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Posted by lisa on 04/23/2008
i am torn between telling people how great this place is so it stays open, or keeping it for myself. i can't beleive the bad reviews. finally a mexican restaurant run by people who take pride in mexican food, and don't try to serve tapas portions (wrong country people!) with only one goal in mind: money. the food is delicious, incredible value, the portions are real meals, the people are so kind, the bartender makes really great cocktails. i can't say enough, it really is a find. and its charming and incredibly clean and you can actually get a table. the food is inventive, it is not limited to the same four ingredients wrapped a different way....its not in midtown..what more can you ask for???
Posted by FshtacoMan on 03/18/2008
I love fish tacos but these were bland and pretty terrible. They do give you a lot of fish though alittle too much.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/07/2007
I'm sorry to hear that other people had bad experiences at Papatzul as I have been a regular customer for a long time and only see it getting better and better. I know for a fact that they don't even have a microwave, that their chips are made fresh daily, that their bartender is from Mexico city and takes great pride in his Margaritas. I've taken friends who have traveled extensively throughout Mexico who adored the food at Paptzul. As for the appetizers being small...? I regularly make a meal of the Tlacoyos or quesadillas or the Ceviche because the portions are generous. Just because they don't automatically drop chips on the table is hardly a point to criticize. NYC is chock full of some of the lousiest Mexican restaurants I've ever eaten at. Papatzul is a welcome addition to the restaurant scene in NYC
Posted by Marlena on 08/21/2007
This restaurant is not worth it. The food lacks flavor and is too much grease. Appetizers are very small and drinks are watered down. I would not go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/05/2007
We had dinner there and were not impressed. Our waitress was totally inexperienced and the service was really slow and lousy. Our margaritas were weak and watered down (we had to return our drinks twice). Their food is good, but again, we expected more.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/27/2007
food was really yummy. surprised why they were somewhat empty. we had a great meal-did a bunch of their appetizers, tapas style. margaritas were good. food was good. thought entrees were a bit overpriced (hence doing the food tapas style). their dulce de leche dessert was heavenly. nice atmosphere. would strongly recommend.
Posted by Steven on 06/08/2007
My date and I started with the Margaritas and right away we were very likely on to something. The "Sopes Con Chorizo" came next which was out of this world. No seriously, it wasn't just "out of this world" - THIS was beyond special. My date had ordered the Tartara De Atun Con Totopo De Yucca which I just had to sample and it too was delicious. This for all diet conscious people, is a delicious tuna tartar. I'd describe both in detail but I want to save my word quota for the main course which came next. I confess I do love a delicious casserole but I'm a sucker for a Mexican one. Its rare to find one prepared this good. I'm, an old New York Mexican food lover who has tried almost every Mexican restaurant in New York and I've only once had a casserole this good which was at a place that used to located on Broadway and 9th Street - where Blockbuster is now located. Well lo and behold, Papatzul delivered on what I consider the most difficult task and they did it in spades. I ordered the Budin Al Pasilla and was floored with what I tasted. You want comfort food, run to Papatzul and order this dish. You'll walk out floating. My diet conscious date ordered the Filete De Pescado Empapelado which is a wonderful baked striped bass cooked with tarragon, cilantro, red onions and you can eat knowing you haven't violated your diet and had a delicious meal as well. I love this place and want to turn as many people onto it as possible. Many years ago one of my favorite Mexican restaurants located ironically closeby was Cinco de Mayo which introduced New Yorkers to more then the usual Tex Mex menue. Papatzul is Cinco de Mayo a decade later and even more delicious. DO NOT MISS this wonderful restaurant and its very different Mexican menu.