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Posted by steve on 06/05/2011
i had been coming here on and off for over 25 years,,,no more...the food has gotten horrendous...ordered the pork special taco, ,ASKED if it was really good and waiter pushed it...was cold mealy and dry...just unappetizing for $27.00 the guacamole was bitter,,drinks expensive and just not up to par...STAY away
Posted by HospitalFoodie on 05/26/2011
I work down the street at NY Medical, and came here with some of my fellow Residents one night. First, the drinks are way overpriced relative to other great Mexican spots like Rosa Mexicana, Mexican Radio, and (when it was open) Zarelas. The food is marginally OK, especially the classics, but nothing to write home about. Way too much salt in everything. The average age must be 60, and so we suspected it gets many locals from the white brick buildings that define the neighborhood. Go there if you're absolutely starving and can't find anything else open, but otherwise you should pass. I will say the waiter was nice. Maybe she should become the manager? I'd love to see a new restaurant come into this spot...the area could use it!
Posted by larry on 02/22/2011
A pleasant experience from entering the restaurant to exiting. We told the Maitre'D & waiter we were not 'Mexican foodies' and were relying on them. Waiter suggested margurita's, excellent. Waiter suggested shrimp quesadillas & mushroom quesadillas, great. Guacamole & Chips placed on table, very good. We selected Chilean Sea Bass and a lump crab enchilada as our main dishes. Excellent. The waiter talked us into sharing a desert. He said he was going to bring us a rum cake but he served a banana cake with whipped cream and coconut ice cream. Couldn't mention the 'error' because we scrapped the plate clean with our spoons. The bill showed the coffee as complimentary. On this Saturday night it was more festive than a quite little place. Not a cheap night out but very enjoyable. More than happy we went there.
Posted by rrl112 on 09/25/2010
IMO the best Mexican for the money in NYC. Been a dozen times, never had a bad meal.
Posted by mary on 08/03/2010
We went on a Monday night. The atmosphere was good, not too crowded, and the free tacos and salsa were great and tasted authentic to us. The margaritas were really memorable too. The starter, however, chorizo with sherry and onions, was small, and average tasting. The beef enchiladas were a little small as well, but tasted good. I had the beef ribs in a banana leaf and though it tasted good the sauce and sweet potato side order were both too sugary for me. The service was a little slow, besides the ac was not working properly. All in all I would go again for the unusual variety of dishes and drinks(they have a late happy hour which is great) but it is a little overpriced.
Posted by Food lover on 05/02/2010
Went there at 7:30 on a Saturday night with a reservation and were seated relatively promptly. In general the service was a bit disorganized, but no major problems. Ambience is festive, not fancy but not bad either. We ordered the Chicken Parador from the regular menu and a suckling pig from the specials. The suckling pig was very simply prepared, but delicious. The chicken parador was good, but I was disappointed that it was actually clearly fried, not baked as the menu promised, and it didn't come with any kind of sauce. It was perfectly good fried chicken, but if I had known what the dish would turn out to be like I would have ordered something else. We also had a side of sweet potatoes with honey and lime (yummy) and an appetizer of chorizo sauteed in sherry (very good). The food came with beans, which had a nice delicate flavor, and we were also given chips and salsa. The salsa was great, with an unusual complexity to it. Overall, this is a place we'll return to. The food was very good, and although the prices are high, the portions are unusually large for a Manhattan restaurant. We took home a lot of our food. The margaritas are also very good (although according to the server, there were only three flavors available, not the huge variety that other reviewers seem to have been given).
Posted by stine on 12/07/2009
I think the post below by Whitno is definitely by one of the owners. Yes, this is one of the best Mexican style restaurants in the city but their menu is limited and they could use some work. The last time I went to El Parador, my boyfriend and I had a reservation. When we arrived, it took about 5-8 minutes to find someone to give our name to. A nice man ( I think, the owner) with glasses told us we had to wait another few minutes for the table to be ready. Fine. When we were finally seated, the service was decent, the food great. The steak tacos were amazing. But the most uncomfortable thing was that all the people waiting at the bar were staring up at the people sitting in the dining area - as if to say "move it". It was really awkward and not very comfortable. I will give it another try as I live right down the block.