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Posted by Anonymous on 04/15/2007
Gabriela's was the finest restaurant in my memory to inhabit the UWS. It was completely authentic with lively atmosphere and the best Mexican food, bar none, in NYC (and I do mean including Rosa Mexicana, Zarela's, etc.). After visiting the new Gabiela's I was immediately alarmed by the lack of blackboards illustrating the day's specials, shotgirls fliting about with fine tequilia and an atmosphere infested with yuppies. After a great amount of time, I was approached by a server, and was shocked to find that the magnificient Nachos Barrachos of the past was no longer offered. Looking around at the absence of hanging pinatas, I realized that I was visiting a place only mirroring what I recalled as a Great restaurant, but forged ahead and ordered dinner. In about an hour my entree arrived which I believed to be a mistake, since it's size was more akin to my memory of an appetizer.. Need I go on? Why mess with a good thing? If you guys have the money to buy such a great restaurant, why not keep it great?
Posted by Anonymous on 03/30/2007
We were very upset when Gabriela's closed in its other two locations. My husband loved their traditional rotisserie chicken, and I really liked the flautitas and quite a few other things. The new incarnation, though, thinks it's something it's not. We ordered delivery to try them out. Our two dishes and one guacamole the other day came to $50! No drinks, no extras, just a taco salad, a chicken burrito, and a small order of guacamole - it's not like we ordered something that one would expect would be hugely expensive. Portion size was not commensurate with the prices, either, and the burrito did not contain all the ingredients that I was told it would. Very disappointing. We won't be ordering from there again any time soon.
Posted by UWS nosher on 03/08/2007
Drinks are still great. But the food is simply not as good as it used to be. Portions are still generous, but most plates went back to the kitchen 1/2 full, and did not return as doggie bags. I also miss the old homey space. The new one is overdecorated and has the feel of an airport/hotel restauant. Overall, I'd say that the new place lacks the personal attention in the kitchen, the friendly service that made a meal there feel like festive occasion, and the comfortable seating/decor that said 'fiesta'. Go for drinks and maybe apps, but there's better meals/dining experiences elsewhere.
Posted by FoodConnoisseur on 02/28/2007
After having read the review in the TimeOut magazine my girlfriend and I decided to go. It was well worth the wait and the food was delicious. The only downfall was a not so attentive waitress.
Posted by foodies on 02/03/2007
The food is wonderful and the portions are generous. The service is ok, nothing great but the food makes up for it. The gaucamole that the waiter offers you in the beginning is $9.00, so unless you're a fan stick with the free salsa and chips. Be prepared to wait for a table because this is a popular place. Once you try it you will definitely go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/11/2007
The nachos, gaucamole, and sides are too die for! The margaritas are sublime. Finally! Good Mexican on the UWS. The service is slow but definitely worth the wait.
Posted by Sarah on 10/22/2006
I chose Gabriela's for a night out with the some friends and it was so good, I ordered it delivered the next night. I think they must add something to make it addictive... I keep thinking about their delicious food. We were fans of the old Gabriela's, but the new one is soooo much better. The Yucatan chicken is no longer the bargain it had been, but it is a decent value, especially for delivery. The avocado and tomato quesadillas are fantastic. I love the chicken enchilladas too.