If you are looking for modern Mexican with excellent margaritas and a menu that’ll knock you off your feet– look no further than Chef Richard Sandoval’s Maya, located on 1191 First Avenue (between 64th & 65th) on the Upper East Side. I went with Dana Prigge (of dailyfashionista.com) for our girls night out dinner a few weeks ago and we had an unforgettable time and meal.
We started our girls night out with their signature cocktails, Dana had a classic mojito and I had their Veracruz punch. Both drinks we’re amazing, mixed with only the best liquors– our night was off to a great start. We decided to go their guacamole to start since Maya is known for their excellent guac. They also have their guacamole fest going until the end of this month so, you don’t want to miss it. Guac Fest means they have a a variety of guacamoles you can try from tuna tartare to traditional. We stuck with traditional, it was great, perfect for two or more to share.
Next, we tasted their appetizers, we opted for the arugula salad and chicken flautas. Okay, I’m addicted to the flautas now and they are by far the best flautas I’ve ever had. There is a creme fraiche on the side and black bean puree underneath them. It’s a rollercoaster in your mouth when you put them all together. I would go back just to eat them any day of the week; they are so worth it and by far one of my favorite dishes on the menu. I can’t eat flautas anywhere else now because they are done so well at Maya. The salad we ordered did not disappoint either, it was perfect with the flautas.
Next, our entrees came out, we got steak tacos (pictured above with the other appetizers), lobster and shrimp yucatan, and the mahi mahi a la talla. The lobster and shrimp were delicious, served with watercress, Mexican creamed corn, and a habanero rouille. Like the flautas, all the flavors were mixed perfectly and we really enjoyed it. The mahi mahi did not disappoint either, its marinated in adobo and served with a napa cabbage tomato salad and a chipotle aioli. Please note, the guac, is an appetizer and an entree, and are perfect for a date night with your sweetie. It’s also what I love most about Chef Sandoval’s dishes, they are unique, perfect, and shareable.
We couldn’t end our dinner without having dessert; since we couldn’t decide on two desserts to share our waiter brought out a sampler and coffee’s per our request. All the desserts were perfect from the churros to the destructed mocha. In fact, I loved the destructed mocha, it was nicely done and not too rich. Props to the pastry chef at Maya, they really know what they are doing.
Trust me, the next time I am on the Upper East Side looking for a place for dinner or happy hour I’ll definitely go to Maya. The service was remarkable, food was nothing short of perfect, and it’s certainly a meal I will never forget.
*Disclaimer: The PR team paid for our meal. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*