by Candy Kazin on
You begin your journey by entering through a door fit for a vault -- are pleasantly surprised when you are greeted by In-Cred-Ible decor. Genuinely ... the decor is really amazing. I was blown away. The lights are dimmed down way low to highlight vibrant colors of blue, red, pink, etc. And I must mention this ... the bathroom is pink -- well female bathroom that is. Everything is dimmed in pink and red ... kind of a weird feeling after a few margaritas. But very very cool. The margaritas did not disappoint ... I had the velvet margarita -- and it came in a pineapple, folks. A PINEAPPLE. It is fruity and at first you think you're drinking a slushy but it's definitely got a kick. I also had pomogranate, which I highly rec'd and if you're into this ... have a smoothie tequila shot -- VERY good. The dinner was good ... but overshined by their drinks. I had the ahi tuna tacos and they were decent. For dessert the churros w/ice cream which were also very good and made from scratch. Generally, great place -- amazing place for visual stimulation, friendly staff and to try out different margaritas. Their tequila list is pretty good ... have fun w/it!
by MARIANA L. on
Deep into the 'Heights', my hubby and I searched for a great restaurant that could possibly stylish, but still attracted the locals. This was our first weekend in this zip code after moving from the Lincoln Center area, and we were definitely new babes in the (In)wood. I was warned that this might by difficult. Yes, gentrification had already hit this historically Dominican neighborhood years ago, I wasn't looking for a Starbuck's. I wanted to know where the local set would actually go when they wanted a great night out. I seemed to have found it here at Mamajuana. The decor was chic, with a wall of cymbidium orchids along the wall at the bar. Huge pitchers of sangria, mojitos and their signature 'mamajuana' drink, (a secret concoction of herbs, sweetness and rum, reported to contain aphrodisiac qualities). Food was thoroughly good, whether it was the crab cakes, the Spanish pizza, the steak or sides like manchego mashed potatoes. The host, Mitchell was extremely personable, with all the qualities an upscale host should be. I was most happy to find that this seemed to be the nightspot that the sexy and stylish younger set AND wizened older locals joined to enjoy themselves, while being friendly and welcoming to my gringo husband and myself. Note, if you are travelling way up here, this place is right off the Dyckman street stop on the A train. (Express, so it's an easy trip!) 2nd Note, if you are more senior in years, or your ears are hyper-sensitive, you might want to visit earlier in the evening rather than later.
by r b. on
OH.MY.GOD. They had the BEST damn sushi here!! And the prices were good as hell. Compared to what you pay for sushi in New Yawk, this was crumbs. They also have a bar downstairs and a little area for a dj, which was where we listened to Shoes spin. And the waitress was hella cool, she didn't know what to make a Red Devil with, but trooper that she was, she took the recipe that I was usefully carrying around with me, and she made a perfect Red Devil. Go team.