best part! No market-research dictated, decor from Target, so hip-it-hurts atmosphere. The salsa is excellent..served a little warm and it's very sweet, but I loved it...The guac is good too, but the portions are a little stingy (maybe that's why people weren't so fat in the 60's) Stick to the straight Mexican fare and you woun't be disappointed. The fish tacos are excellent with tomatillo salsa with avacado in it and the pulled pork in the burritos is great too. The Margaritas are strong and good, because they're not too sweet. I would go back in a second, but try and get a booth, it does make a difference

5
★★★★★

This place was a blast! When you walk in you feel transported back to 1963, because nothing has changed! That, however, is the best part! No market-research dictated, decor from Target, so hip-it-hurts atmosphere. The salsa is excellent..served a little warm and it's very sweet, but I loved it...The guac is good too, but the portions are a little stingy (maybe that's why people weren't so fat in the 60's) Stick to the straight Mexican fare and you woun't be disappointed. The fish tacos are excellent with tomatillo salsa with avacado in it and the pulled pork in the burritos is great too. The Margaritas are strong and good, because they're not too sweet. I would go back in a second, but try and get a booth, it does make a difference

Pros: Margaritas, 60's time-warp decor, tasty salsa and chips

Cons: Why was the salsa warm again??

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Terrible atmosphere for couples. Went with my husband for a celebratory dinner. Though we had a reservation, we were squeezed into a tiny table between 2 larger parties, one of which contained the loudest, most obnoxious drunks I have ever encountered. They were right on top of us. Truly the worst of New York (please move away!). Food was good, service was good but a modicum of consideration needs to be given to seating arrangements. We spent $140 for an absolutely miserable dinner we barely endured. IF YOU DON'T GET A BOOTH, RUN, DO NOT WALK, AWAY FROM THIS PLACE.

3
★★★☆☆

Terrible atmosphere for couples. Went with my husband for a celebratory dinner. Though we had a reservation, we were squeezed into a tiny table between 2 larger parties, one of which contained the loudest, most obnoxious drunks I have ever encountered. They were right on top of us. Truly the worst of New York (please move away!). Food was good, service was good but a modicum of consideration needs to be given to seating arrangements. We spent $140 for an absolutely miserable dinner we barely endured. IF YOU DON'T GET A BOOTH, RUN, DO NOT WALK, AWAY FROM THIS PLACE.

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in looking for the number to this place to make valentine's day reservations, i was shocked and upset by the bad reviews and relieved to see an explanation of where they came from.

5
★★★★★

in looking for the number to this place to make valentine's day reservations, i was shocked and upset by the bad reviews and relieved to see an explanation of where they came from.

Pros: service, food, atmosphere

Cons: none that i can think of

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The El Parador Cafe has to be on of the finest restaurant on the east side my buddy took me there once and I have been hooked ever since oh and while im here may I suggest the rib eye its fantastic.

5
★★★★★

The El Parador Cafe has to be on of the finest restaurant on the east side my buddy took me there once and I have been hooked ever since oh and while im here may I suggest the rib eye its fantastic.

Pros: THE FOOD, SERVICE

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We had reservations for four, when we arrived they lost our reservation and instead of apologizing we were told that we should have confirmed our reservation and treated as if we never made it. Poor Customer Service!!! I will never go there again.

3
★★★☆☆

We had reservations for four, when we arrived they lost our reservation and instead of apologizing we were told that we should have confirmed our reservation and treated as if we never made it. Poor Customer Service!!! I will never go there again.

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As a California transplant, who has been in NY 9 years, I have finally found my Mexican restaurant! El Parador is absolutely amazing- from the service to the salsa to the entrees, they have NEVER disappointed. Great for datenight, or a large group. Best margaritas in the city, hands down. Go now, I'm serious.

5
★★★★★

As a California transplant, who has been in NY 9 years, I have finally found my Mexican restaurant! El Parador is absolutely amazing- from the service to the salsa to the entrees, they have NEVER disappointed. Great for datenight, or a large group. Best margaritas in the city, hands down. Go now, I'm serious.

Pros: Everything rocks.

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Was there for the first time last night. The food was very very good, the margaritas were great, and the atmosphere and service were just lovely. Try the chorizo!!

5
★★★★★

Was there for the first time last night. The food was very very good, the margaritas were great, and the atmosphere and service were just lovely. Try the chorizo!!

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We've been going here for 4 years now, even though they've been around for 40+, and have always had a great experience. Try the guac, the taco tray and the fish tacos if they have them. Great friendly service, nice ambience, nice bar, all around great dining experience.

5
★★★★★

We've been going here for 4 years now, even though they've been around for 40+, and have always had a great experience. Try the guac, the taco tray and the fish tacos if they have them. Great friendly service, nice ambience, nice bar, all around great dining experience.

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I have lived in Murray Hill for years and had never dare to enter this restaurant which from outside seems outdated and dirty. However one day three of us went for dinner on a weekday night and found the place very much alive with a nice crowd, professional service, promising menu. The food did not dissapoint us, although two items on the menu were out that evening - one of them the restaurant's signature dish, which is unacceptable. Also we requested a take-out menu but they did not have any, although they deliver (!). The place could be run better but I would go back.

4
★★★★☆

I have lived in Murray Hill for years and had never dare to enter this restaurant which from outside seems outdated and dirty. However one day three of us went for dinner on a weekday night and found the place very much alive with a nice crowd, professional service, promising menu. The food did not dissapoint us, although two items on the menu were out that evening - one of them the restaurant's signature dish, which is unacceptable. Also we requested a take-out menu but they did not have any, although they deliver (!). The place could be run better but I would go back.

Pros: Food (when they don't run out of it)

Cons: Dark, a bit outdated decor, food they run out of.

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I ate there the other night. Great atmosphere as well as ambiance. Alex the owner was very friendly and accomodating. The sangaria is excellent as well as the tequila selection. We ordered the nachos Royal and split tacos and the chicken in the Mole sauce. I will be back again in a few weeks.

5
★★★★★

I ate there the other night. Great atmosphere as well as ambiance. Alex the owner was very friendly and accomodating. The sangaria is excellent as well as the tequila selection. We ordered the nachos Royal and split tacos and the chicken in the Mole sauce. I will be back again in a few weeks.

Pros: Food, ambiance, owner

Cons: a little dark

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I'm not sure what happened to that guy who wrote the negative review, but I used to live next to El Parador and the owner, Alex, is the nicest guys ever.

5
★★★★★

I'm not sure what happened to that guy who wrote the negative review, but I used to live next to El Parador and the owner, Alex, is the nicest guys ever.

Pros: Friendly staff, fresh food, amazing specials

Cons: A bit dark

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I had a surprise party for my Fiance in May at El Parador it was also the place where I took her on our first date three years ago and I must say everything was excellent!!!. The Owners Alex & Manny took great care in making sure everything was just right. When we needed anything whether it was music or more food it was done quickly and efficently I strongly recommend El Parador whether you just want to go out and have a great meal or throw an awesome party!!!

5
★★★★★

I had a surprise party for my Fiance in May at El Parador it was also the place where I took her on our first date three years ago and I must say everything was excellent!!!. The Owners Alex & Manny took great care in making sure everything was just right. When we needed anything whether it was music or more food it was done quickly and efficently I strongly recommend El Parador whether you just want to go out and have a great meal or throw an awesome party!!!

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The waiters and staff are rude as well as the owner. I've been there and had decent food but most of the time the food is just bad. Do yourself a favor and patronize elsewhere. Positive reviews are probably that of owner.

1
★☆☆☆☆

The waiters and staff are rude as well as the owner. I've been there and had decent food but most of the time the food is just bad. Do yourself a favor and patronize elsewhere. Positive reviews are probably that of owner.

Cons: owner, service

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It is our neighborhood stand-by...we never have a bad time (we've been there at least 25 times)...The decor isn't terrific, but you won't find a better vibe at any of the other higher end mexican restaurants. The drinks are excellent, especially the tamarind margaritas and the mojitos. The food is creative, interesting and always very well prepared. Service is solid and cheerful. Come with a small group of good friends and be ready to have that warm, fuzzy, totally content feeling. This is truly that local gem that all true New Yorker's seek out.

5
★★★★★

It is our neighborhood stand-by...we never have a bad time (we've been there at least 25 times)...The decor isn't terrific, but you won't find a better vibe at any of the other higher end mexican restaurants. The drinks are excellent, especially the tamarind margaritas and the mojitos. The food is creative, interesting and always very well prepared. Service is solid and cheerful. Come with a small group of good friends and be ready to have that warm, fuzzy, totally content feeling. This is truly that local gem that all true New Yorker's seek out.

Pros: Food, The Owner, warm vibe

Cons: out of the way

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I have been going to this establishment since I was a little boy (over 20 years) when Don Carlos was the maitre'd (an incredibly kind, funny guy). to this day I return with my wife, friends and family for the following reasons: 1)I have NEVER had a bad meal, in fact the food is OUTSTANDING--Nachos like none you've ever had, the BEST salsa and chips around, great guacamole, FANTASTIC frozen margaritas, every traditional Mexican dish is delicious as are the ribs 2)the atmosphere is very romantic 3)last and certainly not least, carrying in the tradition of Carlos, the current owner alex is one of the nicest people in the biz.

5
★★★★★

I have been going to this establishment since I was a little boy (over 20 years) when Don Carlos was the maitre'd (an incredibly kind, funny guy). to this day I return with my wife, friends and family for the following reasons: 1)I have NEVER had a bad meal, in fact the food is OUTSTANDING--Nachos like none you've ever had, the BEST salsa and chips around, great guacamole, FANTASTIC frozen margaritas, every traditional Mexican dish is delicious as are the ribs 2)the atmosphere is very romantic 3)last and certainly not least, carrying in the tradition of Carlos, the current owner alex is one of the nicest people in the biz.

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my boyfriend and i went back to el parador for our 2nd anniversary dinner, after we'd moved out of murry hill. this place is just wonderful. when we walked in the manager greeted us so warmly i couldn't tell if he remembered us from previous times or if he was just being an excellent host. the food and service were great. if you're looking for a nice, romantic place to go for some great food el parador should definitely be on your list.

5
★★★★★

my boyfriend and i went back to el parador for our 2nd anniversary dinner, after we'd moved out of murry hill. this place is just wonderful. when we walked in the manager greeted us so warmly i couldn't tell if he remembered us from previous times or if he was just being an excellent host. the food and service were great. if you're looking for a nice, romantic place to go for some great food el parador should definitely be on your list.

Pros: good service, good food, great drinks

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I just visited this restaurant and found it to be very cordial, quiet atmosphere & the food was great. Their margaritas are on the money. As an entree, I had the chicken enchilada, which was very filling. I would recommend this place to anyone who made an inquiry for great Mexican food.

4
★★★★☆

I just visited this restaurant and found it to be very cordial, quiet atmosphere & the food was great. Their margaritas are on the money. As an entree, I had the chicken enchilada, which was very filling. I would recommend this place to anyone who made an inquiry for great Mexican food.

Pros: Quiet place to eat, Meals are filling, inexpensive

Cons: , close to FDR Dr., Peppier Music

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Ok...the person who typed their review in all caps does not know what they are talking about. El Parador...

Fantastic Margaritias
Excellent Service....
The owners..Alex and Anthony....none better in NYC
The shrimp Quesadilla...out of this world...

A little off the beaten path....but WAY worth it.

5
★★★★★

Ok...the person who typed their review in all caps does not know what they are talking about. El Parador...

Fantastic Margaritias
Excellent Service....
The owners..Alex and Anthony....none better in NYC
The shrimp Quesadilla...out of this world...

A little off the beaten path....but WAY worth it.

Pros: Margaritas, food, Alex and Anthony

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I can't believe no one added El Parador to the list of Best Margaritas in town. This gourmet delight of a Mexican restaurant offers wonderful margaritas, straight-up or frozen. I prefer straight-up myself. Always a pleasure to dine here. Also, they serve a delicious sangria, full of fruit flavor and a nice punch.
One of the best dishes is their chicken chilaqilles (sp?). Savory and downright delicious. Service is always dependable and friendly. The staff are always there with a smile. I go to El Parador every other week, so I guess you could say I'm a regular. I'm a great fan of this seemingly out-of-the-way spot. I'll go the extra block or two to be ""at home"" with Alex and Anthony, who do a great job hosting and cooking. Again, the best margaritas are at El Parador. I recommend this highly.

5
★★★★★

I can't believe no one added El Parador to the list of Best Margaritas in town. This gourmet delight of a Mexican restaurant offers wonderful margaritas, straight-up or frozen. I prefer straight-up myself. Always a pleasure to dine here. Also, they serve a delicious sangria, full of fruit flavor and a nice punch.
One of the best dishes is their chicken chilaqilles (sp?). Savory and downright delicious. Service is always dependable and friendly. The staff are always there with a smile. I go to El Parador every other week, so I guess you could say I'm a regular. I'm a great fan of this seemingly out-of-the-way spot. I'll go the extra block or two to be ""at home"" with Alex and Anthony, who do a great job hosting and cooking. Again, the best margaritas are at El Parador. I recommend this highly.

Pros: Friendly, Comfortable, Moderate prices

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I had walked by el parador many times, and it never really struck me as a place I ""had"" to go to. Let me tell you, this place is AMAZING! I went with a group of people and we all had something different, so I tried many dishes. For appetizers, we had the peanut butter stuffed jalepenos, which were DELICIOUS. U must try those. THe guacomole is perfect and made everything even better. THe chicken liver appetizer was great and the cerviche was wonderful. For dinner, I had the famous ""el parador chicken"" which was one of the best chicken dishes I have ever eaten. The pork chops were also great. One aspect I was not too enthused about was the service. However, TRY THIS PLACE. I guarantee you will love it. It is the best mexican restaurant i have ever been to.

5
★★★★★

I had walked by el parador many times, and it never really struck me as a place I ""had"" to go to. Let me tell you, this place is AMAZING! I went with a group of people and we all had something different, so I tried many dishes. For appetizers, we had the peanut butter stuffed jalepenos, which were DELICIOUS. U must try those. THe guacomole is perfect and made everything even better. THe chicken liver appetizer was great and the cerviche was wonderful. For dinner, I had the famous ""el parador chicken"" which was one of the best chicken dishes I have ever eaten. The pork chops were also great. One aspect I was not too enthused about was the service. However, TRY THIS PLACE. I guarantee you will love it. It is the best mexican restaurant i have ever been to.

Pros: FOOD, Atmosphere

Cons: service

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This guy is one of the singular restaurant talents in New York City. It's fitting he should run the dining room made famous by Don Carlos, perhaps NYC's best Maitre d' ever. Not easy shoes to fill, but Alejandro brings energy and excitement to ""old school"" and El Parador has survived the coming and going and coming back of Mexican food. The shrimp quesadillas call to me from across town.

5
★★★★★

This guy is one of the singular restaurant talents in New York City. It's fitting he should run the dining room made famous by Don Carlos, perhaps NYC's best Maitre d' ever. Not easy shoes to fill, but Alejandro brings energy and excitement to ""old school"" and El Parador has survived the coming and going and coming back of Mexican food. The shrimp quesadillas call to me from across town.

Pros: Alex, Anthony, Atmosphere

Cons: Addictive Margaritas

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I love this place! The mood and food are always perfect, the staff are overly friendly and will do anything to make your meal more pleasant. I almost always choose to eat family style and don't forget a pitcher - or two of the excellent margaritas! Main suggestions: the chicken parador is excellent (order early, can take awhile) - also suggested, the shrimp quesadilla, lava cake, and the jalapenos filled with peanut butter may sound odd, but I prefer this over the cheese ones now.

4
★★★★☆

I love this place! The mood and food are always perfect, the staff are overly friendly and will do anything to make your meal more pleasant. I almost always choose to eat family style and don't forget a pitcher - or two of the excellent margaritas! Main suggestions: the chicken parador is excellent (order early, can take awhile) - also suggested, the shrimp quesadilla, lava cake, and the jalapenos filled with peanut butter may sound odd, but I prefer this over the cheese ones now.

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I lived across the street from this restaurant for years before finally going in one evening for one of the best meals ever in New York City. Not only is the food excellent, but the presentation and service is excellent, and Alex is one of the most amiable and funny Maitre Ds in the City. If you love margaritas that aren't too sweet or taste like they've been made with petrol, this is the place. It's not trendy or hip, and that's fine with me. Guaranteed to please is you want, great food, great atmosphere and service without attitude!!

5
★★★★★

I lived across the street from this restaurant for years before finally going in one evening for one of the best meals ever in New York City. Not only is the food excellent, but the presentation and service is excellent, and Alex is one of the most amiable and funny Maitre Ds in the City. If you love margaritas that aren't too sweet or taste like they've been made with petrol, this is the place. It's not trendy or hip, and that's fine with me. Guaranteed to please is you want, great food, great atmosphere and service without attitude!!

Pros: Service with a smile, good portions, great location

Cons: A little pricey

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i've been eating at el parador for almost 10 years and have yet to be disappointed. the food (from the pork chop to the chips and salsa), service, and the margaritas are all tops. while this stretch of 34th street might be a little bare, this restaurant is worth the trip.

5
★★★★★

i've been eating at el parador for almost 10 years and have yet to be disappointed. the food (from the pork chop to the chips and salsa), service, and the margaritas are all tops. while this stretch of 34th street might be a little bare, this restaurant is worth the trip.

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Nice out-of-the way joint. Solid cocktails, food and service. Nice nieghborhood feel. Very pleasant maitre 'de. The grilled double-cut pork chops, excellant. Reccomended for margaritas in a glass, reserved atmosphere to talk. This is Mexican without the frat house.

4
★★★★☆

Nice out-of-the way joint. Solid cocktails, food and service. Nice nieghborhood feel. Very pleasant maitre 'de. The grilled double-cut pork chops, excellant. Reccomended for margaritas in a glass, reserved atmosphere to talk. This is Mexican without the frat house.

Pros: quiet, good food, very good service

Cons: small bar area, people may discover, isolated location

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Upscale Mexican eatery offers authentic family recipes in Murray Hill's posh neighborhood.

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