Friday, November 30, 2007

Maya Mexican Restaurant Both Delicious and Beautiful

Maya Restaurant located at 1191 1st Avenue, New York - (212) 585-1818
One bite and you will will understand how complex and wonderful Mexican food can really be. After quenching your initial thirst with one of the many excellent tequilas, served traditionally with a sangrííta (a thick fruity concoction) in a chunky Mexican glass, move on to spiced-to-your-taste guacamole or ceviche of mahi mahi. This great Chef who is also the Owner Richard Sandoval's
Fabulous food is 500 percent better than the run-of-the-mill stuff served in many other restaurants that claim to be Mexican. The chile relleno is a roasted poblano pepper stuffed with shrimp, scallops, calamari and Manchego cheese, posed on Black bean puree. The chile relleno is a dish that I must have every time I’m there. My suggestion is to try the grilled Pork Tenderloin served with roasted corn puree and pumpkinseed sauce; or his excellent grilled filet mignon with a Chocolate mole poblano cheese enchilada;( is that redundant? Isn’t all mole Chocolate?) I think it is..any way or if you like fish, try pan-roasted sea bass with cactus salad and grilled, cilantro-flecked shrimp. I hope I’m spelling these dishes correctly, if I’m not, who’s going to know the difference, right?
By the way, I first found out the expertise of this great Chef Richard Sandoval when i was in Acapulco, he has another fabulous restaurant there up on the very top of the mountain when you can dine or have a drink and look at the Bay all lit up at night. Talk about beautiful.
To get back to Restaurant Maya, the chef He combines his Mexican classics with the new trendy way of dining of today’s modern way of cooking.
Hands down this is the best Mexican restaurant in New York. Both the food as well as the drinks at the Bar which is too small are awesome
Just a word or two about the beauty of this fine place. As I said, this is not one of the run of the mill Mexican joints, this is one of the most beautiful restaurants I've ever seen. It personifies class both in looks and in service which is both very efficient and extremely friendly.