El Parador Cafe

restaurants / Mexican

El Parador Cafe information

New York City , USA
Street 325 E 34th St
Extras btwn First & Second Aves, Midtown East
+1 212 679 6812
Getting there
subway 6 to 33rd St
More information
mains $18-32
Opening hours
noon-midnight, closed Sun Jul & Aug
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Lonely Planet review

Back in the day, the far-flung location of this Mexican stalwart was much appreciated by philandering husbands. The shady regulars may have gone, but the old-school charm remains, from the beveled candleholders and dapper Latino waiters to the satisfying south-of-the-border standbys.

House classics include the mejillones al vino (mussels in red wine, cilantro and garlic, served with green chili corn bread), and the signature mole poblano (chicken stewed in a rich chili-and-chocolate-spiked sauce). End the night with a shot of the homemade pineapple tequila.