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Mayahuel

304 E. 6th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Second Ave.
212-253-5888

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7
"Recommended"

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Killer Food

By laurator on 6/5/2013

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

It's kind of speakeasy-ish, so great for a date. Killer guac and paella! Def a gem of the East Village. http://datemapps.com/

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23 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

Peaks and Valleys...

By RblueJ on 1/13/2012

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Been waiting to go there for a while, and finally found myself in the neighborhood last night. The food was fantastic - carnitas and shredded beef tacos both tasted fresh, and the flautas were crisp. Guacamole was tasty, and the smoked salsa absolutely addictive. Drinks were hit and miss. My date had the Smoked Rose, which tasted like it needed a little more body, but the Randy cocktail blew both of us away - fresh ginger was tasty without being too spicy. On my end, the Cinder was a fantastic drink - spicy, smoky and well balanced. Very disappointed in the Oaxaca Old Fashioned, which I've had many times at both Death & Co, and at PDT, but tasted very poorly balanced here - little flavor, slightly watery, and yet the alcohol overpowered the drink. Not sure how they managed this seemingly contradictory trio. The real disappointment is that the bartenders wouldn't even consider going off-menu with the Oaxaca Old Fashioned. I asked for a splash of maraschino (changing it into a mescal turn on the "Improved" cocktail), a variation that I was introduced to at PDT and enjoy greatly. I understand that they guard their menu, but if a bartender is going to deny such a simple (and not arbitrary) request, I expect an exquisite rendering of the cocktail whose sanctity they so defend. What I was served was not worthy of such denial.

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37 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

Self-important restaurant with horrible wait, good drinks, OK food

By cattyn on 8/12/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I would rank this restaurant much higher if it didn't have such a high opinion of itself. Perhaps we picked a bad night, but we waited almost 2.5 hrs for a table. The experience was definitely NOT worth the wait. The restaurant space is very cute, a little on the cozy side. They have a great tequila, beer, and cocktail selection, but the food is hit-or-miss. The chick pea hash and black bean soup were really good; the tamales were horrible, and I say this as a Texan girl who knows what good tamales are (as I informed the snooty waiter who huffed about how "some people" don't appreciate the texture of authentic tamales). I would go back if the wait was minimal and the waiters lost the attitude . . . which means I probably won't be going back.

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52 out of 97 people found this review helpful.

excellent

By pvyrmf on 3/4/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

wonderful cocktails, beautiful space. wish they didnt close so early

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69 out of 137 people found this review helpful.

Good cocktails but terrible food

By clarkepau on 10/22/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Nice ambience about it. Service was good, but not great. Cocktails were also good, as one would expect. However, either stick to what your good at i.e. cocktails or if venturing into food, be bloody good at it. Unfortunately the food here is extremely poor!

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61 out of 124 people found this review helpful.

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