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Cafe Frida

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  • Mexican
  • 368 Columbus Ave, New York NY10024 40.7808757 -73.9762885
  • (Btwn 77th & 78th St)
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  • (917) 242-3956
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User Ratings (Based on 78 reviews)

3.4615
Food 3.7 Value 3.1
Service 3.4 Atmosphere 3.7

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(917) 242-3956
Website:
www.cafefrida.com
Place Order:
Order From Cafe Frida for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc, DC
Hours:
Mon-Thu: 12pm-11pm Fri-Sat: 12pm-12am Sun: 11am-10pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Group Dining, Outdoor Dining, Prix Fixe, Happy Hour, Bar Scene, Delivery, Online Reservations, Online Ordering, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties
Min Delivery:
15.00

User Reviews

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by Big Dan on 01/07/2010

    Not worth it!

    Food is good, but portions are small and prices are high. We orderd tacos (3 to an order) and they were tiny. We actually went to another restaurant when we left, as we were still hungry. Will not return.

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by Kim on 09/15/2009

    Buyer Be Ware!

    Stopped in for a late lunch on Sunday with family and friends. The waiter was the only positive in this experience. The food was fair; however, it was not up to the standards of those in our party who had lived in the southwest. The tortillas were dry and did nothing to enhance the enchiladas which were served with white enriched rice. The worst part of the experience though was the drink order. With 6 people drinking margaritas, we asked if it was sold by the pitcher. We were told yes and brought a pitcher without calling the tequilla. Little did we know that we would be paying $95.00 a pitcher for what was essentially ice and maybe 6 slim drinks. When we complained, we were told this was the Upper West Side and they had to pay their bills. We negotiated a small reduction in the bill and paid but will not be back. It was not the money as much as the principle for all of us. If you enjoy Mexican food - go somewhere else. If you enjoy margaritas and expect to pay a fair price - go somewhere else. If you expect those margaritas to be made with something other than well tequilla - go somewhere else. In our party of 10 no one will be back again!

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by anonymous on 08/27/2009

    Best Mexican I Have Found on UWS

    So after reading a decent number of lackluster reviews of this place my husband and I finally visited it last night after we were both struck with a serious craving for guacamole. I have to say that the food at Cafe Frida far exceeded my expectations. The queso fundido with huitalacoche (corn fungus) was amazing - far better than the one I had recently at Mesa Grill. The guacamole also comes in different levels of spiciness according to your preference and I thought that it was really good - on par with the guacamole served at Rosa Mexicana and elsewhere. Our server was also very friendly and very helpful. The table next to us even sent him around to other tables to look at what other people had ordered and report back to them before they ordered! All in all, I would definitely go back and would recommend that others give Cafe Frida a try regardless of some of the negative reviews.

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by jake on 07/19/2009

    No thanks -

    Used to love this place but they've just let the food quality and service slide to the point all the good points are outweighed by the bad. Ate their last week - was impossible to have a conversation because we were seated right next to the bar and a very loud (funny but too loud) group of people had their butts in our plates practically....part of the decline is that the restaurant has gotten greedy and put too many tables in and they refuse to send people away - which means that people are waiting literally touching the tables of people who are eating. Maybe take out some tables and improve your health score on nyc.gov and I'll be back for your great drinks.

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by chi78 on 07/15/2009

    Very nice experience

    Cafe Frida had some interesting flavors that made dinner a great experience. The waiter was very friendly, did not come around too often, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. The group of four in which we were, were very impressed with the quality of the food. Highly recommended!

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by anonymous on 03/02/2009

    Subpar Brunch Experience

    The waiter was entirely cold and absentminded - the food itself was cold as well. My scrambled eggs with black beans were not good at all. Waited 20 minutes for the check, even after asking the busboy (our waiter was nowhere to be found). No wonder the place was empty. AVOID during brunch at all costs!

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by Anonymous on 01/14/2009

    Great New Year's Eve

    We had great food and drinks here on New Year's Eve. We had been for lunch last year and wanted to come back when we were in NY this year. We sat downstairs at the back and were pretty surprised by what good service we had, given the place was packed. Had guaccamole to start and it was very good, followed by shrimp quesadeas. Wish I could have some now! For my main meal I had a taco dish, but it was just ok. My husband's fajitas, however, were delicious. For drinks, we were on hibiscus margaritas most of the night. Although our bar bill was steep, there wasn't one sign of a hangover for either of us the next morning. We had such a good time we ended up staying on until way past midnight, even though we had intended to go to central park to see the fireworks. A DJ and a small dance area appeared about 10pm and it was one of the best nights out we've had in ages. Definitely worth trying!!!!!

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