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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 76 reviews)

3.445
Food 3.7 Value 3.1
Service 3.3 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 Disappointed on 12/30/2005

    Not worth the aggravation

    The food is good. The staff is inattentive and sometimes simply nonexistent. The place in the evenings is filled with drunken birthday party revelers who tend to be loud, obnoxious types that overshadow any talent that the chef has.

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by Erik on 09/06/2005

    Original and Excellent Food

    I am Mexican and last summer I went to NY for vacation, casually I found this restaurant and impress me find a original dishes from different parts of Mexico. I tasted 'Mole Negro' and 'Pollo Pibil' and if you like to taste a genuine mexican flavor you must try it. By the way there are a dark mexican beers. It was a gratifying experience.

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/23/2005

    Not bad...

    Last week, my boyfriend and I made our first visit to Cafe Frida after reading the many glowing reviews. We had a reservation, but still waited at the cramped bar for about 30 minutes and watched while 4 to 5 other couples were seated ahead of us. I would have left, had I not been starving. Once we were seated, we ordered the made to order guacamole, which was delicious. Don't be scared by ordering it "spicy"... it's really not that hot. Our entrees were okay... I ordered shrimp, scallops, and tuna in a spicy broth, and my boyfriend ordered the lamb. They were decent, but not worth the hefty price. Entrees at Cafe Frida are almost as expensive as those at Zona Rosa and Rosa Mexicano, but are definitely not as high quality. Overall, a decent experience, but probably won't go back unless just for the guacamole and a few drinks at the bar.

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by anonymous on 06/15/2005

    Wonderful Mexican on the UWS

    The food here is as close as it gets to Mexican home cooking, as far as I can tell. Of course the guacamole is a delight, as others have noted - but then you'd expect at least that in a Mexican restaurant worth its salt, given how easy it is to make well at home. It is everything else that is surprising, and worth praising. The quesadillas with huitlacoche taste almost as exquisite as those I used to have in a town market outside Mexico City, and that is saying a lot; the sopa azteca is out of this world. The fish dishes are always fresh, refined and well conceived, and everything is authentic but unpretentious, light and healthy but intelligently seasoned - lovingly cooked, one would say, with high quality, Mexican ingredients. It can get loud at night in there, but Cafe Frida's success with the locals is heartening, and fully deserved.

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by UWS Foodie on 05/13/2005

    Guac Makes up for Rest

    True. I came here for the Guac and it was perfect. Just the right amount of lime, firm avocados and fresh jalapenos. It's the only way to serve Guac - made fresh to order. Worth the price. However, the ceviche of the day was so-so. Lacking flavor and served with 4 saltines? Would have been better with Tortillas, especially at $14.00. That's a bit steep in my book for an appetizer. Service was so-so as well. I was there at 2:30 and I think the staff aren't on their toes after the lunch rush. I would return however, for the Gauc and a cold margarita. Ole!

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/12/2005

    Muy bien!

    4 of us dropped in to have dinner last night after checking out the menu. The guacamole was the best I've ever had. Nice to watch it prepared fresh with perfectly ripe avocados - try the spicy style- it's wonderful! Although we all had nonconventional Mexican food i.e. lamb shanks, sushi grade tuna, every meal was excellent. Service was attentive. The prices are definitely not Manhattan - very good value for the $. 4 people, 4 drinks, no dessert - $130

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by Mr ans Mrs Rodriguez on 04/15/2005

    Pretty darn good

    First time dining at Frida's, and I was pleasantly surprised. The guacamole was very good. The queso fundido was awesome and the fajitas fun! I had many better Margaritas elsewhere so after I ordered beer. Overall a good experience. The place itself is small but what place isn't?

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