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Mayahuel

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304 E. 6th St., New York, NY 10003 40.727311 -73.98842
nr. Second Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-253-5888 Send to Phone

  • Reader Rating:

    7 out of 10

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    5 Reviews | Write a Review

  • Scene: After Work, Bar Food, Hot Spot, Romantic, Singles Scene
Photo by Shanna Ravindra

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Official Website

mayahuelny.com

Hours

Daily, 6pm-2am

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Astor Pl.; F at Second Ave.; N, R at 8th St.-NYU

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Profile

Philip Ward and Ravi DeRossi, the mixology masters behind Death & Company, set their sights south of the border with Mayahuel, their East Village homage to mescal and tequila. The dimly lit cocktail den more closely resembles a Mexican monastery than a Cinco de Mayo fiesta, with dark wooden nooks and a row of bar stools cozied up to backlit shelves encouraging quiet conversation. While the upstairs space gets a bit rowdier, with leather booths and red stained-glass lighting lending a rosy glow to the low-ceilinged room, the downstairs area highlights Mayahuel’s main focus: the drinks. For $13 a pop, this is agave like you’ve never seen it before, with apple cider, cinnamon bark, lemon, and peychaud bitters; mixed with pomegranate molasses and lime; and stirred up with strawberry and elderflower in a single serving of sangria. The bar also offers Oaxacan-fusion fare, cooked up by Vongerichten protégé Luis Gonzales, including “sharable bites” like seared shrimp and chorizo with roasted red pepper, and braised pork belly with papaya-mango mustard.

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