Mexicana Mama

★★★★☆

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Tue-Sun: 12pm-11pm

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I stumbled upon Mexicana Mama a few weeks ago and boy am I glad I did! The decor is cute and fun and the staff was really helpful.

I had a lot of questions about the menu, because I don't like anything super spicy, but the waitress

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★★★★★

I stumbled upon Mexicana Mama a few weeks ago and boy am I glad I did! The decor is cute and fun and the staff was really helpful.

I had a lot of questions about the menu, because I don't like anything super spicy, but the waitress

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IM A MEXICAN GIRL FROM TEXAS AND THIS PLACE WAS SUCH A WASTE OF MONEY!!!
MY BOYFRIEND AND I SPENT $120.00 AND LEFT FELLING FULL OF CHIPS BECAUSE OUR PLATES WERE SO SMALL WE FILLED UP ON CHIPS! I DONT KNOW WHAT PART OF MEXICO THEY GET THE RECIPES FROM BUT MEXICAN RICE SHOULD NOT BE HARD!!! IT WAS WAY TO CRAMPED I HATE PEOPLES BUTTS BY MY PLATE OF HARD RICE WHEN TRYING TO SCOOT BUY TO SIT!!! OVER ALL IT WAS OVER RATED & WAY OVER PRICED!!! BETTER FOOD AT TACO BELL!!!LOL THE OWNER SHOULD TAKE A TRIP TO MEXICO BETTER YET INVITE REAL MEXICANS TO EAT AT THERE SHOE BOX AND GET THERE REVIEWS!!! 2 THUMBS WAY DOWN!!

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★☆☆☆☆

IM A MEXICAN GIRL FROM TEXAS AND THIS PLACE WAS SUCH A WASTE OF MONEY!!!
MY BOYFRIEND AND I SPENT $120.00 AND LEFT FELLING FULL OF CHIPS BECAUSE OUR PLATES WERE SO SMALL WE FILLED UP ON CHIPS! I DONT KNOW WHAT PART OF MEXICO THEY GET THE RECIPES FROM BUT MEXICAN RICE SHOULD NOT BE HARD!!! IT WAS WAY TO CRAMPED I HATE PEOPLES BUTTS BY MY PLATE OF HARD RICE WHEN TRYING TO SCOOT BUY TO SIT!!! OVER ALL IT WAS OVER RATED & WAY OVER PRICED!!! BETTER FOOD AT TACO BELL!!!LOL THE OWNER SHOULD TAKE A TRIP TO MEXICO BETTER YET INVITE REAL MEXICANS TO EAT AT THERE SHOE BOX AND GET THERE REVIEWS!!! 2 THUMBS WAY DOWN!!

Pros: THE ROACHEES HAVE FOOD TO EAT OFF THE FLOOR!

Cons: THE ROACHEES WONT FIT IN THE PLACE!LOL

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I LOVE the food here. The Cheese Chili Rellenos is amazing! And I love the guacomole, the marguaritas, the salads, the fish, and it's a treat when they have that Baked apple dessert special. The service, the ambience, it's always really friendly and neighborly.

2
★★★★★

I LOVE the food here. The Cheese Chili Rellenos is amazing! And I love the guacomole, the marguaritas, the salads, the fish, and it's a treat when they have that Baked apple dessert special. The service, the ambience, it's always really friendly and neighborly.

Pros: Yum!

Cons: Crowded - go early (or late) and best with just 2 to be seated

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This "very" west village Mexican eatery, has the charm but the food doesn't back it up.

We started with the guacamole, which was pretty good--though it lacked the at table preparation that is in style right now. The margaritas were very fresh, but quite tart, and aren't very potent.

For the main course, we had chile relleno and the chicken mole burrito. The chicken didn't have any of the very unique flavor of mole. It did feature fresh grilled veggies in it, but just really didn't have a lot of flavor--a big disappointment for mole lovers. The chile relleno had very fresh ingredients, but it was nothing special.

Overall, Mexicana Mama was very forgettable--just another Mexican restaurant that doesn't seem to find much inspiration in classic dishes.

1
★★★☆☆

This "very" west village Mexican eatery, has the charm but the food doesn't back it up.

We started with the guacamole, which was pretty good--though it lacked the at table preparation that is in style right now. The margaritas were very fresh, but quite tart, and aren't very potent.

For the main course, we had chile relleno and the chicken mole burrito. The chicken didn't have any of the very unique flavor of mole. It did feature fresh grilled veggies in it, but just really didn't have a lot of flavor--a big disappointment for mole lovers. The chile relleno had very fresh ingredients, but it was nothing special.

Overall, Mexicana Mama was very forgettable--just another Mexican restaurant that doesn't seem to find much inspiration in classic dishes.

Pros: Not crowded on a Wednesday Night

Cons: Too many other good places nearby

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The food here is pretty good overall and the service was great- but the space is SO cramped.. and the bathroom is scary.
yummy drinks-- but small portions that cost too much!

2
★★★★☆

The food here is pretty good overall and the service was great- but the space is SO cramped.. and the bathroom is scary.
yummy drinks-- but small portions that cost too much!

Pros: Drinks

Cons: Space

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I love mexican food and this place is the best! The sauces are original and the menu is so varied, that there is always a good choice. I'm a regular and have never had a bad meal. Just be prepared from a little bit of a wait, and close eating quarters. Not the best for a date, but great for dining with friends. I highly recommend it! Oh yeah, and the margs are the best...

2
★★★★★

I love mexican food and this place is the best! The sauces are original and the menu is so varied, that there is always a good choice. I'm a regular and have never had a bad meal. Just be prepared from a little bit of a wait, and close eating quarters. Not the best for a date, but great for dining with friends. I highly recommend it! Oh yeah, and the margs are the best...

Pros: great food, great salsa, great margaritas

Cons: some wait time, close seating

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this food is not good-period. tacos were not flavorful at ALL. my "salad dressing" was paste- literally- thicker than hummus. the chicken was fatty in everything. i do like their salsa, but the rest of the food was so bad it didn't make up for it.

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★☆☆☆☆

this food is not good-period. tacos were not flavorful at ALL. my "salad dressing" was paste- literally- thicker than hummus. the chicken was fatty in everything. i do like their salsa, but the rest of the food was so bad it didn't make up for it.

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Ever since Julieta left I just don't know...
All they have to do is follow her recipes to the dot and never change a thing and Mexicana Mama will continue to be the best Mexican this city will likely ever see.

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★★★★★

Ever since Julieta left I just don't know...
All they have to do is follow her recipes to the dot and never change a thing and Mexicana Mama will continue to be the best Mexican this city will likely ever see.

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Definitely not worth the hype. While I liked my chicken mole burrito enough-- it was nothing to write home about. The dried out rice on the side was also quite unappealing.

1
★★☆☆☆

Definitely not worth the hype. While I liked my chicken mole burrito enough-- it was nothing to write home about. The dried out rice on the side was also quite unappealing.

Pros: Guacamole

Cons: Overpriced, cash only, sparse selection

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Wow! The salsa was great! You can not get this stuff in a jar! We waited a half hour for a table, against our will, but definitely worth the wait.

2
★★★★★

Wow! The salsa was great! You can not get this stuff in a jar! We waited a half hour for a table, against our will, but definitely worth the wait.

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This place is consistently delicious! While it is sometimes difficult to get a table because of the size, it is definitely worth the wait. Everything on the menu is awesome. If you like fish, try the halibut special. And if you can't get in, go to La Cocina down the street or Agave on 7th Avenue.

2
★★★★★

This place is consistently delicious! While it is sometimes difficult to get a table because of the size, it is definitely worth the wait. Everything on the menu is awesome. If you like fish, try the halibut special. And if you can't get in, go to La Cocina down the street or Agave on 7th Avenue.

Pros: consistently good, "real" mexican, atmosphere

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All of the Californian's don't know squat about Tex-Mex...and don't even get me started on the NY'ers. As a Texas native, I was extremely disappointed with the quality of Mexican food in this city...until I happened upon Mexicana Mama. The food is great, the salsa is awesome, even the guacamole is great (but I still have a problem paying +$8 for a bowl of guac when its only $2 in Tx). That being said, this is one of the smallest restaurants in town...max 20 seats. So if you don't want to be "rushed" as many of the reviewers have said, but hasn't happened to me, I recommend going before 8 p.m. to avoid the rush. Then again go after 8 p.m....just means less waiting for me!

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★★★★★

All of the Californian's don't know squat about Tex-Mex...and don't even get me started on the NY'ers. As a Texas native, I was extremely disappointed with the quality of Mexican food in this city...until I happened upon Mexicana Mama. The food is great, the salsa is awesome, even the guacamole is great (but I still have a problem paying +$8 for a bowl of guac when its only $2 in Tx). That being said, this is one of the smallest restaurants in town...max 20 seats. So if you don't want to be "rushed" as many of the reviewers have said, but hasn't happened to me, I recommend going before 8 p.m. to avoid the rush. Then again go after 8 p.m....just means less waiting for me!

Pros: Burritos, Salsa, Margaritas

Cons: Size, Size, Size

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It was as if a stop watch started the moment we sat down. So what if the food was decent who can enjoy their meal when the staff tries to take your plate a million times before your even finished? The best part was when our waitress tried to take the chips off our table while my hand was in the bag! Instead of apologizing she asked me if she could pack them to go. I will definitely not be returning the so so mexican fare is not worth enduring the cramped space and the "delightful" staff.

0
★☆☆☆☆

It was as if a stop watch started the moment we sat down. So what if the food was decent who can enjoy their meal when the staff tries to take your plate a million times before your even finished? The best part was when our waitress tried to take the chips off our table while my hand was in the bag! Instead of apologizing she asked me if she could pack them to go. I will definitely not be returning the so so mexican fare is not worth enduring the cramped space and the "delightful" staff.

Cons: Waitstaff, Cramped space

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Put simply, I love this place. This may be the food that they serve in heaven. The food and the service have always been outstanding. I am big fan of the specials. And, the staff has always been terrific. Well worth any wait. And, guess what? I am Mexican. Sometimes the great taste of the food makes me weepy for my grandmother. Good thing that they make customers feel at home.

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★★★★★

Put simply, I love this place. This may be the food that they serve in heaven. The food and the service have always been outstanding. I am big fan of the specials. And, the staff has always been terrific. Well worth any wait. And, guess what? I am Mexican. Sometimes the great taste of the food makes me weepy for my grandmother. Good thing that they make customers feel at home.

Pros: Inexpensive, Fresh, Delivery

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I've been here twice before during lunch, and always enjoyed the burritos. I agree with other members, the food is good. However, I have a big problem with being rushed. Especially, when I'm paying high prices to eat at a 4 table hole in the wall. I had dinner with my friend, and regardless of our $100 check, I overheard the waiter say that we had been there too long. We were still eating! They came over 3 times to try to take away our half full plates. Finally when it came time to pay the bill, they asked us to get up from the table because they needed it for customers. Oh, I'm sorry I thought we were customers? If you want to spend money to eat in a hurry while they hover over you, then you will love this place. My suggestion is take the burrito to go.

2
★★★★☆

I've been here twice before during lunch, and always enjoyed the burritos. I agree with other members, the food is good. However, I have a big problem with being rushed. Especially, when I'm paying high prices to eat at a 4 table hole in the wall. I had dinner with my friend, and regardless of our $100 check, I overheard the waiter say that we had been there too long. We were still eating! They came over 3 times to try to take away our half full plates. Finally when it came time to pay the bill, they asked us to get up from the table because they needed it for customers. Oh, I'm sorry I thought we were customers? If you want to spend money to eat in a hurry while they hover over you, then you will love this place. My suggestion is take the burrito to go.

Pros: Good chicken mole, Burritos

Cons: , Long wait, They rush you

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Fantastic food with some delightful creativty. Worth paying the slightly high price (but certainly far less than Radio Mexico who also serve great Mexican food). The long wait and the cramped quarters might be slightly irritating though. Highly recommend!

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★★★★★

Fantastic food with some delightful creativty. Worth paying the slightly high price (but certainly far less than Radio Mexico who also serve great Mexican food). The long wait and the cramped quarters might be slightly irritating though. Highly recommend!

Pros: Intense flavors, feels quite authentic

Cons: , Long wait

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I can't say enough great things about the food at this tiny resturant. Though I heard it was good I did not expect to be blown away my meal. I had the enchiada - my dining partner had the burrito. The mole sauce was FANTASTIC - very sweet. The special salsa was like no salsa I've ever had - pureed tomatos and creamy! Expect a wait b/c the place is very small but once inside take a break from that diet for a night and indulge.

2
★★★★★

I can't say enough great things about the food at this tiny resturant. Though I heard it was good I did not expect to be blown away my meal. I had the enchiada - my dining partner had the burrito. The mole sauce was FANTASTIC - very sweet. The special salsa was like no salsa I've ever had - pureed tomatos and creamy! Expect a wait b/c the place is very small but once inside take a break from that diet for a night and indulge.

Pros: fantastic food!

Cons: , wait

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About 2 yrs after moving from L.A. I was still searching this city for decent Mexican food. Coming across Mexicana Mama made me realize I had no clue about what was decent Mexican food. About the wait - be prepared to - it isn't just anyplace offering top notch cuisine for about $25 all in. Sorry L.A.! you can keep your rice and beans.

2
★★★★★

About 2 yrs after moving from L.A. I was still searching this city for decent Mexican food. Coming across Mexicana Mama made me realize I had no clue about what was decent Mexican food. About the wait - be prepared to - it isn't just anyplace offering top notch cuisine for about $25 all in. Sorry L.A.! you can keep your rice and beans.

Pros: Specials, Margharitas, Blondes

Cons: , Long wait

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I've been on the search for good Mission style San Francisco flavors. Mexicana Mama's got it going on. All their dishes are interesting and well prepared. I highly recommend either chickens. Specials are great and the mole sauce is the best I've had in a while. The place is small and it's usually crowded, but it's hard to find great, reasonable Mexiacn in NY. Well worth the tight squeeze, and the service has always been attentive and friendly.

2
★★★★★

I've been on the search for good Mission style San Francisco flavors. Mexicana Mama's got it going on. All their dishes are interesting and well prepared. I highly recommend either chickens. Specials are great and the mole sauce is the best I've had in a while. The place is small and it's usually crowded, but it's hard to find great, reasonable Mexiacn in NY. Well worth the tight squeeze, and the service has always been attentive and friendly.

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Everytime I go here I order something different, and I'm always pleased. The variety of sauces on each plate makes for consistently tasty combinations, and the salsas are dynamite! Go for the specials -- they always deliver. And don't forget about the appetizers. It's better to show up with a date or a couple friends -- no more than 4 total -- as seating is VERY limited. Try the hanger steak and don't forget a margarita or two. I'm hesitant to turn more people on to this place, as it gets crowded enough already, but I feel as if it's my duty...

2
★★★★★

Everytime I go here I order something different, and I'm always pleased. The variety of sauces on each plate makes for consistently tasty combinations, and the salsas are dynamite! Go for the specials -- they always deliver. And don't forget about the appetizers. It's better to show up with a date or a couple friends -- no more than 4 total -- as seating is VERY limited. Try the hanger steak and don't forget a margarita or two. I'm hesitant to turn more people on to this place, as it gets crowded enough already, but I feel as if it's my duty...

Pros: Food, Waitstaff, Margaritas

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This place offers excellent food from a limited menu. Extremely small, it doesn't have much room to be creative in the kitchen or provide comfortable dine-in seating. The items on the menu are rich, but all start to taste the same, which makes eating there often a bit boring. If you are in the mood for their pork tacos, they do deliver!

2
★★★★☆

This place offers excellent food from a limited menu. Extremely small, it doesn't have much room to be creative in the kitchen or provide comfortable dine-in seating. The items on the menu are rich, but all start to taste the same, which makes eating there often a bit boring. If you are in the mood for their pork tacos, they do deliver!

Pros: Delivery, Value, Fresh

Cons: , lacks diversity, not authentic

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The BEST salsa in NYC. Although the tiny space is crowded and hot (you will be dining with strangers) the food is exceptional and a great value. Where else can you get Mexican favorites prepared by a classically trained chef? I rarely go in on the weekends, but I order delivery from here at least once a week. Why are they closed on Mondays?

2
★★★★★

The BEST salsa in NYC. Although the tiny space is crowded and hot (you will be dining with strangers) the food is exceptional and a great value. Where else can you get Mexican favorites prepared by a classically trained chef? I rarely go in on the weekends, but I order delivery from here at least once a week. Why are they closed on Mondays?

Pros: Amazing Food, Amazing Salsa, Fresh and innovative

Cons: Tiny space, Torturous wait, Closed on Mondays

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please, all tourists and people who have no sense of humor...this is a great little place for a great meal....not very strong on amenities, however, i love the idea that you can get a great meal for a reasonable price in one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city.....anyone who cannot tolerate waits, small places or good food PLEASE STAY UPTOWN.....

2
★★★★☆

please, all tourists and people who have no sense of humor...this is a great little place for a great meal....not very strong on amenities, however, i love the idea that you can get a great meal for a reasonable price in one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city.....anyone who cannot tolerate waits, small places or good food PLEASE STAY UPTOWN.....

Pros: food, food, price

Cons: impatient people

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My girlfriend and I have tried several of the top rated Mexican restaurants in NYC and Mexciana Mama clearly has the best tasting food as well as the most reasonable prices(we have since been to MM dozens of times). Here's a tip: ALWAYS order the special hot appetizer of the day. It is ALWAYS delicious. The meat specials are consistently juicy and flavorful and the portions are generous across the menu. The chicken mole quesadillas are the best!. The place is cozy/tiny and there is usually a line for dinner unless you get there early or for lunchtime. If you want to spend less $$ for better food, Mexicana Mama is the place!!!!

2
★★★★★

My girlfriend and I have tried several of the top rated Mexican restaurants in NYC and Mexciana Mama clearly has the best tasting food as well as the most reasonable prices(we have since been to MM dozens of times). Here's a tip: ALWAYS order the special hot appetizer of the day. It is ALWAYS delicious. The meat specials are consistently juicy and flavorful and the portions are generous across the menu. The chicken mole quesadillas are the best!. The place is cozy/tiny and there is usually a line for dinner unless you get there early or for lunchtime. If you want to spend less $$ for better food, Mexicana Mama is the place!!!!

Pros: Flavor, Great Salsa & Guac, Reasonable Prices

Cons: Line for dinner, needs new desserts

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...that the waiting is horrific but the food is great. The guacamole was awesome. Everyone enjoyed everything that they had. Too bad the other people waiting for our tables were standing right over us, staring at us like vultures. But, we had done the same thing to the people before us. But still, I would go back. But maybe for an early meal - like before seven.

2
★★★★☆

...that the waiting is horrific but the food is great. The guacamole was awesome. Everyone enjoyed everything that they had. Too bad the other people waiting for our tables were standing right over us, staring at us like vultures. But, we had done the same thing to the people before us. But still, I would go back. But maybe for an early meal - like before seven.

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Great Food.

If you're willing to wait through their lies. The waiter told me 20 minutes. After 30 minutes of waiting in the cold, we kept getting the run-around. Finally we were seated after 1 hour. In the cold. An hour of time listenting to the waitress BLATANTLY lie to every incoming party that the wait time is "only" 20 minutes.

The food was great. The lies weren't. Then again, after making everyone wait so long I'm sure a Big Mac would've tasted great. Maybe it's a ploy on their part...

0
★☆☆☆☆

Great Food.

If you're willing to wait through their lies. The waiter told me 20 minutes. After 30 minutes of waiting in the cold, we kept getting the run-around. Finally we were seated after 1 hour. In the cold. An hour of time listenting to the waitress BLATANTLY lie to every incoming party that the wait time is "only" 20 minutes.

The food was great. The lies weren't. Then again, after making everyone wait so long I'm sure a Big Mac would've tasted great. Maybe it's a ploy on their part...

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the run down decor is very deceiving. i was pleasantly surprised that the food we were delivered was of much higher quality than you get at most other mexican joints. the chicken breast dishes were well prepared, and the rib-eye skewer special was great (after being sent back once for a little more cooking.) staff was pleasant and cute. this place is not good for groups or business dinners, but would be good for a first or second date.

2
★★★★☆

the run down decor is very deceiving. i was pleasantly surprised that the food we were delivered was of much higher quality than you get at most other mexican joints. the chicken breast dishes were well prepared, and the rib-eye skewer special was great (after being sent back once for a little more cooking.) staff was pleasant and cute. this place is not good for groups or business dinners, but would be good for a first or second date.

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although the decor is a bit trashy, the food is top notch. try going at off-peak times to avoid a terrible wait.

2
★★★★☆

although the decor is a bit trashy, the food is top notch. try going at off-peak times to avoid a terrible wait.

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Although the wait is long and quarters cramped, Mexicana Mama is still worth it! Better yet, if you live in the neighborhood, it's an excellent order in restaurant.

The menu is very good, but the best dishes are the specials. Especially the fish special... without a doubt one of the best values for fish in town. The flavors are bold and unique and the fish is always of top quality (very very fresh!).

2
★★★★★

Although the wait is long and quarters cramped, Mexicana Mama is still worth it! Better yet, if you live in the neighborhood, it's an excellent order in restaurant.

The menu is very good, but the best dishes are the specials. Especially the fish special... without a doubt one of the best values for fish in town. The flavors are bold and unique and the fish is always of top quality (very very fresh!).

Pros: excellent food (fish), good neighborhood

Cons: long waits

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The food was great, but almost everyone I interacted with at this restaurant was rude. I came with a group of 3 on a Saturday. The host told us the wait would be at least 30 minutes, and when we left and came back (because the place is the size of a shoebox) after 20 minutes, he'd seated the group after us. We had to wait another 30 minutes, and then the three of us were seated at a table for two. Then, after waiting an hour for the table, the manager (I think) tried to rush us out. The food is good, but not good enough to support such rude service.

1
★★★☆☆

The food was great, but almost everyone I interacted with at this restaurant was rude. I came with a group of 3 on a Saturday. The host told us the wait would be at least 30 minutes, and when we left and came back (because the place is the size of a shoebox) after 20 minutes, he'd seated the group after us. We had to wait another 30 minutes, and then the three of us were seated at a table for two. Then, after waiting an hour for the table, the manager (I think) tried to rush us out. The food is good, but not good enough to support such rude service.

Pros: Good burrito

Cons: Rude staff, Too small, Cold

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Benny's is great. You can split a burrito and walk out satiated. BUT, Mexican Mama is the classy variety of Mexican food. Their burritos are sliced and arranged on their end so you can see the food inside. Served with a tastey pumpkin-like sauce and a sprig of celantro. Very tastey. THeir margaritas are also excellent. I have only ever had a burrito here because they're so good, I can't go past it. But the other food looks equally as brilliant. You will have to wait for a table though, and get shooed out once finished. But it's worth it. Friendly staff too and clean kitchen. TIP: if you know what you want when you get there, save the waitstaff the time of going through their extensive specials list... it takes about 5 minutes.

2
★★★★★

Benny's is great. You can split a burrito and walk out satiated. BUT, Mexican Mama is the classy variety of Mexican food. Their burritos are sliced and arranged on their end so you can see the food inside. Served with a tastey pumpkin-like sauce and a sprig of celantro. Very tastey. THeir margaritas are also excellent. I have only ever had a burrito here because they're so good, I can't go past it. But the other food looks equally as brilliant. You will have to wait for a table though, and get shooed out once finished. But it's worth it. Friendly staff too and clean kitchen. TIP: if you know what you want when you get there, save the waitstaff the time of going through their extensive specials list... it takes about 5 minutes.

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All of you people complaining about the wait need to shut up! It is a small place and it's in the village so get over it! This is one of the best authentic Mexican places in the city and it is worth the wait!
The salsa is extraordinary and they make the best mole I have ever tasted. Good things come to those who wait!

2
★★★★★

All of you people complaining about the wait need to shut up! It is a small place and it's in the village so get over it! This is one of the best authentic Mexican places in the city and it is worth the wait!
The salsa is extraordinary and they make the best mole I have ever tasted. Good things come to those who wait!

Pros: great food, good service, good location

Cons: crowded, waits, bitchy patrons

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Amazing food, cozy atmosphere and aaaaaamazing salsa. The salsa is not chunky, but a puree of tomato, spice & other wonderful things.

2
★★★★★

Amazing food, cozy atmosphere and aaaaaamazing salsa. The salsa is not chunky, but a puree of tomato, spice & other wonderful things.

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I fell in love with this tiny restaurant and the view from the windows the first time I was here. Their specials and salsas are wonderful and the care taken with presentation, service, and exceptional quality of ingredients is wonderful. I've never had a soup, chicken, or fish of the day I didn't really enjoy and the margaritas are really yummy. Their flan is different and better than any I've had and despite the long wait, their coffee is worth making a few people angry for. Note: cash only

2
★★★★☆

I fell in love with this tiny restaurant and the view from the windows the first time I was here. Their specials and salsas are wonderful and the care taken with presentation, service, and exceptional quality of ingredients is wonderful. I've never had a soup, chicken, or fish of the day I didn't really enjoy and the margaritas are really yummy. Their flan is different and better than any I've had and despite the long wait, their coffee is worth making a few people angry for. Note: cash only

Pros: good food, margaritas, daily specials

Cons: long wait, cash only, crowded

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Mexicana Mama consistently satisfied my craving for Truly, Authentic Mexican Food. It's the only place in town that I found Chihuahua cheese as an active ingredient. That's just one example of the unique traditional Mexican flavors that the delicious menu boasts. It's worth the wait, tight seating and the money. If you're expecting Americanized, i.e., diluted Mexican taste - go elsewhere.

2
★★★★★

Mexicana Mama consistently satisfied my craving for Truly, Authentic Mexican Food. It's the only place in town that I found Chihuahua cheese as an active ingredient. That's just one example of the unique traditional Mexican flavors that the delicious menu boasts. It's worth the wait, tight seating and the money. If you're expecting Americanized, i.e., diluted Mexican taste - go elsewhere.

Pros: authenticity, selection, premium tequilas

Cons: small place, often wait for seat, cash only

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This hole in the wall in the west village prides itself in the best guacomole in town and the best mexican by far, well, if you enjoy very spicy food in small portions, and want to sit on uncomfortable seats, it is the place for you! The food was too spicy to taste, it seemed good, the margaritas were good too!

1
★★★☆☆

This hole in the wall in the west village prides itself in the best guacomole in town and the best mexican by far, well, if you enjoy very spicy food in small portions, and want to sit on uncomfortable seats, it is the place for you! The food was too spicy to taste, it seemed good, the margaritas were good too!

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The best guacamole in town! The food and service were great. You may need to wait a while but it's worth it!

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★★★★★

The best guacamole in town! The food and service were great. You may need to wait a while but it's worth it!

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If you like spice, this is your kinda joint. Those who prefer to walk on the mild side couldn't help but wince at the overabundance of heat in everything served. Translate heat into hot spiciness. My chicken special was tasty after scraping the poblano chile sauce that was zestily poured over it, obliterating all the other flavors initially described by our waitress.

I don't know, I couldn't get over the guacamole which seared my taste buds. Same goes for the cheese appetizer.

Does the menu come with a non-spicy option?

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★★★☆☆

If you like spice, this is your kinda joint. Those who prefer to walk on the mild side couldn't help but wince at the overabundance of heat in everything served. Translate heat into hot spiciness. My chicken special was tasty after scraping the poblano chile sauce that was zestily poured over it, obliterating all the other flavors initially described by our waitress.

I don't know, I couldn't get over the guacamole which seared my taste buds. Same goes for the cheese appetizer.

Does the menu come with a non-spicy option?

Pros: Waits for so so food, Too spicy for some

Cons: Good margaritas

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A word to the wise: don't come here on a date, especially on the weekend, when the strolling mariachi band plays so loud you can barely hear a thing. But do come for birthdays, as the owners will gladly pour tequila down your throat and serenade you with happy songs.

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★★★★★

A word to the wise: don't come here on a date, especially on the weekend, when the strolling mariachi band plays so loud you can barely hear a thing. But do come for birthdays, as the owners will gladly pour tequila down your throat and serenade you with happy songs.

Pros: recently renovated, great drinks

Cons: Loud, busy

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This narrow restaurant in the West Village offers homemade Mexican food, from corn tortillas filled with chili-roasted pork, Chihuahua cheese and black beans with rice and avocado to chipotle salsa and chips with a side of zesty guacamole.…

 

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