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Cafe El Portal

Homemade Mexican
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  • Mexican
  • 174 Elizabeth St, New York NY10012 40.720991 -73.994632
  • (Btwn Spring & Kenmare St)
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  • (212) 226-4642
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User Ratings (Based on 24 reviews)

3.535
Food 3.8 Value 3.7
Service 3.1 Atmosphere 3.5

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 226-4642
Fax:
fax
(212) 226-4649
Place Order:
Order From Cafe El Portal for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc, DC
Hours:
Mon-Sat: 12pm-12am
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Cheap Eats, Romantic, Delivery, Online Ordering, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out, Catering
Min Delivery:
18.00

User Reviews

  • Cafe El Portal

    Posted by Anonymous on 02/22/2005

    Nuked food

    My boyfriend and I recently went there for dinner and were VERY unimpressed with the food. After waiting a while to order, we were informed that they were out of the grilled corn (I hear it's a signature, but just go down the block to Cafe Habana), guacamole, and other staples. My boyfriend ordered the black bean soup, and we both got enchiladas (different flavors). His soup tasted like water with black beans and pico de gallo in it. But that was nothing compared to the entrees. The enchiladas were cold, flavorless, and looked like burritos. I ate 2 bites, which is unusual for me, as I am obsessed with Mexican food. The drinks were ok, so maybe happy hour would be fun, but skip dinner.

  • Cafe El Portal

    Posted by jose y tomas on 07/09/2004

    Si se puede

    We always come for happy hour. This is the only place where you can drink alcohol outside on the street. They even give it to you to go. The pork tacos and shrimp tacos rock. The only bad things are the corn isn't as good as the cuban place on prince street, the bartenders are super slow and the owner's family is always hanging around in the tiny place grabbing food from the kitchen and getting in the way.

  • Cafe El Portal

    Posted by Mott Street Hunger on 03/31/2004

    Excellent, Intimate Mexican Restaurant

    Great, great, great family-operated Mexican food. Excellent chicken burritos, fish and lobster tacos... Small sub-terrainian space fills up quickly but it's worth the wait. Also a great brunch spot - Huevos a la Mexicana is a favorite.

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