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Cafe Frida

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  • Mexican
  • 368 Columbus Ave, New York NY10024 40.780988 -73.976177
  • (Btwn 77th & 78th St)
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  • (917) 242-3956
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User Ratings (Based on 78 reviews)

Food 3.7 Value 3.1
Service 3.4 Atmosphere 3.7

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(917) 242-3956
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Order From Cafe Frida for delivery & takeout
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc, DC
Mon-Thu: 12pm-11pm Fri-Sat: 12pm-12am Sun: 11am-10pm
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Bar Scene, Catering, Delivery, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Online Ordering, Online Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Parties, Prix Fix Menus, Take Out, Wheelchair Accessible
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User Reviews

  • 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.

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/20/2008

    avoid brunch

    went for sunday brunch with friends won't return. everything that should be easy wasn't. we had to plead for water and refils. the busboy kept focused on clearing our tableremoving plates when we weren't finished, taking away even our spoon so we had to stir milk into our coffee using the only knife left on the table. unlike many other places that have complementary drinks or muffins or even chips and salsa for brunch, everything was priced for standard dinner fare, despite being a brunch menu. parts of our order was wrong and in the end we were just happy to get out of there. with so many wonderful places to brunch on the upper west it makes no sense to waste your time here.

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by Jzikky on 09/15/2008

    good, solid B to B+

    Took me by surprise because it's real Mexican, not American-Mexicanwhich means you should not go here unless you know what you're looking at on the menu. Overall a good experiences, but lots of tourists stopping in after hitting up the museum nearby. I'd go again if I had a craving for real Mexican.

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by siobhan on 08/27/2008

    Great find on upper west side

    Being an avid fan of Mexican food I have to say dined here last night and will definately be going back. Guac to start was excellent and chix fajitas outstanding. Servers were extremely attentive and helpful. Overall a great experience.

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/03/2008

    great homemade mexican food

    Walked into this restaurant before catching a show at the Imax based on reviews. All of us loved the homestyle mexican food. (very different from taqueria style mexican but a refreshing change) The sauces for the mole chicken and the papduzules were great. the picante salsa was one of the very best and the service was top notch for us that day. Highly recommend this place for someone in the area. Pretty cool ambience too.

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by pollo loco on 04/26/2008

    two words Al carbon.....

    My girlfriend and i happened to run in to this place, and might i add, are we so thankful that we did. PROS The zucchini rice is great, especially when accompanied by the black beans. But back to the Tacos Al Carbon. They come 3 tacos with a trio of salsas and vegetables, with a side of white rice with corn. The staff is warm, attentive, and very friendly. A bit pricey so make sure to bring some cash. CONS do have to admit though, that the seating is a little close to other tables which might infringe on those of you who want a more private setting. EVEN BIGGER CON They don't take Amex.

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