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Posted by Anonymous on 08/26/2007
Visited after reading reviews on this site. Service was ok, but nothing to shout about. Food however was very poor. Starters and main course's were covered in what can best be described as a heavy and foul tasting oil which destroyed all other ingredients. All in all, not a good evening at all.
Posted by Don K on 05/27/2007
The only two that are equal or better in NYC are Pampano (the best - and also owned by Richard Sandoval) and Rosa Mexicana (on the west side and downtown).
Posted by Tomito on 04/16/2007
I was watching the Today show and saw Richard Sandoval, I had been to Pampano which is one of my favorite restaurants in NY but I had no idea that Maya was his first. Well I booked immediately an now know why he has been so successful. I had the shrimp tacos to start and the Lobster and Shrimp entree, they were both amazing. The food was so flavorful with great contrast and texture. My tamarind margarita was something unique with a great spice on the rim and I finished it all off with Mexican Bread Pudding that rocked. My server was great and helped me with my choices, you dont see Mexican like this often so the suggestions helped alot! The only downside is that while the place is intimate and romantic it is louder than a nascar race. No doubt the best Mexican I have ever been to.
Posted by Food Fanatic on 01/29/2007
I was really looking forward to my meal here as many friends and coworkers had raved of this place and seeing that it's the same chain as Pampano - i figure it had to be good. (Pampano is an all time fave of mine) But the food and service were nothing short of disappointing. The guac was overpriced ($13) and not even nicely presented and made in front of you like most authentic mexican places and the chips were so oily that i drenched my entire napkin after holding 5 chips! The apps were nothing like they were described - taste was not flavorful as it was oily and spicy. Entree (red snapper was fried and oily and Salty beyond belief). I never complain about my food as I love everything so for me to complain - it must be bad! The waiter was rude - wouldn't crack a smile and i had to ask for a water refill and was given an attitude. I would NEVER recommend this place or ever go back again.
Posted by Allison on 01/22/2007
I ate dinner here with a friend during Restaurant Week. We decided to do one Prix Fixe and one regular meni item in order to full try and appreciate the menu selections (for those of you who try resturants during Restaurant Week, know that you're not getting a fair representation of the food)... from the selective menu, we chose the mahi mahi appetizer, salmon dinner, and flan dessert. Appetizer = small, good, flavorful. Nicely pair w/ our other appetizer, the guacamole. (Note*medium really means mild, go one level higher in spiciness than you really want..) I LOVED the salmon on top of broccoli, cauliflower, and green bean, but my friend, who always loves tuna, preferred the three-chile encrusted pan seared tuna. He had the flan (from the prix fixe menu) and I ordered the bread pudding. Both were realatively small in size but powerful in flavor. I can't attest to the tequila or margaritas, but the red wine was very receommendable. Our waitress was friendly, service was promt and accurate, and the overall experience was worthy of a return trip.
Posted by Jay on 10/31/2006
Four of us went recently to eat at Maya. The menu items were almost uniformly interesting sounding, and what we ordered was excellent. Maybe our mistake was in going on a Saturday night. We found ourselves yelling across the table to be heard by one another, as waiters and other patrons rushed past. Tables are too close together and the noise level is deafening. I don't know how people can enjoy this type of restaurant experience. Maybe I will return to Maya at a time when it might be uncrowded. But maybe there isn't such a time. Too bad, because the food is really first rate.
Posted by Mr & Mrs R on 10/29/2006
This place was really impressive. The menu was authentic and the dishes that we chose were fantastic. We would definately recommend this restaurant! Only slightly negative comment would be that it was a little chilly so bring a sweater.