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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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  • (212) 712-2929
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User Ratings (Based on 76 reviews)

3.445
Food 3.7 Value 3.1
Service 3.3 Atmosphere 3.7

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 712-2929
Fax:
fax
(212) 580-7459
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 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!!!!!

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/11/2008

    Warm atmosphere with bumbling service

    We went last night for dinner with friends. When we arrived the place was empty but they had us wait until the full party had arrived. Once there, they tried to wedge us in a small corner table - though we asked for something a bit more roomy seeing that no one was there yet. They complied. Ordered the guacamole to start - asked for no onions but it came with them anyway - when we got the right order it was delicious, though a small portion for $9. App's were good - I had the tomato soup which was delicious, friends had salads which looked equally as good. Main courses arrived to a nice presentation - but my salmon which I ordered to be served medium literally came out raw. The waitress seemed surprised and brought it back to the kitchen, I then did not see it again for almost 15 minutes. Also ordered at the table was the combo platter - meat was also undercooked as per our order. Service was spotty and some on staff did not speak english - so, when they came over to the table, they seemed to scoot away and avoid eye contact. Dessert was a mixed bag we ordered 3. The flourless chocolate cake was fierce and rich - the best choice, we ordered petal gelato - which was a mixed of sweetened strawberries and ice cream - fine, and the last was the sorbet trio which came out first as ice cream (which they insisted was sorbet) but we insisted not, and then they brought out the actual sorbet. Overall, the company and the atmosphere were great. The food and service were spotty. Not sure if I am running back to try again. Maybe you will have better luck with getting your food cooked and your order right!

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by 50w77 on 12/06/2008

    Not a rant, just won't be back

    Well my wife and I have walked by the place many times and have even had been given suggestions to dine ... so it finally made the list. Needless to say ... not impressed, especially for the price. For the neighborhood, it's priced right, but for the food, which is all we really care about ... not so much. I had skirt steak. Very chewy and not so flavorful. Could tell it was slightly marinated, but for mexican joint was surprised it wasn't pounded or tenderized in some method like the pros do. Nothing really stood out about it. Served with cheese enchilada which was about the quality of 1 step above taco bell, although the sauce was very good. Rice and beans ... served in a really cool pot ... to cover up it's boring taste. I had the corn souffle on the side, now that was pretty good. My wife had shrimp quesadillas ... now she liked hers, but really not impressed with that either. The sauce was good ... but nothing really stood out. Shrimp were med sized. For the price I would expect some jumbos that were not over cooked. She had side of veges ... again nothing too impressive. Now most of the reviews say this is "real" mexican food ... well been to mexico many times and this is far from real traditional. Real traditional is what you find in a basement alley mexican joint or in los angeles taco place. This place is the kind of high end food you will find in Mexico, but mostly in the high end tourist places. So don't worry the place is not that confusing like others are saying ... it's pretty straightforward. High end dishes mixed in with ritzy traditionals. The atmosphere ... well my neighbor heard every word I said ... and I heard theirs, we sit less than 6 inches apart. The noise ridiculous ... not an intimate restaurant by a long shot. Surprised to see exposed wood and wiring as well. Now the biggest surprise ... didn't order their $11 guacamole, or $7 salsa sampler .... so for that I didn't get chips to start. This is a first for me .... never in my life and I've been to hundreds of mexican joints of all prices, I didn't get some chips to nibble on ... oh except taco bell. Either way .... I'll stick with real traditional mexican food ... this place tries just a little too hard in the wrong direction ... sorry guys.

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