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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

Other Restaurant Info

(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 02/11/2006

    Fair, at best...

    After reading all the reviews, I was pretty excited about going to this place. Boy, was I disappointed! The food is mediocre, the portions are so small, and the staff is somewhat rude. Do not recommend, at all. At least not if you're looking for real Mexican food. The atmosphere is pleasant, although basically a yuppie hangout.

  • Cafe Frida

    Posted by Kelly on 01/06/2006

    Love this place...

    This place is great! Killer margaritas, intimate and colorful space, excellent food; I can't get enough. The guac and salsa are of the finest quality, and the soups are TO DIE FOR. The queso fondito is super. Everything I've had here is fantastic! My only criticism is that they charge you for extra tortillas, when the four you get aren't enough to finish the dish they are accompanying. But that certainly won't stop me from coming back; this place is WAY too delicious.

  • 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!

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