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Mamajuana Cafe

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247 Dyckman St., New York, NY 10034 40.866382 -73.928223
at Seaman Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-304-0140 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Latin American, South American, Spanish/Tapas
  • Price Range: $$$

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Mon-Fri, 3pm-midnight; Sat-Sun, 11am-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

A at Dyckman St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Good for Groups
  • Kids' Menu
  • Live Music
  • Take-Out
  • Online Reservation


  • Full Bar




Dominicans call mamajuana – the potion of wine, honey, herbs, and rum -- a natural aphrodisiac. You could say the same about Mamajuana Café, a loungey, laid-back roost for upper Manhattan’s beautiful people. Good-looking servers sway their hips to tropical tunes as they double-kiss a stream of casual-chic regulars sipping signature cocktails. Mostly terrific tapas, served on sleek white porcelain rectangles, fuse Dominican and other Latin flavors into alluring combinations like salty-sweet cod-stuffed plantain and “free-form Spanish” pizzas topped with chorizo or picante peppers. Both romantic and kitschy, the wide, dim room is outfitted with dark-wood beams and plank floors, along with a giant, smiling sun painted over the wood-burning oven and a “Ponce de Leon” floor lamp bearing bulbs on a spear. Tuesdays and Thursdays, the atmosphere heats up with live flamenco and bossa nova (but alas, no dancing). Weekends, the place practically erupts as the whole neighborhood seems to squeeze in.

Recommended Dishes

Madero relleno de bacalao, $12; salmon, $22