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Posted by Anonymous on 03/10/2014
I cannot agree more with the previous review. I ate here shortly after it opened and loved it. Unfortunately my experience last week was anything but good. The guacamole was really sub par, lacking flavor except for the oversized cilantro pieces. The food was bland as well despite being drenched in sauce. Was thoroughly disappointed all around.
Posted by Bradley on 12/18/2013
I usually don't write negative reviews, but I felt I should in this case because the other reviews here are old, and this place has declined dramatically. When we ate here 2 years ago, we loved it, but recently each experience since has been a little worse than the last. We set foot in this place for the last time last night. The guacamole that we once loved so much tasted of nothing but limes and salt. My chicken dish was almost inedible, and the waiter didn't even comment when he collected the mostly-uneaten food -- I'm guessing that it must now be a routine experience, not an occasion for apology. The bar appears to be lively and thriving, but save your money for decent food at some other restaurant.
Posted by GR on 03/13/2012
Went there for Sunday Brunch, it was wonderful. Great food, great atmosphere, kind of hard to find but it was an overall wonderful experience. Had a party of 12 so finding a place in the city for Brunch is always difficult, they were very accommodating and we stayed there for hours, without every feeling rushed!
Posted by Shawn on 03/09/2012
No question, the food in this place is better than most in NY. But, lets be honest, the BEST thing are the Margaritas. The best I have ever had in the City. I have traveled the world and these are some of the best I have ever had. YUM!
Posted by CWH on 01/06/2012
This was my first visit to this relatively new Greenwich Village Mexican restaurant. The range of offerings on the menu was wide and way beyond the usual tacos and quesadillas. But the real surprise came in the fresh and flavorful food that my dining partner and I were served. And both the friendly staff and owners were on hand to offer advice. My only criticism is the rather anonymous approach to decoration, which offers few clues to the ethnic Latin fare. CWH
Posted by Geoff on 01/05/2012
Decided to check out La Camelia after hearing good things and was pleasantly surprised. Drinks were reasonably priced (especially for the West Village) and the freshly made guacamole was a hit. The service was on the erratic side but our servers were very friendly and the owner is clearly devoted to ensuring his customers enjoy their experience. Our main courses and dessert were well presented and of excellent quality. As far as Mexican food goes in NYC, this place is top notch and I'm looking forward to returning.
Posted by C C on 09/17/2011
Had read something very recently about a good Mexican restaurant having been transplanted from Brooklyn to the West Village, so took a look for it today (Saturday) when we West Villagers were out walking the neighborhood. We wandered along Downing St, around 1pm, past the Blue Ribbon Bakery, packed with people, and found La Camelia right down the block -- a large space with many tables, all of them empty, which gave us pause. Don't pause! We had a terrific, highly satisfying, reasonably priced lunch (or maybe on a Saturday it's brunch): a shared order of fine, fresh guacamole, a couple of lunch specials -- short rib tacos, which were delicious (and accompanied by very nice rice and black beans), a plate of perfectly cooked eggs with trim, tasty pork and potatoes, and a lunch-special glass of white sangria for one of us, a bellini for the other. As good a lunch as we've had in a long time. No complaints (unusual for us). Our only concern is that La Camelia will be as underused as we found it and soon disappear, or that it will be discovered and morph into one more crowded, noisy, hard-to-get-into-and-not-so-happy-once-we-do W. Village joint. Ah well, let's enjoy it while we can.