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La Palapa (Mexican - Manhattan (East Village), New York

The last time I was in the city a few weeks ago, I went out to dinner at La Palapa in the East Village with a friend, and everything here was fantastic. I love authentic Mexican food, and this place was right up my alley! Plus, the vibes and service were terrific.

To kick things off, I had a 'Jalapeno Margarita,' which was refreshing and excellent. It was cold, sweet, strong, and had some spice to it, which I did not mind. The jalapeno gave the margarita a good kick, which went perfectly with the flavors of this drink.

For food, I got the 'Tacos Taquiza,' which are three tacos that come with rice, beans, and a spicy serrano macha, which is a spicy salsa mayo (I think, lol). I ordered the slow braised prime beef rib barbacoa as my taco filling, which was insanely delicious. The meat was tender, succulent, and just hit the spot! For the 'Tacos Taquiza,' you can choose what I ordered as the filling, or you can choose from the grilled steak, al pork pastor, chicken tinga, guajillo chorizo, shrimp, wild mushrooms, corn esquites (Mexican Street Corn Salad), and poblano rajas. The rice and beans were both really good and had great flavor and seasoning to them.

At La Palapa, you can order anything from tacos, quesadillas, salads, appetizers, burritos, main dishes (meat, fish, and vegetarian), drinks, desserts, and a whole lot more. La Palapa has a few locations throughout the city, as they have one in the East Village, a location in Midtown East, and another spot in Midtown West in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. Pickup, delivery, and catering are all offered here. La Palapa also lets customers throw private parties, and to learn more, you can inquire about that on La Palapa's website. Plus, customers can even book reservations on the website, which is a great way to secure a table for you and your party in advance. Next time you are in the city, and looking for a restaurant with authentic Mexican food that is the real deal, definitely check out La Palapa because this place all around is terrific!

Rate: 8.75/10

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