Cafe Frida - Columbus Ave

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$30 and under
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Mexican
The authenticity in our Mexican Regional Cuisine is a ritual of flavors, aromas, colors and textures dedicated to your soul.

Our knowledge and passion for the tequila culture has been awarded by the Tequila Regulatory Council of Mexico since 2006, making us one of the few restaurants in the world of having such honor.

Come and enjoy the warmth of Mexico!
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J
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely Mexican restaurant with inspired offerings. It’s a neighborhood mainstay with good service and a lively ambience.

CP
Las Vegas
32 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a win. Excellent Mexican food and drinks. Fun place!

JM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Margaritas were small and very expensive at 15.00 each! Service was good, extremely noisy. Food was average. Won’t recommend this place or go back. Other Mexican restaurants have better food and less expensive drinks.

LT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Overall a great experience, food is delicious. I ordered epazote mushroom quesadillas and the others in my party all ordered chicken mole and we were all happy with our meals. I just didn’t like that happy hour drinks would be served only at the bar, at 6pm on a Tuesday...I skipped the drinks then.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the steak!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good food. Yummy drinks

RG
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A regular neighborhood spot, with great food, service and value. Can get a bit noisy when there’s a full house. Two his/her restrooms that at spotless. One of my favs!

FL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific experience all around! Delicious fajitas and wonderful service!

CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great guacamole and huevos rancheros! Cute vibe and reasonable prices

SR
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Not enough effort was made to authenticate its cuisine..i had a corn pancake for brunch..It was horrible..it looked like they opened a can of cream of corn and mixed. It with pancake batter...horribld

E
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food is always good. We've eaten here a number of times and have always had a wonderful time. The service is attentive but not intrusive. The tables by the windows offer a great opportunity for people watching.

B
Denver
93 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was great for brunch. Lot of choices on the menu--eggs and mexican items. Everything was quite tasty. Fun place.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best. Love it.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cafe Frida is awesome! Great food and drinks. Superb service!

L
New York Area
200 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

If you oin the UWS and craving mexican this is the place. Its usually crowded so either make a reservation or be prepared to sit at the bar and have great cocktails or flights and expand your knowledge of tequila and mezcal. You can't go wrong with the guacamole . We had tacos. Both the carne asada and the pork were very well prepared. Will definitely return.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been coming here for years. Food is always delicious & the service is amazing.

CP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great for casual Friday evening. Food is always terrific and the ceviche is so fresh and tasty!

VF
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My favorite UWS Mexican Restaurant.
This is the real thing in Mexican cuisine.
Every single thing you order is delicious and their cocktails are prepared perfectly. My choice:
Their “Mojito Cocktails”... of course prepared with rum.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

Terrible quesadillas. Fajitas had too much sauce. Guacamole was good. Nice people. Bad Mexican food. Not sure what happened. I’ve eaten there before and it was much better.

AT
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The restaurant could not see my reservation upon arrival.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Across the street from the American Museum of Natural History.

RH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Nice ma

Ambience, good service, strong drinks. Food is uninteresting, varied from a too spicy Aztec soup to very bland pork tacos and chicken mole. Adding pick di gallo made the tacos horribly hot. Every couple of years we eat here and we always swear never to come back. Guess we are slow learners.

J
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious Mexican On Upper West Side. We had a great meal. I was not expecting such good food. Guacamole and tacos were great. Everything was fresh and flavorful!

FD
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hands down our favorite neighborhood Mexican restaurant - great great delicious food always! (Tampiquena, guacamole and carne asada tacos). Service is THE BEST - we love Alex :). Never ever disappointing!

CP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Try the Ceviche! Always a favorite of mine and comes with a lot of other great selections.

OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Okay place with expensive prices for small quantities and decent quality.

k
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Fish taco sauce could b better service so so he forgot appetizer

W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mother’s Day

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best authentic Mexican Restaurant in the City.
Service is outstanding

SO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food is ok

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The food here was just OK, which is disappointing given the prices, which are steep for non-gourmet Mexican fare. The fajitas were particularly pricey and were disappointing with chicken that tasted steamed instead of grilled. Even the margaritas were less than delicious. Overall, this place is not terrible but also not great, and certainly not worth the price.

AP
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food delicious cocktails and good service! Outstanding guacamole, cheese w chorizo and pork special all outstanding

SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Some of the best Mexican food I've had. Hands down.

MR
London
20 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Amazing service. Good music. Truly a wonderful place for a dinner out!

MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ate here before we did Night at the Museum at the American Museum of Natural History, across the street. They were very accommodating and friendly, quick to serve us as we had limited time, and the food was delicious! Flavorful and perfectly portioned.

SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, and our waitress was super helpful and added lots of details about the food = we all wished we had room for more!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

The food was great, service from our waiter was bare minimum. He always seemed in a rush and to get his attention was impossible

L
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The portions were a little small of man sized appetites, and I felt as though the tortillas were a little stale at our last visit... but on the whole, the food is just fine. I do love it as a neighborhood gem

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Cafe Frida’s OpenTable advertised a ‘special’ in which you could reserve happy hour tables. Total bait and switch. When we arrived our table was waiting but informed us that happy hour was strictly only available at the bar (which was packed). I asked why they didnt reserve us 4 seats there instead and they said there are no reservations at the bar. I showed them on my phone how that was specifically not true on their open Table page and that feature was exactly what suckered me into their restaurant. they shrugged at me.

Food was ok. Place was fun enough, but horrible, unethical business practices.

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