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Cafe Frida

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Upper West Side
Mexican, Latin, Central American, South American
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368 Columbus Ave, New York City, NY 10024-5109
+1 212-712-2929
12:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 23:00
Fri 12:00 - 00:00
Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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West Jordan, Utah
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107 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So, the first thing I need to warn readers about are the very "romantic" candles that are on the tables. I tell you this because they have a paper hood and if the table wobbled as ours did you will find your paper hood on fuego. So, candle fire out and on with the review. Margherita good, Mojito, great. The... More 

Thank WWF4G
Nashua, New Hampshire
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Phew, we stumbled upon the place after my daughter's first choice, the Shake Shack, was packed. We stumbled onto something better. Its reputation as a place that could settle on providing lower quality given its location is accurate. The guacamole was excellent. I had a braised lamb burrito which was delish with a regular retopping of their house sauce. The... More 

Thank bigpoppabass
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As obsessed with Frida Kahlo as I am, it was hard to resist popping into this restaurant. There was a bit of a wait, but it was tolerable. if anything was difficult, it was the volume, which was almost earsplitting. Fortunately, we were seated in the sort of outdoor glass-enclosed porch area, which did help. We very much enjoyed the... More 

Thank Karin L
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6 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for lunch at a busy time. Hostess was friendly but once we were seated we were completely forgotten. Once waiter finally came by with water he then left and we had to ask to get him back to order after several other tables seated after us placed orders. Waiter never came back after food arrived and had to ask... More 

Thank Susan H
New York, United States
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432 reviews
376 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Margarita on the rocks ($11) was pleasingly flavorful but not strong. The Empanada appetizer ($11) was overpriced and just okay. The Hanger Steak ($28), cooked medium as requested, had as much flavor as a Rib Eye Steak and was delicious. It came with Black Beans and a Cheese Enchalada. My 8:30 p.m. Saturday reservation was not honored and I... More 

Thank Harvey M
New york
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Let me start by saying .... we sat by the window but got moved because they wanted our table to seat a bigger party .. Fine so we moved .... The food was mediocre ... I ordered the Fajitas and let me tell you, I have never had fajitas that didn't come with cheese , guacamole or any other sides... More 

Thank davidcT9638AW
Fort Wayne
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for dinner...crowded but was seated upstairs overlooking the main room. Be warned, very warm due to height! Service was very slow with menus and slower for drinks although water was delivered ASAP. Menu large, standard mex tweaked. Chicken tacos were delish, spicy and just enough. Sides are extra and overpriced. Margaritas did not disappoint! Overall a success and... More 

Thank Jon C
Albany, New York
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383 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food and service are excellent. We ordered some guacamole for the table and it was the best I've ever tasted in any Mexican style restaurant. The restaurant was busy around dinner hour but the manager was able to accommodate us for dinner. In every aspect this location is excellent for food, service and ambiance. My wife and I enjoyed... More 

Thank Bob C
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

My friends and I were advised to try a Mexican while in New York. This spot provided a great atmosphere, lively vibe. Great food and portions were just right. My cousin a native New Yorker had never been and was very impressed. highly recommend that you give it a visit.

Thank Maria Q
Winnsboro, South Carolina
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

The place was an amazing find just steps from the Museum of Natural History. The food is so fresh and great margaritas! The chicken soup was delicious. The quesadillas were so cheesy and the fajitas were amazing. Huge portions and a great value. If u want authentic Mexican food please stop.

Thank luvnlife6267

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 40
Mexican, Latin, Central American, South American
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 368 Columbus Ave, New York City, NY 10024-5109
  • Public Transportation: Subway 1 to 79 st Subway 2, 3 to 72 st Subway C to 81st Bus M7
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-712-2929
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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