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Posted by Mexican food lover on 12/01/2011
I order mexican food once a week for lunch. I've given this place 10 too many chances to be good. I guess I keep forgetting how disappointing it was the last time. The menu looks like they know what they're doing. The presentation of the take-out is nice. But the food is not. And expensive. You end up paying for rice, beans and tortillas. The veggie enchiladas are basically corn tortillas. A few diced mushy zuchini bites does not make veggie enchiladas. The burritos are equally poor. And the salsa is watery tomato juice. Just dont do it. Get mexican from Good Health Burgers instead.
Posted by anonymous on 11/08/2010
My fiance and I went to Mariachi during our last visit to the city. As Muslims, we were very excited to try halal Mexican food... considering there are not many in the area. We were pleasantly surprised with the taste of the food. It certainly satisfied our hunger. The portions for the entrees are very good and the price of the food is reasonable for a New York City restaurant. I do admit that they could add more condiments to the entrees and appetizers because the guacamole is VERY delicious. Overall, we enjoyed our Mexican food and plan on returning to the restaurant during our next visit to the city. In regards to some other reviews, the decor is middle eastern b/c the restaurant is owned by middle easterners and the restaurant ALSO offers Mediterranean. With that said, it is nice to have the option of choosing between the two food groups. I highly recommend this restaurant, especially to fellow Muslims. It is a nice treat =)
Posted by JPS on 05/28/2010
Wanted to try a new mexican place in midtown east and decided to try mariachi. Should have followed my instincts and left (like a couple who came in while we were seated, looked around, and left immediately). A few red flags were the fact that it was a basement restaurant, full middle eastern decor, and they only gave us a middle eastern menu, but we decided to stick it out. Bad choice. In short: this is the only "mexican" restaurant I've ever been to that doesn't give chips and salsa (you can pay $5.50 for it) and while it's a very small place, we waited nearly 30 minutes for our food. Decor was pretty poor, and prices were surprisingly expensive considering what you got and the quality of the food. Bland, tasted like it came from a diner, and was pretty obvious that this is NOT a mexican restaurant. Ex: my husband's "steak fajita" was more like chinese beef and peppers and wasn't really anything close to the "steak" you would normally get. Food was edible but not good, and definitely not worth $13-14 an entree without chips and salsa in a crappy basement location. For cheap but GOOD mexican in the area, I recommend Ah! Chihuaha
Posted by Peter H. on 11/10/2008
I was a long time regular of Mariachi, but our relationship is over. The options for Mexican food are pretty limited in Midtown East, so when I first discovered Mariachi, I was excited. The food was clean, solid (if a bit simple), and while overpriced, it gave me my Mexican fix. For the past few months, it's been a different story. First, the chicken mole enchiladas come with cartilage - this has happened the last THREE times I ordered from them. Most recently, I ordered extra chicken and received the same amount of chicken (and, grossly, the same amount of cartilage). Second, their sides are a joke - the "side" of guacamole comes in a container slightly bigger than a ketchup pack. Third, the shrimp tastes like it's been frozen and unfrozen so many times, you are better off eating orange-tinged styrofoam. Fourth, the beef is stringy, inconsistent, rough, and also like much on the menu flavorless. The most important thing about Mexican food is flavor the sauces, marinades, guacs, salsas, beans Mariachi fails on basically all fronts. I'm not sure what's been going on recently, but it's simply NOT worth nearly $30 for a quesadilla and an enchilada that taste like well, nothing. Sorry Mariachi, you had your chance - I sang your praises to those in my office for a while, but for the past half year, you've sucked. The presentation may be nice, but it's all form over substance, and I am sad to say the hunt for decent Mexican food in Midtown East must continue.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/18/2008
The shrimp Quessadilla was delicious, I ordered another to go, the staff friendly a bit overwhelmed, prices are on the expensive side. the decor is very nice but not Mexican, it's more Middle Eastern. I will recommend.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/11/2008
I ordered from here based on the two previous reviews and both my husband and I were extremely disappointed. The taquitos we ordered as an appetizer were really just miniature soft tacos, which I thought usually taquitos are tightly rolled and fried crunchy tacos. Was very confused by this. We both ordered the same meal - the chicken mole enchiladas. By far the worst we've ever had. It also claims on the menu that the enchiladas come with guacamole (which I was really looking forward to), but all we got was some nasty bean puree (very watery and soupy) and rice, and that was it! The best I can say is that the food arrived quickly, but we will never order from here again and most certainly will not visit the restaurant.
Posted by Dspads on 02/10/2008
I stumbled upon this menu while on this site and decided to give it a try even though there was only one review. Best decision I have made in a long time! The food was out of this world for the price. A simple chicken burrito did the trick for me and it was enough to feed 2 comfortably. Delivery took a little longer than I would have liked but it was reasonable enough to not be upset. Give it a try, its totally worth it