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Posted by UESider on 06/03/2010
I wanted to love this place because it is a block from my new apartment. The comments were mixed but I went in neutral. I ordered the chicken fajitas - something I get often at restaurants. The tortillas themselves were small, but that was ok since I'm more concerned with eating the fillings separately, but the amount of fillings was small too! Definitely not worth $16. It was certainly tasty, but the tastiness doesn't make up for the small portion.
Posted by Very Satisfied on 02/22/2010
Tonight my girlfriend and I were looking for a place to grab a quick drink and a light dinner. Luckily, we stopped into Samalita's. The food is good, the drinks are great, and 2 for 1's on Monday's is even better. The guacomole is a thousand times better then Maz Mezcal which is just down the street. While not as authentic as some may hope for the hipness of the place is what attracts us to it the most. From burgers, to salads, to burritos and quesadilas they have everything. Heck, even the music they are playing in the background is great. I sincerely recommend trying out Samalita's - you can't go wrong.
Posted by Neil on 12/29/2009
As a fellow restaurant owner, i tend to be overly critical when I go out for dinner..I have walked by Samalita's several times and even though it looks very cute from the outside - it usually isnt crowded- which I had used as an excuse not to try the place What a mistake - the place is delightful and very reasonably priced. The short ribs were fantastic, the molten lava cake was the best I have ever had, and we had the pleasure of having Sylvia as our server - who made the whole dining experience phenomenal This is a great neighborhood place, they have outdoor seating in the Spring and a nice brunch and a very good Margarita Happy Hour. A wonderful place for a date or a small party I truly hope for their success - the Upper East Side is in dire need for a place like this versus just another Italian restaurant which we have plenty of
Posted by voice of experience on 08/23/2009
It is amusing almost all the positive reviews have errors in spelling and grammar. Is it mere coincidence that their menu is also filled with errors? I cannot comment fully on the "California" food but it is surely not Alice Waters. The "Mexican" food is atrocious. There is no relationship to authentic Central Mexican or even good "Tex Mex". Gazpacho is neither Mexican nor Calif, but theirs was close to tepid tomato soup with a few chopped vegetables on top. The salsas are a joke. The mole is cloyingly sweet. Their idea of salsa verde is to pour bottled Habanero sauce on top; no taste of either jalapeno or tomatillo. A companion was Mexican and he could not eat the quesadilla; it was so bad. The bland gazpacho is freshly prepared and has good texture but no taste and assuredly not picante; when we asked for something to enliven it, the all-purpose bottled Habanero was put before us. The service was erratic (four waiters during the meal), at times sweet., at other times arrogant and unresponsive. Someone ought to explain you don't serve soup with a teaspoon, and napkins are usually brought at the beginning of a meal. The chips are greasy, but good. Though the owner speaks glowingly of her Mexican heritage. she speaks no Spanish and her idea of desserts is apple pie and profiteroles; no flan or anything else "tipica" here. It is pleasant to sit outside; maybe the mini-burgers are really good.
Posted by Ues person on 08/07/2009
Best deal in town! There happy hour is two for one at the tables as well as the bar on all drinks. The mini burgers are fabulous.
Posted by Marc P. on 08/06/2009
We just returned home from Samalita, The food was outstanding. The short ribs were terrific and the sauce was mouth watering. To top it all off the live music was a real treat. I'm glad we happen to walk by, a real delightful treat.
Posted by Vee on 07/31/2009
Love the chicken fajitas and the guacamole. the margaritas are not bad at all. (try the mango)